Shorter Isn’t Better

The Wall Street Journal says Nigerian players have developed an amazing new Scrabble strategy. Don’t believe the hype.

May 2 2016 11:17 AM“It’s Not Real, It’s Not Real, It’s Not Real”Virtual reality and the dangers of 360-degree abuse.
March 10 2016 3:09 PMHow to Spot a Plagiarized CrosswordA crossword constructor explains the puzzle scandal.
Dec. 15 2015 5:57 AMBattlefront Embraces the Dark SideIs this the end of the golden age of Star Wars video games?
Sept. 29 2015 3:37 PMPaint. Learn Piano. Build Mario Levels!Super Mario Maker isn’t just about creating your own video game. It’s about deepening your love of an art form. 
Feb. 23 2015 10:20 AMLife as a TargetThis War of Mine shifts the focus of war games from the shooters to the civilians caught in the crossfire.
Jan. 5 2015 2:01 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 10: Defeating zombies by dancing? Crypt of the Necrodancer felt like the coolest game of 2014.
Jan. 5 2015 10:47 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 8: Gamergate is the most expansive real-world ARG in video game history.
Dec. 31 2014 9:56 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 6: I’m no longer interested in worrying about whether other gamers think I’m sufficiently hardcore.
Dec. 30 2014 8:13 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 4: 2014: The year the pause button died.
Dec. 29 2014 7:00 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 2: The long road where achievements go to die, aka my favorite game of the year.
Nov. 3 2014 5:15 PMShooting Blow Darts at RocksI am absolutely terrible at League of Legends, the video game that’s the future of sports.
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PMWho Owns Scrabble’s Word List?Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
March 14 2014 7:13 PMBestie, Ew, Slumdog, TwerkInside the contest to add a new word to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
Nov. 6 2013 10:59 AMSex MachinesA new game takes the human-gadget relationship to its logical extreme.
Sept. 23 2013 12:38 PMThe Tragedy of Grand Theft Auto VThe story of a rebel game that forgot how to be transgressive.
March 17 2016 12:57 PMUSA Today Plagiarized My CrosswordWhy couldn’t they pick one of the good ones?
Feb. 25 2016 9:21 AMPlaying With WordsThe remarkable Firewatch is part of a new generation of games taking cues from the text adventures of the 1980s.
Nov. 13 2015 9:19 AMThe Fun of Betraying Your FriendsWe’re in a golden age of board games. Betrayal at House on the Hill is one of the best.
May 1 2015 3:16 PMChoose Your Old AdventureCrowdfunding was supposed to transport video games to strange and exciting places. Instead it took them back in time.
Jan. 6 2015 12:16 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 11: Why should I devote 70 hours to a game that can’t even bother to design decent menus?
Jan. 5 2015 11:59 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 9: One of my favorite video games of 2014 doesn’t even have any video—you don’t even need a screen.
Jan. 1 2015 9:29 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 7: Sure, I’m biased—toward games that are fun to play.
Dec. 30 2014 1:02 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 5: E-sports vs. e-arts, and why I’ve never even played League of Legends.
Dec. 29 2014 1:03 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 3: This weird game about a sad-sack dog whose wife left him is my favorite game of the year.
Dec. 28 2014 8:45 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 1: The best video game of the year? A heartbreaking downloadable bonus chapter for a zombie shooter.
Oct. 14 2014 5:19 PMDon’t Mourn the Passing of the New York Times Chess ColumnThis is a great chance for the Gray Lady to bring its chess coverage into modern times.
April 10 2014 6:50 PMGeocache?!The word that won Scrabble’s new-word contest is totally useless in Scrabble.
Feb. 10 2014 1:12 PMThe Rise and Fall of Flappy BirdHow an amateur-ish iPhone game soared to such heights, and why it had to die.
Sept. 23 2013 2:02 PMBland Theft AutoThis is the same game we played 10 years ago.
Aug. 22 2013 5:39 AMWhere Is Sam?The understated indie video game Gone Home looks like a typical first-person horror story. But it’s a lot more surprising—and moving—than that.