Game culture

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K-everything: the rise and rise of Korean culture
From music to film, technology to food, the world has fallen in love with everything South Korean. Tim Adams visits Seoul in search of the origins of hallyu – the Korean wave

Tim Adams

04, Sep, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Pushing Buttons: Pokémon goes to the Proms – is gaming respectable now?
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra brought The Legend of Zelda and other game sounds alive at the Albert Hall – and from fashion to fiction, it’s only the latest example of its ascendance to high culture

Keith Stuart

09, Aug, 2022 @10:50 AM

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Streaming: the best video game film adaptations
Sonic the Hedgehog 2, like Super Mario Bros, assorted Lara Crofts and all things Resident Evil, seeks the sweet spot between knowing silliness and serious action

Guy Lodge

06, Aug, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Pushing Buttons: the fast, furious world of games releases
Games announcements have become relentless. How’s a player to keep up? Start with our summer previews

Keza MacDonald

02, Aug, 2022 @11:17 AM

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Meet the gaymers: why queer representation is exploding in video games
For decades, LGBTQ+ characters and stories were almost nonexistent – but now things have improved, and a new generation of queer players are finding themselves (and each other) in video games

Keza MacDonald

27, Jul, 2022 @2:15 PM

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Pushing Buttons: do games have to be a neverending story?
Destiny, Call of Duty and other epics expect you to play not for hours but for years. This endless games monoculture isn’t just bad for players – it’s bad for innovation

Keza MacDonald

26, Jul, 2022 @10:55 AM

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Pushing Buttons: Is it game over for gaming’s pandemic boom?
The global market grew to almost $200bn in recent years, but such massive growth isn’t sustainable. But the industry has a few things on the horizon to console themselves

Keza MacDonald

12, Jul, 2022 @11:02 AM

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Pushing Buttons: Your favourite games to watch other people play
In this week’s newsletter: from pure escape watches to gripping adventures, my fellow backseat gamers on titles that are as good to view as to play

Keza MacDonald

07, Jun, 2022 @10:56 AM

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Spawn of Wordle: five of the best riffs on the hit word game
Josh Wardle’s viral puzzle game has inspired a horde of imitators, based on anything from geography to Taylor Swift fandom

Rachel Hall

21, Feb, 2022 @7:18 PM

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Max Reload and the Nether Blasters review – eager tribute to 1980s gaming culture
This adventure-romp has a true 16-bit aficionado’s attention to detail – there’s even a cameo from the high priest of geek, Kevin Smith

Phil Hoad

18, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘The only pure thing right now’: alleged Wordle copycats criticised for monetising free game
The creator of the viral word game has pledged to keep it completely free – but a host of since-removed apps have been accused of trying to cash in

Michael Sun

12, Jan, 2022 @5:52 AM

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Wordle creator overwhelmed by global success of hit puzzle
Josh Wardle developed game to play with his partner – and now more than 2m others have joined in

Rachel Hall

11, Jan, 2022 @4:46 PM

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