Gaming Fest Makes a Play for Change

Rescuing the princess is a mainstay of video games, but some developers are out to do more than save a fictional damsel. They want to save the real world. For the 14th year, the Games For Change Festival (G4C) will gather together game designers, researchers, and humanitarians to explore how video games can be used for positive impact. The three-day summit (July 31–Aug. 2) will focus on health, social impact, and education, with a full day devoted to Virtual Reality. Continue reading at ChelseaNow.com.

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Close your Legs. I want to Sit Down!: A Guide to Subway Etiquette

The humor book I wrote with my wife is now available on Kindle. Grab your ebook copy of Close your Legs. I want to Sit Down!: A Guide to Subway Etiquette.

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Our Fallout Movie Project

I co-wrote this machinima film! Coming soon to a Youtube near you!

“This is the first teaser and behind-the-scenes look at our fan film project. Created by members from around the Fallout community and produced by ShoddyCast.”

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‘Immersive’ Blender — VR is Here to Stay at TFF

There used to be a debate over whether or not video games could be art. Now the new kid on the block is Virtual Reality (VR). Those at the forefront of storytelling are starting to see that VR is neither a fad nor a toy, and that it has a place alongside more established forms of artistic expression. The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) had its first VR program in 2016. This year, TFF’s Tribeca Immersive — an umbrella term for all Virtual Arcade and Storyscapes projects — will show how much the art form has grown. Continue reading at DownTownExpress.com.

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On the Shelves or On the Horizon: 2017’s Most Anticipated Video Games

feb23_games_neirIn the film industry, January is used as a dumping ground for movies too embarrassing to be released alongside year-end Oscar bait. However, the video game industry often saves some of its most promising titles for the new year, to avoid competing with blockbusters during the holiday rush — and so, 2017 is off to a great start with a roster of new intellectual properties, and long-delayed sequels that reinvent classic franchises. Here are a few games already on shelves, and some of the most intriguing games on the horizon. Continue reading at ChelseaNow.com.

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Gizmos and Games as Gifts for Geeks

dec8_gifts_tombraiderGeeks can be a fickle lot, especially when trying to buy gifts for them. New paradigm-shifting tech sometimes arrives with little fanfare. Early adopters of new gadgets are often filled with buyer’s remorse when their new toy turns out to be a dud. We tried out a few of the gizmos and games that are available this season, and came up with these prime candidates for stuffing nerdy stockings. Continue reading at ChelseaNow.com.

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Con Champions the Artistic Virtues of Video Games

nov10_artcade_owlboyWith grand narratives, soaring musical scores, and top-notch voice acting among its commonplace traits, the debate over whether or not the video game is an art form has moved being a simple “yes” or “no” question, to prompting more nuanced discussions of what constitutes art within the boundaries of a constantly evolving medium. Continue reading at ChelseaNow.com.

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