As the news editor for Giant Bomb, a video game news and reviews site, Patrick Klepek has received his share of online harassment, from the comments to Twitter to his personal email. But he’s a white dude in a position of influence. What kind of harassment do less established writers and people in the community particularly women and minorities face? Klepek talks to us about his recent work to call attention to toxic conversations online and how to make the Internet a (slightly) nicer place.
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.
Along with our senior tech correspondent Marty Hess, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with Phil Tibitoski, CEO of Young Horses a Chicago-based video game development company that is releasing their first big game this year, Octodad. They discussed how the Midwest supports the gaming industry and also the inevitable robot takeover!
Every January, tech companies gather in Las Vegas to show off their wares at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The show has been criticized in recent years for being all flash and no substance, with many companies taking the opportunity to show off impractical or theoretical technology in the hopes of scoring big headlines. Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams live in the studio this morning as he wades through the style and substance to let you know what matters.
With more than 24,000 cameras, Chicago was called the most surveilled city in America by former secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. You can walk from end of the Loop to the other in be on camera the whole time. But are we really all that surprised? Senior Tech Correspondent and proprietor of PixelRated.comMarty Hess joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams live in the studio this morning to share his reports on the ways we’re being watched from above and through our video game systems.
This year’s “hot toy” is no giggling doll or construction set. It’s a $400-500 video game, DVD, streaming TV console manufactured by either Sony or Microsoft. Our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess of PixelRated.com joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to provide thorough reviews of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One and their games. As it turned out, both consoles are perfectly great in terms of gaming, but they both have different functions and their companies are trying to market them differently. Sony has been pushing for a “supreme, omnipotent gamer’s box” feel for their consumers while Microsoft wants the XBox One to be an all-in-one, multi-tasking, everything you can possibly need in your living rooms. Marty also discussed issues and glitches that occurred early on for both consoles.
“With the Xbox one, Microsoft’s big goal is to take over the living room and become the quote ‘one’ box you need for everything. Thus, given the name. So they’ve done a lot of things to promote the idea that TV, watching movies, and watching sports and listening to music is going to be a big part of what Xbox One is. […] Microsoft is trying to ‘future proof’ this. They want it to be the one box you need for the next decade or so. They make sure they have all the fancy technology in there.” -Marty Hess, PixelRated.com writer
Our tech correspondent and PixelRated.com blogger, Marty Hess recapped Microsoft’s more detailed announcement of their next generation video gaming system, that’s also all about TV, movies, music, and sports. Yet to be answered is whether the console will always be “on,” tracking movement and feeding data back to its overlord. Marty joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning by phone to dish on the details of this up and coming “future proof” console.
“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.