Topic: Video Games

February 4, 2014

Video games, or at least good ones like NBA2K14, are converging on something that very much resembles reality. How much fun that will be is an open question. A selection from the previous issue of The Classical Magazine, Play.

January 24, 2014

On what video games can teach us, about sports and ourselves, and when it's time to stop playing. In this case, what a maddeningly difficult soccer simulator Winning Eleven teaches about soccer and not-soccer. A bonus beat from The Classical Magazine's most recent issue.

December 18, 2013

The new issue of The Classical Magazine is here. It's about video games, and finding ways of being happier. Also Michael Jordan dunks on a mad scientist and football players play wildly through the whistle and various things happen after the apocalypse. Things like that.

September 4, 2013

Plenty of people play FIFA Soccer on various video game systems, drunk or sober but mostly alone. Playing it in a bar, after a few drinks, makes for a very different game.

April 18, 2013

Pat Summerall was what football sounded like for a few generations of people. So it makes sense to imagine his voice where it doesn't strictly belong. Just because it wasn't Summerall breaking it down in Joe Montana Sports Talk Football 2 doesn't mean it couldn't or shouldn't have been.

February 19, 2013

Millions of people play FIFA on PS3 and Xbox. The author was very recently among the best one-tenth of one percent of those players. All of it is more complicated than you might think.

May 25, 2012

Last season, Lang Whitaker retired as a baseball fan. After two decades of watching pretty much every Braves game of the Bobby Cox era, and then writing a book about the experience, he was a bit burned out on the Bravos. But thanks to a video game, he's been drawn back into (pixelated) fandom.

May 16, 2012

A modest proposal for videogame developers, NFL fans, and the NFL itself, starring a cast of thousands (of retired NFL players).

November 11, 2011

For many years there were two NBA video games that battled for supremacy each fall: the NBA 2K series from 2K Sports, and the NBA Live series from EA Sports. Each franchise had fans, but there was no clear winner — no Madden, as it were. This proved healthy: both publishers were driven to innovate in an attempt to capture whatever unclaimed market share existed.