From the days of Spacewar!, videogames and the stars have always been connected. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the great breakthroughs in gaming was the simulation of an entire universe. Erin Hoffman speaks with members of the Starflight development team about their ambitious project.
Brett Staebell has played enough RPGs to indirectly gain thousands of levels. But when a Japanese monk inquired about his own character progression, he was forced to confront some shaky assumptions on what it means to level up in the Game of Life.
Videogames are over 30 years old, which means everyone who was there in the early days is now over 50. And with an aging population of game developers comes the possibility that many of their stories will be lost when they pass on. John Szczepaniak discusses why we shouldn't forget their contributions to our hobby.
Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it's the unexpected dissolution of a ten year relationship. Gaming doesn't fill the hole left behind, but concentrating on a pixelated hero helps keep the negative emotions from being the focus of one's life. Logan Westbrook recalls how gaming helped him cope.