Do we need a video game museum? Millions of schoolchildren across the United States have one resounding answer: “YES.” Not that school boards nationwide will break their legs tripping over themselves to fund trips to said museum, which is a shame, because video games are an ideal showcase for humanity’s multiple talents. Hardcore game collector Joe Santulli has a nomadic Video Game Museum that makes appearances at big events such as E3 and...read more
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Video games can take you to far away worlds populated by all manner of beasts and humanoids. You can form alliances with elves, talk to dragons, and shake hands (or exchange laser fire) with alien races beyond anything from your imagination. In fact, the only life form you’re unlikely to meet in a video game is a person of color. Regardless of how fantastic a game’s setting might be, and no matter how far beyond the stratosphere an adventure stretches,...read more
No matter how old you are, and no matter what level of professionalism you operate at in the game industry, there is still a little kid inside of you who reacts to new system announcements with: “Well, can it do cool graphics?” Indeed, the Internet has been wondering the very same about Microsoft’s next Xbox (or “Xbox Next,” or “NextBox,” or “Xbox 720,” if you like). Chip manufacturer AMD is not...read more
Creativity is always at odds with the bottom line, and nowhere is the struggle between expression and profit more fierce than within the games industry. For instance, the first-person shooter genre comes under a lot of fire from the gaming community for its seeming lack of creativity, but said games sell well, are popular, and often rate positively with critics upon release. Studios need money to operate, but is the trade-off of stagnation worth it? John Carmack,...read more
Next time you’re shopping for cat food, take a look at the magazines that are typically peddled beside the cash register. What do you see? Probably a lot of smiling actors and actresses, talk show hosts, and generally a whack of pretty people with perfect teeth. The media decorates the news, papers, and magazines with actors, but the names of famous directors are usually sandwiched somewhere in between the pages. Michael Bay, James Cameron, Ridley Scott,...read more