Wall hangings for your peace loving sims.
I've only logged about three sim hours, but this inspires me to boot up my little sim family. When the Sims online comes out, can we have sim protests at the sim white house, or sim mefi protests at mathowie's sim house?
posted by djacobs
on Oct 18, 2002 -
A New Milestone for Video Games?
"Three of the nation's top retailers, including Wal Mart, on Monday said they had refused to carry a new video game billed as the first major release to feature full-action nudity and with prostitutes and pimps as major characters." I enjoyed their "banned ads"
posted by owillis
on Oct 14, 2002 -
Save pinball! "It's an American icon," said Stern, ever the salesman. "Pinball is cool because it is retro. It's a Volkswagen bug, a PT Cruiser, khaki pants."
posted by justgary
on Aug 3, 2002 -
Create your own Monopoly Game
Surely the perfect customised gift? You can change the name of the game, the theme, the name of the properties/stations, and also the rules.
Apparently it uses a 'What You See Is What You Get Realtime Interface', which allows users to personalise the game completely to their requirements, and then print out and proof the new design. What I find most interesting about this product offering is that the whole process is completely automated. Once you've designed and ordered your customised game, it goes straight to print/production, and is then sent out to you. No human intervention is required. This appears to me to be pretty ground breaking stuff (well in the Toy World anyway), or am I just way behind the times? (via the Ecademy
posted by RobertLoch
on Jun 28, 2002 -
US Army Introduces "America's Army" PC Game
Developed by the U.S. Army and Department of Defense experts in simulations and virtual environments, America's Army blends two simulations: Soldiers, a role-playing portion, and a first-person action game, called Operations. The Army will distribute America’s Army for free through distribution partners that include leading computer game magazines, Army events, recruiting stations, and through internet download.
posted by Stuart_R
on May 23, 2002 -
NYT is realizing
that computer games can be relevent, and not just a silly fad that only kids and the uneducated can enjoy. In this review (albeit very
belated), Thursday's 'Circuits' section reviews both Operation Flashpoint
, the widely acclaimed, disturbingly realistic combat simulation, and Halo, the shooter du jour on the XBox.
posted by GriffX
on Mar 22, 2002 -
The Sunday Funday Blues:
This is supposed to be on of the worst Nintendo games ever. Heh. No wonder. Yet it seems appropriate. As does Storman' Norman's Sunday Blues
radio programme. What is it
about Sundays anyway? And what's the best way to survive them? What are the local traditions? Here in Portugal, it's the Sunday papers; not going to Church; feeling guilty; drinking too many Bloody Marys; late, enormous lunches; lazy love-making, listening to football on the radio and naps...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Feb 24, 2002 -
Ethnic Cleansing: Wired Chimes In "We want people to recognize we're average people," Hale said. "If we can influence video games and entertainment, it will make people understand we are their friends and neighbors.... As long as it doesn't denigrate white people or have pornography in it, it's OK with us."
posted by tpoh.org
on Feb 21, 2002 -
Ethnic Cleansing - The Video Game?
I don't know what can be said about this. It pushes several hot buttons - violence in video games, "hate speech" and (in the US) the First Amendment, and race relations in a post 9-11 world. Yes, it's reprehensible - but can you play Voltaire and defend the author's right to create it? (Warning: Pro-Aryan website; link contains explicit depictions of race-based violence.)
posted by tpoh.org
on Feb 16, 2002 -
In gaming news, Disney
has thrown itsself into the online gaming market, with Toontown
, pitting it against some of the other successful online games
, but targeted towards kids. The reviews have been decent or better
, and heck, who wouldn't want the chance to become a toon
. From personal experience, online games can be incredibly addictive and time intensive, limiting actual human contact to zero. So, is this a great way to introduce young kids to the wonders of the online experience, or is it another way for parents to let technology play babysitter?
posted by Benway
on Jan 9, 2002 -
With the gamecube, xbox and ps2
all on the market (although ps2 has been around awhile), it seems to be gaming heaven. I've always been a nintendo man, what do you guys/gals think? Can you rate your top five consoles of all time (based purely on joy it brought to you)?
posted by dig_duggler
on Nov 17, 2001 -
Uh, guys? It's just a damn game.
Three different stories on the same page about people taking games far too seriously. I love my video games as much as the next person, but the closest I've come to injuring myself (or others) was getting an hour or two less sleep on the weekend from playing Civilization too much. Does anyone have any personal stories about games (video, board or card) unexpectedly causing injury?
posted by Grum
on Aug 25, 2001 -
If you're a fan of Interactive Fiction then you'll certainly be familiar with Andrew Plotkin
the author of some of the best works in the genre, including Spider in Web
and So Far
. Only Macintosh users, however, will remember his phenomenol early-90s puzzle game, System's Twilight, "An Abstract Fairytale."
I recently played it again, and am astounded that such an early piece of work contains such a fully realized fantasy world (literally, it's abstract) and such goddamn
hard puzzles. Download it and experience some gaming history, and a damn good time.
posted by tweebiscuit
on Aug 2, 2001 -
Playing computer games makes kids smarter?
Although it reads like a headline from The Onion
, a British study funded by the ESRC has come to that conclusion. "They seemed able to focus on what they were doing much better than other people and also had better general co-ordination. Overall there was a huge similarity with top-level athletes."
Gotta go and show this to my boss...
posted by jedrek
on Jul 22, 2001 -
Diablo II Goes Gold!
