Pokémon Go’s Influence a Year Later

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Pokemon Go

Plugged In’s coverage of video games typically leans in a cautionary direction. (As does, frankly, our coverage of other entertainment media as well.) For years, our weekly Culture Clips feature has documented what social scientists have observed about the influence of video games. Though we’ve commented on both positive and negative impacts of games on […]

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Culture Clips: The Influence of the ‘Princess Industrial Complex’

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If you haven’t noticed, there are princesses everywhere these days. Disney princesses, that is. There’s the classic trio (Aurora, Cinderella and Snow White), the so-called Disney Renaissance princesses (Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan). Then we have the millennial members of this hallowed animated court: Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa and Moana. That’s a lot […]

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Vodcast: What Parents Need to Know About PlayStation VR

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What Parents Need to Know About Playstation VR - Plugged In Vodcast

PlayStation VR is real and … somewhat less spectacular than you might have thought. Don’t get us wrong, the tech is pretty cool. Sitting in the cockpit of your own spaceship as you twirl through space in a dogfight? Plopping yourself down in the innards of a tank and charging into a polygon-filled battle? Literally […]

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Send Me In Coach, I Play Video Games

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Let me distract you from the agonies and ecstasies of the political season for a moment to address an interesting tidbit from the land of gaming. We all know that we live in a video-game-friendly world. And as gaming systems have gotten more powerful and game creation has become more nuanced, we cheery button-crunchers can’t […]

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Parents: The “Nintendo Switch” Console Could Actually Be Good for Your Family

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Image of the Nintendo Switch logo (Copyright Nintendo 2016)

A Nintendo property is blowing up the Internet… again. Even though it isn’t Pokemon-related, it looks like it could be another game changer. What I’m talking about is the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, which Nintendo hopes will be its comeback in the Sony-and-Microsoft-dominated video game market after the lackluster performance of the Wii U. Why is […]

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Pokemon Go and the Hunt for Imagination

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The mobile gaming app Pokémon Go crossed over 100 million downloads last week, and it’s still barreling through the culture like an armor-plated buffalo (which, frankly, would be a pretty cool Pokémon critter in itself). And now, since even your Great Aunt Edna is trying to catch ’em all, scholarly experts are popping out of […]

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Vodcast: What Parents Need to Know About Pokemon GO

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A Clinton is running for president and people all across the United States are going bananas over Pokemon. You’d be forgiven if you wondered for a moment whether or not you had accidentally traveled back in time to the 1990s. Even if you’re not already trying to catch ‘em all yourself, you’ve likely heard something […]

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Vodcast: The Dark Side of Angry Birds

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Angry Birds has a deep, dark secret. Their insidious secret? They don’t really care about the eggs. They’re after something much, much more precious. Something each of us can only dream of acquiring more of. Something men and women have chased for thousands of years. And they aren’t working alone. They have cohorts. We’re all surrounded. […]

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