The Tetris effect: How a game can alter the way you look at life

If you haven’t heard of it, the Tetris effect occurs when one devotes an excessive amount of time to an activity or game, and it begins to overtake the sufferer’s thoughts and dreams. It’s named for the classic block-stacking puzzler Tetris. At its release, Tetris took the world by storm and people began to devote massive amounts of time to it. Players began to see the title's abstract shapes in everyday life, trying to visualize how pieces of furniture and other objects would fit together to form perfect rows, for example. Even dreams of falling blocks became common.

Is the Wii U really a next-gen game console?

The industry has commonly referred to Nintendo's upcoming Wii U as the first of the next-generation consoles; however, this moniker is up for much speculation in light of the current console market.

3 reasons not to buy games (right away)

In this fast-paced, hustle-and-bustle world of ours, a lot of people are afraid of being left behind. I'm often worried that I'll be at a party and people will start talking about Lost, and I won't have anything to add because I've only seen like 10 minutes of that show. But then I remember that the odds of that very specific situation arising are pretty low, and I don't get invited to parties, anyway.

5 very memorable video game deaths

Life in a video game is cheap. Odds are you bite it on a fairly regular basis just bopping through the campaign. Your character explodes in a shower of meaty parts or he simply ragdolls, letting out a manly, yet shrill scream. But then the game resets, you’re up again, and everything’s back to normal. Certain death averted, however many tries it takes.