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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I’ve spent a lot of time with Bungie’s massively multiplayer first person shooter Destiny. I first talked about it on here about a year ago, and a lot has happened in the game since.

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Virtual Reality has been a popular concept for a long time, from the neon wireframe world of Tron to the simulated world indistinguishable from the real one in The Matrix. But it has been something mostly out of reach for consumer technology. Soon, though, you’ll be able to actually have a real virtual reality experience at home.

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I’ve been away from home a lot lately, so I haven’t been playing much in the way of console or board games lately. I always have a few games with me though, on my smartphone.

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There is a lot of gaming to be had in Wichita, with our excellent tabletop gaming stores, a video gaming bar and multiple board game events all over town, but sometimes you have to travel away from home to find unique gaming experiences.

Gateway Games

Mar 26, 2015
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There are hundreds of practically unknown board games available that are incredibly fun to play, but have fairly complex rules. I love playing them, but it’s hard to get my friends interested in playing.

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This story originally aired on March 12, 2015.    

Normally, when I have friends over to play games, I break out board games or card games, but there are also a bunch of video games that are great for parties - Fibbage, Just Dance, Wii Sports, and of course the Mario Party series. My favorite party game ever, though, is Rock Band.

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Last night I had five friends over to my house. We sat around my table, armed with pencils, paper and 20-sided dice. We were getting ready to play Dungeons and Dragons, the new fifth edition release.

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I keep a bunch of old game consoles hooked up at home to play some of my classic games, and most often recently I’ve found myself reaching for my Super Nintendo.

Yoshi’s Island is actually a prequel to all of the other Mario games. You play the game as a family of little green dinosaurs called "Yoshis," taking baby Mario home after a botched kidnapping. If you get hit by something in the game, Mario falls off your back and starts crying, and you have to get him back before the kidnappers take him away again.

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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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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.