video games

Retro-style video games are making a comeback. Nintendo and Sega are reissuing classic game systems and even long-dormant Atari is coming back to market with a brand new console. On this week’s State of the Arts, we visit a tech company in Akron that makes its very own nostalgic game console, so small it takes a light touch and real concentration to master.

The Rise of eSports

Mar 16, 2018
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Competitive gaming has caught the attention of many, hosting large multiplayer competitions with attendance levels in the hundreds of thousands. Universities have taken notice and have begun to create teams with scholarship opportunities attached.

Join us today as we discuss the growing trend of eSports, their presence in universities, and their status as a legitimate sport.

The Rise of eSports

Feb 22, 2018
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Competitive gaming has caught the attention of many, hosting large multiplayer competitions with attendance levels in the hundreds of thousands. Universities have taken notice and have begun to create teams with scholarship opportunities attached.

Join us today as we discuss the growing trend of eSports, their presence in universities, and their status as a legitimate sport.

eSport gamers play League of Legends during a competion.
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Kent State University could be the latest school to add a varsity program for e-sports, multiplayer videogame competitions.

Galloping Ghost, one of the largest video-game arcades in the world, sits in an unassuming, single story brick building in Brookfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, that seems to go on forever, each corner bursting with beeping, blinking and flashing arcade cabinets.

Owner Doc Mack says they have more than 600 games. He says he didn't set out have quite that many.

"I have a huge collecting problem that I've had since childhood so I should have seen it coming, but who knew?" Mack asks rhetorically.

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Join us for our weekly look at new developments in the tech world. A data breach at Equifax, a top credit reporting company, exposes the personal data of millions of people.

We look at the growth and trends of Columbus' video game industry and the upcoming GDEX gaming expo. And, Apple is set to premiere new details about the new iPhone 8.

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The Ohio State Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday morning to revoke a former student's Ph.D., after an article she co-authored was retracted from an academic journal last year.

There is a certain kind of look I get when I tell people how much I love video games.

It lies somewhere between "You're not serious" and "Oh my God, you are serious." And by "people" giving me these looks, I mean adults of a certain age and outlook. Of course, given that I'm a 54-year-old tenured professor, these "people" are pretty much everyone I know (including my now adult children).

So today, I want to speak to all of you "look-givers" and attempt to explain why you, too, should become a gamer.

Basically, it comes down to robot dinosaurs.

Lined up at a row of computers, five Ohio State University students stare intently at their screens amid the clatter of keyboards and mouse clicks. They're keeping in shape — so to speak.

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Cell phones, computers and other digital media devices have infiltrated our everyday lives. Constant connectedness can stress the relationship between family members, especially parents and children. Today we will discuss strategies to navigating family life in the digital age.  Plus, we discover the best wine apps and learn about the creation of big budget video games. 

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