5 California Arcades in The 80s: Looking Through The Lens of Ira Nowinski

That renowned photo-essayist Ira Nowinski recorded the very beginnings of the video craze in California is something short of a miracle. Most of his work up to that point was more focused on local arts and sociopolitical topics; i.e. "urban renewal" forcing pensioners from their longtime homes, the American migration of Soviet Jews and, of … Continue reading 5 California Arcades in The 80s: Looking Through The Lens of Ira Nowinski

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Photos From The Atari International Asteroids Tournament in San Francisco 1981

They came in droves during the Fall of 1981, players of all ages, filing into convention rooms across the country to compete in The Atari International Asteroids Tournament. Not much information remains on this nationwide event save for a tee shirt here, a small headline there. In fact, a lot of particulars have been lost … Continue reading Photos From The Atari International Asteroids Tournament in San Francisco 1981

Poke-Hoax: The Pokemon Go Church Murder

I love everything about a good gaming urban legend; how they begin, how they spread and how they develop and grow over time.  Usually the kinds of legends I investigate have been developing chapters over a period of decades, in some cases 40 years or more. The extraction of factual evidence is a painstaking process … Continue reading Poke-Hoax: The Pokemon Go Church Murder

Sauce: White Nationalism…in a Bottle?

It's surely been a rather interesting election year, one that has brought with it tumultuous debate as well as reaffirmed beliefs with many that all is not well in America. From Bernie Sanders leading a movement mostly comprised of millennials frustrated by a view of a future that appears to have no place for them, … Continue reading Sauce: White Nationalism…in a Bottle?