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Welcome to episode 6 of Gaming With the Moms! Host and Pixelkin Managing Editor Nicole Tanner leads the conversation about family gaming news. This week we talk about the scourge of Amiibo, gaming across the world, and how games can teach diversity.

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Housekeeping:

  • We went to the Power of Play last weekend! It’s a local indie game event where developers can get in touch. The Seattle Indie Game Competition took place during the Power of Play, and a bunch of teams pitched their games to industry judges. Among those teams were a bunch of awesome teenagers who had started making their own games! They competed in the Youth Division. The result? A tie, unfortunately. But it was fun to watch.
  • Mamacon! Pixelkin had a table at Mamacon, where we gave away our ebook and chatted with local moms, who were all super excited to learn more about video games

In the news:

  • Nintendo World ChampionshipsThe Nintendo World Championships have revealed the locations of the qualifying matches! They’ll happen on May 30th at Best Buy locations around the country. You’ve got to brush up on your retro Nintendo skills if you want to compete. Is Reggie Fils-Aime going to participate in the finals? Can Simone pronounce Reggie Fils-Aime’s name? Also, Nicole met Jimmy Fallon. Because of course she did.

amiibo wii uNintendo is reissuing those precious sold-out Amiibo! Marth, Ike, and Meta Knight are all coming back to store shelves. Nintendo is probably making their Amiibo scarce on purpose, but it sure isn’t hurting their business. Except in the case of people getting burnt out, like Gamespot’s Alexa Ray Correia. Also, Simone has some shocking confessions about her relationship with Disney Infinity.

 

okada rideAurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan by Cameroon developer Kiro’o has been picked up by a publisher! This game uses Cameroon mythology and imagery to tell its story, and it looks really gorgeous. Simone is also back with more info about African game developers, going off of her convo with Curtis in Episode 2. Okada Ride is a Nigerian game. Nigeria is actually one of the fastest-growing mobile markets in the world, right behind India and China. Here’s some more games from all over the world, in Simone’s slam-jammin’ article about games from World Cup countries! Take a deep breath.

  The Main Course:

  • Parable of the Polygons is an interactive media tool that teaches kids about neighborhood segregation. Sound sad? It’s actually really cute and pretty fun. Keezy interviewed one of the creators of the game. Teachers can interact with the code and change the game however they want; some teachers have added more shapes to the game to complexify the gameplay. It’s a cool way to demonstrate that games can be really effective at teaching abstract concepts.

Parable of Polygons

 

What We’re Playing:

Nicole: Dragon Age Inquisition

Keezy and Simone: Neko Atsume and Hearthstone

Linda: Candy Crush Soda Saga

This podcast was recorded in the studios of the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Music by Pat Goodwin at Novelty Shop Creative. Nicole Tanner, Linda Breneman, Simone de Rochefort, and Keezy Young participated in this podcast. Thanks for listening! And if you like this podcast, please consider rating us on iTunes! And subscribing! It really helps us out!

Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin's Gaming With the Moms podcast. With Pixelkin she produces video content and devotes herself to Skylanders with terrifying abandon.