Culture Clips: A Good Year for the Bad Guys

Frank Griffin from Godless

We’re three whole days into 2018 now, but it’s still wholly appropriate to look back at the year that was. Researchers have weighed the data to determine the year’s most popular books, movies and videos. Pundits have opined on the year’s biggest entertainment stories. But one thing’s clear, at least to the Los Angeles Times’ […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2017 Edition)

Movers and shakers

The outgoing year is often depicted as an old, tired man with a beard down to his knees. But this year, that depiction felt all too true. With all the natural disasters and political unrest and international crises afoot, 2017 probably made us all feel older than we should. Back in the day, many folks […]

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Truth About the Truth or Dare App

teens and phone

OK, let’s start with Truth, shall we? Many of us have probably played a game of Truth or Dare at some point in our past, right? Sure, we didn’t have all of today’s high-tech gadgetry to draw upon, but it’s possible that some of you still doled out those boundary-pushing teenage challenges in some antiquated […]

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Game Goods 2017: Bob Hoose’s Year-End Picks

Top Games year-end picks

We all know that it’s a pretty common thing these days to see families playing video games together. Games can be interactive, fun, and even educational if you find the right ones. Of course, finding the video games that fit your family room is the real challenge. And that equation can have as many variables […]

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Culture Clips: The Most Hated Man in Nerd-dom?

Luke almost didn’t come back. Mark Hamill portrayed Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, launching him into the kind of superstardom few ever actors ever achieve. No wonder he was a bit tentative about reprising his iconic role. “I was just really scared,” he told the New York Times recently. “I thought, why […]

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Pokémon Go’s Influence a Year Later

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’

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

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

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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