Posts by David Thomas

Video Games Are Dead: The End is Here

Video Games Are Dead: The End is Here

Physicists talk about the end of the universe. Literary critics talk about the death of the author and philosophers muse about the end of history. Maybe it’s time we starting thinking about the end of videogames. This is not to say that one day soon electronic entertainment will disappear from the planet. Instead, this thought about some sort of conclusion to the grand narrative of videogames just suggests that maybe we’ve seen about all the new stuff we...

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Dear Gamers: Stop Acting Like Stuck-Up Jerks

Dear Gamers: Stop Acting Like Stuck-Up Jerks

I like beer. My favorite kinds are big, wonderful, hoppy microbrews that you chew as much as drink. But sitting back last weekend, watching motocross bikes leap off piles of dirt and knocking back a few Coors, I realize, “I just like beer in general.” In other words, I’m losing my ability to be a beer snob. I like wine too. But wine intimidates me so much that I rarely drink it unless I am home and it comes out of a box. Wine people have wine magazines and...

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The iPad’s Killer App

The iPad’s Killer App

Just what the world needs – another video game platform. But following the recent release of Apple’s new touchscreen tablet PC, the iPad, it looks like we have one. Not only can the new super-sized iPod touch run all the current iPod games and applications, it can also host souped up titles with bigger graphics and more programming muscle on its much bigger display. For the time being, it’s easy to dismiss the iPad as an overgrown iPod. And since the iPad...

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