Game Time: The best stories about games, culture, and community (April 3-9)
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 your story with us in the comments.
- Meet the Man Who Decided What Went in Dungeons & Dragons: Jeremy Crawford works with Mike Mearls in order to decide what ideas go into D&D, and Crawford has to figure out how to make the ideas work.
- Second Life Players Made An MMO Inside Of An MMO: Second Life players created a cyberpunk MMO called Remnants of Earth inside the game through it’s building and scripting tools.
- Writing characters, not symptoms: A gamer with autism discusses what our hobby gets wrong: People on the autistic spectrum gravitate towards games, and the author discusses four games that have characters that show either stereotyped or positive representations: Amy, Borderlands, Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey, and To the Moon. Representations of autistic characters should be written as well-rounded people instead of just being represented through a bunch of autistic characteristics.
- Sci-Fi Trailer Is Star Wars vs Halo vs Star Trek vs Mass Effect: Galactic Battles is a short film that throws a bunch of science-fiction franchises into one film. It’s a copyright nightmare, and is being crowdfunded on IndieGoGo.
- An oral history of one of the first great comic book films: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Comic book films have come a long way in Hollywood, as shown in this oral account of the original live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- The Story of Sega’s First Console (And It Wasn’t The Master System): Sega released it’s first proper home console, the SG-1000, on the same day Famicom was released. Nintendo’s model succeeded where Sega’s didn’t.
- ‘Positive Female Characters’ Is The New Sarkeesian Series: Anita Sarkeesia has a new video series that looks at positive female characters. The first video is about The Scythian from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.
- 24 Great Video Game Victories, As Told By Players: Readers submitted their most memorable victories in video games, and the author chose her 24 favorite submissions. Some victories were pure luck, while others were pure talent.
- Awesome Gauntlet Surprise Hiding In LA Park: Calder Greenwood put four life-sized, paper mache, mannequins representing characters from Gauntlet in the Elysian Park in Los Angeles.
- Collaborative Storytelling In Pillars Of Eternity: Pillars of Eternity encourages roleplaying throughout the heavily scripted, free-form game.
- How To Turn Your Whole Car Into A Video Game Simulator: The Indianapolis Museum of Art is letting visitors play Pole Position with a car that been turned into a controller.
- UK school group threatens to call police on kids playing adult games: The Nantwich Education Partnership in Cheshire, England says it will report parents to police and social services for neglect if their children have access to adult video games. The effort is to protect children, but some don’t see this threat as helping the situation.
- Headteachers threaten to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games: Nantwich Education Partnership says they will report parents to police and social services for neglect if they let their children play 18-rated games. While this may be going too far, parents do need to make sure their children are playing suitable content.
- This War of Mine’s DLC has helped 350 refugees from Syria, all of them children: Sales of This War of Mine have financed help for 350 Syrian refugee children as part of the War Child Charity DLC drive, which has plans for future charitable actions.
- The Best Gag Products Gaming Companies Have Offered For April Fools Day: Tabletop gaming companies have released some great joke products and articles on April 1. Some of these jokes include the RPG Katanas & Trenchcoats, the supplement Hodor’s Guide to Hodoring, and Dragon Magazine’s April Issue.
- Freshman Year: How A Night Out Can Turn Terrifying: Freshman Year is an interactive, short, fictional game that shows how young women are sexualied and considered sexually available just for being in public. It covers topics like sexual abuse and harassment.
- Finding the most impactful video games with a higher calling: Bounden is a mobile game that’s being honored by the Games for Change Awards for its ability to help players connect. “Games for good” thinking is changing, and the awards event shows how innovative the game creators are.
- Wil Wheaton Announces Details And Cast For His Upcoming ‘Tabletop’ RPG Show: Wil Wheaton worked with an independent gaming engine to create Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana. Laura Bailey, Alison Haislip, Yuri Lowenthal and Hank Green are on the cast, and the first episode will premier on June 2.
- CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY FORMS FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN SEEKING DEGREES IN SCIENCE: Cards Against Humanity partnered with SMBC to create the full-ride Science Ambassador Scholarship for women who want an undergraduate degree in the science field.
League of Legends
- For The First Time, A Banned League Of Legends Pro Gets Second Chance: Riot can suspend or ban tournament players of League of Legends who have toxic behavior, but they revoked the lifetime ban for Niolaj “Incarnation” Jensen because of good behavior.
- League Of Legends Should Keep Its Ridiculous April Fool’s Joke Going: League of Legends made an April Fool’s joke by making an “Ultra Rapid Mode” available on April 1, 2014 and 2015, which players ended up loving. Riot won’t make it permanent, even though players are begging for it to stay.
- How League Of Legends Enables Toxicity: League of Legends is designed to make conflict and tension throughout the game and afterwards, which enables toxicity but also makes it fun.
- League Of Legends Is Nerfing One Of Its Most Controversial Champions: League of Legends is working to heal the jungle’s vexing state by tweaking the character Nidalee’s health. The adjustments seek to make the character less effective, but they also don’t want to not entirely ruin Nidalee.