NEPA Scene Staff

Video game musical ‘Tall Green Plumber’ premieres at Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre Sept. 10-19

Video game musical ‘Tall Green Plumber’ premieres at Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre Sept. 10-19

From a press release: When the controller is passed and it’s your turn, will you continue on or press pause and quit? Premiering this weekend at the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, “Tall Green Plumber: A Video Game Musical” follows the ups and downs, the highs and lows, and the lefts and rights of the citizens […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Paul Capoccia named director of new esports program at Marywood University in Scranton

Paul Capoccia named director of new esports program at Marywood University in Scranton

From a press release: Paul Capoccia was recently named the director of esports at Marywood University in Scranton, a new program that was first announced in November. One of a select number of colleges and universities across the nation to offer a competitive esports program, Marywood is responding to the ever-increasing number of students seeking […]

 Rich Howells

After 16 years, Breaking Benjamin’s ‘Halo 2’ single ‘Blow Me Away’ is certified platinum

After 16 years, Breaking Benjamin’s ‘Halo 2’ single ‘Blow Me Away’ is certified platinum

A little over 16 years after it was released, the RIAA certified Breaking Benjamin’s 2004 single “Blow Me Away” platinum on Jan. 14, which means it has sold over one million units in the United States. Frontman Benjamin Burnley describes himself as a “huge gamer,” so the Wilkes-Barre rock band wrote the song specifically for […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Fringe Fest hosts live performances in Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing’ video game Feb. 26-28

Scranton Fringe Fest hosts live performances in Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing’ video game Feb. 26-28

From a press release: Like many arts organizations, the Scranton Fringe Festival has had to get even more creative over the last year, hosting live streams and even shows behind glass. As the coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions continue in a socially and politically divided 2021, the Scranton Fringe is offering an escape to a […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Marywood University in Scranton launches competitive esports program in 2021

Marywood University in Scranton launches competitive esports program in 2021

From a press release: Marywood University in Scranton announced this week that it will become one of a select number of colleges and universities across the nation to offer a competitive esports program. Marywood is responding to the ever-increasing number of students seeking this option as the esports industry continues to explode throughout the country. […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Pennsylvania Esports Coalition names new executive director, discusses school implementation

Pennsylvania Esports Coalition names new executive director, discusses school implementation

From a press release: The Pennsylvania Esports Coalition in Harrisburg has brought Todd Kowalski on as its new executive director. Kowalski, a seasoned professional in grassroots advocacy and coalition management, will continue to build awareness of the economic, educational, and social benefits associated with esports in Pennsylvania by further promoting partnerships, both in public and […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Philadelphia building $50 million video gaming venue, first esports arena in U.S.

Philadelphia building $50 million video gaming venue, first esports arena in U.S.

From a press release: Video games just leveled up in Philly. Today, Comcast Spectacor and The Cordish Companies announced plans for a $50 million, next-generation esports and entertainment venue in the heart of the Philadelphia Sports Complex. Adjacent to Xfinity Live!, the first-of-its-kind venue will seat up to 3,500 guests and stand as the largest […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Misericordia University in Dallas adds esports to athletics department this fall

Misericordia University in Dallas adds esports to athletics department this fall

From a press release: The Misericordia University Athletics Department in Dallas is introducing esports as a coed varsity activity beginning with the fall semester. Esports involves teams competing head-to-head in multi-player games online through gaming broadcasters. Misericordia will be the fifth team in the Middle Atlantic Conference to add esports and brings MU’s varsity offerings […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Though simple, ‘Keystone Kapers’ is criminally addictive on Atari 2600

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Though simple, ‘Keystone Kapers’ is criminally addictive on Atari 2600

To those who didn’t grow up with the Atari 2600, it can be easy to dismiss a large part of the library as a complete joke. The idea that many of these games not only entertained us but helped develop our love of video games seems like something a lover of “Fortnite” could not understand, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Swing by Atari’s ‘Jungle Hunt,’ but don’t plan on a long expedition

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Swing by Atari’s ‘Jungle Hunt,’ but don’t plan on a long expedition

In the world of video games, sometimes things just don’t go according to plan and you need to be able to improvise to keep the ball rolling, as it were. This was especially the case for today’s topic for Turn to Channel 3’s “Atari August” – “Jungle Hunt!” Initially called “Jungle Boy” and then “Jungle […]

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