The Needles

The Needles by Andy Chalk is an ongoing look at the news and events that shape the hobby and the industry we know and love, shot through with occasional outbursts of randomness that can only be found in a gaming column written by a guy who doesn't actually own a gaming console.

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Why are lead characters in videogames almost always women?

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Soon, if the Canadian government has its way, the simple act of backing up your games could make you a criminal.

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The U.S. Government has just unveiled its first-ever strategy for intellectual property enforcement. Here's what you need to know.

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Will @Gamer be the boost that videogame print media was looking for?

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Michael Pachter was right. That doesn't mean Ubisoft is.

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California's controversial videogame law is on its way to the Supreme Court of the United States, which means it's time for gamers to quit playing around.

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What happens when the man who programmed Doom gets involved in a casual bubble-pop game? Cute little Beakiez die horribly, that's what.

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CD Projekt Red Senior Producer Tomasz Gop talks about the future of The Witcher: Sharper story, better combat and, yes, plenty of sex.

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Banning videogames about rape sounds like a good idea. Here's why it's not.

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Will DRM by any other name still stink up the joint?

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Ubisoft may have loaded the gun but you, dear gamer, pulled the trigger, so maybe it's time to stop crying about how unfair it is when it goes off in your face.

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Thanks, Yanks, but our copyright laws are doing just fine without your help.

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The makers of Titan Quest were surprised that so many fans were interested in funding their new game, Grim Dawn.

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BioShock 2's installation limits were scaled back to... different installation limits?

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Andy Chalk discusses indie games, IGF drafting, and rewarding good work.