While the rest of us were making dick jokes out of gunfights and zoning laws, more creative gamers were doing some truly amazing things.
Virtual worlds can also be ruined by terrible circumstances and even more terrible people.
There are some seemingly cute, family-friendly games out there hiding backstories so messed up that they'd be cut from a Chuck Palahniuk novel.
The worst fans in the world have to be the Gatekeepers.
Even the greatest video games have their flaws.
The technology available to old-school video games didn't leave a lot of room for nuance. Which is good considering the few times retro games dove into ethically murky waters and came back up with ...
Any incredibly immersive video game universe can come undone in an instant when a game turns into a crass advertisement for products from the real world.
If a game takes place in a real country, wouldn't it be worth it for the developers to spend a few minutes skimming that country's Wikipedia page?
On behalf of all the Suck Monsters out there, here's how and why we keep on playing.