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Yesterday saw the surprise release of PolyFauna (Android - iOS), a free, movingly minimalist art game produced by Radiohead in collaboration with digital art studio Universal Everything. In the tradition of previous projects such as Proteus (previously) and Björk's Biophilia (also previously), the game turns players loose in an open world of moody vistas and fog-shrouded wilderness, accompanied by music and visuals from 2011's earthy, naturalist The King of Limbs. With an associated redesign of the band's website, could work on the long-awaited LP9 be far behind? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 12, 2014 - 7 comments

Still stupid hard, but somehow less annoying with a Muppet.

Flappy Bert is Flappy Bird with, well, Bert. By Sesame Street.
posted by Blue Meanie on Feb 12, 2014 - 46 comments

Clam Smackdown

Deceptively simple, but infuriatingly addictive, everyone's playing the hottest game to rocket up the App Store charts: CLAM SMACKDOWN. created by porpentine.
posted by Greg Nog on Feb 8, 2014 - 47 comments

Dynetzzle

A standard 6 sided die is a cube. It has eleven nets. The sum of the numbers on opposite faces of a die is 7. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Jan 30, 2014 - 26 comments

Roll d4308!

A handy categorized index to the hilarious and useful d12 tables of The Dungeon Dozen, for mischievous DMs everywhere. Now up to 359 random tables! Alphabetically. This page will select a few random tables for you. (Previously)
posted by JHarris on Jan 25, 2014 - 15 comments

CivClicker

Friday Timewaster: CivClicker
posted by saladin on Jan 24, 2014 - 93 comments

(Re)building Worlds and reverse engineering a flight sim for VR

Reverse engineering Strike Commander. Fabien Sanglard realized he wanted to play ORIGIN Systems "Strike Commander" combat flight sim using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset (Sanglard on Oculus Rift development). But, after he learned the source code went missing during the shutdown of Origin by EA, he decided he no choice but to reverse engineer the massive—for the early 90s—game (eleven 1.44MB floppy disks!).
posted by skynxnex on Jan 24, 2014 - 9 comments

Does he look like a bitch?

Pulp Fiction Guess Who? (via Boing Boing)
posted by davebush on Jan 16, 2014 - 18 comments

Making Your Own Fun

A tumblr collecting unusual ways to play videogames.
posted by zamboni on Jan 14, 2014 - 22 comments

Headlines Against Humanity

Which is the real link-baity headline? (real being a relative term these days...)
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 8, 2014 - 23 comments

glitch v2.0

Missing Glitch? A number of projects have sprung up to reboot the game. Whimsy, Children of Ur, and MVURXI have working demos, while Eleven is still under development.
posted by divabat on Jan 4, 2014 - 20 comments

Objective Game Reviews

Objectivegamereviews.com is a website. Visitors to the site can read objective reviews of video games.

Each review is an objective assessment of a video game. The top of the review contains an image from the game. The review lists the genre, developer, and platform the game is available for. Reviews describe how the game is played. Reviews contain descriptions of the story, graphics, and sound. At the end of the review the game is objectively scored on a scale of 1 to 10.
(description via SecretAsianMan)
posted by juv3nal on Jan 3, 2014 - 36 comments

Enough games to keep you occupied until 2015

freeindiegam.es has posted a bunch of "Best of 2013" lists for your enjoyment. Some of the games can be played in your browser (HTML5/Flash/Unity); others require a download—but they're all free! (And indie!) [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jan 1, 2014 - 22 comments

Happy Zelda Day!

A Japanese commercial for the Gameboy video game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. With puppets. Here's a traditional speedrun that finishes in a little under one-and-a-half hours. Here's a tool-assisted speedrun that wins the game in less than six minutes. (Most of the video is the game's ending.) A manga was released in Japan detailing the events of the game's story. A fan translation of it can be read, in its entirety, here. Also.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 26, 2013 - 34 comments

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The Year of the Crush: How the Radically Unfair Candy Crush Saga Took Over Our Lives We are clearly drawn to structured entanglements with chance. We use rules and money to define the stakes, and we use cards or dice or candies not as generators but as channelers — mediums — of the chance we believe is already out there, secretly running the show. Despite whatever other beliefs we have about fate or God or a deterministic universe, we often act as if luck is quite real in our daily lives. Candy Crush Saga has capitalized on this to become the mobile game of the year. Not the best, nor the worst, but the mobile game that dominated the charts, that succeeded at free-to-play in a way that will be studied for years, that penetrated the wider culture and came to stand in for all of addictive, time-wasting mobile gaming in 2013. And yet Candy Crush is not simply game of the year in the way that Stalin was once Time’s Person of the Year. It’s a genuinely compelling game that fully commits to radical unfairness. In fact, this is the primary source of its appeal.
posted by Room 641-A on Dec 25, 2013 - 138 comments

hydra!

