Games en 4.24.14: The Game Show! <p></p><p>Welcome to the show, and come on down! <em>Wait. Rewind. </em>This isn't <em>that </em>kind of game show - but it is a show all about games. From video games, to board games, to game culture, we spoke with the industry game changers. Our adventurous host <strong>Virginia Prescott</strong> even took a dive into the virtual world of gaming with a <em>Skyrim </em>sesh for better ("I just swiped at someone pretty mightily!") or worse ("I'm getting slaughtered!"). Check out her experience and gaming pointers <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. Is she now a self-proclaimed gamer? Find out on today's show - join us for the fun and games here and on our <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Twitter </a></strong>and <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></strong>!</p><p>Listen to all the fun of our full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:11:17 +0000 Word of Mouth 47328 at 4.24.14: The Game Show! What Virginia Learned While Playing Skyrim For The First Time <p>Authored by<strong> Sarah Thomas&nbsp; </strong></p><p></p><p>We reached out on Facebook to find out what video game <em>you</em><em> </em>wanted Word of Mouth host <strong>Virginia Prescott</strong> to play for our game show. Options were limited to Producer <strong>Taylor </strong><strong>Quimby</strong>'s Xbox games, which include <em><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Call of Duty, Skyrim, Portal 2, BioShock Infinite </span></em><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">and </span><em><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Halo 4. </span></em><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">The masses ultimately chose <em>Skyrim, </em>drawn to its "Game of Thrones-ness" and option to "<span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".15.1:3:1:$comment10154035142770257_49203196:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".15.1:3:1:$comment10154035142770257_49203196:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".15.1:3:1:$comment10154035142770257_49203196:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$0:0">pretend to be a stabby turn-of-the-century street urchin</span></span></span>."</span> With virtual mace in hand, Virginia bravely took on the world of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Skyrim</em> </a>and learned a few lessons along the way.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:43:07 +0000 Word of Mouth 47337 at What Virginia Learned While Playing Skyrim For The First Time What Does Quality Mean In the Age Of Hi-Def? <p>Whether scoping out plasma-screen HDTV’s, or picking up a PlayStation 4, consumers upgrading their entertainment systems this Christmas are generally looking for products promising a better picture, superior sound, or next-generation graphics.&nbsp; We’ve come a <em>very</em> long way since the VHS and Atari 2600.&nbsp; So far, in fact, that one may wonder how much better the visuals, sound and graphics on entertainment systems can get – and would the casual user even be able to tell the difference? &nbsp;</p><p>Joining the conversation about where entertainment technology can go from here is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Jamin Warren</strong></a> – founder and editor-in-chief at <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Killscreen</em></a>, a videogame arts and culture magazine, <em>Slate</em> music columnist <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Carl Wilson</strong></a>, and, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>David Ewalt</strong></a>, contributing editor at <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Forbes</em></a>.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:53:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40300 at What Does Quality Mean In the Age Of Hi-Def? Word of Mouth 09.14.13 <p>The Saturday show is jam-packed jelly-tight with the best from the Word of Mouth archives. Sit back, relax and let the sweet sounds of this public radio audio sandwich be your weekend treat. On this week's show:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Would a mirror change your shopping habits?</a> <strong>Michael Moss</strong> is investigative reporter for the <em>New York Times</em> and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He told us about some interesting new tactics supermarkets are using to influence shoppers.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">This Soylent is NOT made of people.</a> A new 'food' product is meant to be the perfect replacment for all your daily nutrients. <strong>Lee Hutchinson</strong> is senior reviews editor at<a href=""> Ars Technica</a>. He lived on Soylent for a full week, and blogged about the experience.</li></ul><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:50:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34849 at Word of Mouth 09.14.13 Of Dice And Men: Dungeons & Dragons And The People Who Play It <p>Recounting his relationship with <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Dungeons and Dragons</em></a>, <strong>David Ewalt </strong>writes, “I don’t know if I played D&amp;D because other kids my age thought I was a nerd, or if they thought I was a nerd because I played D&amp;D.”&nbsp; The progenitor of many of today’s role-playing games has gained a reputation for attracting social outcasts and misfits and as a gateway for teenage boys to consider Satan and suicide. Like millions of kids who played twenty-side die in basements and game rooms across the country, <strong>Ewalt</strong> grew up…and had less time for a game that could suck up the idle hours of youth. He’s among those picking up the old dice bag for a D&amp;D revival. <strong>David Ewalt </strong>is now an editor for <em>Forbes</em>, and author of the new book <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It</em></a>. It hits stores August 20<sup>th</sup>.