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WAD. To the uninitiated, this sounds like something to be discarded. Something to be disregarded. Maybe even something gross. A wad of what? Snot? Toilet paper? To those of us with some culture, WAD stands for “Where is All the Data?” It's the file extension and format

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“Hey, do you still play D&D?” I've heard this more often lately. A lot of my friends and acquaintances suddenly have a much more open-minded opinion about my hobby now that everyone's been forced into bored desperation. But one thing I've never been is a gatekeeper.

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Earlier in the month of May I paid some due respect to the platformer, that ubiquitous and well-loved game format that has seen countless iterations since its inception in the early 80s. Platformers are possibly the most well-recognized type of video game worldwide, even by

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While action has always been the point of video games (unless you really, really like Battle Chess or Anticipation), the means of representing the action have often changed to suit the technology. Before the pixels got all smoothed-out and the whole world shifted to 3rd-person

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The rank and file “bad guys” we see in a typical video game have become ubiquitous. One could even say that without them, you wouldn't have a game at all. We undervalue them. We dismiss them as filler. I maintain that these workaday villains are

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The core of almost every decent video game's story is conflict. Whether it's the fierce hand-to-hand hoops of NBA Jam, the brutal martial arts murder of Mortal Kombat, or DOOM's epic battle against Hell

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OD&D BOOK I: MEN & MAGIC Games aren't necessarily electronic or even mechanically complex. We talk a lot about classic video games here, but the tabletop gets sorely neglected, and I aim to correct that. A poll or two, along with the resurgence of board games

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