Gaming

Coverage of current events and announcements in the world of board games, card games, RPGs, miniature gaming, video games, and any other kind of gaming, with an emphasis of focus on the local MN gaming scene.

Watch the Skies! Brings Sci-Fi Roleplaying on an Epic Scale to the Twin Cities

I’ve always felt that the greatest strength of gaming is how easily it can function as a framework for social interaction, especially between total strangers. As so many of us geeks are introverts by nature, starting a conversation with someone new can be more than a little intimidating: you want to say the right thing, but how do you know what that is when you’ve never met them before? The party-game phenomenon Cards Against Humanity built its name on the concept...

Mass Effect: Andromeda Releases Today, but It’s Already Well into Controversy

Mass Effect: Andromeda, the highly anticipated latest installment in Bioware’s Mass Effect series, is officially out today, with some gamers and media outlets having recently previewed the game before launch. Critical response so far has been mixed, but before it was even out, players had picked up on some bizarre features in the game—specifically the awkward facial animations of the characters. Rather than chalking it up to an overeager release or a case of game preview gone awry (and...

Sekai Project and the Rise of the Visual Novel’s Western Audience

Although not especially well known outside the fandom community, the visual novel is a popular genre of video game among anime fans (not to be confused with the similarly named graphic novel). These games, produced in Japan, consist of narrative prose accompanied by pretty pictures in the familiar aesthetic found in anime and manga, and they play somewhat like a Choose Your Own Adventure book but with a longer story, the player making periodic choices that influence the direction the narrative...

Glitch’s Gamecraft Is a Digital Whirlwind of Minnesotan Game Creation

Over the weekend of January 20–22, 2017, over 200 artists, programmers, writers, and video-game fans gathered at Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. Their shared goal would propel them through sleepless nights and countless bottles of energy drinks and cups of coffee. They had signed up for Gamecraft, the local site for the 2017 Global Game Jam—an international festival of creativity that encourages creators to produce and prototype games in all media. According to the Global Game...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2017

Minnesota, and particularly the Twin Cities area, is a great place for gamers. Maybe it’s all the time we spend indoors due to the weather, or maybe it’s just a natural evolution of the fan culture that has thrived here for over 50 years, but it’s difficult to do a perception check above zero without detecting another gamer. There are so many MN gaming events all year round that it can be difficult to keep track of them all! Fortunately for...

Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016 Struggles with a New Venue and New Problems

Gamer’s Rhapsody 3 was, as one could infer, the third go of a convention focused on the art and music of video gaming. As the red-rings-on-my-face target audience for this convention, I’ve been following this con closely, including enthusiastically reviewing last year’s event. The Midwest has a lot to offer nerds of all flavors, but those of us who are die-hard fans of the elements of gaming often overlooked—scores, sound effects, script writing, character design, background art—the idea of...

Have You Heard of Gamecraft Yet? Twin Cities Geek Can’t Wait to Tell You About It

Are you up for the challenge of helping create a video game? Global Game Jam is the world’s biggest game-creation event—“a hackathon focused on game development,” as its organizers say. Just like a group of musicians comes together for a jam session, Global Game Jam brings game-minded creators together with the goal of creating a game. The catch? Participants only have 48 hours to create the whole thing. Minnesota tech nonprofit Glitch is once again hosting an official GGJ...

3 Anime-Inspired Board Games to Keep You Warm This Winter

The holidays are upon us, and as usual, it’s pretty darn cold out! It’s the perfect time to stay at home, brew some hot cocoa, pile blankets on top of yourself, and binge-watch anime on Netflix or Crunchyroll. But it’s also a great time to get together with friends for some gaming fun. If you’re an anime lover who needs a new addition to your gaming shelf, or if you’re doing some holiday shopping for someone who fits that...

Star Wars: Destiny Lets You Fight the Battle of Light Side versus Dark Side

The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the promise of many more films and adventures to come, including the imminent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, have brought enthusiasm for the beloved space-fantasy saga to an all-time high. Into this climate, local gaming publisher Fantasy Flight Games is introducing Star Wars: Destiny, a collectible card-and-dice game featuring the iconic heroes, villains, and ships from across the Star Wars universe. After attending a special preview event where...

Trigger King Xcaliber Adjustable Triggers: A Great MN Idea with a Fatal Design Flaw

Being an avid gamer, I’m always looking for ways to enhance my gaming experiences and improve upon my skills. I’m not one to shy away from trying something new in the hopes of finding my own personal gaming nirvana. So, naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to try the Xcaliber PS4 Adjustable Triggers by Minnesota accessory company Trigger King. Let’s start off with the package and contents. The Xcaliber trigger set comes equipped with two adjustable triggers, a precision...
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