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How Dragon Age 2 Taught Me To Face My Dragon: Depression

Last June, Io9 featured an “In Defense Of” article on Dragon Age 2 which highlighted the strengths the game had, despite less-than-shiny reviews originally received from critics and players alike. James Whitebrook’s article reminded me of the deep fondness I had for DA2 and inspired me to share my story on how being… »7/13/15 1:34pm7/13/15 1:34pm

Video Game About Masturbating Is A Lot Less Fun Than It Sounds

Video games have a lot in common with porn. That's not meant as a criticism—some of the best minds in the business have compared the two as a way to advocate on behalf of the creative merits of both. But here's the thing: once you accept that video games are often structurally similar to porn, what does that say about… »4/29/14 6:15pm4/29/14 6:15pm

A Virtual Escape: Gaining Life from Nearly Losing it

In today's society it has become the norm to cast blame on things that we don't understand. When some look at shootings, stabbings, and other random acts of violence they see the cause as something they want to believe, no matter the evidence presented. In the past we have seen comics, music and books as the… »4/15/14 11:00am4/15/14 11:00am

I Used To Smoke Pot Every Time I Played A Video Game. Here's Why I Stopped.

I started smoking pot during my junior year of college, after a loud and messy breakup with my first girlfriend that sent me into an absolutely manic rage. It was shortly after she left, bawling, that one of my roommates asked if I wanted to get high. I guess that was his way of trying to make me feel better. That… »2/26/13 9:30am2/26/13 9:30am

What Should Be the Official Console of The Next Great Depression?

With the economy on the ropes and a recession running around like death at the masquerade, it seems inevitable that we're going to be dealing with question eventually, so let's get to it now. NPR argued yesterday that video games could serve as the mass opiate of this generation's great depression. In the 30s that… »9/25/08 10:00am9/25/08 10:00am