<![CDATA[NBC New York - ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/feature/better-get-baquero http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:33:09 -0400 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:33:09 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 4/17/15]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:57:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000006824300_1200x675_429938755925.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best free items of the week!]]> <![CDATA[High-Tech Tools Transforming Customer Service For Companies]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:28:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000006816485_1200x675_429365315847.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero shows us the high-tech tools that are making customer service a little more friendly.]]> <![CDATA[ID Thieves Target Taxpayers]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000006799770_1200x675_428781635934.jpg A Westchester County man got an unpleasant surprised when he tried to file his return this year. Lynda Baquero reports.]]> <![CDATA[Getting Cash for Your Old Cellphone]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:56:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*122/baquerocash4iphone.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has advice about how to get cash for your old cell phone.]]> <![CDATA[Covering the Cost of Pothole Repairs]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:26:59 -0400 Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero explains a few ways you can recoup the cost of repairing your car after it's damaged by a pothole.]]> <![CDATA[Paying for Virus Protection That Turns on You]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:11:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/165*120/baquerocomputerhacker.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has a warning about computer protection that could turn and hold access to your computer at ransom!]]> <![CDATA[When Old Debt Haunts Future Credit]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:52:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*125/BAQUEROWELLSFARGO.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has a story about a Queens man whose furniture purchase from five years ago may prevent him from buying a new home now!]]> <![CDATA[Challenging Your Electric Bill]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:03:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/baqueroartgallery.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero reports on a Brooklyn art gallery who was flummoxed over his recent electricity bills.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 04/03/15]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21:19:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/164*120/0403FREEBIE.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best free items of the week!]]> <![CDATA[Utility Company Puts Woman's Home Number on Mailer]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:32:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/182*120/baqueroconednumber.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a Manhattan woman whose phone number was used on a Con Ed mailer by mistake. The correct number for Con Edison is 1-800-752-6633.]]> <![CDATA[Warning About Photographer Review Threats]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:10:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/183*120/baquerophotog.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has a warning about online review threats aimed at local photography businesses.]]> <![CDATA[Changing Your Boiler Might Also Require a New Chimney Liner]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:46:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/BAQUEROCHIMNEY.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero explains why buying a new water heater might cost you more than you expect.]]> <![CDATA[Better Get Baquero: Couple Fights Monthly Charges]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:50:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/215*120/031815baquero.JPG When a New Jersey couple found themselves fighting a monthly charge over six years, they decided they'd Better Get Baquero. Lynda Baquero reports]]> <![CDATA[Delaying a Cruise for Medical Reasons]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:37:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/031715cruise1.JPG Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a Long Island family after they had to postpone a cruise due to medical reasons.]]> <![CDATA[Wife Struggles to Get Husband's VA Survivor Benefit]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:28:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/031615va.JPG Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a veteran's wife get survivor benefits.]]> <![CDATA[Buying Theater Tickets Online]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:47:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/176*120/baquerotheater.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a NY woman after a mistake buying theater tickets online.]]> <![CDATA[Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:36:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/194*120/BAQUEROELDERLY.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has tips to protect yourself!]]> <![CDATA[Beware of Contests That Could Take Your Phone Number]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:57:16 -0400 Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has a warning for anyone asked to enter a contest that could result in losing your phone number.]]> <![CDATA[Changes for Credit Reports]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:52:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/183*120/BAQUEROCREDITREPORT.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has changes to your Credit Report that you need to know about.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 3/6/15]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:28:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/197*120/baquero0306free.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best free items of the week!]]> <![CDATA[Beware Callers Threatening to Be Gov't Agents]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:30:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/197*120/BAQUEROMONEYPAK.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has a warning about callers claiming to be government agents, specifically the IRS, and asking you to get a GreenDot Moneypak card and give them the numbers on the back of it!]]> <![CDATA[Advice for Making Crowdfunding Donations]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:11:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/181*120/BAQUEROCROWD.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has advice from New York's Attorney General on how to use caution when making crowdfunding donations. You can reach the AG Consumer Help Line at 800-771-7755. ]]> <![CDATA[Putting a Gym Membership on Hold]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:29:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/173*120/baquerolafit.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a Westchester woman whose gym membership on hold went awry.]]> <![CDATA[Choosing a Heating Oil Contract]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:26:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/208*120/baqueroheatingoil.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero explains how capped heating oil contracts work.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 2/27/15]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:45:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/189*120/227freebie.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best freebies of the week!]]> <![CDATA[Getting Promotional Gift]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:43:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/173*120/BAQUEROGAP.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a Westchester woman get a promised promotional gift.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 2/20/15]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:49:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/188*120/FEB20FREEBIE.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best freebies of the week!]]> <![CDATA[Trouble Redeeming Giftcard on Website]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:16:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/187*120/BAQUEROSNAPFISH.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a Connecticut woman redeem a gift certificate on her favorite website.]]> <![CDATA[Considering Pet Insurance]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:40:54 -0400 Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has cautions for anyone considering pet insurance.]]> <![CDATA[New Hot Water Heater Standards]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:56:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/427*120/baqueroheaters.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero explains how and why standards for new hot water heaters go into effect in April 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 2/13/15]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:40:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/196*120/FEB13FREE.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best free items of the week!]]> <![CDATA[Investigating the Tax Preparers]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:05:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/187*120/baquerotax.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the results of a recent investigation by the Dept. of Consumer Affairs on tax preparers.]]> <![CDATA[Cancelling NY Marketplace Insurance]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:36:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/163*120/baqueromarketplace.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a New Paltz woman get a refund after she cancelled her health insurance policy.]]> <![CDATA[How Energy-Efficient is your Home?]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:19:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/190*120/baquerohomeenergy.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero goes with a home energy team to audit a home.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 2/6/15]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:06:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/192*120/baquerofree0206.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best free items of the week!]]> <![CDATA[Home Phone Number Swiped]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:30:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/192*120/baquerophone.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a Long Island woman whose home phone number was taken from them.]]> <![CDATA[Warning about Fake Government Bill Collection Notices]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:48:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/203*120/BAQUEROAG.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero talks to NY's Attorney General about fake letters seeming to be from his office threatening legal action to consumers who don't pay.]]> <![CDATA[Best Way to Remember Your Passwords!]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:40:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/427*120/baqueropassword.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best ways to remember all of your passwords.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 1/30/15]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:28:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/427*120/baquerojan30freebie.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best freebies of the week!]]> <![CDATA[Students Get Scholarships to Study Video Games at NYU]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:38:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/video+games1.jpg

