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Not Your Uncle Pennybags’ Monopoly

Feb 10, 2011
Hasbro, in an effort to take some of the sting out of capitalism-as-play, has come up with a new version of the classic board game that turns over much of the work -- rolling dice, keeping track of cash, monitoring player movements -- to a talking, infrared nanny tower that sits in the middle of the board.

Nigel Warburton on Why Video Games Are Good

Aug 14, 2010
In Tom Chatfield’s “Fun Inc.,” the case is made that far from corrupting popular culture and turning its addicted users into “blinking lizards,” video games can help us be happier and live better.Tom Chatfield’s “Fun Inc.” makes the case that far from corrupting popular culture, video games can help us be happier and live better.

Gamer Says Microsoft Banned Her for Being Openly Gay

Feb 26, 2009
Anyone who's ever worn a headset while on Xbox Live, Microsoft's multiplayer gaming-chatting-shopping nexus, knows that it’s dominated by adolescent bigots. It's bad enough that Redmond hasn't cleaned things up, but a gamer named Teresa says she was actually banned from the service for being openly gay and allegedly offending the bigots who were harassing her.

Can YOU Spend $3 Trillion Better Than Bush?

Apr 15, 2008
We've all heard of Publishers Clearing House, but this is a whole new ballgame, people. Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films team has come up with a game that offers each player the fictional (sigh) amount of $3 trillion, the same amount the Iraq war is projected to cost the U.S., and a whole virtual mall's worth of fun "shopping" items to buy.

Dalai Lama Shows Support for Olympics

Apr 10, 2008
Speaking from Japan, the Dalai Lama told reporters that he has supported the Beijing Olympics "right from the beginning," but that protesters have a right to voice themselves. His government in exile, however, released a statement in opposition to the demonstrations that have followed the Olympic torch.