- 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 -
Wanna make money playing games?
In certain Asian countries, workers are paid just cents an hour to camp virtual spawn points to collect gold or items that will then get sold for real currency. Owners of these companies are making tens of thousands of dollars a month whereas their workers are barely earning over $100.
'Sell is a recent graduate from Nanjing University. At 24, he's a manager for Vpgamesell, a large SWG Chinese farming center that wholesales to popular resellers. He started off by selling gil in Final Fantasy XI, but his farming days are over. He's moved up to manager status, helping with marketing and delivery. His many farmers work 10-hour rotations and are paid $121 a month. Sell gets $180 a month and works closer to 14 hours a day because he lives at the office, which is a fairly common practice at farming centers - if you lose your job, you also lose your home.'
Absolutely amazing, this human ingenuity thing...
posted by jcterminal
on Jul 6, 2005 -
This game rated JC for eternal salvation, curing of the sick, and excessive scourging at the pillar.
Ok, this is getting ridiculous...a Christian videogame about the rapture and the tribulations?
WTF? I guess I know which side I'd be on.
Seriously, though, do these people realize that every single new Christian-centric product is nothing more than a honeypot for harvesting names, addresses, and email addresses? Just like the GOP, people realize there's money to be made in marketing to Christians
. But, the second you sign up, I'm sure you get added to one of the GOP's
direct mail providers and sold to the appropriate politicrit or ideological demagogue.
Just to show you I'm not full of it, look at who's in the databases of the Omega List
and Response Unlimited
...Advance Ticket Buyers for the Passion of the Christ
, Peace Frogs
(what?), Y2K Preparedness Buyers
, the current
(68k) and former
(19m) subscribers to the Washington Times (aka Moonie Times), and of course, the Terri Schiavo Donor List
Take a look at who else is in there - Limbaugh
, Fortune Magazine
, Human Events
, Guns and Ammo Magazine
, Oliver North
, the Heritage Foundation
, Linda Tripp donors
, G. Gordon Liddy's Toughguy Database
, and the buyers of the Left Behind Video Series
. No wonder we always lose...every single rightwing entity is in there! Via BoingBoing
posted by rzklkng
on Jun 30, 2005 -
Death sentence for online gamer SHANGHAI: A Shanghai online gamer who murdered another player because of a dispute over a "cyber-weapon" was given the death sentence with a two-year reprieve yesterday at Shanghai No 2 Intermediate People's Court.
Qiu Chengwei's death penalty will be commuted to life in prison if he behaves well in jail, and no other crimes relating to him are uncovered.
Not to condone the murder, but is cyber theft or isn't it? Acording to the DMCA if I download a song or movie from cyberspace I am commiting a crime. Yet if someone steals your item in a cyberworld and sells it for real world cash your left without recourse. I feel China had a chance to establish new law and balked. (more inside)
posted by Trik
on Jun 8, 2005 -
The Touhou, or Shrine Maiden
, series of "curtain fire shooting games" start off challenging and quickly become hard enough to satisfy any hardcore gamer/masochist. They're also gorgeously crafted works of art, and were created in their entirety by one man, ZUN
. If you want to play them you'll have to import them
* from Japan, but you can download the demos here
.* site sells naughty things as well. Don't order at work.
posted by squidlarkin
on Feb 1, 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 -
The Frag Dolls
"represent the ladies in gaming with the taste and talent for beating you at your own games. So, for all you guys who think the only gals in gaming are the leather-clad, pixilated beauties on your screens, think again. We're real, and we've got the skills to teach you a few tricks of our own." They're also sponsored by UbiSoft
. Dismantling stereotypes or reinforcing them? (via Annalee Newitz, and a nice counterpart to this thread)
posted by mrgrimm
on Nov 18, 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 -
The Ultimate Gaming Table.
While looking around the webernets to find a replacement for my living room table, I stumbled across this
. Breathtaking in scope and purpose; I salute this person's nerdly vision and dedication.
posted by majcher
on Aug 15, 2004 -
The Davinci Code
website hasn't been linked on the front page! Check it out and have fun with codes, conspiracies, art and a challenge
. Good fun that might also make you go "hmmmm".
posted by ashbury
on Aug 10, 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 -
A new forum for the mature gamer. As the site says "... the new community for the "not so young" gamer. The reason we're setting this forum up is to provide a home for the great many of us gamers out there who are old enough to remember the beginning of this phenomenon known as gaming and are still going to be at it for the rest of our days.
You will find no whiney teenage flamers here. Just a good wholesome community of GameGeezers who wouldn't admit to knowing what "l33t" meant if their life depended on it. "
posted by snowgoon
on Jan 14, 2004 -
So I reinstalled an older game, StarTopia
(Flash required and RIP Muckyfoot
, you will be missed), t'other day and discovered I'd lost my manual to it. Never fear, for Real Time Strategic Carnage
had about, oh, a bazillion times more info about the game than did the manual that actually came with the game, which should come as no surprise to most gamers. RTSC has detailed information on a number of strategy games, old and new, and I recommend it to your notice wholeheartedly.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Nov 9, 2003 -
Space Dudes is fifty levels of shooting... PacMan ghosts? It's a Java game. Simple but I found it addictive.
posted by bargle
on Aug 8, 2003 -
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 -
"Then we realized that somehow an insane god had taken control of our world and was out to kill us all."
Subscribers of the multiplayer online game "Shadowbane" were in for a shock Tuesday evening when they realized the game system had been hacked, and the rules fundamentally altered, and not in a good way (unless you happen to like mayhem). While this ended up being a "no harm, no foul" scenario, as everything was eventually set right, it was breaking new ground in terms of the uses of hacking. In a world where characters in these games are sold via EBay, and nearly half a million people subscribe to Everquest, how long before legitimate (non "fun and games") version of what just happened occurs?
posted by jonson
on Jun 1, 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 -