Games + Leisure http://wcbe.org en So, Thor Is A Woman And Cap Is Black: Is This A Big Deal Or Not? http://wcbe.org/post/so-thor-woman-and-cap-black-big-deal-or-not Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And now, seismic movement in the world of comic books. This week Marvel Comics announced that Thor, that hammer-wielding Norse God, will be a goddess in the next storyline. And Captain America, one of Marvel's earliest superheroes, he'll hand over his shield to sidekick Sam Wilson. And stay with me here - Sam Wilson is the Falcon. And he's African-American - so a black Captain America. To talk more about these changes, we're joined by Maggie Thompson, the longtime editor of the former Comics Buyers Guide and blogger about the many comics of things. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:08:21 +0000 editor 59855 at http://wcbe.org Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry http://wcbe.org/post/not-my-job-french-laundry-chef-thomas-keller-gets-quizzed-actual-laundry Twenty years ago, chef Thomas Keller bought a little restaurant in Napa Valley called The French Laundry and transformed it into one of the finest restaurants in the country. He's inspired countless other chefs, consulted on the film <em>Ratatouille</em>, opened other award-winning restaurants, and convinced people to pay $100 for a corn pudding appetizer.<p>We've invited Keller to play a game called "Light starch, on hangers please, and I'll need it Wednesday." Keller has done pretty well running a business called The French Laundry, but how many clothes has he cleaned? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:14:23 +0000 editor 59850 at http://wcbe.org Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry Take A Ride On The Plural Side http://wcbe.org/post/take-ride-plural-side <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be provided. The first is for a brand name that ends in the letter S and sounds like it's plural. Change the first letter to spell a new word that is plural and answers the second clue. Example: tennis shoes, places to sleep; the answer would be Keds and beds.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> This challenge came from listener Ben Kaufman of Portland, Ore. Think of a popular TV show about cooking — a show everyone has heard of. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:09:16 +0000 Will Shortz 59847 at http://wcbe.org Take A Ride On The Plural Side After Thor, Marvel Announces Big Change To Captain America http://wcbe.org/post/after-thor-marvel-announces-big-change-captain-america Sam Wilson will carry Captain America's shield.<p>It's the second <a href="http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/16/22895/its_time_for_an_all-new_captain_america">major announcement from comics publisher Marvel</a>, which also said this week that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/15/331728029/odins-beard-marvel-announces-a-new-thor-and-shes-a-woman">the new Thor will be female</a>.<p>Sam Wilson, as you might (or might not) know, is the Falcon, one of Captain America's major allies. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:32:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 59661 at http://wcbe.org After Thor, Marvel Announces Big Change To Captain America From Paper To Punks, The Best Games Of 2013 http://wcbe.org/post/paper-punks-best-games-2013 The year passed so awfully quickly, like a twitch in a shooter game, that it kind of faked me out. A week ago, I didn't believe there were 10 stellar games to make a complete 'best of' story. But I looked at a list I'd been keeping since January. I was suddenly overwhelmed — I saw at least 30 worthy games. And from those, I plucked the very best of 2013.<p><strong>Grand Theft Auto V<em> </em></strong>(Rockstar Games)<p>Yes, this sprawling satire of an adult game of crime and punishment can ruffle the feathers of even the toughest punk. But there's more to it than crime. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:57:34 +0000 Harold Goldberg 59579 at http://wcbe.org From Paper To Punks, The Best Games Of 2013 Finding Promising New Games In A World Of Dispiriting Sequels http://wcbe.org/post/finding-promising-new-games-world-dispiriting-sequels The game show at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) earlier in June wasn't exactly staid. But it was clear that most game publishers are playing it safe — very safe. Each year, I complain about franchise-ization, a godawful game trend that makes a convention focused on the wonders of electronic entertainment a lot less fun - especially since 2014 was the year in which game makers offered more sequels than ever before.<p>Imagine spending eight hours daily running between two convention halls for meetings and seeing the same old games simply tweaked a bit for each new iteration. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:56:45 +0000 Harold Goldberg 59578 at http://wcbe.org Finding Promising New Games In A World Of Dispiriting Sequels Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman http://wcbe.org/post/odins-beard-marvel-announces-new-thor-and-shes-woman The Mighty Thor, the Son of Odin, the God of Thunder, the comic book god with the hammer is a woman.<p>Not quite — but here's the tweet announcing the new Thor:<p>"No longer is the classic Thunder God able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, and a brand new female hero will emerge worthy of the name THOR," <a href="http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/15/22875/marvel_proudly_presents_thor#ixzz37YlzQMLp">Marvel said in a statement</a>.<p>The new Thor will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman.<p>"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:06:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 59516 at http://wcbe.org Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman Modern Video Games Go Beyond 'Jumping On Blocks' http://wcbe.org/post/modern-video-games-go-beyond-jumping-blocks <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f3XJePYPpo</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:26:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58591 at http://wcbe.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://wcbe.org/post/critics-renew-calls-more-diverse-video-game-characters There's a myth that only nerdy white guys play and make video games. At this week's video game extravaganza in Los Angeles called Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft didn't do much to change that image.