Sevencut's Gabe Wood shares his favorite cult classics, both old and new.
Though the world of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is cold and alienating at first, its mystery and desolate beauty makes it an unforgettable place.
While Tales of the Arabian Nights is lighter on mechanics than most board games, its massive Book of Tales will take you and your friends on a journey through the world of Middle Eastern mythology.
Yeelen creates an epic fantasy story with dazzling scenery from West African legends and folk tales.
Guillermo del Toro's first feature film Cronos goes beyond its cheesy horror aesthetic to present a story about immortality and letting go.
One of the best action anime of the early 90s, Yu Yu Hakusho takes ideas from Buddhism, Shintoism, and East Asian mythology to create a colorful, detailed world.
In a world filled with bland film adaptations of classic fantasy stories, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons attempts to capture the action and silliness of the original Chinese novel.
Featuring a deep look at the wizard archetype and a world based on Native American and Pacific Islander cultures, A Wizard of Earthsea is a must-read fantasy book that people of all ages can enjoy.
Drawing from Japanese folklore, Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare is a fantasy movie in the vein of Labyrinth or Dark Crystal starring a squad of Japanese spirits called yokai.
Avatar: The Last Airbender brings a story and characters that build in complexity, set in a world inspired by Asian culture where people can control the elements using martial arts.
Looking at the lives of two black high school basketball players who are trying to go pro, Hoop Dreams is the definitive documentary on the business of sports and social inequality.
Combining an inspirational sports story with an earthy 70s cinema look at American class struggle, Breaking Away gives a look at how sports can shape someone's identity.
Writing about one of his lifelong obsessions, celebrated author David Foster Wallace gives a look into the lives of second-tier tennis pros.
Nintendo game Punch-Out!! requires a sharp eye and twitch reflexes to beat its colorful cast of opponents and become the world's #1 boxer.
Classic documentary Pumping Iron gives a look into the tense world of competitive bodybuilding, featuring a young Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.
With Playing to Win, game designer and former Street Fighter pro David Sirlin created a guide on the real skills and thinking required to dominate gaming tournaments.
Cult film Slap Shot looks at changing times, the casualties of big business, and appealing to the lowest common denominator from the perspective of a minor league hockey team.
Both exciting and meditative, Ping Pong: The Animation brings a tale of high school sports that follows a cast of heroes and villains as they win, lose, and grow up.
A classic of soft science fiction, Dune is a portrait of an inhospitable planet in a universe where advanced technology is banned, forcing people to expand their own potentials to superhuman degrees.
One of the best comics of the 90s, Transmetropolitan uses a misanthropic journalist in a cyberpunk dystopia to satirize American culture.
Satirizing war and fascism, Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers follows space marines in a war against an enemy they don't know much about, other than the fact that they hate them.
Don Hertzfeldt's simple animation belies a touching and melancholic look at a future where humanity tries to use technology to preserve themselves and regain the past.
Out of all of the animated shows to come out of the 90s, the one that has aged the best is avant garde dystopian sci-fi series Aeon Flux.
Forbidden Planet is a classic of the 1950s sci-fi film boom, full of spectacle and Freudian psychology undercut by old-timey sexism.
The paintings of H.R. Giger bring the viewer into a dark future of psycho-sexual cyborg horror.
While Warhammer 40,000 is known for being so grim and dark it originated the term "grimdark" to describe it, it actually packs a great sense of humor and irony.
Combining transhumanism, philosophy, and theology, The Last Question examines technological power and the collective anxiety of the human race.
With Deltron 3030, alt-rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien paints a picture of a future that is outlandish, but strangely depressing.
In Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov uses elegant language, mold-breaking protagonists, and point-of-view to play with the reader's concept of morality.
Wolf Children uses the struggle between nature and civilization to tell the story of a loving mother raising two half-wolf children while being unable to connect with their bestial sides.
Video game To the Moon puts players as two doctors who dive into a dying widower's memories to fulfill his last wish.
Being John Malkovich uses its bizarre premise to examine self-loathing and escapism.
Heartbreak Soup combines soap opera melodrama with indie comics introspection to deliver stories of love and loss.
A couple breaks up when one man just cannot stop making jokes, in a short story by Native American author and humorist Sherman Alexie.
Anaïs Mitchell takes the tragic Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydices and turns it into a rousing folk opera set in 1930s America.
Wong Kar-wai's film In the Mood for Love offers a story of two people in 1960s Hong Kong who let love slip through their fingers.
A roleplaying game that features highschool monsters clamoring for social leverage and base fulfillment, Monsterhearts offers a deadly serious take on teen sex.
When master sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini used his tremendous skill to bring the Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne to life, he created an amazing depiction of unrequited love.
Though it's a classic short story and a staple of American English courses, The Lottery has been banned by both school districts and an entire nation.
Before Hollywood started enforcing its self-imposed moral standard known as the Hays Code, Scarface shocked audiences with its violence to the point that several states and cities outright forbid it from playing.
While Frankenchrist features long songs condemning American culture, it was a poster included with the record that landed Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and label manager Michael Bonanno in court with an obscenity charge.
Mike Diana knew his violent underground comic Boiled Angel didn't fit into his community of Largo, Florida, but he couldn't imagine that it would eventually get him arrested for obscenity.
In 1991 Raise the Red Lantern received international praise for its story about the concubine system in 1920s China, but the Chinese government saw it as a subtle condemnation of authoritarian rule.
Estonian music composer Arvo Pärt was blacklisted by the Soviet musical establishment for putting his spirituality into his songs.
One of the most banned paintings in the world was considered so shocking, the original owner kept it hidden behind a curtain. It wasn't displayed publicly for over 100 years, and even today police sometimes confiscate books bearing its image. What could this painting be of to cause such intense reactions?
