“Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson once penned a comic wherein two parents watch their son play Nintendo while they cycle through starry visions of what the boy might make of himself through his gaming prowess. Select “jobs” included “Princess Rescuer” and “Nintendo Expert,” and each one offered a generous salary plus benefits. The joke is pretty obvious: a kid who pumps hours into a video game isn’t doing a...read more
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When we think about the learning process behind video game development, we think about learning algorithms, animation, 3D environment design, and maybe a dash of storytelling. While that’s all extremely important stuff (no math and no art means no game), devs must also gradually learn the toughest lesson that every creative person is forced to study at some point in their lives: knowing when to let go of an idea. Rod Humble, a former Sims developer and the...read more
When something goes wrong with today’s youth, the media is quick to loose the dogs on video games. The attacks generally portray video games as noisy, violent time-wasters that are the equivalent of a potato chip feast for the brain. Truthfully, playing games can be very beneficial for children. When combined with exercise, sensible time limits, and adhesion to the ESRB’s content ratings, video games are a relatively inexpensive and fun pastime that can...read more
When we put together our list of the Most Offensive Video Games Ever, our kind readers helped underscore one of the fundamental problems we faced when trying to compile an abbreviated sample: there are more than a few depraved games out there that have amassed over the last several decades. So, in the interest of doing justice to the bloodiest and most controversial pages in the Great Big Book of Gaming History, here are five more of the most offensive games to hit...read more
Video games are great and all, but sometimes you just gotta unplug yourself. That’s when you load up on beer and chips, lasso a bunch of friends, and sit down to enjoy a board game. It’s easy to think of video games as a digital “replacement” for toys and board games, which, in turn, are sometimes regarded as lumbering relics from the past. Truthfully, board games are still a popular way to pass the time amongst a family or a group of...read more