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Next Level: Can Modders Save Games By Breaking Them?

Next Level: Can Modders Save Games By Breaking Them?

There’s a long-standing tradition of amateur game developers tinkering with the content of finished games.

Next Level: Are We On The Brink Of Gaming’s Cinematic Golden Age?

Next Level: Are We On The Brink Of Gaming’s Cinematic Golden Age?

Video games and movies have many things in common, but efforts to adapt franchises from one medium to another have historically been met with failure.

Next Level: Do Video Games Help Or Hurt Our Mental Health?

Next Level: Do Video Games Help Or Hurt Our Mental Health?

In each episode of 'Next Level,' Newsy explores the real-world impacts of the largest entertainment industry on Earth: video games.

Video Games Are Teaching Players Real (And Alternate) History
October 4, 2021

Video Games Are Teaching Players Real (And Alternate) History

History-based video games allow their players to engage with the past in completely new ways. But like every medium, the genre still has limits.

Apple Trial Shows How Platforms Shape Mobile Games
July 6, 2021

Apple Trial Shows How Platforms Shape Mobile Games

A recent court case against Apple has shed some light on how the mobile gaming market is shaped by the big tech platforms it appears on.

NFT Art Auctions Have A Piracy Problem
May 18, 2021

NFT Art Auctions Have A Piracy Problem

Artists are seeing their work sold by strangers on NFT sites without their consent — and there's no easy way to stop it from happening.

The Big Problems Behind Big-Budget Video Game Flops
March 11, 2021

The Big Problems Behind Big-Budget Video Game Flops

The production process for big-budget video games leads many major studios to overpromise and underdeliver on the games they make.

How Video Games Can Help (Not Hurt) Mental Health
January 26, 2021

How Video Games Can Help (Not Hurt) Mental Health

Video games and mental health have a rough history, but experts and creators are exploring how games can help people deal with mental health issues.

Political Outreach Enters The World Of 'Animal Crossing'
October 13, 2020

Political Outreach Enters The World Of 'Animal Crossing'

With the pandemic making traditional campaigning more risky, some 2020 campaigns are reaching out to voters through gaming.

Why Video Games Are Looking More Like Movies
September 22, 2020

Why Video Games Are Looking More Like Movies

Big-budget gaming franchises like "The Last Of Us" showcase the connections between cinema and video games.

AI Tech Changes How We See The World In 'Microsoft Flight Simulator'
September 3, 2020

AI Tech Changes How We See The World In 'Microsoft Flight Simulator'

The virtual world of Microsoft Flight Simulator is so realistic, it’s attracting the attention of real-world open-source journalists and researchers.

Rethinking How 'Dungeons & Dragons' Handles Race
September 1, 2020

Rethinking How 'Dungeons & Dragons' Handles Race

Amid national conversations over racial injustice, game designers are offering new ideas around the role of race in games like Dungeons & Dragons.