Games + Leisure http://wcbe.org en 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 A Father Plays Call Of Duty With His Son, Watched By Thousands http://wcbe.org/post/father-plays-call-duty-his-son-watched-thousands Jason Munkel and his father Bill are 39 years apart in age, but since last year, they've been sitting down together to play Call of Duty: Ghosts almost every night.<p>They also broadcast their gameplay to <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/fathersongaming/profile">more than 120,000 followers</a>, who watch the father-son duo pursue and shoot enemies on the screen, and talk to them during the game. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:02:00 +0000 editor 51621 at http://wcbe.org A Father Plays Call Of Duty With His Son, Watched By Thousands Here's What Happens When Thousands Play Pokemon Together http://wcbe.org/post/heres-what-happens-when-thousands-play-pokemon-together Pokemon is the wildly popular Japanese Nintendo video game, first released in 1996. Its goal is to collect wild creatures and battle other trainers to become the Pokemon master. Simple enough, right?<p>Now imagine trying to play the game with tens of thousands of people looking over your shoulder, telling you which buttons to press. That's the latest social experiment going on in the gaming community. At any given time, thousands of people are controlling a single game of Pokemon Red — the original game of the series — at the same time.<p>And so far, it's going ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 editor 51406 at http://wcbe.org Here's What Happens When Thousands Play Pokemon Together Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes http://wcbe.org/post/break-loose-break-loose-kick-your-sunday-shoes <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is called "Break Loose." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word has a long-A vowel sound (as in "break"), and the second word has a long-U vowel sound (as in "loose").<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from listener Sam Williamson of Charlevoix, MI, and it's a two-part question: where in most homes will you see the words SHE and HIS ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:13:09 +0000 Will Shortz 51162 at http://wcbe.org Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes Being An 'Octodad' Is A Hilarious Lesson In Controlled Chaos http://wcbe.org/post/being-octodad-hilarious-lesson-controlled-chaos <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ol3ZxZSEhY</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:11:28 +0000 Steve Mullis 51161 at http://wcbe.org Being An 'Octodad' Is A Hilarious Lesson In Controlled Chaos Sandwich Monday: Subway's Fritos Chicken Enchilada Sub http://wcbe.org/post/sandwich-monday-subways-fritos-chicken-enchilada-sub Whether the Subway Fritos Chicken Enchilada Sub was the result of creative inspiration or an enormous workplace Fritos spill, we'll never know. What matters is it happened, and it's only a matter of time until all foods everywhere will be available topped with Fritos.<p><strong>Ian:</strong> I like that they're thinking in texture. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:34:00 +0000 editor 50902 at http://wcbe.org Sandwich Monday: Subway's Fritos Chicken Enchilada Sub The Novelist: A Story-Driven Game Of Impossible Choices http://wcbe.org/post/novelist-story-driven-game-impossible-choices <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpWNF7L1hks</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:12:00 +0000 April Fehling 50585 at http://wcbe.org The Novelist: A Story-Driven Game Of Impossible Choices Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero http://wcbe.org/post/drop-zero-and-get-hero <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each single letter given, recombine it with the letters in the word "ZERO" to spell a new word. For example, ZERO plus F would be "FROZE."<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> What word, containing two consecutive S's, becomes its own synonym if you drop those S's?<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Blossom, bloom<p><strong>Winner:</strong> Trey Moody of Killeen, Texas<p><strong>Next week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Sam Williamson of Charlevoix, Mich. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:21:06 +0000 Will Shortz 50505 at http://wcbe.org Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero Not My Job: How Much Does A Former Hedge Fund Manager Know About Hedges? http://wcbe.org/post/not-my-job-how-much-does-former-hedge-fund-manager-know-about-hedges <em>Mad Money</em>, CNBC's daily show about the stock market, is not your typical financial show. Host Jim Cramer shouts, he throws things around, he pushes buttons to make funny noises.<p>Since Cramer is a former hedge fund manager, we'd like to see just how much he knows about actual hedges. We'll test him with three questions about the world of topiary. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:27:26 +0000 editor 50129 at http://wcbe.org Not My Job: How Much Does A Former Hedge Fund Manager Know About Hedges?