This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.

Neil Drumming

Hot Flick: “8BITS” at Sundance (photo)

Hot Flick: “8BITS” at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow in Park City, Utah, officially has something for everyone — even gamers. Not only will there be a panel discussion entitled “Video Games: The Plot Thickens” boasting writers and designers from “Alan Wake” and the “Uncharted” series, the annual animated showcase features this retro-gaming homage co-directed by […]

Today’s Time Suck: Galcon (photo)

Today’s Time Suck: Galcon

This set-in-space 2D strategy game isn’t exactly new; it’s garnered a good bit of acclaim over the past couple years. But Galcon has been recently updated, and if you haven’t yet killed a few hours launching fleets of starships and conquering nearby planets instead of filing, doing data entry, or whatever it is you actually […]

Jane McGonigal Says Video Games Can Save Us (photo)

Jane McGonigal Says Video Games Can Save Us

With so much ongoing discussion about whether or not video games are harmful, it is refreshing to hear designer, lecturer, and now author Jane McGonigal speak with such unbridled enthusiasm about how games are, not only already aiding us, but how they can help us improve society on a grand scale. Her argument, put too […]

Marvel Vs. Capcom + Hieroglyphics = ? (photo)

Marvel Vs. Capcom + Hieroglyphics = ?

If you’ve seen any of the trailers for the upcoming “Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” you know that game promises a dizzying, even chaotic, array of heroes and villains spanning two very different universes. As if that isn’t enough, Capcom has teamed up with yet another super-powered troop of animated characters: hip-hop’s esteemed Hieroglyphics. Whether you […]

Midday Laugh: Gears of Halo Theft Auto 5 (photo)

Midday Laugh: Gears of Halo Theft Auto 5

Be forewarned: This clip is crass and more than a little juvenile. That said, it made me chuckle out loud — albeit guiltily. More importantly, the one-note joke dovetails nicely with the recent din swelling up once again over violent video games.

More on the “Pathological Gaming” Study (photo)

More on the “Pathological Gaming” Study

If last night’s post about the study linking gaming addiction to depression and anxiety seemed dismissive, it is only because CNN’s broadcast news coverage left out any specifics that might make the study’s results appear more compelling or convincing. Gamespot, however, goes into much greater detail here about the study conducted by Iowa State professor […]

Slow News Day: Study Blames Games for Kids’ Problems… Again (photo)

Slow News Day: Study Blames Games for Kids’ Problems… Again

This CNN special report doesn’t go into great detail — no particular video games or even types of games are referenced by the anchor or the network’s senior medical correspondent. But, according to a study conducted in Singapore, children who play games for more than thirty hours a week — the correspondent calls them “pathological […]

Experience the Civil Rights Movement With “Second Life”  (photo)

Experience the Civil Rights Movement With “Second Life”

Last year, doctoral students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania used the virtual reality game “Second Life” to recreate scenes from the civil rights movement. The item seemed appropriate for today.

Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2, But We Love Participant #0124 (photo)

Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2, But We Love Participant #0124

By now you’ve probably seen or read about EA’s promotional campaign for the gory, ultra-violent shooter, “Dead Space 2,” in which mothers are subjected to scenes from the game and their reactions recorded. The result is a series of video clips of older women being horrified and, in some cases, outraged. The gist is this: […]

Penn State Professor Says We Need More Games in Schools (photo)

Penn State Professor Says We Need More Games in Schools

Ali Carr-Chellman, a professor of education at Penn, State speaking from the TED Conference, addresses the plight of boys and “boy culture” in today’s schools. She makes a compelling — if occasionally tough to swallow — argument that young males are widely and unintentionally excluded from the culture of education due, in part, to the […]