Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015: Full Deck-Building, But At What Cost?

The latest installment of the video game version of Magic: the Gathering, Duels of the Planeswalkers, gives players the one thing we've always wanted – the ability to build our own decks from scratch. But the addition of "premium boosters" that cost extra money might completely outweigh it. » 7/25/14 12:40pm 7/25/14 12:40pm

That Wizard Came From The Moon: A defence of Peter Dinklage in Destiny

You might have heard a few rumblings on the internet during Destiny's Alpha weekend recently that Peter Dinklage's performance in the game is... well, not exactly Tyrion Lannister. But, having spent some time playing the game myself, I think Dinklage is shaping up to be a cool companion on your Guardian's adventure. » 6/18/14 10:04am 6/18/14 10:04am

That Time When People Thought Playing Chess Would Make You Violent

Although chess has been played for centuries, it wasn't until the 19th century that the game really took off in Europe and the U.S. Yet not everyone had a favorable view of this crazy new fad. Several critics decried chess as a source of intellectual laziness and anti-social behavior that could even provoke violence. » 6/10/14 9:20am 6/10/14 9:20am

It's the 30th Birthday of Tetris, the World's First Electronic Drug

Happy Birthday, Tetris! Alexey Pajitnov released the block-stacking, productivity-killer on June 6, 1984—and it has been available on nearly every gaming device since. Why has this simple game endured while so many others ended up in 8-bit heaven? A psychologist explains what makes it uniquely addicting. » 6/06/14 1:20pm 6/06/14 1:20pm

The New D&D Adventures Will Include All the Dragons

This summer's Dungeons & Dragons relaunch includes a set of adventures focused on the rise of the dragon goddess Tiamat, designed by Wolfgang Baur and Steve Winter of Kobold Press. In this interview, they told us about adventure design and the joys of writing for a game system while it's still in development.
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Physics Students Try To Create A "Street Fighter" Hadouken Fireball

Anybody who has played Street Fighter is familiar with the awesome power of the "Surge Fist" attack, otherwise known as the Hadouken Fireball. While some of us might be intimidated by the thought of tapping into this primal energy, a group of students are determined to recreate it—by setting a dodgeball on fire. » 4/22/14 5:30pm 4/22/14 5:30pm