What’s Video Game Addiction and What’s Just Leisure?

Just because people enjoy a recreational activity doesn't mean they're addicted to it, even if they spend lots of time doing it.
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Why Are Video Games so Great?

An anthropologist investigating one group of committed gamers found people attracted not to realism, but to deeply engaging cooperative projects.
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The Grand Old Tradition of Gaming at the Library

Visit your local public library today and you may find rows of kids playing computer games, or even a couple of Xboxes. Gaming at the library is a tradition that goes back to the 1850s.
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Super Mario, Homer’s Odyssey, and the Meaning of Marriage

Nintendo's Mario and Homer's Odysseus have more in common than you might think.
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Bonnie Nardi

Welcome to Ask a Professor, our series that offers an insider’s view of life in academia. This month we interviewed Bonnie Nardi.
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Mapping the Future with Pokémon Go

Is Pokémon Go is preparing us for a world without cartography?
JSTOR Daily Friday Reads

Video Games, Italian Revolutionaries, and Anne Tyler

Our Friday Reads are these new books out this week, and related content you won't find anywhere else.
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Is Video Game Addiction a “Boy” Problem?

There are some girls who get really into video gaming, but it seems like it’s far more frequently an issue for little boys.

What Can Video Games Teach Us About Economics?

But what can video games tell us about economics? Apparently a lot.

Women in Video Games: A Critique

Women make up a growing percentage of video gamers. Research investigates the role of gender and sexism in gaming.