Game culture

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Why do female pro gamers earn millions less than men?
The best esports competitors make millions, and the industry prides itself on meritocracy. So why are there so few women among the top earners?

Jay Castello

02, Dec, 2021 @10:39 AM

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Squid Game owes its popularity to anxieties of modern life
It’s the first South Korean drama to top the US Netflix charts and its core message is ‘can I ever repay this debt?’

Zoe Williams

09, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Is my son, 14, a gaming addict? He spends all his time online in his room | Annalisa Barbieri
Computer games may be filling a void left by friendships that fell away over lockdown

Annalisa Barbieri

24, Sep, 2021 @2:30 PM

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Pokémon no go? Players revolt as Niantic sends them back outside
Consternation as players summoned back to gyms and PokeStops after pandemic-induced relaxation of rules

Alex Hern

03, Aug, 2021 @6:32 PM

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Phil Spencer on the future of Xbox: we still want to take risks with games
While developing traditional narrative games is harder than it has ever been, Microsoft’s Xbox chief sees an opportunity in using modern platforms and tech to tell new stories

Keith Stuart

13, Jul, 2021 @8:30 AM

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The 15 greatest video games of the 80s – ranked!
Button-bashing arcade sports vied with the thrill of urban planning, Pac-Man ate up everything, and Super Mario Bros smashed gaming into the mainstream

Keith Stuart

27, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The 15 greatest video games of the 70s – ranked!
From the simplicity of Pong’s two bats and a ball to Space Invaders’ advancing ranks of aliens, the 70s saw the rise of a phenomenon that mesmerised the world

Keith Stuart

13, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Can virtual meeting spaces save us all from Zoom fatigue?
Few of us will be back in the office full time – but does that have to mean endless video calls? Meet the weird and wonderful newcomers hoping to take a piece of the action

Rebecca Seal

08, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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‘A wonderful escape’: the rise of gaming parents – and grandparents
Video game popularity soared during the pandemic, as people sought distraction and ways to connect with loved ones

Lucy Campbell

07, May, 2021 @10:38 AM

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Gaming in colour: uncovering video games’ black pioneers
Jerry Lawson led the invention of cartridges, Ed Smith made a hybrid console/PC, and designer Muriel Tramis won France’s highest honour for bringing history into play. How many more names are forgotten?

Tola Onanuga

05, May, 2021 @8:30 AM

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'It had to be slightly weird': how we made GamesMaster
‘I got this call: do you want to audition for a show about video games? It sounded exactly the thing a dweeb with round glasses could do’

Interviews by Malcolm Jack

05, Apr, 2021 @2:12 PM

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Digital fashion: This outfit will set you back £780 … and it’s just an illusion
Thanks to augmented reality, we can now dress to impress online, with no need for a solid equivalent in the real world

Hannah Marriott

04, Apr, 2021 @8:45 AM

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