Culture Clips: Alone … With Our Screens

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Plugged In reviewed a strange little video game last week called Death Stranding. Our own Bob Hoose calls it part shooter, part adventure game, part building game and all weird. While dark and bloody, the game has also earned the most nominations this year from the Game Awards (an awards “show” that was watched by […]

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When Videogames Go to School

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It wasn’t that long ago that everybody from parents to clergymen to U.S. senators were all aflutter about the kid-destroying characteristics of videogames. These days, however, its not so much parents screaming at the kids to turn off the videogames as it is parents urging them to sharpen their button-mashing skills. You know, so they […]

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Culture Clips: The Black Hole

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Last week, Culture Clips noted that Epic Games was being sued because its wildly popular online game, Fortnite, was allegedly as addictive as cocaine. You’d think that Epic might have a vested interest in saying, “Nah, you’re overreacting.” Instead, the game maker seemed to set out to prove just how right that little ol’ lawsuit […]

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Online “Swatting:” A Prank That’s No Laughing Matter

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We don’t often think about gaming and online shenanigans leading to anything truly dangerous. But it turns out that in the right situation, those pursuits can lead to jail time and even someone’s death! Say what? NBC News recently reported on a terrible and deadly event that involved something called “swatting”—the tactic of contacting police […]

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Tech Tuesday: The Biggest Problem With Online Gaming? Us.

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They say numbers don’t lie. And if that’s true, then the online gaming world may have a problem on its hands, especially in light of a new study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Before you throw up your hands and digitally turn away grumbling about studies, let me pile on a whole bunch of numbers […]

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Culture Clips: Are Video Games Linked to Mass Shootings?

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Tragedy struck the communities of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, this weekend. A total of 31 lives were lost in separate mass shootings, with more injured. As the friends and families of these victims mourn the loss of their loved ones, it can be difficult to know how to best show our support. Jim […]

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Culture Clips: Lil Nas X is Music’s New Record-Setting Sheriff

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The music industry has a new top dog: “Old Town Road.” It took 24 years to beat “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men as the music industry’s longest-running pop chart-topping song. That ditty spent 16 straight weeks on the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1995 and 1996. And while  […]

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Tech Tuesday: Make Money at Home! Play Fortnite!

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This just in: Fortnite Battle Royale, the wildly popular online shooter game, isn’t as wildly popular as it once was. Part of that dip is apparently the fault of Fortnite itself: Players were disgruntled with the tweaks made to the game in recent weeks and moved away from it—at least temporarily. But simple game fatigue […]

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Tech Tuesday: Hogwarts Awaits—On Your Phone, That Is

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In case you haven’t heard,  a new augmented reality smartphone game was unveiled June 21, created by the same crew that brought you the über-hit Pokémon Go. This time, though, you’ll be trading Poké balls for magic wands. What is it? Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a free iPhone and Android game created by WB […]

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Pokémon Goes to Sleep

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Three years ago, something of Wailord proportions hit the gaming world: Pokémon Go launched on smartphones. And not only did that release reinvigorate and revolutionize Nintendo’s gotta-catch-’em-all franchise, it pretty much singlehandedly put augmented reality on every gamers map. In a heartbeat, there were kids and adults walking around looking for Pokémon in their school […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2018 Edition)

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See ya, 2018. Wouldn’t want to be ya. Who would? The year was so crazy that even Vincent Van Gogh would have suggested it get a hold of itself. Terrible fires in California. Terrible cold out east. A Tesla Roadster is driving around in space. Certain eels are compulsively swimming into the noses of certain […]

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Culture Clips: Nostalgia Cuts Both Ways

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Nostalgia is big business. If it’s been a hit in the last century, whether on the big screen or small, someone in Hollywood is figuring out a way to reboot, repackage or relaunch it. That’s because familiar entertainment properties from the past pack built-in marketing muscle, full of yesteryear’s fond memories. Disney, of course, has […]

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