video games

Spectator Sport?
3:35 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The International: Seattle Center Swarmed By Annual Gaming Tournament

The hub of the action for The International - a DOTA2 competition held last weekend at Key Arena.
Flickr Photo/Jakob Wells (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Arwen Nicks reports on the growing world of competitive gaming as a spectator sport from this year’s The International, an annual  competition of professional DOTA 2 players. This year’s competition drew more than 10,000 spectators this weekend to Key Arena.

Gaming
2:26 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Modern Video Games Go Beyond 'Jumping On Blocks'

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:35 am

The video game BioShock Infinite received widespread praise for having a rich narrative packed with philosophy when it debuted last year. The game sold millions of copies.

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Xbox One
1:30 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Microsoft Takes Advantage Of Relaxed Game Console Ban In China

Flickr Photo/Marco Verch (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Microsoft may have found a way to pull ahead of the Sony Playstation — in China.

The company partnered this week with a Chinese company to bring its Xbox One gaming console out of the black market and into Chinese stores.

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Video Game Culture
9:45 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Gaming While Male: A 'Privilege' Few Men Recognize

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:08 am

In video games, sexism often comes in the form of male-dominated storylines and character archetypes. In the video game community, it takes a more menacing shape.

It ranges from attempts to silence female critics to the harassment of fellow players. Some harassment even goes so far as phone calls and rape threats, as one female game developer found out last year.

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Video Games
4:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Rhianna Pratchett: 'It's More Interesting To Create Diverse Characters'

Lara Croft is the protagonist of the video game series, "Tomb Raider."
Credit Flickr Photo/Joshua Livingston (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with video game scriptwriter, Rhianna Pratchett, about writing for "Tomb Raider" and the struggle of including more diversity in the gaming world.

Game Conference
9:07 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Sony Steps Into Virtual Reality With 'Project Morpheus'

Marcus Ingvarsson (right) tests out the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus in a demo area at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 11:52 am

All this week the video game industry has been gathered in San Francisco for the annual Game Developers Conference. It's where the wizards behind the games — the artists, programmers, writers and the companies they work for — meet to talk, hold panels, pick each other's brains and show off their latest creations.

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Video Games
2:54 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

New Video Game Centers Around Government Surveillance

The new video game, "Republique," begins with with a phone call from a woman named, Hope.
Camouflaj's Facebook page

Ross Reynolds talks with video game creator Ryan Payton and business director Jeffrey Matthews about their new game, "Republique," out of the Bellevue-based studio, Camouflaj.

Video Games
8:30 am
Tue January 7, 2014

In Gaming, A Shift From Enemies To Emotions

The game That Dragon, Cancer is an interactive memoir about raising a child with pediatric cancer.
That Dragon, Cancer

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:56 am

A generation has grown up with video games — and video games are growing up, too. Developers are using the medium to tell sophisticated, emotionally complex stories.

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Gaming
7:07 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Creators Of 'Myst' Hope For Comeback With New Fan-Funded Game

Promotion photo from Obduction.
Cyan, Inc.

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 4:26 pm

The Northwest programmers behind the computer game Myst are now trying to write their next chapter.

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Game Industry
3:20 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Game Designer Kim Swift: 'There Needs To Be Games For All Types Of People'

The video game industry needs to be more inclusive of ages, gender and minorities.
Flickr Photo/Sean Dreilinger

Ross Reynolds talks with Portal designer Kim Swift about minorities in the game industry and how diversity will make games better.

Game Design
3:16 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

From Student Project To Video Game Hit: Portal Designer Kim Swift

Game designer Kim Swift.
Flickr Photo/Official GDC

Ross Reynolds talks with local Portal designer Kim Swift about living her childhood dream.

Pioneers
9:36 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Historical Reenactors Celebrate Oregon Trail, The Video Game

Kobbi R. Blair Salem Statesman Journal

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 9:11 am

On a recent weekend, a group of reenactors gathered to bring to life the Oregon Trail -- that 2,000 mile route from the Missouri River to the great Northwest. But instead of going back to the 19th century, this group took its inspiration from a more recent era.

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Violence In Gaming
10:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Does The Gaming World Welcome Women?

A contestant at Paris Games Week 2012.
Flickr Photo/James Cao

One of the most successful video games in history, Grand Theft Auto, released their latest version on Tuesday. It made $800 million in 24 hours. Grand Theft Auto is known for heavy violence, drugs and sex - beating up women prostitutes is regular part of the game. And this latest release, Grand Theft Auto V, is just as raunchy as expected. But this time, some female gamers aren't buying. Jezebel's night editor, Laura Beck, is one of them. Ross Reynolds talks with Beck about why she won't play Grand Theft Auto V.

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Gaming
10:24 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V: The Last Big Console Release?

Credit Rock Star Games/Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto released its latest version on Tuesday. It made $800 million in one day. But even though this release is causing a frenzy, console games are facing tough times. The rise of tablet and mobile gaming has brought fierce competition. Ross Reynolds talks with Bloomberg Businessweek writer, Joshua Brustein about the future of console gaming.

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High-Stakes Gaming
9:02 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Video Gamers Descend On Benaroya Hall For International Championship

The 2013 League of Legends Championship stage in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Riot Games Inc.

You might see an unexpected crowd at Seattle's Benaroya Hall over the next few days. From Wednesday through Sunday, professional video gamers from all over the world will be there for a high-stakes tournament known as The International. The winning team will take home a $1.4 million prize. Tickets to the tournament sold out in less than a minute.

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