Artifact: Video Games

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  • Mythos & Majesty

    Mythos & Majesty

    In today’s installment of Zen and the Art of Screaming, we examine how, despite his faults, H.P. Lovecraft changed the way we think about—and experience—horror.

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  • Culture and Gender Norms

    Culture and Gender Norms

    Revisiting the topic of gaming once more, today we look into the evolving tribalism of gaming, gatekeeping and accessibility on multiple fronts. “Power to the Players” should be and is more than just a slogan.

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  • What’s Changed About Video Games

    What’s Changed About Video Games

    As we delve anew into our survey of games, society and their effects upon one another, it behooves to have a current “State of Play”. A snapshot of where we are, where we’ve been, and how precisely we got here.

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  • Firmware Updated – Series Conspectus

    Firmware Updated – Series Conspectus

    A journey into the nuances, culture and development of the video-game industry and its various practices. Join us on an anthropological examination of the impact the medium has had on business, modern society and its various communities, as guided by one who regularly partakes in its many facets.

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  • The Languages of Dune

    The Languages of Dune

    Dune is a legendary piece of science fiction. Much as Tolkien did for Lord of the Rings, Herbert created several new languages, adding richness to his fictional universe.

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  • Where Are They Now—Series Conspectus

    Where Are They Now—Series Conspectus

    An introduction to a slipstream meta-commentary on the evolution and current status of video game franchise icons and how they’ve mutated and grown across multiple platforms! Time is kinder to some than others, and some of these… well, clearly came from a different era. An enthusiast invites our readers on a somewhat more visceral examination than most.

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  • ‘Super Mario, this is your Extra Life!’

    ‘Super Mario, this is your Extra Life!’

    Nintendo and its mustachioed plumber stood alone atop the video game console mountain in the ’80s. Then came an upstart, spiky-haired blue hedgehog leading the charge for Sega and its console. In this installment of Where Are They Now? we explore the beginnings of the console war between Nintendo and Sega.

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