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:56:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32626 at Of Dice And Men: Dungeons & Dragons And The People Who Play It Funspot's 15th Annual International Classic Video Game Tourney <p>This past weekend, <a href="" target="_blank">Funspot</a> arcade in Laconia, New Hampshire, played host to the International Classic Video Game Tournament. Gamers from all over the world have been traveling to Funspot for the past 15 years to compete against each other, sometimes on video games that were born long before they were. For many, it's a chance to play rare games that they've only heard about. For others it's a great chance to connect with like-minded friends over a friendly, albeit competitive, game of <a href="" target="_blank">Tapper</a>.</p><p>The competition runs for four days as participants try to post the high score on each of the tournament games. Outside the cordoned-off area reserved for the tournament, the rest of Funspot's <a href="" target="_blank">American Classic Arcade Museum</a> is open to the public. Mixed in amongst the novice players, you're likely to see world record holders trying to beat their high scores in between their tournament play. I spoke to three gamers who have made the nostalgic trip to Funspot repeatedly, enticed by the pristine machines and the sense of camaraderie among the players.</p><p><em>Special thanks to Derek Janiak for his help wrangling the elusive video gamers in their</em> <em>natural habitat.</em></p><p><em> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:37:01 +0000 Logan Shannon 28794 at Funspot's 15th Annual International Classic Video Game Tourney Pinball Wizard <p>In February of 2011, Jon Lynch visited the newly opened <a href="">Pinball Wizard Arcade</a> in Pelham, New Hampshire, where more than&nbsp;200 impeccably restored&nbsp;pinball and vintage 80's video games are still luring gamers looking for big-time nostalgia.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 14:46:20 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 28317 at Pinball Wizard Could You Create Your Own Game In 36 Hours? <p>Create your own game in a day and a half. That's the challenge awaiting participants in this weekend's <a href="" target="_blank">New Hampshire Game Jam</a> in Manchester.</p><p><strong>Glenn Given</strong> and <strong>Michael Taylor</strong> are organizing the Jam; they sit down with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to discuss how it works, the gaming scene in the region and what you can learn from trying to create your own games.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 21:44:46 +0000 Brady Carlson 27211 at Could You Create Your Own Game In 36 Hours? Are Video Games Art? <p></p><p>The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently added 14 video games to its permanent collection. <a href="">Killscreen</a> says they helped.</p><p>Killscreen co-founder Jamin Warren explains how, and helps us answer the burning question, <em>are</em> video games art?</p><p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:54:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18675 at Are Video Games Art? The (Truly) Shocking History of Monopoly <P>I hate Monopoly. Always have. The reason is simple: it's impossible to play the game and feel good, even if you win. Monopoly, simply put, is all about crushing&nbsp; your fellow players through bankruptcy, even if they're your own kids. Turns out, there might be a reason for my hatred of Monopoly.</P> <P>The most popular game in the world, according to <A href="">this amazing article</A> in <EM>Harpers</EM>, is, simply put, theft. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:34:17 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 17877 at The (Truly) Shocking History of Monopoly Word of Mouth 10.27.2012 <p><strong>Part 1: Your Own Personal Jesus: </strong></p> Sat, 27 Oct 2012 02:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 14594 at Word of Mouth 10.27.2012 Play Games and Change the World? <p>Games have emerged from the rec room and found a place in the classroom, onto cellphones, advertising, and as we’ll hear, into activism, relationships, and the way we view the world. <a href="">Colleen Macklin </a>is working to make us more game-literate. She designs games based not on winning or losing, but on learning and experiencing the creative, social and political universe outside the screen. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:45:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 14409 at Play Games and Change the World? For Dartmouth Student, Record-Setting Chain More Fun Than (Yep) A Barrel of Monkeys <p>History was made Sunday at Dartmouth College &ndash; of a sort, anyway. A team led by Dartmouth senior <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>D. Parker Phinney</strong></a> set a record for<a href="" target="_blank"> the world&rsquo;s longest Barrel of Monkeys chain</a>. He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to relive the excitement.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 19:39:12 +0000 Brady Carlson 4767 at For Dartmouth Student, Record-Setting Chain More Fun Than (Yep) A Barrel of Monkeys Back to the table... <p>A new wave of designer board games has players returning from virtual worlds to the real one.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:27:06 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3007 at Back to the table... Paging Dr. Fill: Computer Takes On Crossword Experts There's a new kind of technology that may be able to beat you at your own game — at least if your game is a crossword puzzle. Its name is "Dr. Fill," but unlike the TV psychologist, this doctor solves less complicated problems. Its solutions only go down and across.<p>The computer program will be an unofficial competitor at the 35th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York this week. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 2465 at Paging Dr. Fill: Computer Takes On Crossword Experts