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  • Gamers gather for retro glory in New Hampshire

    Cathode-ray dreams
    A person prone to dumbass assumptions might have confused this past weekend's 13th annual International Classic Video Game Tournament with a four-day-long exercise in retro-fetishism.

    By BARRY THOMPSON

  • Summer fiction

    Hot type
    Summer is a good time to suspend some disbelief.

    By PHOENIX STAFF

  • With Boston Ruit, beer pong gets ready for its close-up

    Pong stars
    Mikey Connors of Peabody growls at his opponents from across the folding table. Whipping the crowd into hysterics, the beer-pong heavyweight steps back from the edge and starts to kick his heels up like a bull about to charge.

    By CHRIS FARAONE

  • Photographer: Mike Pecci

    Stylist: Nicole Fisher

    Props: David Lynch

    Assistant: Tony Fernandez

    Models: TJ Horn, Bert Meyer III, Kayla Harrity, Kimberly Ann Huerth, Anastasia Kry

    Living Images Developed by Mike Pecci

  • The secret history of the claw machine

    Mark of the claw
    You can find them next to the Kiddie Room at Funspot in Laconia, NH; in the dark depths of the Dream Machine Arcade in the Walpole Mall; and 24 hours a day in the Boston Bowl Game Room.

    By ALEC ERNEST

  • The Case of the Mysterious Treasure Map

    Choose Your Own Boston Adventure
    Weird, you think, squinting at the foreign object in your Froot Loops; you didn’t even know they put prizes in cereal boxes anymore. Looks like your day just got more interesting.

    By JAMES P. FITZPATRICK

  • The must-see art of the summer

    Season of surreality
    Summer art in New England means driving up Route 1 in Maine with the car windows down, past the odd and amazing roadside metal giraffes and caterpillars, and discovering — as I did a few summers back — a nondescript house that turns out to be Fawcett's A

    By GREG COOK

  • Cool noise

    Our DJ spins you a handpicked soundtrack to your summer
    Could this be the summer that the Internet finally gets music right?

    By LIZ PELLY

  • Down the Tubes

    Because you can only spend so much time reading Dan Brown novels on the beach
    Midsummer television has a terrific offering of new and returning shows about aliens, firefighters, crystal meth, and more to turn that beautiful brain of yours to Play-Doh and keep you thoroughly entertained.

    By DAVID EISENBERG

  • Get ready to ramble: 21 shows you need to see before September

    One solid summer
    Every summer, in addition to swarms of mosquitoes and fanny-packed tourists, New England hosts a massive invasion of live music.  

    By PHOENIX STAFF

  • Make way for cornhole

    How the Midwest's stupidest sport is taking Boston by storm
    When I left Chicago for Boston three years ago, I expected to leave a few things behind. Friendliness, for one, and deep-dish pizza, and modernist architecture, and perfect hot dogs, and . . . cornhole.

    By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON