The ‘Barcade': Why games like Angry Birds have paved the way for the arcade resurgence

Our culture is obsessed with things returning from the dead. Why not the video arcade? About a month ago, Ars Technica published an article that sounded almost too good to be true, “The Surprising Stealth Rebirth of the American Arcade.” I was somewhat skeptical; I have fond memories of time spent in arcades as a youth, but I was never privy to the true heyday of the video arcade in the ’80s.

Xbox Live needs more political coverage, not less

Life’s pretty dull for California in an election year. Our 55 electoral votes don’t get any bluer, so we’re spared the constant bombardment of political ads from both official and Super PAC sources. On the other hand, presidential hopefuls only ever show up here for $5,000-a-plate fundraisers. We miss out on all the hands-on politicking, and we never get a chance to voice an opinion directly to the candidates.

How competitive play has built a strong StarCraft II community

New players might pick up StarCraft II, developer Blizzard's 2010 update to their 1998 real-time strategy game StarCraft, expecting an experience that accomodates the uninitiated and provides a fun, semi-competitive atmosphere.