Nolan Bushnell's Take on Gaming Culture and Education

Nolan Bushnell's Take on Gaming Culture and Education

Even if you don't know him by name, he's most likely affected your childhood. As the founder of Atari, Chuck E Cheese, and a multitude of other fun-inducing revolutions, Nolan Bushnell still strives to make sure everyone can look forward to gaming. 

We asked him what he thinks of GamerGate, his ideas on revamping the American education system, and what the next Nolan Bushnell should look out for. 

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The Plight of Open World Storytelling in 2015

The Plight of Open World Storytelling in 2015

There’s an insidious pattern repeating itself in sandbox narratives that makes many of these stories feel like they’re ironically trapped inside of a box, even as 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.

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Books, TV and Comics Ripe for Crossovers in 2015

Books, TV and Comics Ripe for Crossovers in 2015

 South Park: The Stick of Truth epitomized the crossover potential last year, managing to keep all the charm of the long running television show without ever feeling like a worn out retread.  As we kick off a new year, I decided to put together a list of recently published books, films and television that are ripe for the jump into a game version.

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Why Dragon Age: Inquisition's Faith Issues Are Obscurely Refreshing

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 in-game is something we don’t often see, and below is why I think BioWare should be praised for doing so.

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Elegy for a Dead World: Favoring Fiction or Inspiring Essays?

Elegy for a Dead World: Favoring Fiction or Inspiring Essays?

Is Elegy for a Dead World effective at generating raw fiction?

It’s possible that Elegy's strengths may not rely on encouraging fiction, but instead, on encouraging essaying and more personal forms of expression.

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Tales from the Borderlands Shows Us How To Dance Differently on Pandora

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.

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The Great and Secretly Terrible Cards of Goblins vs. Gnomes

The Great and Secretly Terrible Cards of Goblins vs. Gnomes

With Hearthstone’s Goblins vs. Gnomes update adding 120 new cards to the online card game, players are hard at work scheming inventive new decks to crush their opponents in ranked play. This list outlines the standout great cards of GvG, while also looking at some cards that seem tantalizing at first, but will likely come up short.

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Overwatch's Hero List So Far...The Good, The Bad, And The Hanzo

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? To answer that question, we dive into the character design surrounding the heroes released so far. 

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Hatred: The Commercialzed Middle Finger to the Games Industry

Hatred: The Commercialzed Middle Finger to the Games Industry

With the gaming community polarizing their beliefs in the wake of Gamergate, some gamers can't stand the socially progressive game trends flooding the scene. 

Destructive Creation's Hatred gamifies the collective abhorrence against this new wave of socially progressive gaming, and shows a market might exist for outrageously extreme games.  

 

 

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Use of Force: How Indiecade's Innovation Awards Winner Merges Journalism and Interactive Experience

Use of Force: How Indiecade's Innovation Awards Winner Merges Journalism and Interactive Experience

Emblematic Group and Nonny de la Peña’s Use of Force recreates the brutal assault of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a Hispanic, undocumented immigrant whose story, Peña tells SevenCut, took him to a dark end at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol officers. 

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Indiecade and Love: Relationships Across Space and Time

Indiecade and Love: Relationships Across Space and Time

Indiecade, as a festival, can sometimes be a festival of themes. This year -- perhaps more needed than years before -- the theme seemed to focus around relationships, and the physical and nonphysical ways people interact.

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