On the cusp of World War II, one of the world's greatest comedians decided to condemn fascism by lampooning one of the world's most powerful leaders.
Humans have been writing smut for thousands of years, from obscene poems to dirty folk songs. But when the first erotic novel was written in 18th century England, it caused such a stir that the courts banned it for over 200 years.
When an artist cannot create, what do they do? Some will sit idle, waiting for their circumstances to change. Others will abandon their creative pursuits altogether, in favor of something less punishing. But some, like acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, will struggle to keep creating.
Heroes of the Storm Beta Impressions
Haven't bought your way into Blizzard's new MOBA? Curious to know the in and outs of gameplay? Will this turn into your next gaming obsession? Gabe combs through the whole game to see if Heroes of the Storm might be right for you.
As Attila Stomps in, I Bow out: Recognizing the Golden Age Fallacy
Do you fancy yourself a gaming hipster? Do you like games earlier in the series, and think newer games will never compare? You're probably falling for the Golden Age Fallacy.
Why Dragon Age: Inquisition's Faith Issues Are Obscurely Refreshing
Few AAA games touch on the subject of religion and faith, so to produce one that not only addresses it but gives you near-complete freedom to deal with religion in whatever manner you choose is a welcomed step. This nuanced depiction of faith on both an individual level and an overarching motif is something we don’t often see, and is why BioWare should be praised for doing so.
Overwatch's Hero List so far...the Good, the Bad, and the Hanzo
Does Blizzard's new game Overwatch meet their lore master's goal of making their game more socially inclusive? Did it successfully fine tune these heroes to fit the progressive nature progressive critique craves?
Ultimate Battle: Gettysburg Reviewed
Ultimate Battle: Gettysburg's A.I. mechanics and battle-altering options establish a more-than-worthy entry into the rich canon of Civil War strategy games, even while in early access.
Tom Abernathy on the Narrative Opportunities and Challenges in League of Legends
How tough is it to create a story in a competitive, diverse environment? Sevencut finds out with Narrative Lead for Riot Games, Tom Abernathy.
Tom talks about breaking canon, Riot's exploratory moves away from traditional narrative mediums and reinventing the story space in the constraints of competitive gaming.
Twoscore and Two Years Later: The Wait for a Different Civil War Game
In 2014, fears of talking about slavery and America’s checkered past in the context of a video game should not be an issue. If anything, it would deepen the story’s richness. So why does one of the most defining events of American history remain locked out of the greater gaming pantheon?
Is Hearthstone's Chat Wheel Really Worth Praising?
"I chafe at limited communication. The idea of a social media service that only lets you choose pre-written responses aggravates me, and that's why I'm worried about what Hearthstone means for future gaming communications..."
Democracy 3: My Most Humiliating Death in a Video Game
If you want to do well in Democracy 3 you have to be a good ruler. And I failed. Miserably and utterly. I’ve died thousands of times in video games over the years, but this death was probably the most humiliating.
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The King of the Mews: An Interview with EmuKiller
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It's Art, Man! An Interview With a Local Gaming Virtuoso
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MGS: Ground Zeroes Makes Me Feel Like I'm Bad at Video Games
There’s a difference between not being good at a video game and not being good at video games in general. Sometimes the latter isn't a bad thing. Read More →
What Video Games Should Learn From Television
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Hey Game Developers, Stop Killing Our Families
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Why the State Department Should be Jealous of Reddit
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The Plight of Open World Storytelling in 2015
There’s an insidious pattern repeating itself in open world, sandbox games that makes stories feel ironically trapped inside of a box, even if they theoretically offer large possibilities. If sandbox storytelling is to avoid the fate of the classic MMORPG, it must grow in these challenges or else risk falling by the wayside.
Tales from the Borderlands Shows Us How To Dance Differently On Pandora
Though the challenge of branching video games out from one mechanic to another is hardly a new one, Tales from the Borderlands early success is a strong lesson for developers lucky enough for the opportunity to expand their games’ world beyond their original mechanics. By seeking out key, strong characteristics of the original game, and concentrating on how they interact with a new set of mechanics, developers stand to learn both about their original creation and about the new ways it can be explored.
A Portable Second Screen for All of Your Usage Needs
Nomadz's DuoScreen is a portable additional monitor for your laptop or tablet, so far successfully creating a practical way to transport a dual-screen solution. Utilizing similar technology to the AOC q2r143, the DuoScreen is powered and maintained by a USB 3.0 connection to any USB 3.0 capable device. Nomadz appears to have further refined their original design, with the monitor tucking away nicely into a base that can be used as a laptop cooling pad, or just a way to prop up your device.
Revolution 60: A Revolution Made for Dancing
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The Layman's Guide to DOTA 2
Want to watch this weekend's major DOTA 2 competition with your friends, but don't really know what's going on? We've got everyone from non-gamers to League of Legends-only players covered in this all-inclusive guide to understanding the world's largest video game competition.
RTX 2014: The Power of a Community
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Beyond Oregon Trail: Your History Education and Gaming
Between all of the education-first and the entertainment-first offerings available, there should be more than enough games out there for students to sweep a history-themed category on Jeopardy!
Connor Kenway, Delsin Rowe and the Search for a Fully Realized Character
While Assassin's Creed III and InFAMOUS SecondSon illuminate diversity in AAA games, they still fall short of perfectly complex protagonists.
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On the Morality of Stealth Games
Whether it’s in Deus Ex, Splinter Cell or Dishonored, stealth games ask players a question -- when sneaking through a room full of guards, would you rather mercilessly kill your enemies, or would you rather harmlessly knock them out?
Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Crushes Records in 12 hours.
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PAX East Through the Eyes of an Amateur Photographer
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A simple, solid headset for half the price of current Xbox One headsets.
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Pokemon Is Now High Fashion
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