Video games are escapist. That's one theory about them, anyway. People think we fire up the ol' console or PC or goofy VR headset to get away from life's troubles. But what if that's not the case? What if the art form of video games is a breeding ground for criminal activity? And what if the crimes are felony-level misdeeds, caused by everything from greed to malfeasance to Kate Upton's chest?
On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Heather Anne Campbell and Nick Wiger, hosts of Earwolf's upcoming 'How Did This Get Played?' podcast. They'll combine incredible true stories with a deep knowledge of the gaming world to bring you gamer-based tales of theft, embezzlement, and biological warfare. Discover how millions of dollars, a slew of professional sporting events, and the Dutch Supreme Court changed forever thanks to the seemingly escapist medium of video games.
Watch out fictional ladies: your number of boobs might be telegraphing your morality.
Yee-ha! Giddyup! Westerns used to feature singing cowboys and Soviet uranium!
Happy Halloween! The past is terrifying! In the most astonishing way!
It's not populists versus elites. It's much weirder (and more Dilbert-driven).
Go everywhere from Yale's secret tombs to an even more secret celebrities-only Walgreens.