Last year our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess told the AMp hosts Brian BabylonandMolly Adams about the increasing use of athlete visas by gamers coming to the States for tournaments. This morning, he brought video game reporter Andrew Groen in the studio to explain how MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games work and whether this will ever become a spectator sport.
The Morning AMp’s Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess (pixelrated.com) talks to host Molly Adams and guest host Ernest Wilkins (RedEye) about his adventurous weekend at the New York City Comic Con.
Marty’s favorite game during the event was ‘Dark Souls 2’ because it allows you to “explore the world” without necessarily following the progression of the game. He also reviews ‘Final Fantasy 13,’ and the 2D game ‘Dust Force,’ where gamers can play as a cleaning crew that can play parkour. He also notes how one major conversation at Comic Con involved “gender and equality in regards to the L.G.B.T community”
Keisha Howard is founder of Sugar Gamers a community that aims to encourage women’s involvement in video gaming, tech, and geek culture. She stopped by the studio to talk with Luis about how she became a geek, what she thinks about the objectification of female characters in geek culture, and her favorite game of all time.
A new game released on Facebook wants to raise awareness about the challenges faced by women around the world. Half the Sky is a role-playing game where players guide the lives of women in the developing world, while having the opportunity to make real-world donation along the way. Intern Erica DeAngelis is in the studio with a review of the game and Adrienne Massanari, assistant professor of communication at UIC, analyzes the virtual world-real world connections the game makes.
“Well that’s the big gamble, you always want to control the living room space and everything that’s going through it. They are doing a lot to make this a system that people want to play with and want to use beyond video games. This presentation really focused on the games[…] there are also going to be a lot of social features that you can use including on the new dual shock 4 controller which will replace all the Playstation 3 controllers, there is a share button you can press and you can press that and you can share out any game playing that you’re doing, and post those clips directly to Facebook, OR you can stream them out through u stream and people can watch you play live.” - Marty Hess from PixelRated.com
Last Wednesday, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4, during a two-hour event held in NYC and live streamed to more than 7.5 million viewers. Marty Hess of PixelRated.com called the Morning AMp and told hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams exactly how excited he is to play on it and what games are being developed.
Brian and Molly continue their conversations about the male-dominated world of video gaming with UIC Assistant Professor of Communications Adrienne Massanari. She has done much research on the subject ans shares her insights with us. On air, Massanari discusses the way products like Nintendo’s Wii are marketed to “non-gamers” (AKA women and older adults), how we develop friendships online, and how our perception of “gamers” is largely outside of reality.