Social Gaming: The Influence of The Social Era

The term “social gaming” may have once referred to groups gathered around a setup of Dungeons and Dragons, but today it has evolved into a cyber community of online gamers. With social media and online gaming as globally relevant as they currently are, it is no wonder that the two found each other along...

Here Are the Black Women in Gaming to Look Out For

Written by: Kaylyn Williams The gaming community is one that’s continuously growing and developing, but we haven’t hit a point to call it “inclusive”. The medium is still dominated by white men and minorities still aren’t fully represented. Recently, Blizzard has come under fire for failing to add a Black woman to their roster in...

BGN Video Game Review: Wonka’s World of Candy is Unwinding, Whimsical Fun

Written by: Ashley Turner If a company wants to boost your game’s visibility with a beloved children’s pop culture hero, they can’t go wrong with Willy Wonka. Zynga places its bets on the appeal of the highly recognized property to help raise enthusiasm and expectations for their new mobile tile-matching game Wonka’s World of Candy....

BGN Film: ‘Pokemon’s Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Debut

We finally get to see the film that so many of us had such a hard time imagining. Pokemon's Detective Pikachu is a noir live-action Pokemon film that features a talking Pikachu — with Ryan Reynolds' voice! Let that sink in for a moment. Warner Bros. Studios and the Pokemon Company worked closely together to bring the famous game...

‘Marvel Battle Lines’ is Mobile Tic-Tac-Toe — With a Twist!

By Ashley Turner Marvel is a multi-million dollar franchise with numerous films, TV shows, comic books, and games. So it makes sense that the lucrative lure of mobile gaming would come calling. That’s why Nexon and Marvel have released Marvel Battle Lines, an online strategy card battle game. It features every Marvel hero you could...

Black Girl Gaming: #BlackGirlMagic in ‘Broken Age’

By Ashley Turner @AsheDT It’s no secret that a significant portion of gamers are Black even if that reality is not always reflected in the gaming itself. In an industry dominated by white men, trying to find positive examples of diversity and representation feels like an arduous task. That is no truer than with the absence...

BGN Gaming: ‘The Ultimate Clap Back”–Sometimes You Gotta Cuss

By EpicLalaGirl I had the honor of meeting MaryMartha Ford-Dieng, the sole creator of the game The Ultimate Clap Back at PAX East, 2018.  I loved the game and was even happier to learn that the first expansion pack to The Ultimate Clap Back was available to support through Kickstarter. I was happy to be...

The Gaming Landscape Is Changing

We've always played games. Not just since we were children but throughout history. Remember those games around when you were a kid? Card games like Top Trumps and Go Fish, board games like Snakes and Ladders and Checkers. While you might have thought that all those old games that you and your friends used to play are...

#BGNPAXEast: Return to The Abyss in ‘Underworld Ascendant’

One of PAX East's most interesting surprises wasn't actually on the show floor, but shuttered away in a meeting room of the Westin Waterfront hotel. 505 Games hosted two structured demos in this room, the multiplayer crafting/building/shooting sym Memories of Mars, and the long-awaited Underworld Ascendant. Warren Spector's name and past projects are well known...

#BGNPAXEast: Introduction to the Brilliant VR Mindf–k ‘Pixel Ripped 1989’

Pixel Ripped 1989 is my definite pick for PAX East's game of show, full stop. Hot off the heels of a lauded appearance at GDC, the upcoming independently-developed experimental VR game presented a beautiful and energetic booth at the farther edge of Boston's expo floor, replete with 80s artifacts like slap bracelets, VHS tapes,...