video games

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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 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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Commentary
12:50 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Your Move: Animal Crossing New Leaf

Samuel McConnell KMUW

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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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Your Move: Star Trek

With very few exceptions, video games based on movies tend to be pretty horrible.

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12:30 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Your Move: Indie Games

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Most games you’ve probably heard of were created by big, multi-million dollar studios like Nintendo, EA, or Activision. However, some of the most worthwhile games are made by small, independent studios.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Your Move: Downloadable Content

Game maker Bethesda pokes fun at its own Downloadable Content.
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Before the current generation of consoles, when you bought a video game, the game you bought was the game you had, forever and ever. Today, though, the game you buy is just a shell of what it can become down the line.

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12:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Your Move: PlayStation 4

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Sony introduced their first video game console, the PlayStation, in 1995. They followed this up in 2000 with the PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation 3 in 2006. The PlayStation 4, which will be released near the end of this year, was announced in New York last week.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Your Move: Budget Gaming

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Video games are expensive. Brand new console games routinely cost $60, which can add up very quickly. This problem isn’t without a solution, though, and I’ve come up with a few ways to save without ever running out of games to play.

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Commentary
9:45 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Into It: Arcades

The Golden Age of arcades was sparked by the 1978 release of Space Invaders.

Since the first simple arcade games were developed in the late sixties, the video arcade has fought a war of innovation and marketing with home gaming.

What’s called The Golden Age of arcades was sparked by the 1978 release of Space Invaders. The game was so successful, in fact, that it brought about a shortage of the 100-yen coins used in the Japanese machines.

In the following years, arcades were dominated by single player games like Pac-Man and other missions of skill, whether it was navigating the upward climb in Donkey Kong or scuttling across a busy road in Frogger.

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