As more NYC private schools offer classes in video game design, debate rages on whether they help—or detract from more serious study. Read More
Play Your Video Games
Please—and you thought singing karaoke with a chain-smoking Lindsay Lohan was the best way to spend a night in the East Village.
DNAinfo recently discovered the Village’s newest Tuesday night trend: a Big Buck Hunter video game league at ACE Bar on East 5th Street.
For those Read More
When attempting to complete a study on how playing the computer game StarCraft impacts mental faculties, researchers at Queen Mary University of London and University College London ran into a minor snag: for their sample pool, they’d need inexperienced gamers to participate, but they couldn’t find any men who fit that criteria. Guess your boyfriend isn’t so abnormal after all.
NEAT NERDY THINGS!
These questions regard last night’s episode of HBO’s Girls. Please answer the prompts with specific examples from LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE, though supplementary material will be accepted as a secondary source. Please write legibly. No. 2 pencils only. You have an hour to finish this test. See below for questions and sample responses.
1. The celebrity cameos on Girls are starting to seem fraught with significance. Is this an attempt to subtly imply that Petula (played by Rosanna Arquette) is–behind the literally bunny boiler faux-hippy persona–“desperately seeking” a different life? Her flirting with her (maybe) gay son’s (maybe) boyfriend seems to suggest a flipped version of her role in The Executioner’s Song.
If you’re of the persuasion that, as great as they are, most planetariums need some spicing up, The Museum of Natural History now has you covered. In collaboration with Babycastles, New York City’s own D.I.Y. video arcade collective, the museum is presenting a one-night-only group video game, which stars—ahem—legendary indie rock group The Magnetic Fields’ singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt.
“Hey does anybody have an extra ticket?” asked a man in a white button-down and a backpack outside MoMA last night. He walked down the line that stretched from the entrance closer to 5th Avenue to well past the former home of Folk Art Museum.
“Anyone?” he asked.
Near the front of the line, a Read More
But Is It Art?
The first-ever issue party for Kill Screen magazine, the n+1 for the video game set now on its fourth issue, brought supporters to a small space next to the Music Hall of Williamsburg last night for free beer, Foosball and, notably, no video games. If you’re unfamiliar with Kill Screen, it’s not as marginal as Read More
Depending on whom you ask, the cutting-edge of fine art’s collision with video games is either incredibly difficult or very easy to miss. Babycastles is easy to miss, perhaps because it’s difficult to find. The D.I.Y. arcade is nestled in a basement space in Ridgewood, Queens, beneath the indie music venue Silent Barn, which in Read More
As it turns out, solving the Federal deficit is not at all difficult and is in fact merely a matter of checking off certain boxes on a form.
In stark contrast to the ineffectual checkmarks presented to the American electorate on November 2, a feature on The New York Times‘ website is now Read More
Over the weekend the The New York Times Magazine featured a story on the pretty much the luckiest bunch of middle schoolers ever. The students at Quest to Learn. a digitally focused academy on East 23rd, spend their days playing video games, hanging out in a giant virtual reality laboratory and Read More