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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for being lazy. Here's the best writing about videogames from the past week. (Although this week is unusually light on vidgams. You're welcome/sorry.) For Vice (which Waypoint has now regrettably been folded back into, by the way), Elizabeth Ballou delved into the fascinating and sometimes creepy world of Ingress, an augmented reality game about spies and logistics. I love how people get so…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for finally going on one of the nice walks you told yourself you'd do when you moved to Brighton. The South Downs are lovely. I will be there, rather than reading the best writing about videogames from the past week (and beyond). I'm sure that's lovely too. Here's an interesting bag of thoughts from Michael Heron over at Meeples Like Us. They concern…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for doing things that are important and exciting and meaningful, but I will just be eating more crisps. And reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. Actually, screw videogames, because Alice O shared something way better in our work chat earlier this week. Can you inscribe human nostalgia onto foreign DNA? So asks Regine in her fascinating piece about DNA…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for getting home from a swim in the sea to discover young Matt is on holiday and nobody has nipped down the shops to get the papers in. Ah. Well. All the big'uns are gone so let's see what I can rustle up from the magazine rack, a bit shorter and less gamesier than usual. A ROM of prototype Atari arcade game Akka…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for going on wholesome walks with family you haven't seen in months. Not for reading the best writing about videogames. If you do that you are bad. On Waypoint, Patrick Klepek profiled one of UKIP's candidates for the European Parliment. That candidate is Carl Benjamin, one of Gamergate's most prominent figures. Klepek highlights the depths of Benjamin's hatefulness, then stresses that we shouldn't…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are, for the first time in a long time, for doing absolutely nothing. Crisps, TV and Apelegs until bedtime, baby. When I'm not reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. Rezzed meant I skipped the Papers last week, but I don't want to skip past Jason Schreier's in-depth Kotaku report into Anthem's fraught development. I haven't reached the end yet, but…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for recuperating after seeing the Peatbog Fairies, my favourite Celtic electro-folk-rock-jazz band. Or for reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. Or maybe the best writing about Dril, the famed semi-anonymous Twitter scamp who deserves a Nobel Prize. That's according to Tom Whyman, whose piece for the New York Times had me cackling where actual Dril tweets earn a bemused…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for living it large in San Francisco, on your one free day before GDC. Alice Bee tells me there are some good sea lions, but if you don't have any sea lions to see, that's OK. You can still read some of the best writing about videogames from the past week. On Waypoint, Patrick Klepek spoke to KO_OP, a games company where everyone…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for actually setting up those shelves I lied about a few weeks ago. And for reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. On Kotaku, Gita Jackson wrote about writing about videogames and race. It's an astonishingly calm, considerate reply to the commenters who crop up on any article that discuses anything to do with race. I've read so many words…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for crossing your fingers in hope of weather that's as lovely as last weekend's (our children are really going to hate us -ed.). Or not caring, because your main plan is to sit indoors watching Olivia Colman do Oscar-worthy things. Or because you're busy reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. On PC Gamer, I thoroughly enjoyed Joe Donnelly's tale…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for pancakes. And still too much Apelegs. And the best writing about videogames from the past week. On his blog, Robert Yang drew comparisons between the depiction of skin in AAA games and the work of painter Lucian Freud. His comments are as layered as the pigments he describes, shining a somewhat murky spotlight on the mass of flesh behind games that eclipse…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for playing too much Apex Legends. Have some people written about it in the best articles about video games from the past week? Or before that, because I read some good stuff while I was on holiday? Maybe. Maybe. For Waypoint, Yussef Cole laid out the numerous problems with Fortnite's appropriation of dances from black artists. It's a context I wasn't entirely aware…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for being on aeroplanes. Possibly reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. For Eurogamer, Cian Maher spoke to the Oblivion modders who collaborated with Terry Pratchett. It's a heartwarming piece, not least because it provides a new perspective on a great man whose signature used to sit on my mantelpiece.

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for finally reigniting your D&D campaign - organising a game with friends in four different time-zones is both wonderful and infuriating. Could the same be said of the best writing about videogames from the past week? I'm a little in awe of Braden Moor. Waypoint's Patrick Klepek has been documenting the man's ongoing attempts to beat a ludicrously hard Super Mario Maker level…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for finally sorting out the shelves you've been meaning to put up for the past two months. Or for bribing a housemate to do it for you. Or for reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. On Eurogamer, Emily Gera asked the team behind BadCupid how they go about procedurally generating romance. BadCupid involves placing bets on procedurally generated dates,…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for staring boldly into 2019, grabbing it by the horns, vowing to seize each of its 365 days, then taking a nap instead. But not before you read the best writing about videogames from the past week. I'm including some stuff from when I was on holiday, too, and there's nothing you can do about it. At Waypoint, Cameron Kunzelman discussed the limits…

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The Christmas Papers

Mondays are for scoffing mince pies and re-posting the Sunday papers because the robots we programmed to post this yesterday are unreliable drunks. Anyway, go on, treat yourself to some of the best writing about videogames from last week (and beyond). As part of Waypoint's end of year celebrations, Cameron Kunzelman looked back at this year's crop of first person games - and liked what…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for SHOPPING OH GOD THERE'S STILL SO MUCH SHOPPING. You can also read the best writing about videogames from the past week. "What the Popularity of ‘Fortnite’ Has in Common With the 20th Century Pinball Craze" is a Smithsonian headline that made me both curious and vaguely tired. I'm glad the former feeling won out, because Clive Thompson's historiography of pinball is fascinating.

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for finding new people to play board games with, because your new housemates insist that anything beyond Anomia is "too much". You can read the best writing about videogames from the past week too, if you insist. On Eurogamer, Wesley Yin-Poole spoke to the Fallout 76 roleplayers who are determined to wring fun out of a game that's been almost universally panned. They…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for exploring your new home. I'm off to peer at a pier, you're here to read the best writing about video games from the past week (and beyond). Danny Chau's dive into the history of Dance Dance Revolution is a splendid story. The fact that humans are well up for pratting about on gaudy disco machines might well be the most important discovery…

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