What Happened to the Arcade?

The arcade was a place of refuge for the outcasts of adolescent social circles, where time would be spent dumping quarters into some dumb machine instead of studying or playing ball hockey or parking their ass in front of the TV like every other kid. Communities were built […]

Ping Pong Club!

It’s Japanese name is “IKE! Ina-Chuu Takyuubu” or “Let’s go middle school Ping Pong club!”, but it’s better known to its tiny fan base in North America as PING PONG CLUB. No plot synopsis or standard review could ever properly convey what there is to like about this […]

Going Brown

There’s a saying about the debut album by the Velvet Underground, the ’67 Warhol/Eno/Reed concoction with the peeling-banana cover: that everyone who bought the record went on to start their own band. Silly, yes, but the lesson — that you don’t need gristle-free chops or a Conservatory degree […]

Half-Life Bonanza

The writers over at Gamers with Jobs look at the new Half-Life 2: Episode One, and provide some too-high praise for the original game — if you want to know why people buy Half-Life games willy-nilly, read this article.

A Faster Pace

Is it possible to have a book with a pace that is too fast? A book with too much action? Sure, since it’s relatively easy to jettison all of the hard-to-write stuff like character and description, and just dump in a lot of violence (ironically, I think a […]