Michael Peck

Yahtzee Meets the Hot Zone

The nightmarish Ebola board game that's starting to look all too real.

As the Ebola virus begins to spread out of West Africa, with the first victims appearing in the United States and Europe, the world trembles before the specter of a pandemic -- an epidemic of global proportions.

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Like Stratego, But With More Bagpipes

The fight for Scottish independence, coming to a living room table near you.

Damn that William Wallace. Damn that stupid movie Braveheart.

And curse this infernal board game that compels me, Edward Longshanks, King of England, to relive those tumultuous days of 700 years ago.

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Luke, I Am Your President

Let’s see Putin try to pull this nonsense with a Sith Lord in the White House.

My dear Americans and future subjects,

As you know, a recent poll rated me more favorably as a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential election than Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Chris Christie, or Jeb Bush.

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Think It's Easy to Shoot Down an Airliner With a Missile?

Download this video game.

Buttons, switches, and knobs. A pale green radarscope mounted in a drab, gray instrument panel. Mysterious symbols and numbers denoting an aircraft six miles high in the sky.

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Building a Warship for the Video Game Generation

The Navy's latest high-tech destroyer is basically a floating Xbox. (See bad jokes below.)

Have Xbox players taken over the U.S. Navy? Will America's aircraft carriers be launching "Angry Birds" against China and Iran?

You could be forgiven for thinking so now that the U.S. Navy's most sophisticated warship is designed to be operated by video gamers.

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