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

Taking the “Play” out of “PlayStation Network”

All I wanted to do was play some arcade X-Men with an Internet superstar. Instead, I got “maintenance messages” and shattered dreams. And by shattered dreams, I mean we played Soul Calibur IV instead. It was the closest equivalent I could find in terms of “just mash buttons” gameplay. So, what’s up with the “maintenance” … Read more

I… am an instructions reader. Whew, you have no idea how great it feels to get that off my chest! It’s been like this secret burden I’ve been carrying around for years. Sure, I can appreciate the desire to just tear into something you buy and figure it out as you go along. But… what …

When I think about the relationship between traditional media and gaming, it’s hard to find a better case study than the Mass Effect series. Mass Effect has been on my mind a lot recently, what with the recent release of Mass Effect 2 on PlayStation 3, as well as the fact that I just finished …