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‘WWE 2K16’ Requires Too Much Excellence in Execution to Have a Good Time

WWE 2K16 is far, far too complicated to just pick up and play. I understand why. Wrestling is not like other sports. There’s a sadistic creativity surrounding it.

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‘Friday the 13th’ Game Well on Its Way to Ruling Next Year’s Halloween

A determined group of developers has nearly funded a project to bring horror movie franchise Friday the 13th to the multiplayer gaming realm.

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23 Oct 2015 // 8:15 AM

IndieCade 2015: New Games Get All Touchy-Feely

Kissing. Sex. Breakups. Games today are getting emotional — and sometimes even sexy.

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‘Super Mario’ Looms Large in the Game World 30 Years Later

Three decades on, the character drawn up by game design master Shigeru Miyamoto is still immediately identifiable. And his games regularly sell in the multiple millions. What’s the secret?

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‘Assassin’s Creed’ Film Won’t Save Game-to-Movie Adaptations, and That’s Fine

For the most part, gaming culture is simply popular culture. There’s no hierarchy for entertainment.

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‘Mad Max’ Is More ‘American Pickers’ Than Apocalyptic Film Series Adaptation

Mad Max the game does a few things well, but it lacks focus.

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Players Have Every Right to Be Unhappy With ‘Star Citizen’ Progress

How can a game with nearly $90 million in funding possibly be behind schedule? We were supposed to have a fully formed beta version by the end of 2014, but that isn’t coming until 2016. What happened?

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Gaming Against Sexual Assault, with ‘Decisions That Matter’ and Other Video Games

The game tackles sexual assault, and it asks players to witness disturbing situations that test their moral fortitude.

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11 Aug 2015 // 9:45 AM

‘Galak-Z’ Is Hard to Decode, But the Trying Is Fun

Eight to 10 hours in, and I think I’m starting to speak Galak-Z’s language: Death will come suddenly, so maybe don’t waste a lifetime fighting it.

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Joel McDonald’s Puzzle Game ‘Prune’ Has Flowered Quickly

Prune was near the top of Apple’s paid App Store charts for much of last week. Not bad for a game in which the goal is to watch a tree sprout flowers.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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