Your Move

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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2014 was a great year for gaming. We saw some fantastic games like Transistor, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros.

The Gift of Gaming

Dec 24, 2014
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Every couple of weeks, we hear from KMUW commentator Sam McConnell, reviews games on his Your Move segment-- video games, board games, whatever he's into at the time. And if you've ever met Sam, it sometimes seems like gaming is just in his blood.

Well, it turns out that it kind of is, which we found out recently when Sam sat down to have a conversation with the person who might have influenced his love of games more than anyone else-- his mom.

Hear Sam's conversation with his mom, Benita Baker:

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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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“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.

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.

I used to be really into collectable card games like Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering, but there came a point where I felt like they became too complicated and the cards became too expensive.

Lately, I've been playing a new collectable dice game. It’s called Dice Masters, and, to me, it is just as much fun, but doesn’t cost nearly as much.

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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.

  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.

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.

Hugo Phan

A few weeks ago, news broke that was buying a website named for nearly a billion dollars. When I told some of my coworkers about the deal, the most common reaction I got was, “Huh? What’s Twitch?”

Twitch is a website that lets gamers stream a video of their gameplay over the internet. At any given time, there are tens of thousands of people watching gamers on Twitch, and nearly 45 million viewers per month. In fact, Twitch has more prime-time viewers than many cable networks.