Parents who scold their children for spending too much time playing video games may want to consider encouraging them -- at least sometimes -- instead.

This September, New York University is launching a bachelor's degree program for video game aficionados and will offer scholarship money to help pay tuition. One of the scholarship programs is designed specifically to attract young women to the study of game design.

The college already has a master's program for gamers. Tony Kao, who left his job as a graphic designer to go back to school, got a $25,000 scholarship to work toward his master's of fine arts degree in game design at NYU.

In the program, he's not just studying games, but the psychology behind players' choices and tactics.

"A lot of people have a misconception that gaming separates people and it makes you unsocial, but I believe that it does the opposite, that it brings people together," Kao said. "Parents need to start thinking of games as something that's enriching people rather than thinking it's something that's negative."

Kao's scholarship is funded through the Evo, the Evolution Championship Series, which bills itself as the largest and longest-running fighting game tournament in the world and has been held annually for the last decade.

Frank Lantz, director of NYU’s Game Center, a division of Tisch School of the Arts, called fighting games "fascinating." He said they're more akin to high intelligence, strategy-driven games like poker and chess than they are similar to typical video games -- and that the school wants more talented, passionate students like Kao to create new ones.

But not every candidate can go to graduate school, Lantz said, which is partly why NYU is launching the bachelor's degree program for gamers.



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<![CDATA[Questionable Online Reviews]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:56:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/198*120/baqueroyelp.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero reports on how Yelp is cracking down on fake online reviews.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 1/23/15]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:00:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/200*120/baquero0123freebie.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best free items of the week!]]> <![CDATA[What Does Renters Insurance Cover?]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:20:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/renters+insurance+baquero.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero explains the basics of renters insurance after the Edgewater fire highlighted the importance of keeping a policy. ]]> <![CDATA[Lynda's Mailbag Questions]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:24:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/182*120/BAQUEROMAIL.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero answers your email questions!]]> <![CDATA[Fighting a Parking Ticket With Wrong License Plate]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:57:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baquero+meter.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a New Jersey couple fight an unjust parking ticket.]]> <![CDATA[Click Here to See if YOU Have Money Owed to You]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:57:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/189*120/baquerodebt.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has information about a debt collection company that's paying back its customers because of a settlement with NYC's Consumer Affairs dept. See if YOU are one of them!]]> <![CDATA[Getting a Refund for a Defective Pan]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:05:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*127/BAQUEROPAN.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a Manhattan chef get a refund for a defective pan she returned to the company.]]> <![CDATA[Denied a Doctor's Visit When Insurance is Intact]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:23:32 -0400 Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps a Brooklyn woman get her insurance policy reactivated after error.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie Friday 1/9/15]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:09:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/190*120/BAQUERO0109FREEBIE.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has the best freebies of the week!]]> <![CDATA[Lock In or Day to Day: Buying Home Heating Oil]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:51:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/187*120/baqueroheating.jpg Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero helps consumers understand how/when to benefit from locking-in home heating oil contracts.]]>