Next Level: Can Gaming Be For Everyone?

Video games can reach a vastly broad audience. But deeply-rooted mechanics and stereotypes can still create a barrier to entry for some players.

 | Matt Picht

Next Level: Remixing Video Games

Next Level: Can Modders Save Games By Breaking Them?

There's a long-standing tradition of amateur game developers tinkering with the content of finished games.

 | Matt Picht and Jennifer Smart

Next Level: Gaming's Cinematic Golden Age

Next Level: Are We On The Brink Of Gaming's Cinematic Golden Age?

Video games and movies have many things in common, but efforts to adapt franchises from one medium to another have historically been met with failure.

 | Casey Mendoza and Matt Picht and Jennifer Smart

People play a board game.

The Board Game Industry Is Booming

From new titles to collectable finds, the board game industry has skyrocketed in popularity over the past couple years.

 | Casey Mendoza

People play video games

Why Are Experts Warning About Extremism In Gaming?

Video games, including those targeted at children, have been the subject of a new phenomenon in extremism.

 | Tyler Adkisson and Brandi Scarber

People play video games in a dark room.

How The Military Is Boosting Recruitment Through Video Games

With enlistment dropping, the military is turning to video games to make an impact with young recruits.

 | Scripps News Staff

Kids enjoy playing video games

KMGH: Study Shows Video Games May Boost Kids' Intelligence

A new study published in the Journal of Scientific Reports suggests gaming can improve things like communication, strategizing and decision-making.

 | Daniel Grossman and KMGH-TV

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The Draw Of Mobile Gaming

The Why explores the draw of mobile gaming.

 | Scripps News Staff

Fans watch a League of Legends tournament

The Rise Of E-sports

The popularity of competitive games is driving millions of dollars and eyeballs into e-sports.

 | Scripps News Staff

People watch a movie.

Why Are Video Game Adaptations So Bad?

Though book adaptations do relatively well in the box office, the same cannot be said of video game movies.

 | Casey Mendoza

Sophia Taylor Ali and Tom Holland appear in a scene from "Uncharted."

The Video Game Market Is Spilling Into The Movie Industry

Given their increasing popularity, one would think video game movie adaptations would typically be wildly successful, but that's not the case.

 | Scripps News Staff

A screenshot of a mobile phone displaying the App Store version of the game "Among Us."

Apple Trial Shows How Platforms Shape Mobile Games

A recent court case against Apple has shed some light on how the mobile gaming market is shaped by the big tech platforms it appears on.

 | Matt Picht

A screenshot of Ellie from "The Last of Us: Part 2"

Why Video Games Are Looking More Like Movies

Big-budget gaming franchises like "The Last Of Us" showcase the connections between cinema and video games.

 | Matt Picht

An animation of a video game player during coronavirus lockdown

How Video Games Can Help (Not Hurt) Mental Health

Video games and mental health have a rough history, but experts and creators are exploring how games can help people deal with mental health issues.

 | Matt Picht

How Playing Video Games Is Becoming A Full-Time Job

How one family in Venezuela is making a cryptocurrency income from playing video games.

 | Scripps News Staff

In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 file photo, a GameStop sign is seen above a store, in Urbandale, Iowa.

Gamestop Mania Severely Tested Market System, Regulator Says

Gamestop stock mania tested the stock market but did not break it, according to a new SEC report.

 | AP

A distorted map of Texas, under the caption "What's Missing From Historical Games?"

Video Games Are Teaching Players Real (And Alternate) History

History-based video games allow their players to engage with the past in completely new ways. But like every medium, the genre still has limits.

 | Matt Picht

A child plays with a toy gun during a promotion for online video games in Beijing, China.

China Limits Children To 3 Hours Of Online Video Gaming Per Week

Starting on September 1, Chinese minors can only play video games between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and national holidays.

 | AP

This June 13, 2013 file photo shows the Activision Blizzard Booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Activision Blizzard Entertainment President Steps Down Amid Lawsuit

The company made the announcement Tuesday in a letter to employees.

 | AP

Women's basketball star Candace Parker posing at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit.

WNBA Star Candace Parker To Be First Woman On NBA 2K Cover

The latest installment of the video game franchise pays tribute to the 25th anniversary of the WNBA.

 | Jay Strubberg

Roblox gaming app

Roblox Gaming App Goes Public On Stock Market

Like many video games, it gained a lot of popularity during the pandemic.

 | Scripps News Staff

A broken video game character stands in a T-pose shape.

The Big Problems Behind Big-Budget Video Game Flops

The production process for big-budget video games leads many major studios to overpromise and underdeliver on the games they make.

 | Matt Picht

A screenshot from "Animal Crossing"

Political Outreach Enters The World Of 'Animal Crossing'

With the pandemic making traditional campaigning more risky, some 2020 campaigns are reaching out to voters through gaming.

 | Matt Picht

A virtual airplane in flight

AI Tech Changes How We See The World In 'Microsoft Flight Simulator'

The virtual world of Microsoft Flight Simulator is so realistic, it’s attracting the attention of real-world open-source journalists and researchers.

 | Matt Picht

Apple App Store

Google, Apple Remove Fortnite From Their App Stores

Google and Apple said Fortnite bypassed the in-app purchasing service.

 | Katie Cammarata

A screenshot from Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How 'Animal Crossing' Became A Quarantine Cultural Phenomenon

"Animal Crossing: New Horizons" has become something of a cultural touchstone during the coronavirus pandemic.

 | Matt Picht

Facebook Gaming app

Facebook Launches Gaming App

Facebook Gaming is meant to compete with platforms like Twitch, the current market leader.

 | Adam Elrashidi

Attendees at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

E3 2020 Canceled Amid Coronavirus Concerns

​The organizers of the video game conference said the decision followed "increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus."

 | Ahmed Jawadi

Gamer BBXH fundraises for Save the Children

Video Game Charity Streams Are Basically Modern-Day Telethons

Platforms like Twitch and Tiltify, as well as organizations like Save The Children, are "gamifying" charity donations.

 | Casey Mendoza

Alfonso Ribeiro performs "The Carlton" on TV

Why 'The Carlton' And The 'Milly Rock' Can't Legally Be Copyrighted

The U.S. Copyright Office has already ruled that the "Milly Rock" and "The Carlton" can't be copyrighted. So what now?

 | Christian Bryant