Lost Video Games, Found Cats, and Mysterious Proteins

The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games by Jesper Juul

The nutshell: Using the lenses of psychology, philosophy, game design, and fiction, New York University gaming scholar Juul explores the strange paradox of video games: we hate losing, but we only like games in which we lose most of the time.

Psychologist Kaveri Subrahmanyam

Who Cares About Grand Theft Auto When Your Kid Could Be Wielding a Paintbrush at the Computer Screen?

Cal State LA psychologist Kaveri Subrahmanyam directs the Cal State LA/UCLA Children’s Digital Media Center @L.A. Before participating in a panel on video games and education, she talked about why …

Writer Chris Dahlen

If Only I Could Grill David Byrne Again

Chris Dahlen writes scripts for video games and covers pop culture for a number of websites and magazines; he is also the former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the gaming journal …

Game Designer Richard Lemarchand

A Lover of Single Malt Scotch, Bonbons, and Public Transportation

Video game designer Richard Lemarchand’s games include the Uncharted series; currently, he is a visiting associate professor at the USC Interactive Media Division. Before participating in a panel on the …

Linguist James Gee

Heaven and Hell in Los Angeles, But Nothing in Between

Linguist James Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University and an advocate for video gaming in education. Before participating in a panel …

My Skanky Button-Mashing Hideaway

Drawings From the Now-Gone Pak Mann Arcade in Pasadena

Pak Mann Arcade, on Colorado Avenue in Pasadena, seemed to be on a downward slide for its entire existence. It was always skanky. Sweat- and Big Gulp-soaked linoleum. The place smelled like …