Expert Thoughts

Octodad Is a Brilliant Kafkaesque Piece Of Art — And a Pretty Fun Video Game, Too

It might happen at a grocery store, it might happen in your living room. You reach out for some banal task, something you’ve done a thousand times before, only this time, it’s impossible. You’re body freezes, your mind locks up and a thousand horrible failures swirl around in your future . You don’t know how, but it’s all gone wrong, so quickly. Normalcy is lost to the ether. You look around you. You know that nobody else feels this way. They just do things. It looks so easy. And my god, they’re all looking at you because they know.  Read More

Online Gambling

Professor: Teens Playing ‘Candy Crush’ Could Have Gambling Problems Later

CLASSIFIED (Photo: Candy Crush)

Important people in Britain are cautioning that children playing online gambling games like “Candy Crush” could see problems like transparently pale skin and failure to lose their virginity as they transition into adulthood.

Not really, but the worrywarts over there claim that teenagers who are hooked on online games and apps could increase their chances of having gambling problems later in life. Read More

Play Your Video Games

CNBC Says Call of Duty, Not Crippling Insecurity and Sriracha Breath, Is the Reason Some Guys Can’t Get Dates

Obviously what all gamers look like. (Photo: Gamepodunk.com)

When video games aren’t precipitating violent acts IRL or dangerously cutting into study time, they’re also keeping young men from nailing chicks. The future is terrible, isn’t it?

In a segment for CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, two experts–one an online matchmaker named Lori Zaslow and the other CNBC contributor Carrol Roth–attempted to parse just what first person shooter games like Call of Duty are doing to the young men of America.

Naturally, obsessive gamers who opt for virtual worlds instead of reality are being deprived of important rites of passages like feverishly making out in parked cars then running home to brag about it on Reddit. Read More

XX in Tech

Almost Half of All Gamers Are Women So Stop Calling Us Bitches on Xbox Live

(Proof: playstationlifestyle.net)

The next time someone calls you the c-word on XBox Live, politely remind them of this neat little factoid: nearly half of all gamers are actually women, according to a new report published by CNN.

The report, crafted by the Entertainment Software association and titled “2013 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry”, states that “45% of all game players, and 46% of the most frequent purchasers of games, are female. Adult women make up 31% of the game-playing population.” Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: 3D Printed Guns Are Coming Edition

(Photo: Instagram, @pinkla16)

Thanksgiving beat out Hurricane Sandy as the most-Instagrammed event ever, solidifying the photo platform as more of a Path-type social network than the future of citizen journalism. [PandoDaily]

The Wiki Weapon Project could be testing its 3D printed guns by end of year. [The Guardian]

Courts continue to wrangle over the legality of collecting texts and data from cell phones to use as evidence. [The New York Times]

Facebook has finally admitted it will soon share the data it collects from your profile with external websites and ad networks. [GigaOm]

Can the Wii U save Nintendo? [The New York Times]