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Why I play violent video games

When I was 15, I made a new best friend.
First-Person Shooter
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 01, 2013

A missed opportunity; Call of maturity; a peek inside the Santa suit

The recent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend should serve as a teachable moment for the media and boneheaded sports fans. And I'm not talking about a rehash of the "Guns don't kill people; people kill pe
A teachable moment
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 07, 2012
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One woman’s battle against the anxious masculinity of the fighting-games scene

Arcades are dead, but the fighting-games community has straggled on without them, via gaming meet-ups in stores, bars, and basements.
A Challenger Appears
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 19, 2012
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Review: Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 makes video-game violence mean something again.
Max Payne's bloody Brazilian getaway
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 15, 2012

Advice for Curt; unrest by the sea; Mr. Walton blows out the candles

In case Curt Schilling is reading, here are a couple things you should never do as a businessman: 1) bounce a check to a state government; and 2) fail to meet payroll, especially when you have billed yourself as a jobs creator.
Out-of-business plan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 25, 2012
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Review: Mass Effect 3

Gamers finally have their own equivalent to J. J. Abrams's sci-fi television epic, Lost.
Lost in space
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 23, 2012


Gaming: the next level

Remember the days when being a video game champion meant having the high score on Pac-Man at your local arcade?
Providence will be the center of the video game universe this weekend when it hosts Major League gaming's national chamionships
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  November 18, 2011
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Review: Shadows of the Damned

Over the next couple of months, you'll be bombarded with ads for big-budget games.
A new cult classic
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 30, 2011
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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Child of Eden

Although the list of video game auteurs is short, few would deny Tetsuya Mizuguchi a spot.
Sensory overload
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 29, 2011
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Freedom to marry

At last, good news. After demoralizing reversals in California, Oregon, Maine, and Rhode Island, New York's stunning decision to legalize same-sex marriage rekindles hope in the hearts of decent folk across the nation who are working and waiting for the
New York's inspiring move. Plus, gaming.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 01, 2011


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Review: Duke Nukem Forever

The wait is over: Duke Nukem Forever is finally here!
Unfrozen caveman video game
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 01, 2011
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Review: Duke Nukem Forever

The wait is over: Duke Nukem Forever is finally here!
Unfrozen caveman video game
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 01, 2011
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Review: InFamous 2

InFamous 2 is the worst game I couldn't stop playing since — well, since inFamous 1 .
Power out
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 24, 2011
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Review: Outland

Rare is the game whose controls are so finely calibrated that the gamepad seems to vanish from your hands. Outland , a downloadable sidescroller for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, is such a game.
Inspiration meets execution
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 04, 2011
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Review: MotorStorm: Apocalypse

If the billboards are to be believed, Judgment Day is coming on May 21 — and for a while it looked like Christ might return before the PlayStation Network.
Racing to the end
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 20, 2011


PlayStation Network hack knocks service out "indefinitely"


Six days ago, the PlayStation Network went down. Although some users can manage to get Netflix and other services to work, video gaming online continues...
By Maddy Myers  |  April 26, 2011
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Review: Yakuza 4

At one point in Yakuza 4 , a grizzled old gangster gives some advice to an upstart.
Gangster’s paradise
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 15, 2011
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Cranston's King of Kong faces off with a legend

Steve Wiebe is a bit of a legend in gaming circles. He was, after all, at the center of the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters , which chronicled his push to topple Billy Mitchell as top Donkey Kong player in the world.
Royalty
By PATRICK ELLIOT  |  April 08, 2011
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Duncan Jones on solving Source Code

It's the elephant in the room when you're talking to Duncan Jones: this guy is Zowie Bowie, Ziggy Stardust's son. It's uncool to bring it up, but how can you not at least mention it?
Game plan
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2011
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It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
Slow play
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 01, 2011


Responses to the Dickwolves Debacle

Your article " When Dickwolves Attack " (March 4) was great — really well written, and you explain the significance of everything very well. I wasn't much of a Penny Arcade fan, so it was easy for me to forget the vast scope of their influence, for exam
Letters to the Boston editor, March 18, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 18, 2011
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Gaming, rape culture, and how I stopped reading Penny Arcade

One September evening in 2005, I sat in a packed MIT lecture hall and watched as Mike Krahulik drew the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory on a blackboard.
When dickwolves attack
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 04, 2011

Corsets, goggles, and game geeks in Warwick

Are you an aspiring warlord, dragon slayer or munchkin? Do you find Queen Victoria strangely sexy? Well TempleCon 2011 might be right up your alley.
Role playing
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 28, 2011
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Slideshow: Video game heroes run amok Boston

The Laser Orgy awards ceremony got a little out of control, and we followed our red carpet video game stars as they ran amok in Boston.
Video game characters take over the Hub
By BUDDY DUNCAN AND K. BONAMI  |  December 03, 2010

Crossword: ''Smoothie Mix''

Add these acts together and blend
Add these acts together and blend
By MATT JONES  |  June 04, 2010


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Sexiest video-game studs of 2009

Video-game characters get more realistic all the time - and by more realistic, we mean sexier. This year offered a plethora of digital delights and graphical innovations, and although developers don't cater to their straight female and gay male audience
The cream of the crop
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 18, 2009
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Review: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The staggering commercial success the folks at Nintendo have achieved in recent years has made it easy to overlook their more unfortunate habits.
OId news: nothing super about it
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 11, 2009

Cheap jokes R us

Phillipe and Jorge's esteemed columnist friends from the Urinal, Bob Kerr and Edward Fitzpatrick, both picked up last week on the new bright orange "P" that is now meant to be the symbol of Providence to the outside world
Plus, the Times discovers Jamestown, the Globe in peril, and casino hypocrisy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 10, 2009
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Review: Chrono Trigger DS

The cartoonish æsthetic still looks better than what we get from games that came out a couple of years ago.
Time capsule
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 13, 2009