Can a First-Person Shooter Be Nice?
Games like Call of Duty feel like toxic cesspools. How does Overwatch manage to feel so cheerful, welcoming, and fun?
Shorter Isn’t BetterThe Wall Street Journal says Nigerian players have developed an amazing new Scrabble strategy. Don’t believe the hype.
Playing With WordsThe remarkable Firewatch is part of a new generation of games taking cues from the text adventures of the 1980s.
The Fun of Betraying Your FriendsWe’re in a golden age of board games. Betrayal at House on the Hill is one of the best.
Choose Your Old AdventureCrowdfunding was supposed to transport video games to strange and exciting places. Instead it took them back in time.
Video Game Club 2014Entry 11: Why should I devote 70 hours to a game that can’t even bother to design decent menus?
Video Game Club 2014Entry 9: One of my favorite video games of 2014 doesn’t even have any video—you don’t even need a screen.
Video Game Club 2014Entry 3: This weird game about a sad-sack dog whose wife left him is my favorite game of the year.
Video Game Club 2014Entry 1: The best video game of the year? A heartbreaking downloadable bonus chapter for a zombie shooter.
Don’t Mourn the Passing of the New York Times Chess ColumnThis is a great chance for the Gray Lady to bring its chess coverage into modern times.
Paint. Learn Piano. Build Mario Levels!Super Mario Maker isn’t just about creating your own video game. It’s about deepening your love of an art form.
Life as a TargetThis War of Mine shifts the focus of war games from the shooters to the civilians caught in the crossfire.
Video Game Club 2014Entry 10: Defeating zombies by dancing? Crypt of the Necrodancer felt like the coolest game of 2014.
Video Game Club 2014Entry 6: I’m no longer interested in worrying about whether other gamers think I’m sufficiently hardcore.
Video Game Club 2014Entry 2: The long road where achievements go to die, aka my favorite game of the year.
Shooting Blow Darts at RocksI am absolutely terrible at League of Legends, the video game that’s the future of sports.
Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List?Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
Bestie, Ew, Slumdog, TwerkInside the contest to add a new word to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.