video games

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6:30 am
Thu January 29, 2015

New 3DS Features Are Worth The Upgrade

The New Nintendo 3DS XL
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When I play my Nintendo 3DS, I almost never use the 3D feature. It’s really cool-- it lets you see the game in 3D without having to wear 3D glasses like you do at the movie theater. But the field of view where it works is very narrow. If you shift your hands even slightly, like you would if, say, you’re playing a video game, the 3D effect breaks and everything on the screen gets very blurry.

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6:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Your Move: PAX South

The expo hall at PAX East in Boston, 2013
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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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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 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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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

These Games Could Teach You A Thing Or Two

An 'Oregon Trail' player meets an untimely demise
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Now that school is starting, kids are hopefully scaling back on video games and spending some time studying. But some of my favorite games of all time I actually was exposed to through school, and were fun enough to disguise the fact that I could actually be learning through gameplay.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Game Developer Gets Ambitious With 'Destiny'

Normally, gamers who are excited for an upcoming blockbuster title have to wait until the game’s release date to get a good taste of it. However, with the upcoming game Destiny, gamers had a whole week to play, even though it’s not released until September.

Destiny is a first-person shooter, developed by Bungie, which is best known for the Halo series. In the Destiny beta test, you get to play the first bit of the game, exploring a part of Russia that is under enemy control.

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