Family

The Novelist: A haunting family tale

Jason Hill The Kaplans are a family in crisis. You can try to help, but some failure is inevitable when faced with impossible decisions...

Games

The Lego Movie Videogame review

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James "DexX" Dominguez The Lego Movie has been a hit with audiences and critics, but the tie-in game is lacking something.

Games

Review: Diablo III Reaper of Souls - Diablo as it should have always been

Diablo III feels like a brand new game.

James "DexX" Dominguez Diablo III had a troubled launch 12 months ago. Now, expansion pack Reaper of Souls has fixed everything.

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Games

Gamers play giant game of Tetris on skyscraper

Kathy Matheson Hundreds of Tetris fans had a little fun over the weekend with a big version of the classic video game.

The necessity of failure: Gaming as a metaphor for learning and living

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James Dominguez Failure is not just inevitable, but essential. Today, DexX notes a parallel between how we play games and how we live.

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Your Turn: "It's a murder game!"

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Screen Play reader Leigh Martin Watching an outdated made-for-TV thriller about murder by video game might have been a source of comedy, but reader Leigh Martin found it got him thinking about some important issues.

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Games

Can a video game teach empathy?

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Emily Bazelon Can kids learn empathy on an iPad?

Friday question: What were your first ever games?

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James Dominguez Some gamers find it hard to remember which precise game was their first, while others can never forget it. Which are you?

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Games

What went wrong with the Nintendo Wii U?

Bennett Ring Wii was a hugely profitable leap forward for Nintendo, but its successor has struggled to make its mark.

What drought? February and March packed with game releases

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James Dominguez The traditionally quiet January-to-April period, when we usually catch up on last year's games, will be packed with releases this year.

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Games

Hands-on with the PlayStation 4

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James Dominguez On sale tomorrow, the PlayStation 4 is a smooth, polished piece of hardware, but some missing features and a lacklustre game library hold it back from perfection.

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Skylanders Swap Force: How to get the most fun for your money

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James Dominguez After last week's popular Disney Infinity buying guide, this week we're following up with a guide to Skylanders Swap Force.

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Tuesday Newsday: Crytek reverses sexist decision, and next-gen consoles waiting for features after launch

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James Dominguez In the news this week, Crytek has reversed a controversial decision to make female characters in Warface highly sexualised, and both PS4 and XBone look set to wait until after launch for some...

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Games

Xbox, can you hear me now? One requires repetition

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Derrik Lang Like a stubborn family member or insubordinate employee, Xbox One owners might need to tell their fancy new console what to do more than once.

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Your Turn: A Brief History of Microsoft and the Xbox

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Screen Play reader Andrew Yoshimura In the final part of his fascinating series of retrospectives looking at the major players in video gaming history, today Andrew Yoshimura looks at Microsoft and the Xbox.

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Xbox One day-one game selection: The good, the bad and the awesome

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James Dominguez Every new console has a dodgy selection of games at launch, but the Xbox One has some pleasant surprises mixed in with the let-downs.

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Outrage over Australian man Ryan Lambourn's Sandy Hook game

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An Australian man has created a game in which players reenact the shooting massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school, enraging parents of some of the 20 children killed by gunman Adam Lanza.

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Review

Hands On: The Xbox One user experience

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James Dominguez The Xbox One has a lot of features that make it feel very different from previous consoles.

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Tuesday Newsday: Xbox One launch also tops a million, and John Carmack quits Id.

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James Dominguez The Xbox One has cracked a million day one sales too, John Carmack quits Id Software, and TrackMania turns ten, plus even more news.

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Your Turn: 20,000 hexes under the sea

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Your Turn reader Sam Spackman Today reader Sam Spackman presents an entertaining exploration - literally - of the vast range of war games.

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