Video Games

Why Can’t Women Compete Against Men at Video Games?
Sexism, that’s why
July 11, 2014

Sexism, that’s why.

Why Is it So Appealing to Play as a Terrorist in Video Games?
June 06, 2014

In real life, we abhor terrorism and everything associated with it. So why do so many games manage to convince us that playing at it is fun?

Google Gets It: Video Games Are A Spectator Sport
Why buying Twitch, the ESPN of gaming, for a $1 billion makes perfect sense.
May 22, 2014

Why buying Twitch, the ESPN of gaming, for a $1 billion makes perfect sense.

How Scrappy Little Sega Nearly Dethroned Nintendo
The battle that defined a generation
May 21, 2014

How scrappy little Sega almost took down the video game giant.

Playing Video Games Can Improve Your Dreams
April 08, 2014

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."

A Video Game Without Rules Inevitably Devolves Into Lord of the Flies
March 26, 2014

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?

Video Games Are Making Us Too Comfortable With the Modern Surveillance State
September 26, 2013

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.

10 Video Games That Made History for Their Amazing Graphics
September 23, 2013

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.

The Video-Game Propaganda Wars
Authoritarian regimes are making games—and dissidents, too
June 21, 2013

Authoritarian regimes are making games—and dissidents, too.

Apocalypses Now
Hollywood action movies need to get over the end of the world
April 08, 2013

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?