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Board games. Video games. Anything but mind games. KMUW commentator Sam McConnell explores the latest (and the time-tested) world of games.

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This commentary originally aired August 13, 2015. Here in Wichita, we have access to what is, as far as I know, a completely unique gaming experience. Fireshark Gaming is a gaming center where you can play a game that takes place all around you, and even underneath you. The game is played in a 33-by-20-foot room with up to 10 people. On the ceiling are a bunch of projectors, pointed both at the walls and the floor. In the game available right now, the projectors put you in a vacated...

Growing up, my favorite video games were the Sonic the Hedgehog series. And one of my favorite parts of the series was the music. It was always catchy, but the series had its musical pinnacle with Sonic 3 . The game had 6 credited composers, but it’s very likely that there was one high profile musician who went uncredited.

One of my favorite video games when I was younger was the Super Nintendo game Earthbound . It was a role-playing game like Final Fantasy , but instead of being set in a fantasy world with swords and magic wands, it was set in modern times with baseball bats and yo-yos. The game had quirky writing and endearing characters that set it apart from any other games of its time. There hasn’t really been much like it since, either, which is why I was so surprised when I found the new PC game...

This year has been a fantastic year for gaming, but there have been a few games that have really captured my attention.

I’m excited about the new Star Wars movie coming out tonight. And, although Star Wars is primarily a movie series, there have been dozens of games set in the Star Wars universe. The first Star Wars game ever was released in arcades. Called simply Star Wars , players piloted an X-Wing in a bombing run to destroy the Death Star, just like at the end of the first movie. Along the way you destroyed TIE fighters and dodge laser beams. Once the Death Star was blown up...you started all over again,...

Telltale Games

Minecraft is one of the most surprising hit games in recent memory. The game was developed initially by a single person, and had an incredibly simple design. When you started the game, you were dropped into a randomly generated world built out of 3D cubes, and you could remove and replace these cubes to build whatever you wanted. Later, crafting, enemies, villages, and multiplayer were introduced to the game, but the basic premise of gathering resources and building with them remained...

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Thanksgiving is coming up fast, and with that, the biggest shopping season of the year. This is typically when all the biggest games are released. The Xbox One has a few big exclusives this holiday. Halo 5 , which I talked about a few weeks ago , and the sequel to 2013’s fantastic reboot of the Tomb Raider series. The new game, Rise of the Tomb Raider , is a cinematic adventure with a story that should be at turns tragic and uplifting, but with the tight, responsive gameplay the series is...

'Halo' Is Back

Nov 5, 2015

The Halo series is big business. Really big. Almost every release in the series has broken sales records. Up through 2012’s Halo 4 , the series had sold nearly $3.5 billion worth of games, not counting tie-in novels, toys, soundtrack albums, or a ton of other licensed goods. There’s a reason for this: The games are good, and are benchmarks for what first-person shooter games can be on consoles. Understandably, Halo 5 , released last week for the Xbox One, has a lot to live up to. This is...

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I’ve always enjoyed the music in video games. It's often an important part in setting the tone, whether it’s a happy, jazzy anthem in Sonic the Hedgehog , or an ambient, moody piece from Silent Hill . One game series well known for its iconic music is Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda . A concert series entitled “Symphony of the Goddesses” is currently touring the United States, featuring music from the games. Much of the music composed for the series was written by Nintendo’s most prolific composer...

There’s a new game on the horizon that is so big that, in all likelihood, it will never be fully explored. The game is No Man’s Sky , and it is literally bigger than our galaxy.

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