"I was one of those kids who took a year off after high school, which is to say I spent a year working crappy retail jobs, drinking like a townie and playing videogames with a vengeance. I was bad." Joe Blancato details how his gaming habits changed with age.
Gaming Below the Radar
"You don't need a $10 million marketing budget when you go where the titans of industry aren't. You just need really good games." Shannon Drake interviews Paul Jensen, president of SkillJam Interactive.
The constant cycle of hardware upgrades and more complex games can leave a gamer feeling like the legendary Sisyphus. Simon Abramovitch discusses low-investment gaming.
"They prefer pink to camo. They prefer ponies to guns. The videogame community does its best to ignore them, but still, they continue to thrive. No, they're not girl gamers. They're girl games." Bonnie Ruberg looks at girl games.
It's been a wide criticism that "casual" gaming has been reduced to matching puzzes and card games. Bruce Geryk takes a look at another movement in casual development, a movement to give strategy games a wider reach.
"I want to tell you something about gaming below the radar. I want to speak about an entire subculture that is so awe-inspiring it causes you to re-evaluate the concept of gaming." John Szczepaniak looks at the elusive collectors of the rarest video game treasures.