Curt Schilling the dragon-slayer
Curt Schilling is now the chairman and founder of 38 Studios, a video game company that is getting set to release its first title.
January 17th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Curt Schilling the dragon-slayer

Curt Schilling can throw a baseball far better than you can. He can also kick your dark-elf butt in a Nagafen raid or smite Deathwing the Destroyer before you get close enough to smell the smoldering embers.

Schilling is, and has been for the past 31 years, a gamer. He honed his controller skills on an Intellivision video game system. His first favorite game was - surprise - “Major League Baseball.”

“I was at the right age for consoles, when ‘Pong’ was the ‘Need For Speed’ of the day,” Schilling said. “(‘Major League Baseball’) was like the greatest baseball game ever. If you had a consistent playing partner like they do in ‘Starcraft’ now, every game was 1-0, and you had to hit a home run down the left field line.”

But that fascination didn’t last long. Schilling - who had a very successful MLB pitching career lasted for 20 season; who helped two different teams win world championships in 2001, 2004 and 2007; who was a six time All-Star and currently holds the record for postseason winning percentage - said baseball video games were never hard enough to keep his attention.

So he started playing fantasy-based, massive multiplayer online games such as “Ultima Online” and “EverQuest.”

“I was always a big fantasy guy, a big ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ kind of gamer,” Schilling said. “That was always a very big, significant piece of my gaming because I was always a very avid reader as a kid. I read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy for probably the 20th time a couple of years ago, but that’s what got me into fantasy gaming.” FULL POST

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Video game cosplayer
January 13th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

MAGFest runs on video game music

A few weeks ago, we told you why MAGFest was the festival that gamers were least likely to know about, but also the one that they absolutely could not miss. A four-day event featuring live concerts, panels, cosplay and more - all centered on video games and the love of the culture surrounding them - the con just celebrated its 10th year and scored 6,200 attendees, doubling the record of the previous year.

This was my second year at MAGFest, and I was determined to find out why attendees both raved about it to their friends and planned to attend next year's event before this one ended. And after a few days, it was clear that despite a lot of other powerful factors, one theme was its underlying thread.

That theme was video game music: how fans interpreted it, reacted to it and created because of it. FULL POST

Master user week in review
January 13th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

Master user week in review

Here's a look at some of the stories that had master gamers and other computer-loving nerds geeking out this week:

Mimoco, the folks behind the MIMOBOT geeky USB flash drive, announced the MIMOMICRO™ USB card reader and drive. (via Mimoco)

Wizards of the Coasts announced a new edition of "Dungeons and Dragons" and geek rage happened. (via WotC)

Paizo.com annouced the launch of a "three-for-all" sale to celebrate Pathfinder Tales being No. 3 on Barnes & Noble's best fantasy of 2011 list. (via paizo)

Makerbot Industries showed off "The Replicator," the first 3-D printer that retails for under $2,000 and does two-color printing at CES. (via Woot)

Wizkids announced the release of prepainted miniatures, perfect for use with the "Pathfinder Roleplaying Game." (via Wizkids)

Wired's Geek Dad previewed the upcoming "Magic: The Gathering" expansion, "Dark Ascension." The new set hits stores Febuary 3. (via Wired) FULL POST

Sony goes steampunk with gaming laptop
An artist designed the removable steampunk case for the gaming laptop. The computer keyboard also was steampunk'd.
January 10th, 2012
10:50 AM ET

Sony goes steampunk with gaming laptop

What happens when you combine a laptop nicknamed The Beast with a subculture that is sweeping across the nation like a maelstrom? Sony has been steampunk’d, and the company asked for it.

Marrying modern technology with an elegant Victorian aesthetic is what steampunk is all about. So when social commerce specialist Reena Leone, a relative newcomer to Sony, decided to spruce up her geeky workstation with another subculture twist, steampunk seemed liked the perfect solution.

But she didn’t want to just “glue some gears on it and call it steampunk,” as the viral video goes. Leone needed a fully functioning VAIO F laptop she could use for work, with steampunk incorporated in the casing, utilities and desktop. The finished product, featured in a video from Sony on its Web show, "SGNL," has been making the Web rounds.

More than a few people want to swipe that steampunk laptop right out from under Leone, but she’s only willing to let it travel to cons and shows for now - no house calls allowed.

CNN Geek Out chatted (and yes, geeked out) with Leone for a few moments about her new steampunk laptop, and talked about if Sony is really considering more subculture mash-ups in the future. FULL POST

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Wizards of the Coasts announces new edition of 'Dungeons and Dragons'
The company behind the role-playing game’s new version will be reaching out to its player base for suggestions.
January 9th, 2012
10:59 AM ET

Wizards of the Coasts announces new edition of 'Dungeons and Dragons'

Soon, diehard players of the iconic “Dungeons and Dragons” role-playing game will be getting a new way to slash orcs and slay dragons.

Mike Mearls, lead designer for D&D at parent company Wizards of the Coast, announced Monday that it is developing a new version of Dungeons and Dragons.

While the details are still to be developed, Mearls said the latest iteration will aim to incorporate the best of its predecessors, along with the varying play styles and different approaches of the players who have loved them.

As such, Mearls said the company will be reaching out to its player base for suggestions.

“We could guess at those play styles, or use our own, but gathering a broad range of input makes sense to us,” he said. “We want to cast as wide a net as possible. We can only deliver on that promise if we give the varied audience of D&D players a chance to kick the tires and let us know if we’re on target.” FULL POST

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