After a year of loss and grief, Madison Marquer signed up to lead a team of gamers at a community college in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Brendan I. Koerner chronicles the journey. By early 2021, Walsh had gathered ample evidence to prove that esports could bring in as many as 20 student-athletes per year and boost the […]
Seven longreads on the communal pastime of puzzles, games, and crosswords.
“While the crossword remains a word game mainstay, what’s appropriate has changed with the times.”
“Any single word of the 192,111 can send a player as deep down a linguistic rabbit hole as she would like to go, through thick layers of definition, history, culture, immigration, war, conquest, colonization, appropriation, derivation, coinage, conjugation, translation, pronunciation, and selection. As the great player Marlon Hill once said about learning the Scrabble words’ […]
Even in the age of the search engine, the pleasure of knowing the right answer endures.
From India and Ireland to the U.S., quiz tournaments are enduringly popular even — if not especially — as information has become more accessible than ever.
What will it take to get women’s baseball the recognition it deserves?
Accompanying a contestant to a pro-level Galaga tournament to discover how many digital space bugs you have to destroy to find renown, community, and a modicum of inner peace.
The untold art of the fairytale comeback, brought to you by Nintendo.
With magic, the goal is to give someone something they can carry around with them for a while.