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The Best Video Game Ever: "Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord"

The Best Video Game Ever: “Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord”

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on the Best Video Games Ever.  To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, please click here. I’m an RPG guy. And I’m going old school here. Way old school: 1982. This one I played on an Apple IIe, with the green…

A New Ending Couldn't Destroy Mass Effect's Artistic Integrity

A New Ending Couldn’t Destroy Mass Effect’s Artistic Integrity

[Note: This is a companion piece to something I wrote earlier this week on the same subject but from a different point of view.  In addition, while there are no spoilers per say, the way I talk about and characterize Mass Effect 3’s ending in the abstract might make it better for people who want to approach…

Confirmation Bias, Video Games, Art, and Interactivity

Confirmation Bias, Video Games, Art, and Interactivity

Mass Effect 3 was released two weeks ago today (Tuesday) and there have been a lot of little swirling dynamics when it comes to the game, consumer response, corporate response to the consumer response, and so on. (Now, I can’t talk about the game and some of the problems that folks have with it without touching on spoilers.…

Virtually crime free

Virtually crime free

I was discussing Kevin Drum’s post on falling crime rates in America and the old Freakonomics argument came up – that the only possible explanation for this phenomenon is the after-effects of Roe v. Wade. The fewer unwanted pregnancies, so the argument goes, the fewer potential criminals. Interestingly, alongside falling crime rates, we also see…