• The Long, Geeky Tail
    Excuse me while I geek out for a moment. On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it will be bringing three board games--"The Settlers of Catan," "Carcassone," and "Alhambra"--to Xbox Live Arcade, allowing players to download them for a fee and play them online against other enthusiasts.
  • Breaking The Fourth Wall
    No matter what storytelling medium you're in, it will always be risky to break the fourth wall in an attempt to sell something....
  • Bullying Rockstar
    Characters in Rockstar games--which include the much-frowned-over "Grand Theft Auto" series--have shot, stabbed, run over, bludgeoned, strangled, beaten, exploded, incinerated, chopped and eviscerated millions of innocent and less-than-innocent people throughout countless play sessions all over the world. The company's latest product, "Bully," is also attracting its share of controversy.
  • E3's Death Knell
    "I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of game journalists suddenly cried out in terror, and were silenced," quoth the writers of Penny Arcade--probably one of the most central sites in video gaming culture--about the demise of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, announced this week.
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