Arts & Leisure

Hearthstone and the importance of a gaming community

The virulent discourse of gamers is rightfully notorious. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of enduring the complaints and abuse of an incensed League of Legends player during a losing (or even sometimes a winning) battle, you know what I mean. A certain kind of gamer takes it upon himself…  [more]

Watch Dogs and wielding knowledge with grace

As I walk through the streets of Chicago with smartphone in hand, the secrets of the city’s citizens are revealed. Tomas Mendez is a 26-year-old mechanic who is estranged from his parents. Ellen Marsden is unemployed and recently divorced. Ben Sanders is a hair stylist with a methamphetamine addiction. The…  [more]

Death and deletion in Continue?9876543210

If you’ve played any video games at all, you’ve likely experienced a cheap facsimile of death. We’ve long realized that eventually Pac-Man must expire (which in my case happens early and often). Action movies and television crime dramas are equally loaded with cheaply bought corpses. Our culture is awash in…  [more]

When video games are designed for disempowerment

Research suggests that one of the primary reasons people play video games is because they make us feel powerful. Thus we stomp on goombas, shoot terrorists, steal cars and blow up aliens. This desire to feel powerful is also, perhaps, what makes people so suspicious about video games. But to…  [more]

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