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The Harmonix Kickstarter for a new Amplitude title looks like it could make it, but that outcome was much shakier even 36 hours ago, before the high-profile boosts from industry veterans such as Insomniac's Ted Price and Mojang's Markus "Notch" Persson. With 30 hours to go, as of this writing, the company needs to raise only $75,000 more. The game's…

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The joy of the $150 computer for children is that no one has to be afraid of it. The fact that you can touch every part of the computer and build the case by hand while connecting all the different components is a huge selling point. You can't really "play" with a traditional PC when you're fitting everything together, and…

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An estimated 3.3 million people in the United States have obsessive-compulsive disorder, approximately 2.3 percent of the population. Over 100 million people in the U.S. are gamers, a number that only grows each year as new platforms and increasingly accessible technology emerge. I sit in the overlap between those two worlds. I am a female gamer living with OCD. I…

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Our actions towards others when we play games online aren't just throwaway motions. If we consider video games to be something more than mindless distractions, then our interactions with other humans are to be taken seriously. They matter. If that’s the case, being an asshole in an online video game makes someone else's real life measurably worse, and it makes…

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I hit my stress cap and popped to "Afflicted" status during the third week of the Darkest Dungeon Kickstarter — the culprit being the last two months of intensive work and constant decision-making. My own personal Affliction is Irrationality — the pathways in my brain normally so devoted to logic and reason can become twisted like gnarled overlapping roots, and…

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The Yogscast's Yogventures was the first Kickstarter I ever saw that set off alarm bells in my head. If you've never heard of The Yogscast, understand that it is huge. Originally started in 2008, The Yogscast has grown into one of the most popular YouTube groups. Its main channel has over 7 million subscribers, with individual videos regularly receiving over…

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