Welcome to the "No Fun" issue. 96-pages of the best writing and illustrations in the biz, including:
Jason Fagone talks to the team behind Big Buck Hunter Pro, and studies the
allure of its gun.
John Tetiwith the incredible story of New York City’s
30-year ban on pinball.
J. Nicholas Geist with a story of marriage, judgment, and World
of Warcraft addiction.
Jenn Frank picks the videogame feminist of the decade.
Jason Killingsworth is schooled by an eight-year-old Guitar
Hero prodigy – and takes the opportunity to grow up.
Gus Mastrapa battles anxiety and finds a rescue in EverQuest.
Rob Dubbin digs up the strange, hilarious fan fic of internet
legend Stuart Michigan, starting with his latest work, “Some Russian.”
Majed Athab reflects on the Six Days in Fallujah
controversy, and asks: why is it easier to make a ridiculous war game
than a realistic one?
Matthew Burns asks if competition is necessary? Or is he just
terrible at multiplayer Halo?
Nora Nahid Khan surveys the most disturbing and most
disgusting bosses in survival horror.
Mitch Krpata goes to the darkest corners of the Framingham Fun
and Games to play torture porn shooter Chiller.
Ryan Kuo with a critique of Left 4 Dead 2.
Filipe Salgado on the hopelessness of Stephen Lavelle.
Interviews with MESSHOF, ANNA ANTHROPY, JESS CHAVEZ, and KRYSTIAN
MAJEWSKI, by Jamin Brophy-Warren, Chris Dahlen, Richard Morgan, and Ryan
And Zack Handlen brings it home with the most disgusting
puzzle in interactive fiction history.
On the art side, enjoy the works of Fred Benenson, David Boni, Eóin Burke, Brody Condon,
Alessandro Cotrufo, Joseph DeLappe, Eric Englehard, Ben Fry, Jon Haddock, Sarah Jacoby, Julian Lytle, Eva and
Franco Mattes, Julian Sancton, and Ryan Theodores.