Samuel McConnell

Games commentator

Samuel McConnell is a games enthusiast who has been playing games in one form or another since 1991. He was born in northern Maine but quickly transplanted to Wichita.

Though he spends a great deal of his time at his day job helping people with their computer troubles, he carves out as much time as he can to play video or board games, or to tinker with his home cinema.

Labels that apply to Samuel: Gamer, nerd, geek, techie, trekkie, whovian, cinephile.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Your Move: PAX South

The expo hall at PAX East in Boston, 2013
Credit Samuel McConnell / KMUW

Back in 1998, a couple kids in Spokane, Wash. started a webcomic called Penny Arcade. It became incredibly popular, and from that, they were able to start a yearly expo for gaming and gamers. So, in 2004, they had the first Penny Arcade Expo, also known as PAX.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Gaming Resolutions For The New Year

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2014 was a great year for gaming. We saw some fantastic games like Transistor, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros.

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1:19 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

The Gift of Gaming

Little Sam McConnell receives his beloved Sega Genesis on Christmas Day, 1992
Credit Samuel McConnell / KMUW

Every couple of weeks, we hear from KMUW commentator Sam McConnell, reviews games on his Your Move segment-- video games, board games, whatever he's into at the time. And if you've ever met Sam, it sometimes seems like gaming is just in his blood.

Well, it turns out that it kind of is, which we found out recently when Sam sat down to have a conversation with the person who might have influenced his love of games more than anyone else-- his mom.

Hear Sam's conversation with his mom, Benita Baker:

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Commentary
11:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Play These Games With The Family

'Apples to Apples'
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With everyone home for the holidays, Christmas time is a great time to break out games to play with the whole family around.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Turn These Characters Into REAL Action Figures

Credit Samuel McConnell / KMUW

“Toys to Life” is a relatively new genre of video game that lets you take physical toys and play with them inside a video game.

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Commentary
10:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Your Move: Holiday Releases

Kevin Spacey in 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'

The holiday season is always big for entertainment. Lots of big movies come out, and video games, too.

The new entry in the Call of Duty series, Advanced Warfare, came out earlier this month. The series is best known for its multiplayer, but I really enjoyed the single player campaign. The story wasn’t overly complex, but it was compelling, not unlike a big Hollywood action movie. The appearance of Kevin Spacey as a villain in the vein of his character in "House of Cards" was a pleasant surprise.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Be A Superhero With A Roll Of The Dice

Credit dicemasters.com

I used to be really into collectable card games like Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering, but there came a point where I felt like they became too complicated and the cards became too expensive.

Lately, I've been playing a new collectable dice game. It’s called Dice Masters, and, to me, it is just as much fun, but doesn’t cost nearly as much.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

A Little Box With A Big Punch

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Last week, Sony quietly released a brand-new gaming console. Sort of.

It’s called the Playstation TV, and, at its heart, it's a Playstation Vita - Sony’s portable console from 2012 – but without the screen or buttons. Instead, it plugs into any HDTV and uses a PlayStation 3 or 4 controller for gameplay.

The system is tiny - about the size of a deck of cards - and it easily tucks away behind a TV or entertainment center.

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Commentary
12:27 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

New 'Smash Bros.' Is Even Better Than Expected

  The Super Smash Bros. series has always been one of my favorites. When the original came out for the Nintendo 64 in 1999, I discovered it at Blockbuster Video and rented it at least a dozen times. Thirteen years ago, I stood outside a Gamestop all night in line to get Super Smash Brothers Melee for the then newly released Nintendo Gamecube, and I played it with three of my friends until after the sun came up.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Lie To Your Friends For Fun And Profit

'Fibbage' screenshot by Samuel McConnell

I spend a lot of my gaming time playing blockbusters like Destiny or Mass Effect, but games don’t have to have flashy graphics and epic storylines to grab my attention. Sometimes, all I need is a fun concept and a way to play with friends.

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