NSA Now Spying on Gamers

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Those Pandaren are pretty shifty looking. Your tax dollars at work: NSA employees playing World of Warcraft because something something something TERRORISM! ProPublica has a report on data collection and surveillance of online gaming groups at WoW and Second Life. (Wait, people are still playing Second Life? That’s just kind of … sad.) The fear [Read More...]

Which New Game System Should You Buy: Xbox or PlayStation?

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I’ll keep it short: neither. In a year, maybe, you can consider getting into the new generation of consoles by buying either an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. From what I’ve seen, I’d lean towards the Xbox One, because I prefer the Microsoft ecosystem, it has better multimedia features, and Microsoft has a better [Read More...]

Iranian Games Weirdness

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This video popped up in my news feed this morning, and it was odd enough to merit a share. (Sorry, no embedded video.) It offers a small glimpse into the world of Iranian game production, as filtered through the lens of Press TV, the official English-language propaganda wing of the Iranian ruling council. It appears [Read More...]

Little Kids Just LOVE “Call of Duty”!

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And, as if on cue, Activision once again shows its utter tone deafness by releasing children’s toys based on Call of Duty. The sets feature locations, figures, weapons, and vehicles from the games, which should not be played by anyone under age 17. These aren’t collectible action figures, which might be said to have an adult [Read More...]

Call of Duty, Back in the Crosshairs

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As details emerged about the killer* of 12 at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday, various camps began exploiting the tragedy for their agendas. The first, of course, were the gun grabbers, with the always-nauseating David Frum (most famous for helping lie us into an unnecessary war) taking to Twitter before all the shots were even fired. [Read More...]

Things That Happen Only On Twitter

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This:  Garry Kasparov is a Russian opposition leader and vocal foe of Vladimir Putin, as well as the greatest chess player in the history of the game and thus one of most brilliant minds on the planet. He’s also a fan of the conservative bloggerAce of Spades, and now understands what the word “bro” means. And then [Read More...]

Game of the Thrones in 8-bit Style

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Winter is Coming in Abel Alves’ retro “Game of Thrones” platformer, complete with swordplay, magic, and crows. Alves used Arcade Game Studio to really nail that 80s feel. You can download and play the whole thing here, or just check out the trailer: [Read more...]

Tarot in Games Magazine

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For those who followed the tarot posts, the issue of Games featuring my tarot story should be on stands this week. Here’s the cover: The version here at God and the Machine is about twice the length of the magazine version, and greatly expands the religious content.   [Read more...]


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