Luigi. The quintessential sidekick. Though gifted with the exact (vague) abilities of his much more famous brother, Luigi has always lived in the shadows, under-appreciated by the masses. And that will do something to a man, as the Internet has learned. In the newly released Mario Kart 8, Luigi throws some serious shade whenever he gets the upper hand on a fellow racer. Just look at this clip, and stare into the eyes of a man who has nothing to lose. The Internet has gotten mighty creative with this meme, as you can see in this collection (warning: some explicit lyrics at the link) ... Discuss

The Facebook and smartphone-based game Candy Crush Saga registers more than 600 million active gaming sessions every day, so obviously, there’s something extremely compelling about the puzzle app. The game has become so popular that it’s sparked an entirely new social problem—chronic Candy Crush addiction. An addiction treatment center in the U.K. is now offering a rehab program (which costs $5,000) for the game’s addicts, and says that it receives 100 inquiries a month about the recovery treatment plan.

So, how do you know if you’re “addicted” to the colorful game? According to the rehab center’s spokeswoman, you may have a problem if you are “someone who spends four to five hours a day playing the game, lets the game override personal relationships, makes excuses to avoid social situations, and locks him or herself away in order to play.” If that’s you, get help—and please, we beg of you, stop asking us for more lives on Facebook. We’re done enabling you …

UPDATE: It turns out, this was just a hoax ... though probably still a good idea. Discuss

If you ever played the classic ‘90s video game NBA Jam, you may have noticed that despite their dominance on the court at the time, the Chicago Bulls were not very good in the game. As it turns out, the game was rigged. A former NBA Jam developer—and die hard fan of the Bulls rival Detroit Pistons—admitted to ESPN, "If there was a close game and anyone on the Bulls took a last-second shot, we wrote special code in the game so that they would average out to be bricks." But let’s be honest. If you willingly chose any team other than the Orlando Magic—with the deadly duo of Penny Hardaway and Nick Anderson—you probably deserved to lose … Discuss

Video Games: The New Rock 'n' Roll?

Why the fastest-growing creators of culture should matter to the Church. Read More

You may want to go ahead and fire up that old Nintendo—science has just confirmed that a daily dose of video games will actually make you smarter. A German research team observed two groups: One that played Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day, and one that played no video games. After a two month period, the team found that the group that played Super Mario daily, showed significant increases of grey matter throughout the brain. In a report, the lead researcher said, “The present study can demonstrate the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase.” The researchers said that in the future, they hope to use the findings to create specially designed games that can be used to treat patients suffering from PTSD, schizophrenia and stress through a sort of video game therapy … Discuss

Do Video Games Cause Violence?

Exploring the line between violence in life and violence on the screen. Read More