STEVEN T. WRIGHT

The Life and Death of ‘Pwned,’ the Word That Defined 2000s Gaming

Since the dawn of the 21st century, many of the most notable examples of gaming slang have remained remarkably consistent. Terms that were initially novel in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s like “deathmatch,” “headshot,” and “clan” have kept their relevance, even as the entire cultural landscape of video games…

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‘Classics of Game’ is YouTube’s Most Wonderfully Weird Gaming Channel

A polygonal gun-toting gorilla lumbers out into the middle of a city street, only to be flattened by a yellow cab. A man in a suit engages in fisticuffs with a lizard-man, only for his prey to comically strut off a cliff. Two wrestlers square off in a ring of…

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A Total Beginner’s Guide to Pinball

As a kid growing up in the rural South, I didn’t get a lot of opportunities to visit the arcade. On the rare occasions that I did manage to convince my family to drive me the hour and change it took to get to what passed as my “local,” I…

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Nothing Really Matters, Anyone Can See, Every Game’s a Roguelike to Me

In online gaming communities, gamers can sometimes get a bit pedantic with their genre labels, occasionally to an obnoxious extent. It’s one of the immutable laws of the internet: scroll through the comments on any article or forum thread that mentions a hyper-specific descriptor such as “Metroidvania” or ‘Souls-like,” and…

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What It’s Like Being a Gamer For Hire

Fiverr is an online platform that advertises itself as one of the web’s leading marketplaces for “freelance services,” a catch-all term for providers who hock a wide variety of products, often far below standard professional rates. At $5 for a minute of amateur voice acting, $20 for a Photoshopped logo,…

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Why Some People Only Play Non-Violent Games

When I first started dating my girlfriend in college, she told me that she didn’t really play video games. This didn’t bother me at all; though I’ve loved games ever since I figured out how to run Doom on a DOS prompt at the age of 5, over the years,…

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