Game Time: The best stories about games, culture, and community (April 10-16)
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.
- Tabletop gaming more than Monopoly: Saturday was International TableTop Day, and it’s celebrated around the world. Tabletop games are very diverse, and off-shoot board games can even bring role-playing games into the arena.
- The rise of cooperative games: There is a new board game form called cooperative games where there is a common goal that all players work as a team to achieve. Unlike the classic player versus player game, this game means everyone wins or everyone loses.
Education + Culture
- A virtual, interactive game show is coming to primetime in 2016: The Future Group created technology that combines real-world video and virtual worlds for an immersive experience. Their first project will be in a game show that will air in prime time on an unnamed major TV network, with the virtual world accessible through computers and mobile devices.
- U.S. Department of Education: The future of education includes video games in classrooms: University of Indiana research found that students spend equal time playing video games and attending school. The U.S. Department of Education believes video games to be an avenue in which they can make education more relevant to students.
- Local role-playing gamers share secret world: Ben Forest founded the Role Playing Society of Monmouth County in 1985, and it’s still running 30 years later. Forest, Ben Doyle and Mark Freeman talk about role-playing games.
- The Dragon Ball Science Museum: “Dragon Ball Meets Science*,” is a Japanese exhibit that combines science with Dragon Ball.
- The Great Art Upgrade: Overlooked Bits Of Art/Gaming: The Great Art Upgrade is a transcript of author Paolo Pedercini’s keynote Art History of Games, where he talked about art’s impact on games in the last few decades.
- Bill Paxton to play Jack Thompson in BBC’s Grand Theft Auto movie: BBC Films’ film Gamechanger is about the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and Bill Paxton will play the lawyer who rallied against the game and others like it.
League of Legends
- League of Legends Players Stumped By Mysterious Duck: A mystery duck can sometimes be found in the public beta environment of League of Legends. It spawns 10 percent of the time, and no one knows its purpose.
- How an RPG works on an Apple Watch: Runeblade is an RPG for the Apple Watch where users will have five to 15 second battles. It’s not out yet, but the trailer for the game is included in the article.
The Culture Wars
- A 12-year old girl takes on the video game industry: Maddie Messer did some research and found that female characters in video games are both limited in number, and are almost never free. The Washington Post published her op-ed about the results, and after it came out Temple Run and Disney changed some of their previous decisions about female characters.