Even if you’ve never played a video game in your life, video game design and gamification are still shaping our lives. More than 155 million Americans spend over 20 billion dollars a year on video games, so is it any wonder that computer games are influencing our experiences of healthcare, human resources, education and business?

Video Games are often blamed for all kinds of social ills, but there’s a lot more to the influence of gaming culture than you might expect.

And we’ll start with a conversation with Michael Clune, author of his new memoir GameLife – Clune argues that the computer games he played growing up were actually crucial to his spiritual education. And we’ll look at how gamification is helping upstate businesses collaborate more effectively.

Our guests:

  • Michael W. Clune, English professor at the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University
  • JP Dyson, director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong National Museum of Play
  • Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong National Museum of Play
  • Deborah A. Gears, associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Microbeads targeted by yet another county

Sep 25, 2015

Cattaraugus County could soon become the latest community to ban personal care products containing microbeads. The tiny plastic beads can pass through sewage treatment plants and into open water. They have been found in fish that have been used for human consumption.

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The Wallkill River Boat Brigade is a group of volunteer kayakers who monitor the water quality of the tributary of the Hudson River. the Innovation Trail's Jenna Flanagan took to a kayak to see what they're up to. (Video after the jump.)

A recent study that ranks Syracuse number one in the country for concentrated poverty among blacks and Latinos has ignited activists, who want city government to do something about creating jobs for residents who live in poverty.

At a rally on the steps of Syracuse City Hall, Rev. Nebraska Carter, a vice president of the Urban Jobs Task Force, compared poverty to a cavity in a tooth. 


Second year college student, Valerie Hacker, has lost more than 200 course credits that she will never get back. Her hopes for a brighter future vanished last April after Corinthian Colleges, Inc. abruptly announced it would close all remaining Everest Institute locations across the country.

"I had to leave school early on a Tuesday because my father had fallen down and died of a heart attack while I was in class. Saturday I get the email saying that Everest is closing, so I’m like, 'You gotta be kidding me!'" says Hacker.

Cuomo building on minimum wage campaign

Sep 23, 2015

The push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is getting some help from union financed advertising, but it still has its opponents.  

Buffalo has been home to numerous micro breweries for many years. More recently, state laws have allowed distilleries to go into business. The first one to open in Buffalo since Prohibition is expanding and will soon open its new space in the neighborhood where the city's original distilleries once stood.

Pipeline fight puts focus on Federal agency

Sep 22, 2015


The Constitution Pipeline almost passed through Cindy Beach’s backyard. But the route changed - now, the pipeline will be about two football fields away from Beach’s house in the Village of Franklin in Delaware County. 

To get the change, she asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, if it was possible to bypass her small property. But one neighbor wasn’t so lucky; Beach says the pipeline company is taking part of his property by eminent domain.

With fracking banned, pipelines are at the center of the natural gas debate in New York State. That puts one particular federal agency--the FERC--in the middle of the controversy.




Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an address before the state’s business leaders,  promoted his economic development plans, including the Buffalo Billion initiative, and fended off questions on reports that some of the projects are under investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Cuomo, who was well received by business leaders meeting at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George, gave a presentation focusing on his successes in building up the upstate economy, including the Buffalo Billion project, which has received praise and credit for helping turn around the state’s second largest city.

Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo


Governor Andrew Cuomo accepted an award from the Ibero-American Action League in Rochester this week.

The community organization hosted the Upstate Latino Summit, an annual event that kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month and works on promoting Latino interests in New York State. The governor used the opportunity to denounce anti-immigrant rhetoric from some Republicans.


U.S. Photonics Hub Coming To Rochester

What does this mean for the economy of the Rochester region?