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March 11, 2010 7:04 PM   Subscribe

What's the most unique video game to be released in the past five years? Guitar Hero? Nah. DJ Hero? Uh-uh. Ribbon Hero.

Impressions from game designers and the tech press are positive, and praise it for being a truly innovative training tool.

(via mefi's own waxy)
posted by armage (30 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
My vote, for what it's worth, is for Noby Noby Boy.
posted by Effigy2000 at 7:21 PM on March 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


Does not support versions of Office earlier than Office 2007

Finally a reason to upgrade. I guess.
posted by Big_B at 7:29 PM on March 11, 2010


Of course Danc from lost garden likes it -- he works for microsoft and helped design the game. Doesn't mean it's not awesome (it is), but that maybe you should look for other game designers that reviewed it.
posted by crawl at 7:30 PM on March 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


related: playing nethack is a good way to learn some of the basic cursor commands in vi. Legend tells of folks who weaned themselves off of MUD gaming by programming more and more of their game activities in their client, until they were doing more programming than gaming.
posted by idiopath at 7:32 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is Clippy an unlockable character?
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:39 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


idiopath : Legend tells of folks who weaned themselves off of MUD gaming by programming more and more of their game activities in their client, until they were doing more programming than gaming.

Oh, puh-lease. Everyone knows that just means you have time to play *more* MUDs. ;)

...Or you start running your own.
posted by pla at 7:52 PM on March 11, 2010


My experience:
Admin: so you say you wrote a script that gets a character to level 20 with no human intervention?
Me: yeah, it mostly works
Admin: and how did you solve the maze?
Me: logging output of the scry command to a mysql database to track room exits, and dropping collections of objects on the floor in order to uniquely mark rooms
Admin: would you be interested in writing programs to run the mud rather than programs that automatically exploit it?
Me: sure, sign me up
*idiopath goes on a spree of exploiting immortal commands to fuck with everyone who wronged him when he was mortal, mixed with a minimal amount of development needed to retain admin status
posted by idiopath at 7:59 PM on March 11, 2010 [7 favorites]


Ah, the MUDs... I have what might be considered fond recollections of playing four characters simultaneously on a particular MUD at one point, using a fair bit of scripting in the client. It's probably a good thing that World of Warcraft wasn't around when I was a young undergraduate. On the other hand, MUDs were free, and I had approximately zero disposable income, so I might have been fine anyway.
posted by kaibutsu at 8:00 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'll have to download this and give it a shot, but just an FYI: Guitar Hero and DJ Hero are both derivative works. Guitar Hero is based on Guitar Freaks, DJ Hero is quite a bit like Beatmania, in idea if not execution.

They both are very well done, and fun, but probably don't belong in the top ten of most unique games in the last five years.
posted by graventy at 8:01 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was fully expecting this to be a ribbon dancer version of guitar hero a la Will ferrell.
posted by water bear at 8:17 PM on March 11, 2010 [8 favorites]


FWIW, I was being sarcastic with the "most unique video game to be released in the past five years" thing. Next time I'll add more HAMBURGER to my posts.

Of course Danc from lost garden likes it -- he works for microsoft and helped design the game. Doesn't mean it's not awesome (it is), but that maybe you should look for other game designers that reviewed it.

Sorry, somehow I missed the bit in the middle when he mentioned that. Here's a less biased review, albeit not from a game designer.
posted by armage at 8:23 PM on March 11, 2010


...this is not Vib-Ribbon
posted by griphus at 8:40 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was really hoping for rhythmic gymnastics on the Wii.
posted by reductiondesign at 9:10 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


Well, that crashed my copy of Word.
posted by cerulgalactus at 9:47 PM on March 11, 2010


Is this a putting-a-magnetic-yellow-ribbon-on-your-SUV simulator?
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:34 PM on March 11, 2010


Is Clippy an unlockable character?

type in "maxdeathtoclippy" and press enter and you can have fun bending him into a pretzel until his beady eyes fall off and go splat on the ground
posted by pyramid termite at 10:34 PM on March 11, 2010


No amount of clever game design will change the fact that the Office Ribbon is ridiculous and unusable.
posted by darksasami at 10:42 PM on March 11, 2010


My vote, for what it's worth, is for Noby Noby Boy.

