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What is the “Goldilocks” Difficulty?

A single game’s difficulty settings can range from walk-in-the-park to absolute absurdity, but is sacrificing challenge for expediency worth it? What difficulty is “just right?” More…

A Case for Replaying Old Games (and then Playing New Ones)

Most of us own multiple “great” games, and many of those we’ve left unplayed. So why go back to the games we’ve already beaten? More…

How Much Game is Too Much Game?

The concept of a game with hundreds of hours of content sounds appealing…but what if I want to play other games, too?

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The Benefits of Specialization in Gaming and Life

Games of all kinds teach the benefits of specialization: focusing on performing a particular task or function really well, then coordinating with others so everyone wins together. More…

Casual Friday: 20xx puts co-op and roguelike in my Mega Man X.

There’s nothing quite like Mega Man X… Except 20xx, which takes the Mega Man X formula and dials it up a notch. More…

Be SMART about your objective: on quests, sidequests, and beating the game.

With all the choices in the world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose track of the goal. Don’t just choose an objective: start SMART Gaming. More…

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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Snippet: Playing Tetris can decrease traumatic flashbacks.

Just a quick note on how gaming can help to heal some pain.  More…

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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