Extra Life

Brett Masse explores gaming lifestyle and culture

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A quiet eulogy for a game franchise that shaped me

I have begun writing about this game series several times in the past but have never been...

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Games – and life – aren’t always about the shiniest weapons

I picked up a game recently that I never finished called “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of...

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In games and in life, do we always need to be right?

There’s been a murder in a run-down area of Krakow, Poland. “The Stacks”...

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What ‘Grand Theft Auto’ taught me about planning and peace


Again, we have experienced how uncertain life can be. The reminders are frequent...

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When playing video games becomes my act of resistance

The news is troubling. When you sit and listen to the radio, a romantic piece of equipment...

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No loud, fast-paced action? “Dear Esther” is perfect in its quietness

We are obsessed with doing things. With gettin’ it done. Our culture is so permeated...

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Role playing games challenge philosophies of identity

There are innumerable layers of you, of who you are and what makes you unique from others. The...

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Welcome to the beautiful, surreal world of LAN parties

The sun was setting, casting linear shadows on the floor of the conference room. The failing...