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Pixels at an Exhibition

They always choose Space Invaders, don’t they? Maybe sometimes Pac-Man, or the occasional dalliance with Donkey Kong. But no game has ever represented “video games” in the consciousness of the larger culture like Space Invaders has. 

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Four Capital Cities of the United States

It’s not that a little has gone wrong, or that one big thing has gone wrong, but everything we can think of has gone horribly, impossibly wrong in Fallout 3. The game has its share of silliness and humor, but ultimately the weight of its utter devastation is crushing.

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Forever is Composed of Nows

I usually prefer not to write about games immediately after I’ve finished them. The excitement of the experience can get in the way of the ability to evaluate it, and the internalization of the mechanics can take a while to unwind.

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Before You Ask, Nobody Was Named Ender

John Leopold is a long-time teacher of ancient history and Latin at Oakwood Secondary School in North Hollywood, California. Since 1988, he has supplemented his curriculum with various role-playing games of his own design—something that began as he searched for a way to make learning more interesting for his students.

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Reality as It Is Today

Genuinely thoughtful commentary on video games doesn’t come by all the time, and how much the rarer is the emergence of a truly worthy and unique voice. So when Rachael Webster, an aspiring writer stagnating at a menial job at a small and mostly unknown city newspaper, first took up the pen for her blog in the fall of last year, she quickly found herself amongst enthusiastic supporters and a welcoming community.

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