<p>At the company's E3 press conference, there was an unseen female announcer, but there was only one female who stood on stage and spoke. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:18:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 57703 at http://wcbe.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario http://wcbe.org/post/qa-nintendo-president-says-dont-count-out-mario The American face of Nintendo, President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUTl1vEG62Q">once said</a>, "I'm about kicking ass, I'm about taking names."<p>Nintendo hasn't been kicking much ass over the past few years — the company posted a $456 million operating loss in its last fiscal year, its third loss in a row. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:36:00 +0000 Laura Sydell & Nina Gregory 58051 at http://wcbe.org Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario A New Kind Of Sports Star: Gamers Make It To The Next Level http://wcbe.org/post/new-kind-sports-star-gamers-make-it-next-level <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi29QPudrOw</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Steve Mullis 58049 at http://wcbe.org A New Kind Of Sports Star: Gamers Make It To The Next Level Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz http://wcbe.org/post/andrew-wk-jesus-christ-super-quiz Musician, motivational speaker, and party pro Andrew W.K. is a man of many talents—but did you know that he is also an expert on <em>Jesus Christ Superstar</em>? We wrote him a quiz on his favorite rock opera.<p>After the game, hear he and house musician Jonathan Coulton duet on "What's The Buzz." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 15 May 2014 16:13:19 +0000 editor 56056 at http://wcbe.org Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz Getting Back In The Game: Finding The Right Game To Play http://wcbe.org/post/getting-back-game-finding-right-game-play <em>In our </em>Getting Back In The Game<em> series, we're showing you how to get into the wide world of video games — </em><em><em>whether you're new to gaming or a former player who hasn't picked up a controller in a while</em>. </em><p>Like movies, books and music, there are countless video games to suit all interests and tastes. And like those other mediums, you can drill down into every genre to find more and varied sub-genres.<p>Classifying games is more art than science; there are many games that cross genres, mix two together or sometimes can't be classified at all. Mon, 05 May 2014 18:24:45 +0000 Steve Mullis 55491 at http://wcbe.org Getting Back In The Game: Finding The Right Game To Play A Video Game Meant To Take Us Back To The Physical World http://wcbe.org/post/video-game-meant-take-us-back-physical-world <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sv1wDdOxuM</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 14:20:35 +0000 Laura Sydell 55473 at http://wcbe.org A Video Game Meant To Take Us Back To The Physical World Gaming While Male: A 'Privilege' Few Men Recognize http://wcbe.org/post/gaming-while-male-privilege-few-men-recognize 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.<p>It ranges from attempts to <a href="https://medium.com/ladybits-on-medium/a01ddf9ef69c">silence female critics</a> to the <a href="http://fatuglyorslutty.com/">harassment of fellow players</a>. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Steve Mullis 58052 at http://wcbe.org E.T.'s Home Is Found: Trove Of Atari Games Unearthed At Landfill http://wcbe.org/post/ets-home-found-trove-atari-games-unearthed-landfill For decades, it was mere legend: an "Atari Dump" rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed the best way to move on.<p>But now, the Atari graveyard has been exhumed, and the latest attempt to find the cache of game cartridges has been declared a success. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 55036 at http://wcbe.org E.T.'s Home Is Found: Trove Of Atari Games Unearthed At Landfill Getting Back In The Game: Arming Yourself To Play With Strangers http://wcbe.org/post/getting-back-game-arming-yourself-play-strangers <em>In our </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/293460060/getting-back-in-the-game">Getting Back in the Game</a><em> series, we're showing you how to get into the wide world of video games — </em><em><em>whether you're new to gaming or a former player who hasn't picked up a controller in a while</em>. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:27:29 +0000 Steve Mullis 54280 at http://wcbe.org Getting Back In The Game: Arming Yourself To Play With Strangers Jazzpunk: A Spy Game Full Of Jokes, Blokes And Cold War Tropes http://wcbe.org/post/jazzpunk-spy-game-full-jokes-blokes-and-cold-war-tropes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeJc-jij01o</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:13:24 +0000 Steve Mullis 51660 at http://wcbe.org Jazzpunk: A Spy Game Full Of Jokes, Blokes And Cold War Tropes Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks http://wcbe.org/post/famous-four-fours-arent-trucks <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Every answer is the name of a famous person with four letters in his or her first name and four letters in the last. For each person, you'll be given initials and an anagram of the full name. You name the person.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name a famous entertainer: two words, four letters in each word. You can rearrange these eight letters to spell the acronym of a well-known national organization, and the word that the first letter of this acronym stands for. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:05:35 +0000 Will Shortz 51659 at http://wcbe.org Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks Look Out! Not My Job Guest Sen. Mark Warner Gets Quizzed On Warnings http://wcbe.org/post/look-out-not-my-job-guest-sen-mark-warner-gets-quizzed-warnings Mark Warner says that he got off to a good start, making it to Harvard Law School, but then promptly failed at everything he tried. No wonder, then, that he had to settle for a career in the U.S. Senate, where he's currently a democratic senator from Virginia.<p>We've invited Warner to play a game called "Danger! Get Away! Ahhhhh!" Three questions about warnings. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:03:03 +0000 editor 51657 at http://wcbe.org Look Out! Not My Job Guest Sen. Mark Warner Gets Quizzed On Warnings