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Games, puzzles, and contests plus odd stories from comedy, art, and society.

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Looking For Analog: Old Button-Mashing Arcades Come Back For A New Generation

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:11:00 -0400

"I know I didn't grow up with arcades, but ... I enjoy talking with my dad about it and it's just something we bonded over," says one 17-year-old player.

Sunday Puzzle: Three Words. Two Homophones. One Conjunction.

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:17:22 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Will Shortz, The New York Times' crossword editor and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster, play this week's puzzle with Jonas Singer of Washington, D.C.

Not My Job: We Quiz The Founder Of Queens Of The Stone Age On The Flintstones

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:36:00 -0400

Josh Homme founded and fronted Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal and Them Crooked Vultures. We'll ask him three questions about the kings of the Stone Age — The Flintstones.

Cray Crayola

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:40:26 -0400

We pick the brightest crayon in the box with this final round in which every answer is also the color of a Crayola crayon. It's "bittersweet," which also happens to be a very nice shade of orange.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:40:26 -0400

This episode's mystery guest, Emily Perina, teaches an unusual class for women. Can you solve the mystery before Jonathan and Ophira do?

Talking Heads

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:40:26 -0400

TV pundits in absurdly large suits star in this music game. We rewrote Talking Heads songs to be about the hosts, pundits, and game show sidekicks who make their living as talking heads.

Shocking Surprise

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:40:26 -0400

In this game, we collected movies with surprise endings and gave them a twist of our own by adding one letter to their titles.

The Sounds Of Failure

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:40:26 -0400

In this round, our contestants succeed by failing as they're quizzed on the sounds you hear when you lose or die in various games.

The Instagram Of Dorian Gray

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:40:26 -0400

What would've happened if Dr. Jekyll used Grindr and wondered why Mr. Hyde was always zero feet away? We've solved the core plot issues in classic works of fiction using modern solutions.

Julia Stiles: Antihero Of The 'Riviera'

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:40:00 -0400

Julia Stiles tells us about playing a female antihero in the new Sundance Now series Riviera, then plays a game inspired by her role in the Bourne films and her love for the singer Morrissey.

Sunday Puzzle: Pour Yourself A Drink If You Can Name Them

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:26:41 -0400

For this week's challenge, you'll need to freshen up, or maybe just have a refreshing glass of lemonade to help you decipher these drink names.

Not My Job: We Quiz Arcade Fire's Win Butler On Odd Arcade Games

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 14:03:11 -0400

The band's fifth album, Everything Now, was released in July. We'll ask Butler about a game from the 1980s, a rather surprising game from Japan, and The Last Barfighter — a game with a twist.

In 'Crash Override,' Zoe Quinn Shares Her Boss Battle Against Online Harassment

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:00:31 -0400

Having watched many colleagues attacked for speaking up, gamer Latoya Peterson offers a deeply personal review. "I applaud Quinn for ... accepting that she is messy, imperfect and, well: Human."

'Blood, Sweat, And Pixels': For Designers Of Video Games, It's Always Crunch Time

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Journalist Jason Schreier walks readers through the development of 10 recent games, finding marked similarities in the essential infrastructure of their design and production.

Sunday Puzzle: Holy Moly, It's Another Familiar Phrase

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 06:43:00 -0400

Try to solve this week's puzzle where every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with H- and the second word starts MO-.