Your Move http://kmuw.org en 'Mass Effect' Series Is Deep, Detailed And Cinematic http://kmuw.org/post/mass-effect-series-deep-detailed-and-cinematic <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The summer has been pretty light on new game releases, so instead I’ve gone back to play some of my old favorites. Recently I’ve been playing the first game in the <em>Mass Effect</em> trilogy, which came out for the Xbox 360 and PC in 2007.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 37602 at http://kmuw.org 'Mass Effect' Series Is Deep, Detailed And Cinematic The Evolution of Game Soundtracks http://kmuw.org/post/evolution-game-soundtracks <p></p><p></p><p>Music in video games has come a long way from the bleeps and bloops heard in the very first games. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 36891 at http://kmuw.org The Evolution of Game Soundtracks Big Gaming News From E3 http://kmuw.org/post/big-gaming-news-e3 <p></p><p>The Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, is the biggest video game industry trade show of the year. Last week at the Expo, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all showed off the games they’ll be releasing in the next 12 months.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 36188 at http://kmuw.org Big Gaming News From E3 Your Move: Mario Kart 8 Is Certainly The Pinnacle Of Its Series Thus Far http://kmuw.org/post/your-move-mario-kart-8-certainly-pinnacle-its-series-thus-far <p></p><p></p><p>There are some games that I’ll almost always buy, simply because of the name. <em>Super Mario. Street Fighter. The Legend of Zelda. Pokémon. Final Fantasy. Mario Kart.</em> It isn’t just because of brand loyalty, but rather that the quality of these games is always of such a caliber that I’ve never felt disappointed. So when <em>Mario Kart 8</em> came out last week, I didn’t wait for a single review before I rushed out and bought it.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 35528 at http://kmuw.org Your Move: Mario Kart 8 Is Certainly The Pinnacle Of Its Series Thus Far Your Move: 'Transistor' Is A Beautifully Compelling And Confusing New Game http://kmuw.org/post/your-move-transistor-beautifully-compelling-and-confusing-new-game <p></p><p></p><p>Last year, way back when I was at PAX East, I played an early demo of a game that I got very excited about. The game, called Transistor, came out on Tuesday and I’ve had a chance to spend a little time with it.</p><p>In this game, you play as a fiery-haired singer named Red who narrowly escapes her would-be assassins, called The Process.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 34840 at http://kmuw.org Your Move: 'Transistor' Is A Beautifully Compelling And Confusing New Game 'StreetPass' Boosts Social Gaming http://kmuw.org/post/streetpass-boosts-social-gaming <p></p><p></p><p>I play games on my Nintendo 3DS pretty often. Some games are better suited to portable systems, and the 3DS has a few features completely unique to it.</p><p>Maybe my favorite of these is called StreetPass. When your 3DS is off, in your pocket or backpack or wherever, it periodically sends out a ping using its wireless radio. If there is another 3DS in range, it will receive that ping, the two systems will exchange data, and a little green light on the top of the 3DS will light up to tell me I’ve StreetPassed with someone.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 34149 at http://kmuw.org 'StreetPass' Boosts Social Gaming How To Play Games And Meet Friends Without Spending A Penny http://kmuw.org/post/how-play-games-and-meet-friends-without-spending-penny <p></p><p>I’ve talked a lot about board games here, but, you know, board games are expensive. Some of the games I’ve mentioned cost upwards of $50. And some other games I’ve played, with all of the expansions added, cost well above $100.</p><p>This is comparable to video games, sure, but finding copies used or deeply discounted can be a problem. Many board games simply fall out of print instead of being sold for less than the asking price. For many people, they’re simply unaffordable.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 33487 at http://kmuw.org How To Play Games And Meet Friends Without Spending A Penny Your Move: Bringing D&D Down To A Manageable Size http://kmuw.org/post/your-move-bringing-dd-down-manageable-size <p></p><p></p><p>Many people are at least sort of familiar with what <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons</em> is - a role playing game that a group of friends play together using dice and books, rather than a TV and a controller. I love playing D&amp;D, but the games are long, and finding people that aren’t so busy that they can’t play these long campaigns for hours at a time, weeks in a row... well, that’s difficult.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 32739 at http://kmuw.org Your Move: Bringing D&D Down To A Manageable Size Your Move: A 'Metal Gear' Teaser http://kmuw.org/post/your-move-metal-gear-teaser <p></p><p>I’ve been a fan of the <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> series since the first one in 1998. Since then, I’ve played them all and followed the story of the two main protagonists, both code-named "Snake."</p><p>The latest, <em>Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, </em>was released last week.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 32099 at http://kmuw.org Your Move: A 'Metal Gear' Teaser Show Off Your Knowledge In 'QuizUp' http://kmuw.org/post/show-your-knowledge-quizup <p>I don’t play many games on my smartphone. I don’t normally want to sacrifice the battery life, especially if I have a dedicated gaming portable like my Nintendo 3DS with me. But sometimes, smartphone games grab me, especially if they play quick and have a social aspect to them.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 31431 at http://kmuw.org Show Off Your Knowledge In 'QuizUp'