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

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

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Screen Play reader Leigh Martin Watching an outdated made-for-TV thriller about murder by video game might have been a source of comedy, but reader Leigh Martin found it got him thinking about some important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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The Novelist: A haunting family tale

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

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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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Friday question: What were your first ever games?


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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The best video games of 2013

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James Dominguez The community has had their say, but now it's DexX's turn to list his picks for the best games of 2013.

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Friday Question: What video game award categories would you like to see?

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James Dominguez At the end of every year, everyone gives the same kinds of awards out. This year I want to try something different.

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Grand Theft Auto V - A finely tuned machine

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James Dominguez Grand Theft Auto V's story, themes, and characters mat not be subtle or pleasant, but it is a high watermark of technology and design.

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Next-gen showdown: PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One

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James Dominguez Never before have two video game consoles been released so close together. Which one deserves your money more?

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


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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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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Disney Infinity: How to get the most fun for your money

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James Dominguez Disney's new toy-and-game combo is sure to be high on many kids' Christmas list, but its pricey components make smart shopping essential.

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Tuesday Newsday: Valve making its own gaming machines


James Dominguez The big news from this past week is Valve's announcement of Steam OS, Steam Machines, and a dedicated Steam controller. Let's see what else has been going on.

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Your Turn: Goodbye Mr Nintendo

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Screen Play reader Andrew Masters Hiroshi Yamauchi, long-time president of Nintendo, died last week aged 85. Reader Andrew Masters has written a personal tribute.

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