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David Shields on How Literature Saved My Life

In the fourth chapter of his new book How Literature Saved My Life , Brown alumnus David Shields contemplates nothing less than the meaning of life: "Isn't everyone's project, on some level, to offer tentative theses regarding what — if anything — we'r
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By PHILIP EIL  |  March 08, 2013

Goodbye, Azeroth

In the wake of the scandalous discovery that Democratic state Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville is a devotee of the online game World of Warcraft, the Maine Republican Party has prepared a list of acceptable leisure-time activities for i
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 19, 2012
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Fantasy camp

Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 12, 2011
LO500 Battle of the Week: World of Warcraft vs. The Sims

LO500 Battle of the Week: World of Warcraft vs. The Sims


VOTE NOW: The Laser Orgy 500 - the Phoenix's quest to crown the greatest video game of all time. The Sims and World of Warcraft...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 13, 2010

Avatar vs. Inception: Two very different takes on the power of escapism


Avatar/Inception trailer mashupAt first glance, Avatar and Inception might seem entirely unrelated; the former is a CGI theme-park-ride with a boilerplate going-native plot, the latter...
By Dave Barker  |  August 10, 2010
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Continuing education August 2010

Plus, learn to draw comics, make sushi, and improve your stroke technique.
Wanna be a game developer? There's a class for that.
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 06, 2010


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Brightness falls

At first glance, Canadian synth-popstress Lights looks as if she'd been created in the basement lab of some suburban geek-rock fanboy.
An animated Lights strips down her synthpop
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 30, 2010
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Player betrayers

On July 6, Blizzard Entertainment announced that the forums on its immensely popular World of Warcraft would begin to show players' legal names instead of their character names. Blizzard's explanation? "Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online
World of Warcraft's privacy-breach bummer
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 23, 2010

The legendary Mr. Microphone

I have a co-worker who is making weird growls ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  February 05, 2010
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Winter wonderland

Do not adjust your calendar. Christmas has not been moved to March this year.
Video games start the new year right
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 01, 2010
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2009: Year in video games

At the end of each year, there's the temptation to identify a common theme among the games that were released.
Swimming the mainstream
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 25, 2009


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Super friends

THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked
Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
By TEA KRULOS  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: Borderlands

It’s tempting, and easy, to describe Borderlands solely via comparisons to other games.
Gold rush
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 06, 2009
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It's hip to be icosahedral

Be they beer geeks, comic-book geeks, or music geeks, nowadays people flout their geekdom proudly, even wearing it like a badge.
In a new book, Ethan Gilsdorf  tracks his global quest to visit the holiest nerd-world sites
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 02, 2009
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Fitter, happier?

Nintendo’s newest runaway sensation is, of all things, an exercise game.
Nintendo offers its new workout plan
By MADDY MYERS  |  May 27, 2008


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Wikipedia rules

The ancient Library at Alexandria, once the largest on Earth, housed perhaps 500,000 volumes.
Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months. But who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2007
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The dark side of the rainbow

Does the simple fusion of audio to video count as high-quality entertainment?
The new medium of the YouTube mash-up
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 29, 2007
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On being a widow of World of Warcraft

There has to be some sort of support group for this. I am a woman scorned — not for the love of another woman but for the love of Warcraft .
How one woman lost her boyfriend to blood elves and orcs
By JANELLE RANDAZZA  |  February 07, 2007
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The next action sport

At New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in mid October, hundreds of people are squished into bleachers, staring at cyborg super-soldiers who’re killing each other.
Say hello to the new breed of pro athlete — and goodbye to their grassroots
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  November 21, 2006
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The new Web geniuses

As the Web has evolved, becoming more and more democratized, capable of being customized and used in ever more ways, a funny thing is happening. Wanna be startin' something?: A five-step guide to being a new web millionaire. By Bill Jensen
How slackers with one dopey idea are getting rich
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 25, 2006


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Gears of war

Gigantic fighting robots have long been one of Japan’s main cultural exports, second only to Hello Kitty merchandise, so the existence of Chromehounds should come as no surprise. Watch the trailer for Chromehounds (YouTube)
Mech combat rumbles onto the Xbox 360
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 25, 2006
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Does your life suck?

In this pixelated alternate world account holders aren’t users, they’re “residents.” In this world, you can fly. You can “teleport.” You can’t drown. You do not age. You can have an awkward version of cyber-sex. Watch the Second Life trailer (QuickTi
In the MySpace-meets- Matrix online world of Second Life , everyone is sexy, real money flows, and pixels are the only limitation
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  July 17, 2006
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Magic moves online

Four years after Wizards of the Coast announced the newest evolution of their internationally popular card game, Magic Online, various gaming world publications are buzzing anew with reviews of WoC’s newest release, Magic Online 3.0 .
But players stay hands-on
By JOSEPH R. THOMPSON  |  May 10, 2006