Posts from the ‘Games’ category

Catharsis comes to gaming

I’ve been playing video games for 28 years, and I’ve been finishing games for about 25 (those first few Infocom games proved too tricksy for my…

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Enchanter and My Next Meal

I always need to know where my next meal is coming from. During the average work day, I raise the question “what should we have for…

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Revisiting the Concerned Spouses of Game Developers

About five and half years ago, I wrote about the spouse of an Electronic Arts employee who was upset about the working conditions at her husband’s…

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The Future of Gaming

It’s always great when I discover a succinct essay or lecture that summarizes the state of the union for a particular industry, art form or research…

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The Internet as Nostalgia Machine

One of the undervalued aspects of the Internet is its endless capacity to enable nostalgia. Whether you had a childhood love of My Little Pony, Dungeons…

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In Defence of My Pictionary Skills

I recently participated in a game of Pictionary. My team came second (or “first loser” as somebody described it), despite the fact that we had four…

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Games Don’t Tell You How To Play Them

I’m a longtime player of sports games on the PC, and a recovering technical writer. So I take an interest in the manuals that accompany the…

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Celebrating After Every Point

I was watching some Olympics coverage yesterday, and started thinking about rituals of celebration: In indoor volleyball, the team converges after every successful point. There’s a…

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