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
12:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Show Off Your Knowledge In 'QuizUp'

Samuel McConnell KMUW

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.

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12:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Your Move: Short Stories Meet Beautiful Artwork in 'Dixit'

Credit The Shifted Librarian / Flickr / Creative Commons

Last week, I asked a friend to introduce me to some lesser-known games that don’t take very long to play. He immediately pulled out a game called Dixit. When he told me that it’s a game about telling short stories, I didn’t really understand how short he meant.

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12:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Your Move: A Gaming Table Like You've Never Seen Before

Samuel McConnell KMUW

Normally, furniture isn’t something I’d be talking much about on a segment dedicated to gaming. But where you play can be just as important as what you play.

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12:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Your Move: Carcassonne and 'Gateway Games'

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There are hundreds of practically unknown board games available that are incredibly fun to play, but have fairly complex rules. I love playing them, but it’s hard to get my friends interested in playing.

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12:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Your Move: New 'Zelda' Removes The Tedium, Keeps The Fun

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Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series is practically mythical at this point.

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12:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Your Move: 'Fluxx' Is Rarely The Same Game Twice

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Some card games have entire books and online forums devoted to debating their rules. The game Fluxx, on the other hand, has exactly two rules: draw one card, and play one card. That is, until you actually start playing cards.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Your Move: Play These With Your 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
12:30 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Your Move: Mario's Back, And He's Beautiful

Everyone's excited about 'Super Mario 3D World'
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I’ve had Nintendo’s Wii U console since February, but there haven’t been very many games exclusive for the system that have been worth buying. Perhaps it is for this reason that both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, which have been out for less than a month, have both already outsold the Wii U. Now a game has come out, though, that makes the Wii U worth picking up.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Your Move: The Future of Sharing

The PlayStation 4's controller and Share button
Credit Samuel McConnell / KMUW

I got my PlayStation 4 this week, and I’ve spent a lot of time with a few of its new features.

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12:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Your Move: How To Make Home Gaming Portable

The Surface Pro 2
Credit Samuel McConnell / KMUW

Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s PS Vita are both fantastic portable gaming consoles, and tablets like the iPad have a great game selection, but generally games for these systems are different from the games released for home consoles.

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