My vote goes for any game in the genre of "Harass a Japanese Family." The two that I can think of are No One Can Stop Mr. Domino and Mr. Mosquito. Mr. Mosquito gets some points subtracted from it for being totally awful, though.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 10:57 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


playing four characters simultaneously on a particular MUD at one point, using a fair bit of scripting in the client. It's probably a good thing that World of Warcraft wasn't around when I was a young undergraduate.

I've seen people run four WoW characters simultaneously. Some multiboxers run different classes or characters, but the more effective ones I've seen just have multiples of the same class moving in perfect synch and casting the same spells on people. It's pretty horrifying to go up against what appears to be one dude and suddenly you're taking twice as many hits as you should be.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:06 AM on March 12, 2010


Does this game rearrange the locations of all of your buttons for no good goddamn reason, leaving you seething with burning rage every time you have to change your footer formatting or change your margins?
posted by tmt at 12:26 AM on March 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's probably a good thing that World of Warcraft wasn't around when I was a young undergraduate.

From first time I saw WoW, this was - and continues to be - exactly my sentiment. On the other hand, we were poor and MUDs were free so I'd probably be MUDding anyway.
posted by griphus at 5:49 AM on March 12, 2010


armage: "FWIW, I was being sarcastic with the "most unique video game to be released in the past five years" thing. Next time I'll add more HAMBURGER to my posts."

I assumed it was purely a hero thing, but I thought it was worth pointing out. heh.

I actually wouldn't be surprised if Activision owns the ____ Hero trademark or something, and makes them change the name. Largely because Activision are huge assholes.
posted by graventy at 5:55 AM on March 12, 2010


I was going to flag this as a double because I got it confused with the Can'tYouSeeI'mBusy games.

Instead I'll just say that this is a horrible step toward the dystopia Jesse Schell described in his DICE talk that we all railed against in this thread.
posted by straight at 7:14 AM on March 12, 2010


It's either unique or it's not.

It can be the most obviously unique, the most notably unique, etc. But not the most unique.

/pedant
posted by oneironaut at 7:46 AM on March 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I hope the game helps me to find all the shit they moved around in 2007.
If I get really good, maybe I can make Office act like it did in 2003. (Or better yet, 97...or better yet...)
posted by MtDewd at 7:49 AM on March 12, 2010


My vote goes for any game in the genre of "Harass a Japanese Family."
Don't forget the Katamari Damacy series, where you can harass everything Japanese, and the awesome 3D marble and block game where you can harass salarymen. (Anyone remember the name...??)
posted by whatzit at 9:49 AM on March 12, 2010


MtDewd : If I get really good, maybe I can make Office act like it did in 2003. (Or better yet, 97...or better yet...)

You could always just, y'know... Run Office 97.

I still do, despite access to the latest-and-greatest through MSDN. And while I consider 2003 not all that bad, with 2007... Just wow. Take something practically ubiquitous in the modern business environment, which everyone knows how to use, and completely fuck it up. Mighty fine design work there, Lou.

Neat trick, BTW - 97 counted as the last version of office you don't actually need to install! Just copy the files off the CD, and find the executables (word.exe, excel.exe) in its base directory. It will pop up an error, but you can safely ignore it.
posted by pla at 10:02 AM on March 12, 2010


Works A-OK on pirated Office (and pirated Windows at that), in case anyone was wondering.
posted by hamida2242 at 11:33 AM on March 12, 2010


Well, that crashed my copy of Word.
posted by cerulgalactus at 9:47 PM on March 11 [+] [!]


The only winning move is not to play.
posted by chairface at 10:52 PM on March 12, 2010


You could always just, y'know... Run Office 97.
I do, at home.
At work, I didn't get the chance. Everybody seemed to hate the 'improvements', but we're getting used to it though.
posted by MtDewd at 2:26 PM on March 15, 2010


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