How’d this make the cut? A look at the Smithsonian’s “Art of Video Games” exhibit

The Smithsonian announced which games they would be including in their upcoming exhibit on video game art yesterday. The majority of titles were selected by an online vote that took place over the last few months (and I totally participated in). It’s an interesting list of games, and I encourage you to take a look … Read more

When we last met, Jane McGonigal was spouting out random statistics while I was futilely trying to write blog posts via slime murder. This time, we’ll be taking a look at Slate‘s Culture Gabfest and their review of McGonigal’s book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World. …

I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity skeptic. One of the most important lessons you learn as a graduate student is to look down on all research that isn’t actually yours, unless it supports whatever it is you are doing. In which case, that person is totally on the ball and should …

The BBC reported on a new form of pain therapy being used to help burn victims through rehabilitation. The kicker? They’re using virtual reality to do so. As someone who used to burn the crap out of themselves on a regular basis by working in a restaurant, I can’t even imagine the amount of pain …

As a graduate student, the importance of performing research has been drilled into me repeatedly over the course of my illustrious academic career. Research is how we form big ideas, answer questions and make the world a better place. It’s also how we force people to play Crazy Taxi for extended periods of time without …