Sam Machkovech began writing his first syndicated gaming column at the age of 15, mostly to prove his parents wrong about that whole “rotting your brain” thing. He has since served as a columnist for The Atlantic, The Stranger and The Daily, along with arts- and tech-writing credits at Ars Technica, Polygon, American Way, Publicola, the Dallas Observer and Unwinnable.

Recent Articles


Dry the Rain

Low Hums unleash Northwest-bred desert rock.

Twenty Years of the Tractor Tavern

As Seattle's alt-country headquarters turns 20, founder Dan Cowan reflects on the local scene it helped cement, almost by accident.
Album of the Month

Album of the Month: “Pillar Point” by Pillar Point

Pillar Point's self-titled release is on Polyvinyl Records.

Forrest Fire

With touches of Van Zandt, Springsteen and Okkervil River, 24-year-old A. Forrest VanTuyl already commands enough songwriting prowess to make him bold enough to burn his Seattle bridges.

Symposium Supports Cultural Space

Seattle's first cultural space liaison is inventorying every square foot of it in the city's limits.

Josh Rosenfeld of Barsuk Records

On the eve of a four-day, cross-town concert celebration, the Seattle record label behind bands like The Long Winters and Death Cab For Cutie reminisces on 15 years of handmade CDs, Sub Pop's giant shadow and more.

Exchange Program

17-Bit Games channels a global indie video game scene.
Album of the Month

“Modern Kin” by Modern Kin

October's Album of the Month is "Modern Kin" by Modern Kin.

Neko Case Fights and Loves at The Paramount

On the strength of her seventh solo album, former Seattlite Neko Case returned to the Paramount. With old friends in tow, she proved that even a cold couldn't hold back her towering voice, nor her knack for memorable, cutting banter.

The Beautiful Games of PAX ’13

Seattle's Penny Arcade Expo is a massive gaming convention, but if you dig deep enough it’s also an artistic goldmine. We sought out the most beautiful examples of music, design, artistry and interactivity at this year's enormous show.

Samantha Kalman Talks PAX, LGBT Gaming and More

Before unveiling a new project at the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), local LGBT video game maker Samantha Kalman chatted about her intensely creative industry and video games as a new path to empathy through art.