Friday Flash Fun: Evacuation
is a puzzle game about explosive decompression. Save the crew! Eject the aliens into space by opening the spaceship's doors! The catch: doors of the same color all open together. [more inside]
posted by Rinku
on Jan 9, 2009 -
In a must-see interview for tabletop gamers everywhere, Colonel Louis Zocchi talks about modern mass produced plastic dice and why they utterly fail at being random: Part 1
- Part 2
posted by loquacious
on Nov 26, 2008 -
PC game Spore
was released yesterday. The 'Sim Everything' game from the creator of Sim City and The Sims takes the player from cellular growth to space colonization with several stages in between. Reviews are in
, and the consensus is that it's good but not as legendary as its scope (and multi-year development cycle) would suggest. The game's 'draconian' DRM has sparked controversy, causing Amazon users to bomb it with one-star reviews
posted by mattholomew
on Sep 8, 2008 -
In this way, Lu Yang became one of the "RMB gamers" she disdains. More than 10,000 RMB was quickly and nearly imperceptibly spent. In the game, the "queen" possessed fearsome power. She carried out vengeance for herself and her friends, she accepted entreaties, and she protected the caravans of the kingdom. At the same time, she went out with the heroes to invade other kingdoms. Her reputation spread far and wide. [...] "Long live the Queen!" People bowed to her in submission. That was the high point for Lu Yang on ZT Online, and for that one fleeting moment, she felt that the time and money she had spent was worth it.The System
is a translated Chinese article examining ZT Online, an MMORPG that has taken fleecing gamers to a new level.
posted by Kattullus
on May 6, 2008 -
"Trigger Happy is a book about the aesthetics of videogames — what they share with cinema, the history of painting, or literature; and what makes them different, in terms of form, psychology and semiotics. It’s offered under a CC license, for a limited time only. I’m not sure how limited that time will be, so grab it while it’s hot." [drm-free pdf]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Nov 22, 2007 -
In the grand tradition of Killer
comes Humans Vs. Zombies
, a campus game that's growing in popularity. From its origins at Goucher
, it's spread to a reported two dozen colleges. An interview with the game's moderator is here
, and you can watch the 45-minute documentary from one of the games on Google Video
posted by Pope Guilty
on Jul 12, 2007 -
- The complete soundtrack to Super Mario World, covered by one man using dozens of instruments. Roughly in game order, faithful to the originals, with some bizarre artistic license thrown around. A private hobby made public. Dedicated to Koji Kondo.
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Aug 13, 2005 -
...when Jesus appears in your texture maps.
Ok, this is old news (been there since 1996), but from my own game programmer point of view, this site is hilarious, in a bittersweet way.
It's been down for a while, only available through the wayback machine
, but recently got online again.
It might even be informative for all nerdy mefis, since latest news prove games programming stay as a modern slavery
Might be NSFW if you're working on 'in trouble' game project.
posted by denpo
on Nov 30, 2004 -
Princess Maker 2
- Stressed out from current events? I doubt the game is as much fun to play as it is to be bewildered by, but either might help. "...is basically a perverse sports management simulation where your entire team consists of a single ten year old girl that you have to raise to adulthood. Much like any decent sports manager game you have to keep track of a nearly overwhelming number of statistics that fluctuate based on training. In Princess Maker 2 these run the gamut from the mundane like "strength" and "charisma", to the droll like "cooking" and "conversation", to the bizarre like "sin" and "temper". "
posted by soulhuntre
on Oct 28, 2004 -
Rising Force Mud
Remember back a couple of years, when the rage was "Multi User Dungeons "? You know graphical role playing. Well, its still around, And loads more interesting than the new online rpgs than the playstation has going.
So check it out and play awhile if you want.
posted by edmcbride
on Jul 3, 2004 -
Policing Virtual Reality.
Wired reports on Sociolotron
(NSFW). A MMORPG that allows gamers to rob, rape, and kill other players. Being a gamer, I understand that actions in an MMORPG aren't "real" but how far can you take it?
"Lord Foucault is an admitted rapist. He does it on impulse -- for the thrill of it and for the feeling of control he has over his female victims."
Is this any different than running around and killing dwarves?
posted by jopreacher
on Jun 29, 2004 -
In their day, Trilobyte was at the height of the computer gaming world. Their first title, 7th Guest
, made them an instant success, and their follow-ups, 11th Hour
, were equally well-received. But as the saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Haunted Glory
, from the GameSpot archives, documents the rise and fall of Trilobyte.
posted by ewagoner
on Aug 7, 2003 -
E3 is this week
- This week, geeks, gamers, booth babes, and movie execs gather in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo
, better known as E3, the
premier video gaming industry convention. As the LA Times reports, video gaming is a US$10 billion a year industry
, pulling in more money than movie theater box offices
. A US$25 billion global industry, video gaming is shaping culture around the world.
Are video games ready to join movies and music as mainstream art forms with game developers reaching celebrity status?
posted by Argyle
on May 12, 2003 -
is probably the most well known and successful of games for the Xbox, but less well known are the scores of Halo movies
that take advantage of its excellent graphics and physics engines. From the classic Warthog Jump
to the cover of Asshole
and the Red vs Blue
series, the movies are sometimes breaktaking and almost always hilarious. Videogame geeks with a sense of humour? Say it ain't so!
posted by adrianhon
on May 1, 2003 -