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Retreat From Battle Now?

Details from a Lord of the Rings fantasy game interrupt details of a tragic, complicated personal life.

"Right about now, I assume you’ve gotten a bit bored. Dead babies! Let me tell you, dying babies bore the shit out of pretty much everyone, I’ve learned. So, let me take a moment to tell you a humorous LOTRO anecdote (that is, Lord of the Rings Online) about my level 25 minstrel character, Sinuviel. You see, LOTRO is free up to a point, and great fun if you have access to a computer that is badass enough to run it. Just before my fiancé, James, died, I bought a refurbished ASUS laptop for dirt cheap, and it was the best thing in the world for distracting me from how boring my dying child was to everyone I’d ever known."

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The Ambush at Sheridan Springs

How Gary Gygax, a semi-employed shoe repairman, built and lost the Dungeons & Dragons empire.

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For Amusement Only

From pinball prohibition in 1940s NYC to Dave & Buster’s, the rise and fall of the American arcade.

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Atari Teenage Riot

A “crude table-tennis arcade game” called Pong and the birth of the video game industry.

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Monopoly Is Theft

The surprising anti-monopolist origins of the world’s most popular board game.

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The Most Dangerous Gamer

Jonathan Blow is both the video game industry’s most cynical critic and its most ambitious game developer. As he finishes his indescribable game-opus, a trip inside the head of a videogame auteur.

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'Bizarro World'

In which the author’s wife attempts to break the world record in Tetris.

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How Rovio made Angry Birds a Winner

Inside the most ubiquitous distraction of its era.