Try to defeat the hydra! (Java required.) More about hydra math.
posted by divabat on Dec 22, 2013 - 27 comments

GeoQuiz

Can you name a firth in Scotland where the dolphins have individual names? The destination of Haiti's Kita Nago parade? A Sami Village in Lapland where tourists go to see the Northern Lights? A former "city of pirates" on the Adriatic Coast? Every weekday, listeners of PRI's international-news radio show The World are treated to the serendipity of a brief journey to a distant point on the globe. It's part of the daily GeoQuiz, a challenging geographical trivia game enhanced with ambient audio, imagery, mapping, and revealing details of history and landscape. You can play along via Twitter or subscribe to the podcast - either way, this 5 minute vacation will make you a little bit smarter about this incredible planet.
posted by Miko on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 comments

Basically the Clicking Bad Christmas Special

Merry Clickmas! Make presents for everyone in the world and save Christmas!
posted by Elementary Penguin on Dec 12, 2013 - 139 comments

The Revenge Of Flash Friday

Jmtb02 (John), creator of the fun, meta and little blue elephant-filled games This Is The Only Level, OBEY, and Achievement Unlocked returns with This Is The Only Level 3 and Achievement Unlocked 3 and an homage to SimTower-like games of yore: Corporation Inc
posted by The Whelk on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 comments

You have reached the end of the road.

Welcome to Fort McMoney, an interactive documentary game. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Nov 26, 2013 - 19 comments

Make checks payable to Potomac Computer Systems

Zack Hiwiller has the last ZZT disk.
posted by curious nu on Nov 20, 2013 - 25 comments

Push My Buttons

Luxuria Superbia is a game about having sex with a flower, or maybe your computer. You are definitely having sex with something.
posted by frimble on Nov 16, 2013 - 37 comments

"Match of the Century"

It's black's move, move 11, and Carlsen has a decision to make - move his king queenside or kingside? With little hesitation, Carlsen moves queenside. His opponent, Anand does not visibly respond - kingside was the more common choice. The game is pulling away from textbook play into strange territory. As black, Carlsen is playing at a disadvantage. He knows that this is his chance to improve his odds, leading Anand into an unfamiliar middle game. After two beats, Carlsen bolts from his chair and walks away from the table. The chair swivels around lazily and the camera remains on Anand, who studies the board, either ignoring or oblivious to the young player's exit. [more inside]
posted by lubujackson on Nov 13, 2013 - 62 comments

How To Win on The Price is Right

Game Theory - it's not just for economists If you find yourself going on The Price is Right, you'll need this handy cheat sheet explaining how to win The Price Is Right—not just the Contestants' Row segment, but all of its many pricing games. This guide, which conveniently fits on the front and back of an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper, does not rely on the prices of items. Also see this
posted by 2manyusernames on Nov 13, 2013 - 28 comments

Busby 3D

"Explore your relationship with art as you guide bubsy through a realistic recreation of the James Turrell Retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. After you have played Bubsy3d and understand art a little better, Arcane Kids encourages you to go visit an art museum in your area and quit video games." (Unity3D game) (flashing screen near the end) [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Nov 12, 2013 - 14 comments

A brass monkey, a laser poodle and a moist manatee walk into a bar...

A wacky turn-based game with delightful characters, cute graphics, and lots of room for strategy. Tutorial here.
posted by fix on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 comments

My Father's Long, Long Legs

My family lived on the southern edge of a certain Midwestern industrial city in an old house, old enough that its basement still had a dirt floor.

I was not yet old enough to openly question a parent's behavior, but certainly old enough to recognize its oddness, when my father began digging.
posted by Rory Marinich on Nov 9, 2013 - 81 comments

I am the one who clicks

Instructions:
  1. Cook batches of meth
  2. Sell meth
  3. Buy stuff with your drug money

posted by no regrets, coyote on Nov 7, 2013 - 184 comments

The dawn of an era, available and emulated in your browser to play.

