China Is Not the Gaming Industry's Next Great Frontier
February 05, 2013
The People's Republic may lift its ban on consoles. It wouldn't be the boon that many expect.
Atari Is Not an Anomaly
January 29, 2013
Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo think it's all about the console and blockbuster games. Atari thought so, too.
In case you’ve missed the articles, ignored the advertisements, blew past the billboards, and snoozed during the tributes, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of James Bond’s first saunter onto the silver screen. To celebrate her majesty’s finest, both a new film (the 23rd in the series) and a new video game (the 25th) are being released this week. Chances are, you’ve heard about the movie, Skyfall, which will star Daniel Craig as the martini-sipping super spy. But even the most ardent video game nerds could be excused for paying no mind to the game, 007 Legends.
PETA vs. Pokémon: Does The Video Game Make Kids Cruel?
October 12, 2012
PETA is right to say that Pokémon endorses animal cruelty--though, in typical fashion, it misses the point
Artistic Judgment: How the Supreme Court Will Soon Decide How Much Access We Have to Art
November 01, 2011
Dmitri Shostakovich is currently on trial in the Supreme Court. So are Fritz Lang, Sergei Prokofiev, and Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking. For years, these artists’ works, and many others like them, were readily and freely available to American audiences.
The Trials of Being a Chosen Nation
October 19, 2010
Two nations, two histories, two cultures, two sets of assumptions march to the same drummer. At the heart of the special friendship between Israel and America lies an extraordinary spiritual-cum-ideological bond: their unshakable attachment to the wild idea of divine election, which, however dampened, however sublimated, continues to ripple beneath the surface of everyday events. The sense of commonality even overrides what might be seen as a built-in conflict between two peoples who each believe they are chosen—presumably, if God proceeds by ordinary logic, exclusively so.