The official release date is now next week, 6/29/01. Diablo was addictive, Hellfire was even worse. I spent a six months playing Diablo II non stop and now this. I hope my wife doesn't kick me and my Assassin out the door.
posted by me myself and i
on Jun 24, 2001 -
Steve Jackson Games
, the makers of such fine pen-and-paper RPGs as Gurps
, has been running a blog
since 1994. I've been reading it since 1996, and I just now realized: it was the first blog I've ever read. In addition to release information, they also post game industry news, personal stories, and even the Illuminated Site of the Week
, all with intimacy and personality we've come to expect from blogs.
posted by tweebiscuit
on May 22, 2001 -
If you've ever wanted your first-person shooter to feel a little less
may be just what you need. The blueprint
versions are nice, but for my money you can't beat sketchy
Quake. Unfortunately, the NPR in the name stands for Non-Photorealistic Rendering, not that other NPR
, so don't expect Robert Siegel or Linda Wertheimer skins any time soon. (via haddock.org
posted by jjg
on May 17, 2001 -
is the future of gaming. Online downloads, rating, message boards, and high score lists are just the beginning of this game distribution-turned-instant-community application. When you can buy games online like this, whats the point of having a shrinkwrapped CD? (note most games are win95/8/ME only)
posted by mathowie
on May 14, 2001 -
The Daily Radar is dead.
This leaves only Gamespot
left as the primary mega-gaming news sites. With IGN's stock everything but worthless
, what is the future state of online journalism in these specialized areas? Sure, there's Blue's News
. But with the online business model unprofitable for everyone from the small-timers to the big-timers, is the hobbyist nature of personal sites an effective way of carrying the torch of dedicated reporting? Is something being lost as whole staffs are decimated? Discuss.
posted by ed
on Apr 30, 2001 -
Remember the old Sierra Games?
Remember back in the early 80's when King Quest
hit the streets? Did you ever think to your self how they created that game? Sierra used a gaming engine called Adventure Gaming Interpreter, or AGI for short, for many of their popular adventure games. This engine which was "hacked" in the early to mid 90's, and there are groups of people that still develop games to be used with home made hacks of this engine. Find out how you can make your own games like KQ or take a look at what have people created or are creating right now, here
. There's even someone saying that they are porting the hacked AGI stuff to Dreamcast
-Ellis of the now dead Geeknews.com
posted by ellis
on Apr 5, 2001 -
I understand if people want to make web apps that only work on Windows based browsers. But you would think that a large games company like EA would treat others a little better than this (Proud Macintosh owners, get ready to squint).
Besides, I really want to play Majestic
, and last time I checked, a game that uses email, fax, web and AOL IM technology doesn't require Windows. : p
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Mar 8, 2001 -
] - a video game played by spanking. Even worse is the person dressed up like the game controller
at a trade show, even more disturbing next to the person in the turd (?) costume. Brought to you by Taff System
(link not functional at time of posting)
posted by plinth
on Jan 5, 2001 -
JDoom. Get this.
It's a patch for Doom that allows for 3D acceleration, dynamic lighting, free mouse looking, and remapping keys. Works with ANY
version of Doom. Simply Unzip the file
[737k] into your Doom dir and run JDoom.bat (for OpenGL mode). It also supports D3D (I'll explain inside). Some screenshots: 1 2 3
. Doom shareware is available here
posted by grank
on Jan 1, 2001 -
As one whose gaming never advanced beyond PONG, I know this
must mean something. What that something is, I'm not sure.
posted by red cell
on Dec 27, 2000 -
, 78MB) has been released. Even if you're not big on video games you might want to give this one a try. *Requires a PC with 3D graphics accelerator and fast connection to download in sane amount of time.
posted by physics
on Dec 2, 2000 -
the most popular networked first person shooter in the world, went gold today. If you have Half-life this mod is well worth the download.
posted by capt.crackpipe
on Nov 9, 2000 -
The life and times of a game company. While everyone knows Maxis
for the SimCity
games, they've has dabbled in everything from kids' games to Diablo
-like titles. While this isn't a brand new article - it mentions The Sims
in future tense - it is fascinating to see what happened to this unique company.
posted by hijinx
on Nov 4, 2000 -
More than you wanted to know
about the "Tomb Raider" movie. What's weird about it all is that the timing sucks. The game has gone through five successive versions and they've used the same basic engine for all of them. These days it's looking significantly dated, and the last couple of games have gotten really poor reviews. Of course, it probably still sells well to frustrated teenage boys, but I think the last couple of games haven't sold anything like the previous ones did because it's the same old same old.
By the time the movie finally comes out, the game may already be history.
Has there ever
been a movie made from a computer game which was either a commercial or critical success? "Mortal Combat"
and "Super Mario Brothers"
spring to mind as counter-examples.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Oct 29, 2000 -
THE AMIGA IS BACK!
Why, oh why, did i throw out all my Amiga games. And it wasn't that long ago, that i did that either. Aaaaarrgh.
posted by Zool
on Oct 25, 2000 -
Nethack 3.3.1 released today.
This wonderfully addictive game has been under development for 15 years. That fact alone is major bonus points. Also, a quote from the d/l page: "This version might work on a 286 machine, but it has not been tested on one." Heh. 'cause they probably can't find one to test on. Well, the consolation prize is that it does
run on Atari and Amiga.
posted by syn
on Aug 10, 2000 -