Because Science Is Awesome | Games, Gamers, & Gaming | May 15, 2013

M. Brandon Robbins explores creative ways to meld STEM skills with gaming.

Audio Reviews | April 15, 2013

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 Cussler, Clive & Thomas Perry. The Tombs. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611761375. $39.95; digital download. F Cussler’s globe-trotting archaeologists, husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, are off on another fantastic adventure, one that will both educate and entertain Cussler’s legion of readers. While working on their latest dig, the Fargos become […]

Have Fun Defending the Castle! | Games, Gamers and Gaming

With great mobile titles like Fieldrunners and the ubiquitous and addictive Plants vs. Zombies, tower defense games—in which the player or players defend a location from hostile forces using various weapons and technologies powered by regenerating resources—were a very big thing in video games for quite some time.

Games and Violence: Games, Gamers & Gaming | March 15, 2013

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Addressing charges of a connection between video games and violence.

The Walking Dead: Games, Gamers & Gaming | February 2013

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Taking the Walking Dead game out for a test run.

Mystery News | February 1, 2013

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Dates and locations of upcoming mystery conferences, plus publishers to follow on Twitter.

FTL: Faster Than Light | Games, Gamers, & Gaming | January 2013

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Assessing the strategy game FTL: Faster Than Light

Disney Delving Deeper into Gaming

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The Walt Disney Company January 15 announced the future launch of Disney Infinity, a line of video games that would mix characters from its numerous film properties, e.g., Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow sharing an adventure with Toy Story’’s Buzz Lightyear. The AP quotes Disney-Pixar animation chief John Lasseter as saying that the new […]

Spring Fling 2013: Pairings and Threesomes from University Presses

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Near the end of each year, I have the pleasure of meeting with lots of university press reps so they can show me their Spring catalogs for the next year, indicating their forthcoming lead trade titles as well as some mid-list treats they feel sure LJ’s readers will find compelling. There’s a lot of exciting stuff coming in Spring 2013 from these publishers. Here are pairs and threesomes that seemed to form themselves from the academic Spring 2013 catalogs that came to me via press appointments.

Bridging Generations | November 15, 2012 | Games, Gamers & Gaming

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Botanicula, a game for kids that “will appeal to a wide range of age groups and can serve as a bridge between generations by letting parents play alongside their kids.”