A few months ago there was a list of links to classic video game emulators posted. Very recently, I'm pleased to report, those links all came true. The Internet Archive bespoke upon aforementioned consoles, computers, and mileposts on our way to the tech utopia of today, (seriously, where's my flying car?) and they asked us to do something: Imagine every computer that ever existed, literally, in your browser. And it was so. I have absolutely no affiliation with jscott, btw. Thought I should disclose that.
posted by jdaura on Oct 25, 2013 - 37 comments

It is a game-crazed community that stretches around the world

Azen. PC Chris. Korean DJ. Mew2King. Ken. Isai. Mango. The Smash Brothers is a 9-part, 258-minute documentary on the history of competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee. Series discussion. Via.
posted by Monsieur Caution on Oct 25, 2013 - 20 comments

Candy Box 2

Candy Box 2 is out. (candy box previously)
posted by juv3nal on Oct 24, 2013 - 211 comments

Final Fontasy

Type:Rider is an exploration of the history of typography, from cave paintings to the modern day, in which you play a colon (which navigates something like a motorcycle) traversing a landscape composed of various fonts. [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Oct 22, 2013 - 3 comments

For fans of: pixels, archaeologists, fatalism

CRYPT WORLDS: Your Darkest Desires, Come True!
A game for PC, Mac, and Linux. By Elizabeth Deadman.
Audio by Liz Ryerson, who made Problem Attic.

The trailer will persuade you to consume it.
The guide will tell you how to walk and urinate.

It is pretty cool.
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 20, 2013 - 38 comments

Swan Hill, by Laura Michet

Your brother sighs and takes his pipe out of his jacket. "It's good to be home," he says, and fills the bowl. "A light?" You put your hand out. snap your fingers. There's the sharp stab familiar prickle comfortable ache in your wrist, among the bones. A flame leaps from your fingertips.
[more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 20, 2013 - 13 comments

Don't not make everything not private!

Facebook privacy settings simulator
posted by Sebmojo on Oct 14, 2013 - 49 comments

True blue or skewed hue?

Know your shades of corporate blue!
posted by antonymous on Oct 9, 2013 - 45 comments

Apathy and Voting

Want to start your Monday with the sadness of ineffectual activism? (slHTML5) Apathy attempts to simulate social networking (not in a bad way) and activism in bicameral politics.
posted by Samizdata on Oct 6, 2013 - 8 comments

10 seconds in the span of 10 minutes

TimeFRAME (Unity plugin/plays in-browser) is a lovely meditative game created as part of Ludum Dare 27 by Tyler Owen, Clark Aboud, Alex Senechal.
Downloadable versions: Windows, Linux, Mac, Windows with Occulus Rift support.
posted by juv3nal on Oct 6, 2013 - 13 comments

Learn Git branching interactively!

If you think of Git as "fun," you can play this fun Git branching tutorial game!
posted by Nomyte on Oct 1, 2013 - 40 comments

It's Marven Gardens, Actually...

What the Monopoly properties look like in real life.
posted by reenum on Oct 1, 2013 - 33 comments

A WAY TOO SCARY GAME

Catachresis is an 8-bit-looking indie flash game of cosmic horror and some bureaucracy and bickering with colleagues. The launch trailer provides a selection of the reactions you will likely experience while playing it.
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Sep 26, 2013 - 25 comments

This game sucks

Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013 is a groundbreaking simulator taking place in the incredible world of Robot Vacuum cleaners, with additional 2-player duel mode [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 22, 2013 - 19 comments

The making of Grand Theft Auto

"Like nailing jelly to kittens." - Unloved, hugely delayed and plagued by bugs, GTA almost didn't see the light of day. This is the story of how a small team of developers at DMA Design saw their vision through and kickstarted a gaming revolution.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 15, 2013 - 24 comments

TIME MOVES ONLY WHEN YOU MOVE

Conceived as part of the 7 Day FPS Challenge, SUPERHOT (playable in-browser, requires Unity plugin) is an FPS with a neat time mechanic. Trailer on Youtube. Steam Greenlight page.
posted by juv3nal on Sep 14, 2013 - 16 comments

HelloRun

HelloRun is an HTML 5 dodging game with exciting lights and fun music. (Takes a couple seconds to load, works best in chrome) Via
posted by rebent on Sep 9, 2013 - 32 comments

Whoops...The correct answer was Double Dutch

How many languages can you recognise?
posted by fix on Sep 4, 2013 - 46 comments

The original golden age of fantasy role playing games.

Old School FRP is a tumblr blog with a ton of illustrations and art from the golden age of Dungeons and Dragons and games that were totally not Dungeons and Dragons.
posted by Pope Guilty on Aug 31, 2013 - 33 comments

Catlateral Damage

This is a game where you play as one of the greatest monsters of all time: your asshole cat. Via. (requires Unity)
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 27, 2013 - 37 comments

Video Game 3,000

Meet the 'other' next-gen console
posted by DynamiteToast on Aug 26, 2013 - 17 comments

Moral Philosophy: The Flash Game

Can you defeat some of history's greatest philosophers, discover the true nature of morality, and escape the afterlife armed with only the Socratic method? You can if you are Socrates Jones: Ace Accountant Pro Philosopher!
posted by narain on Aug 23, 2013 - 34 comments

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