Game Time: The best stories about games, culture, and community (Feb 19-25)
With the help of my graduate assistant Sammi Kirby, each week I’ll pull together stories about games, culture, and the art and design of communities. Where Dungeons & Dreamers: A story of how computer games created a global community ends, this blog begins. If we’ve missed a story, let us know. Or share you’re story with us in the comments.
Games and other nerdy stories
- The Hidden Story of Harley Quinn and How She Became the Superhero World’s Most Successful Woman: Harley Quinn is very imperfect, and yet has millions of fans. This is the history of this comic book character.
- How Games and Movies are Relying on Comics to Tell Their Story: Comic books are good ways to keep interest flowing in a storyline even between movies or game releases. They can also build value and cohesiveness in the fictional universe.
- Video games don’t want to be movies, they want to be steak: The analogy equates to video games wanting to be smaller, tastier, and more expensive. They don’t want to be the everyday game, they want to be a specialty not the hamburger of the video game world.
- Settlers of Catan Coming to A Screen Near You?: Gail Katz has gained the film and tv rights for Settlers of Catan.
- Video Games Are Too Perfect, Which Is Why I’m Playing More Board Games: The author finds the physicality of board games, and the ensuing mess, to be very enjoyable. There’s more drama, conflict and depth to board games than you can get from a video game.
- ‘The Order: 1886′ Is A Beautiful, Failed Experiment In ‘Cinematic’ Gaming: The game is cinematic, but by focusing on this one aspect the game became less of an actual game. There’s little character control, and this author has a list of negatives for the game, but at least the visuals are beautiful.
- The UK Is Getting Its First eSports Arena in March: The Gfinity Arena in Fullham Broadway will open in March, with space for 600 people. Competitive events will be held in the arena.
- Sounds like there are a bunch of interesting changes incoming for League of Legends.: Riot developers have been talking about buffing, reworking and adding to League of Legends for the past few days.
- The Satanic Panic Might Be Over, But It Left Scars On Gaming As A Whole. How Were You Affected?: This reddit post got a lot of comments and threads about how people overreact to D&D and roleplaying games, but how others (even religious people) realize that it’s just a game. Satanic panics, concerns about overplaying, and other topics are covered.
- Video Games’ Blackness Problem: There aren’t many black characters in video games, nor are there very many black people working on the games. These are just some of the reasons for why black characters are depicted as stereotypes, and/or aren’t represented at all in the games.
- Want to improve the reputation of gaming and gamers? This is how you start: The reputation needs to be fixed by creating a gaming culture that is constructive, and not belligerent.
- ‘Pants Were Shat’: Stories Of Real-Life Video Game Trolling: Funny stories of gamers who either pranked others, or were themselves pranked while playing various video games.
- Gallery: Fringe gaming comes together for Indiecade East 2015: Indiecade is a video game convention that is a mix of interactive art exhibit, educational workshop and sporting event that brings together developers, hipsters and families.
- How Monopoly Helped Win World War II: Monopoly boards were modified to hide maps, but no sets used for this have been found. They may not have helped the soldiers escape, but they did aid by letting them know that people were thinking of them and trying to help.
- Video game hall of fame established at The Strong Museum: The Strong National Museum of Play launched the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Entries have four criteria of icon-status, longevity, geographical reach and influence.