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At the recent E3 Conference, Nintendo announced Mario Maker. The new interactive element for WiiU will allow players to customize their own 2D Super Mario courses from scratch, “legitimizing” a practice already developed by hardcore modders and artists alike. Why did Nintendo suddenly decide to allow gamers this interactive experience? Journalist and game critic Leigh Alexander suggests that […]

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One of my first experiences upon moving to New York was as a volunteer at the 42nd St. Showpaper Gallery. A few blocks from Grand Central Station and across from a ritzy hotel, it was a strange location for a venue that showcased experimental music and video games. It felt like I’d found my secret […]

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The independent video game art collective Babycastles are known for their playfully absurd taste in underground games and their seriousness about video games as an art form. Over the last few years, they’ve risen from their birthplace in the basement of the old Silent Barn to infiltrate respected art establishments around the world. And on March […]

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