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Editorial

Updated: Even a false piece in Forbes about the PS4 can increase dogmatism.

Often when gaming makes its way into the mainstream, the story is misguided, sensational, and revolves around fear. A recent viral Forbes piece about the PS4 and Daesh hits all three, misrepresenting the situation and perpetuating dogmatic villainization.

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Casual Friday: An ode to the days of the competitive couch.

Though I wouldn’t say I’m an overly competitive person, I do miss the days of playing against people in person, the days of couch competition. More…

The call of duty on Veteran’s Day.

Recently I went out with someone and ended up talking about Call of Duty. She told me she had a grievance against the franchise, and her points feel particularly relevant on Veteran’s Day.

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Why play games?

When going through life, it’s worthwhile to sit down and ask yourself basic questions. Lately, my basic question has been: why play games at all? More…

We need scripted gaming to teach lessons.

A recent article in PC Gamer magazine claims that scripted set pieces in gaming are vanishing to make way for open worlds. I certainly hope that’s not the case, not if we still intend to tackle deep issues with gaming. More…

Casual Friday: Welcome to Jurassic Park.

I’ve got a tendency to be pretty serious here at Intelligame, but I think every-so-often it’s worthwhile to just kick back and talk about games for the sake of talking about games, reminiscing about old times or getting excited about new ones. Hence the new, completely original, 100% unique, never-used-in-any-other-context Casual Friday! More…

Turning the difficulty up brings out the best cooperation.

There’s nothing like an almost-punishing challenge to bring a group together, and those bonds cross over the digital divide. More…

Can Halo convince us to Hunt the Truth?

Gaming is a huge modern storytelling medium, and some of the stories coming from gaming are as deep and thought-provoking as novels. So what will it take to get non-gamers interested in them? More…

Call of Duty’s “No Russian” is more than “shooting up an airport.”

Intelligame’s founding premise is that we shouldn’t fear taking gaming seriously. Perhaps that’s why Kotaku’s recent article about the “No Russian” mission in Modern Warfare 2 bothers me…or, more specifically, its title.

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Game of Dice is a Monopoly Casino: fun, but the house always wins.

Interesting that I would lead off talking about Game of Dice with a statement that sounds suspiciously like addiction, especially considering it takes place in a fictional casino. But that setting feels appropriate; it’s a streamlined, exciting version of Monopoly, but I wonder if someone’s pulling strings. More…