The Rise and Fall of Flappy Bird
How an amateur-ish iPhone game soared to such heights, and why it had to die.
Where Is Sam?The understated indie video game Gone Home looks like a typical first-person horror story. But it’s a lot more surprising—and moving—than that.
What’s a Z Really Worth?Why efforts to assign Scrabble tiles their “real value” miss the point of the game.
Marines Who Love Space MarinesWhy American troops can’t get enough of Warhammer 40,000, a fantasy tabletop game set in the 41st millennium.
Please Stop Talking About Ancient Alien ArtifactsDead Space 2, a fantastic video game that nearly ruins a franchise.
A Fistful of ControllerRockstar's fantastic new Western Red Dead Redemption is even better than Grand Theft Auto.
BioShock 2The rare video-game sequel that builds on the original (and not just by adding better guns).
The Slow Video Game MovementThe Path asks gamers to stop shooting and start soaking in their surroundings.
The American Revolution: The GameAssassin’s Creed III is a thrilling, hyperdetailed journey to the Colonial era. There are also aliens.
The Case of the Stolen BlanksThe real story behind the cheating scandal at the National Scrabble Championship.
Pixelated Breasts and Fountains of BloodMy strange, brief career as a video-game obscenity watchdog.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the First-Person ShooterPortal 2, the rare video game that will make you laugh out loud.
Real Princes, Real PersiansIran's video-game developers find inspiration in America's best-selling Prince of Persia franchise.
It Themes Somehow FamiliarHow could two crossword constructors come up with puzzles that are almost exactly alike?
And You Thought Grand Theft Auto Was BadShould the United States ban a Japanese "rape simulator" game?