Video Games

Insomniacs are counseled to avoid electronics at night, but research suggests that playing video games before going to bed raises the chances of "lucid dreaming."

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In a game where players can act out any kind of sadistic fantasy on each other—from taking hostage to force-feeding poison to breaking kneecapswhat incentive is there for humans to express their humanity?

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It's hard to remember the first time I noticed a camera filming me in public. There was no genesis point, no camera zero that commenced the age of being conscious of having an unseen audience. They just appeared and quietly multiplied, tolerable when used in ATMs and intersections, slightly unnerving when placed overhead in offices and casinos.

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With the release of Grand Theft Auto V last week, we’ve yet another opportunity to marvel at how far video games have come since the prehistoric days of the late 1970s. Meandering the streets of Los Santos, GTAV’s thinly veiled version of Los Angeles, we may marvel—if we take a short break from shooting pixilated prostitutes—at how adept the video game industry has become at harnessing stellar graphics in the service of increasingly complex storytelling.

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The Video-Game Propaganda Wars

Authoritarian regimes are making games—and dissidents, too

Authoritarian regimes are making games—and dissidents, too.

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Apocalypses Now

Hollywood action movies need to get over the end of the world

So who is green-lighting these end-of-the-world movies that just keep coming—Oblivion, After Earth, Star Trek Into Darkness, Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, World War Z, Pacific Rim? Is it the triumvirate of David Stockman, Paul Krugman, and Kim Jong-un? I grant that Armageddon has been a recurring theme on screen.

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Only Liberals Succeed in 'SimCity'

A sure way to lose this video game: Impose sequestration

A sure way to lose this video game: impose sequestration.

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MoMA Has Mistaken Video Games for Art

The museum is putting 'Pac-Man' alongside Picasso. That misses the point.

The museum is putting 'Pac-Man' alongside Picasso. That misses the point.

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Sony's announcement of the upcoming release of the PlayStation 4 left very few fans and reporters moved.

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Wodehouse Meets Star Wars

Ron Gilbert proves that stories matter in video games

Ron Gilbert, the creator of "Monkey Island" and "The Cave," proves that stories matter in video games.

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