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British Library launches Victorian and Romantic section on Discovering Literature website

From Brontë childhood writings to press coverage of Oscar Wilde's trial, Victorian and Romantic treasures are first tranche of world's largest digital English literature resource<p>From the earliest known writing of Charlotte Brontë, a charmingly illustrated short story the Villette author penned for …

Read our winning surveillance short story: Twitch

<i>Back in January we put the call out to our readers to send in a short story based on surveillance. After a mammoth number of submissions we're proud to publish the winning story, Twitch by Barry Lee Thompson. Check back here throughout the week to read the four runner-up tales too.</i><p>We do what we’re …

Draw your own video game with Pixel Press Floors

<b>A Kickstarter-funded app-based game creation system has launched, allowing users to draw their own game levels, scan them in and play.</b><p>What if you …

Video games may cause aggression based on difficulty, not violence

Violent video games are a popular scapegoat for aggressive behaviour -- but it seems that violent content may not be the culprit after all. A new study suggests that, if a person acts aggressively after playing a game, the root cause is frustration over the game's difficulty.<p>Andrew Przybylski, a …

Psychology

The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Laura Palmer, Literary Video Games

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. …

Why Is Children’s Literature Whitewashed?

In a sharp one-two punch on this weekend’s <i>New York Times</i> Op-ed page, award-winning children’s book writers Walter Dean Myers—arguably one of the most …

This is why Anonymous are waging war in Albuquerque

You wouldn't normally associate hacktivist collective Anonymous with Albuquerque, New Mexico, but the collective are waging war on the city's police department over allegations of police brutality. As part of #OpAlbuquerque, hundreds of demonstrators rammed the streets of downtown Albuquerque, …

Video game designers go to next level with real-world problems, nuance | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

<b>Playing at a different level</b><br>Forget high-jumping plumbers and gun-toting muscle men, the characters of these independent games, all playable for the PC, are more akin to those found at your local independent cinema.<p><b>“Cart Life” (Richard Hofmeier)</b><br>Play as a Ukrainian immigrant or a single mom, each in …

How Video Games Are Slowly, Quietly Introducing LGBT Heroes

By leaving protagonists' preferences open to interpretation, video games like Assassin’s Creed and Tomb Raider have been including characters not defined by gender or sexuality.<p>In the 1920 and '30s, cinema was slowly reaching its maturity as an art form. The introduction of sound added a chaotic …

'South Park' Video Game Censored In Europe

Portions of <i>South Park: The Stick of Truth</i> will be censored in Europe, according to BT.com.<p>Censored scenes have been replaced by text descriptions.<p>“Seven scenes of about 20 seconds each are censored in the EMEA console versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth,” Ubisoft wrote in documentation …

Murdered: Soul Suspect turns a ghost story into a fascinating, original video game (hands-on preview)

Square Enix and developer Airtight Games are taking their time with Murdered: Soul Suspect, an original mystery game for the newest generation of consoles and the PC. They unveiled the game at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo video game trade show, and now they’re giving a hands-on peek at …

Video games and nostalgia: Angry Video Game Nerd's YouTube empire

In 2006, the film-maker James Rolfe uploaded a YouTube video of The Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN): a foul-mouthed, beer-drinking and furious retro gamer hell-bent on underlining just how bad some video game releases were in the 70s, 80s and 90s.<p>A nostalgic match was lit in the hearts of millions of …

How To Think Critically About Video Games

My kids and I have been playing Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze for last few days.<p>I downloaded it to the WiiU and I told my kids that I needed them to help me review a new game. This is not a review. Forbes already did a review of the new Donkey Kong game. Bottom line: great graphics, good …

How To Write About Video Games

There are many ways to write about video games and many reasons to do so. <i>Kotaku</i>'s own comic-creating duo, Cara Ellison and Elizabeth Simins, have …

Writing

Shannon Studstill is helping lead female charge in video game field

As a child, Shannon Studstill sold gum to her classmates to finance her weekly trips to the video game arcade.<p>That early investment in "Pac-Man" and "Defender" would pay huge dividends.<p>Studstill, one of the most powerful women in the male-dominated world of video games, now runs<p>SonySanta Monica …

Watching You Play: Can A Dystopian Video Game Help Us Better Appreciate The Value Of Privacy?

The biggest challenge for privacy advocates is getting people to appreciate why privacy matters even if you don’t have anything to hide. Those of us who feel strongly about the topic tend to lean on arguments Daniel Solove made in a seminal article back in 2011. But there’s other ways to explore …

A Brief History of Rappers Making Video Games

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>To promote the video of his new single "Move That Dope," the rapper Future produced a fun little …

Visual Diaries/Girls

<i>"My photography is spontaneous: I don't think very much when I'm doing it. What makes me press the shutter is generally when something visually pleases me, or just when I have a feeling that I want to freeze."</i><p>This is how Portuguese photographer Sara Gomes, one of eleven women that make up the …

The benefits of video gaming

Human agency is a wonderful thing, but like normal people, you probably don’t have control over many of the things that happen around you. Nonetheless, even offering someone the illusion of choice is a powerful psychological and behavioral tool that can benefit both player and playee in different …

23 Questions Raised By Katy Perry's Absurd 'Dark Horse' Video

Katy Perry unveiled the video for "Dark Horse" on Thursday, and boy, do we have questions. Lots of them. Like: Why? Why is anything that happens in it happening?<p>If you haven't watched, it appropriates ancient Egyptian culture and symbolism, and, well, that's about all we can tell you. We could …

The Lincoln of Literature: Mark Twain, The Atlantic, and the Making of the Middlebrow Magazine

<i>“Maybe … Mark Twain was a devious fraud with no morals at all who used journalism for his own foul ends,”</i> Hunter S. Thompson grumbled in his meditation on journalism, politics, and the subjective, intimating that Twain was a media-opportunist who masterfully manipulated his public editorial output …

A Widow's Quiet Life Leaves Room For Sex, Guns And Literature

As of last week, what I knew about Beirut could fit in a sandwich bag. What I knew about being a blue-haired, 72-year-old woman, never mind a widow and a shut-in, was a whole lot less. Now, one week later, I'm much more informed, and I'm happy to encourage you to become so, too.<p><i>An Unnecessary Woman</i> …