Tagged gaming

Switching On to Nintendo’s Newest Console

I’m not sure what it was exactly that flipped my internal “switch” about the Nintendo Switch console, but at some point between when they became available to preorder and the release date, the Switch went from a curiosity-piquing concept to something I needed to seek out and purchase. It might have been the parent in me thinking about how useful the parental controls may be, now that my geekling is showing an interest in video games. It may have...

Beat the Heat and Play Games at Your Local Library This Summer!

For years, gaming has served as a bridge between libraries and the community, attracting underserved populations and drawing in people who might not normally frequent their local library. This summer, Twin Cities libraries have come up with some exciting and innovative gaming programming; in almost every corner of the metro there is a gaming event to attend. There are many different options—video games, board games, card games, and role-playing. Whatever your interest, there is a game for you! The...

The Player One Podcast Is for the Gamers

Podcasts are one of the best ways to keep up with gaming news, and out of the hundreds of them that litter the Internet, the Player One Podcast is one of the most polished. Each week, former game journalists Chris, Greg, Phil, and Mike team up to (as they put it) “talk about console/portable/PC games, babies, and the meaning of life.” Clocking around an hour each episode, they go over news, talk about what games they have been playing,...

Win a FREE Ticket to Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016!

Gamer’s Rhapsody is a weekend-long video game convention and concert series held in Bloomington, Minnesota. The event is all about celebrating the artistic and engineering beauty of video games and their creation, and includes: Live performances of video game music! Panels and workshops on video game art, music, and development! An entire room dedicated to local indie developers! Exhibitors and artists showing off their creations! The mission of Gamer’s Rhapsody is to create a unique experience where games, music,...

A Death at Zee: Sunless Sea Reviewed

The first expansion for Failbetter Games’ Sunless Sea will be here on October 11. The 2015 game was free on Steam recently, and it’s a terrifying wonder to behold. Though this roguelike game (or perhaps rogue-lite, if we’re splitting hairs) encourages you to “Lose your mind” and “Eat your crew,” its appeal is not in its difficulty but in its rich and haunting world. Sunless Sea draws rough poetry out of the code and is a worthwhile experience in spite of its flaws. In Sunless...

Day-Drink and Game at Up-Down Minneapolis

Minneapolis is known for its craft beer. That’s a fact. Nothing is more refreshing on a beautiful, breezy day in the Twin Cities than enjoying your favorite brew. And earlier this summer, a new bar opened in Uptown that combines that refreshment with something else I love: casual gaming. Up-Down Minneapolis has only been open for a couple months, but it’s my new favorite place to meet up with friends. A photo posted by Up-Down MPLS (@updownmpls) on Jun...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and “Git Gud”

“C’mon, let’s play something else!” I don’t remember what year it was, or which place I was living, or anything that seems like it would be actually important. But I do remember that my brother was visiting. I got to see him some weekends, and I adored him. The happiest times of my childhood were spent with my brother. That time was precious to me, and limited. When he came, we played video games. Well, he played. I mostly watched. I delighted in...

Road Not Taken Is a Strange, Nihilistic Indie Treasure

And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. —Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken” Road Not Taken is a puzzle/logic game by indie developer Spry Fox that showed up quietly on my radar as a free game to PlayStationPlus members. The artwork was quirky enough that I downloaded it, and,...

Steamship Coffee Sails Into Lyn-Lake

Steamship Coffee is your new favorite local steampunk coffee vendor. Located inside of Universe Games in Uptown, Steamship combines the loves of gaming and geekdom with quality caffeinated beverages. You don’t need to be a gamer to grab a cup of joe and you don’t even need to buy a beverage to enjoy the internet. (1G free to use!) The ultimate goal of Steamship Coffee is to build community and maximize use of this piece of prime Lyn-Lake real estate. When...

River Quest: A Welcoming Environment by the Beautiful Mississippi

Last summer, I evolved from a console gamer to a dabbler in table top gaming; this is due to discovering River Quest Games. There are plenty of small comic book shops and board game businesses in the Twin Cities, but I want to direct your attention to Winona, two and a half hours southeast of Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you haven’t been to this beautiful town, I recommend making the drive, particularly in the summer. Located in the heart of...
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