When cleverly used and contextually appropriate, a puzzle can be integral to strengthening a game's story and the player's experience of it.
Puzzles pull us out of the gaming experience, but obstacles pull us in.
PopCap built an empire on a simple game of match-three called Bejeweled - then had to learn how to update a game that no-one wanted changed.
At the MIT Mystery Hunt, the only things more confusing than the puzzles are the solutions.
When a developer shapes a game into a particular genre, it's signing a contract of expectations with the player. But how do we react when the game breaks that contract?
Join legendary designer (and total Disney nerd) Warren Spector on a tour of the rides and attractions that inspired the twisted - yet still familiar - landscape of Epic Mickey.
The Escapist breaks games down to their basics and devises a genre classification system that covers all (ok, almost all) of the bases.
The ultimate Renaissance man, Mario has been instrumental in defining not just one, but three separate gaming genres.
Don't be too concerned if you find yourself constantly hunting for collectibles and achievements while you're gaming - that's just the way you're wired.
A tale told around GameBoys in the dead of night warns of a ghostly Pokemon that's collecting souls.
The videogames industry may have had its financial ups and downs over the years, but one thing consistently sells even if the games don't - videogame toys.
Jonathan "WingspanTT" Tran earned the envy of many Team Fortress 2 players when he lucked into one of the game's rare Golden Wrenches, but he realized the best thing he could possibly do was destroy it.
Jennifer Mercurio of the ECA had a front row view of the landmark case that brought videogames into the Supreme Court, and what she saw was both surprising and encouraging.
Giving players access to the dwellings of videogame characters can contribute more to the sense of a living, dynamic world than any number of cut scenes.
The worlds created in children's games are as rich as those in adult games, but adult players don't always see that richness.