Why I Came Back to Overwatch

Vel got Overwatch on Xbox One to play with his friends. I spent one night going through the tutorial and playing different characters against the computer. I enjoyed it, it was fun, but I was too nervous to talk to my teammates. I may have said “Hi” once, but two very important things were swimming throughContinue reading “Why I Came Back to Overwatch”

Guest Post: The Number of Female Gamers is Rising, Studies Show, so What’s the Problem?

Gaming research studies for several years have been dealing major blows to the stereotypical view of the typical gamer as a white guy in his mom’s basement. In 2014, a paper by the Internet Advertising Bureau showed that a shocking 52 percent of the total gaming audience is actually women. It indicated a rise fromContinue reading “Guest Post: The Number of Female Gamers is Rising, Studies Show, so What’s the Problem?”

Influental Women in the Gaming Industry: Jessica Chobot

Jessica Chobot gained exposure in the gaming world when a picture of her licking a Sony PSP surfaced in 2005. That photo has been parodied heavily since and has been attempted by many as an example of the “fake gamer girl” stereotype. Little did anyone know what Chobot would acomplish. Instead of letting that breakContinue reading “Influental Women in the Gaming Industry: Jessica Chobot”

Adventure Framework Part 1: Start at the Beginning

“A few small, mostly melted candles adorn an old round table at the center of this shadowy room. The candle light flickers lightly as you step into the room through an ornate curtain. The dancing luminescence wicks over numerous porcelain masks covering the walls, their demonic visage accentuated almost seeming alive. A single gold censerContinue reading “Adventure Framework Part 1: Start at the Beginning”

Influental Women in the Gaming Industry: Yoko Shimomura

The gaming industry would not be the same without Yoko Shimomura. She is a talented composer and musician. Yoko has used these talents to bring some of our favorite video games to life. Yoko was born in Japan in 1967. She started playing the piano at a young age and found that she really enjoyedContinue reading “Influental Women in the Gaming Industry: Yoko Shimomura”

Review: Diddy Kong Racing

When I’m not playing video games or writing, I can be found working at the library. Every other month or so, I like to combine my job with my interests by bringing all kinds of video game systems to the library for people to play. When that happens, I’m always amused by the way everyoneContinue reading “Review: Diddy Kong Racing”

Games to Get Excited About: March 2018

The end of first quarter of 2018 is packed full of game releases, including two games specifically for PlayStation VR.  We have Final Fantasy XV finally coming to the PC, an HD re-release of the Devil May Cry series as well as continuations of series like Far Cry, Valkyria Chronicles, and Attack on Titan.  Honestly,Continue reading “Games to Get Excited About: March 2018”

Top 10 Favorite Table Games

I love RPGs, gathering around a table and getting lost in fantasy with my friends. Sometimes though I just want a beer and pretzels type of game. Deal out the cards, lay out the tiles, and have fun. In no particular order (because I’m lazy) here are my favorite tabletop games: Munchkin – This cardContinue reading “Top 10 Favorite Table Games”

PAX Unplugged and The Roll Initiative

Lords, Ladies, Lads, and Lasses – I have recently returned from attending my first convention as an exhibitor. Thia the Bard was gracious enough to provide me some questions to answer about my experience. How did you find out about The Roll Initiative? I saw an ad posted by The Roll Initiative on a Dungeons &Continue reading “PAX Unplugged and The Roll Initiative”

Can Beleaguered Wizard World Continue into 2018?

Financial woes have plagued pop culture convention host company Wizard World for the last few years and 2017 is no exception. Wizard World’s quarterly report (released 11/14/17) shows that the comic convention runner is still in financial trouble, down about $1 million for the same quarter last year and almost $4.5 million for the year. InContinue reading “Can Beleaguered Wizard World Continue into 2018?”