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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12:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Your Move: Steam OS Could Bring Big Changes For PC Gaming

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For as long as I’ve been gaming, console games have been played on the couch in front of a TV, and PC games up close to a computer monitor.

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12:30 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Your Move: Nintendo 2DS

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Nintendo started selling the Nintendo DS in 2004, and since then, there have been more than 153 million sold. It’s the best-selling handheld game console in history.

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12:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Your Move: Soundtracks

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Music in video games has come a long way from the bleeps and bloops heard in the very first games.

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12:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Your Move: Story War

Way back in March when I was at the PAX Gaming Festival in Boston, I got a chance to play several amazing games before they were ready for store shelves. One of those games, Story War, is finally available.

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12:30 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Your Move: The Resistance

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The Resistance is a card game for up to 10 people. You can play this with your friends, but I should caution that they probably won’t be your friends during the game.

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12:30 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Your Move: Sega Genesis

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Today, most video games are released for the Xbox, the PlayStation and PC. The experience is largely the same on all three of these platforms, so it doesn’t really matter where you play the game. In the 1980s and ‘90s, however, games were often exclusive to one console or another, so unless you had multiple consoles, your gaming experience may have been very different from your neighbor’s.

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12:30 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Your Move: The Big Sandbox

The Xbox and Playstation are great platforms for huge, cinematic, big-budget action games. However, the PC is a big sandbox for people who really want to experiment with the medium and make games that may be more art than game.

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12:50 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Your Move: Animal Crossing New Leaf

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Most video games that I play have a very defined beginning, middle and end. I tend to think of the experience like I would a movie.

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12:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Your Move: Fluxx

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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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12:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Your Move: Xbox One

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A few months ago, I spoke about the upcoming PlayStation 4 console. I think there is a law about giving equal time to all sides, so this week I’m going to talk about the Xbox One, Microsoft's new console. It was unveiled Tuesday.

While the PlayStation 4’s focus is on games and the way we play them with our friends, Microsoft’s new console is firmly rooted in the living room and bills itself as the hub for all of your living room entertainment.

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