Photos: The Modern Mythologists of MALCon

There's a cosplay convention for everyone, it seems, from those obsessed with the world of anime to furry folk who dress up in shaggy animal suits. And then there's the Myths and Legends Con, which changes its overriding themes each year to include different sectors of mythology old and new. This past weekend, the con convened at the Ramada Plaza in Northglenn to hit the gaming tables and celebrate the characters of Harry Potter, Firefly, The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and My Little Pony. Photographer Danielle Lirette was there, and brought back these flights of fancy from MALCon.

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See Video Games: The Movie with Colorado's game development community Sunday

Categories: Film and TV, Games

Video games have come a long way since Space Invaders and Pong. These days, games are both a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry and a genuine cultural force, enjoyed by people of all ages across platforms ranging from dedicated gaming consoles to Facebook.

"The average age of a gamer is like 31 now. People all over the world play games competitively," says Jet Ternlund, a local game developer and board member of the Colorado branch of the International Game Developers Association. "The gaming industry has passed up movies -- it's billions of dollars in sales. Something like 56 percent of Americans play video games -- more than half. It's huge."

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Ophir publisher Terra Nova aims to bring an ancient economy to tabletops

Categories: Games

Courtesy of Terra Nova
Art from Ophir.
Ophir, the upcoming board game from Denver-based publisher Terra Nova, is a battle of commerce. Players take the roles of merchants in an ancient civilization, amassing trading fortunes by outwitting and outmaneuvering their opponents on the high seas.

Thematically, it's like Monopoly or Steam, but with an interesting twist: Building up your own personal fortune isn't enough to win. Instead, players have to give back to the community by contributing to the construction of the Temple of Ophir, which rises in three dimensions on the board in front of them.

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Photos: OhHeckYeah takes over downtown

All photos by Brandon Marshall
On Saturday night, Denver's free gaming experience OhHeckYeah opened in the Denver Theatre District under cloudy skies. But weather couldn't dampen the participatory spirit of the immersive street arcade, and the crowd pitched right in to direct the play on downtown Denver's giant LED screens, and photographer Brandon Marshall was there to capture the action. Play OhHeckYeah on Thursday and Saturday evenings through July 26.

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Five classic arcade games that deserve the OhHeckYeah treatment

Categories: Games, Street Art

Frogger: even more fun when played in the actual street.
Before gamers had the option to kill each other anonymously via the Internet, they had to gather in real-world arcades to do it. In that arena, friendships were made, rivalries were born and a good time was had by all. Those days are long gone, but this summer OhHeckYeah is turning Champa Street into a giant arcade to return a sense of camaraderie and fun to video games. Three blocks of Champa, from 14th Street to the 16th Street Mall, will play host to three custom-designed games this summer, turning the city's cultural center into a giant, immersive gaming experience. The simple, engaging multiplayer games are designed to be easy to play, and all of them make players use their bodies to control the action, which should lead to some good times for players and onlookers alike. On the eve of this ambitious street arcade's launch, we got to wondering what classic arcade games might work well in the body-controlled, street-filling format of OhHeckYeah's creations. Here are five that would make the jump beautifully.

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Super Dungeon Explore creators Soda Pop Miniatures see a future for gaming in Denver

Categories: Games

Courtesy of Soda Pop Miniatures
Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King doesn't look like your standard, blood-and-chainmail tabletop wargame. The monsters are rotund and cartoony, and the heroes, with their anime eyes and giant heads balanced on tiny bodies, look like children's toys. It's a remarkably gentle entry in a genre that takes violence as its primary theme, more Super Mario than Warhammer.

"[Miniatures games] have always addressed a very core audience of game players which are usually male; they're into the spikes and the blood and and the chainmail and all the gore, and that has its place" says John Cadice, founder of Soda Pop Miniatures, which designed the game. "But it felt distinctly vacant of a lot of the types of gaming that felt more inclusive -- being able to bring in kids, or sit down at the table with your girlfriend."

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Colorado Symphony gets in the game with OhHeckYeah

Categories: Games

Game on! This summer two blocks of downtown Denver will be transformed into a massive, immersive street arcade. Brian Corrigan, the brains behind OhHeckYeah, has been working on the project for a couple of years, and this morning it took a big step forward when he teamed up with the Colorado Symphony in Boettcher Concert Hall and composer, William Hill, to record original sound effects for the video games.

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Five really cool, underappreciated games for the Xbox 360

Categories: Games

The Xbox One hits stores this week: Playstation fans got their new hardware last week; you can go to the Xbox One launch party Thursday night at the Park Meadows Microsoft store. And that means the trusty Xbox 360 is in its twilight -- although it ain't over quite yet. In fact, iif history is any guide, the next year will actually see some of the system's best games released before the hardware finally fades away for good. And since people are still buying the system -- 166,000 Xbox 360s were sold in October, according to NPD data -- those people are going to be looking for some games to play. The 360's blockbuster franchises are well-known -- Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War and so on -- but a layer or two deeper, the system has a reserve of some really cool, underappreciated games. In honor of those new Xbox 360 owners, as well as the longtime fans looking to squeeze a few more months of greatness out of the old system, we've rounded up five of these games, in a variety of categories, to keep you happily entertained with your "outdated" hardware.

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PS4 and Xbox One are here (and I don't care)

Categories: Games, Geek Speak

Tonight at big-box electronics stores and GameStops all over the country, as the clock ticks over to midnight, the next generation of gaming will officially begin with the launch of the PS4 (sorry, the WiiU doesn't count). Next week, the other shoe will drop in the form of the Xbox One. Hardcore gamers will line up for hours to be the first to get their hands on these high-end entertainment machines; if history is any guide, some of them will fight, and maybe get shot at, for the privilege. Thousands more will join them between now and Christmas, happily dumping their old machines in the closet and devoting their gaming love to the new shiny.

For the first time in this millenium, I won't be joining them.

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OhHeckYeah and Crave Dessert Bar collaborate to help bring video gaming to downtown streets

Brian Corrigan and the Denver Theatre District have big plans to turn Champa Street between 14th Street and the 16th Street Mall into a life-sized video game arcade next summer, combining a number of media platforms to bring people together through gaming in the streets. Called OhHeckYeah, it's a big plan using a lot of technology, and that costs a dime. Corrigan has already raised money through grants and donations, and he has a major Kickstarter crowdfunding project in progress.

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