What are you playing?

To the uninformed, all video games may look about the same. The player stares at a screen, pushing buttons or moving joysticks or clicking a mouse, while manipulating the images they see, sometimes reacting loudly, sometimes not at all. It may be difficult to...

What Are You Buying?

A mother returns home after a long day of errands, laden with bags from the grocery store and the local shopping mall, where she bought some new clothes for her teenage son and toys for her young daughter. Setting down her bags, she climbs the stairs to her son’s room, where she finds him...

Who Are You Talking To?

There are over 7.6 billion people in the world, most of whom have no clue who you are, nor do you know them. For the first time in history, though, this is changing: these days, it is possible to have friends from around the globe, through growing avenues such as social media and...

What’s In A Name?

Usernames are about more than anonymity, though. Many people use them as a way to build an identity for themselves that is entirely of their choosing; they have control over how people address them, how they are perceived, and how they communicate with others. This results in...

What Is Gaming?

A young boy sits in the dark, illuminated only by the flashing lights of his screen. He mashes the buttons of his controller furiously, occasionally exclaiming in excitement or anger in response to the game he’s playing. He saved three weeks’ worth of allowance to buy this game after waiting in anticipation for months, and he plays it all the time...

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