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 -
Greece bans gaming.
Apparently since the law was passed last month, video arcades (other than registered casinos, of course) have been raided and closed down rapidly now. I found no evidence of a hoax, but a Slashdot post links to this NY Times article from March
about the pending legislation. (Translations of the law to English can be found here
as well.) This seems legit: if so, wtf is the host of the next Olympics doing banning people from playing games?
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Sep 1, 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 -
Wars and propaganda in gaming: you've all heard of America's Army
by now, but what about Under Ash
where you can fight the IDF (no civilians targets here) as a palestinian rambo? Perhaps you'd prefer a more spiritual route, and want to convert heathens
? Or the truly repulsive Ethnic Cleansing
game? Artists are getting into too with the likes of Cultural Revolution Doom
, and some politicians considered doing it the direct way
. Clearly, folks with an agenda have realized that games are a way to get their message out, and maybe noticed the success of "realistic"
but largely apolitical shooters.
Fortunately for gaming peaceniks (kill pixels not people!), the games mostly suck.
posted by malphigian
on Jul 26, 2002 -
Unchecked Greek aggression
near Thebes in 1475AD has brought them to war, but Phoenatican democracy prevails
. The, uh, fanatics over at civ fanatics
have been playing Civilization 3
game as a democracy, with elected leaders, policy votes, a constitution
, a census
, the works
. Their empire is impressive
, as is the player cooperation to make a new kind of gameplay that Sid Meier
probably never intended.
posted by malphigian
on Jul 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 -
Under 5,000 Xboxes sold in Japan last week.
This is compared to 100k Playstation2s and 25k Gamecubes. Since its launch, the Xbox has sold 190k units in Japan versus the Playstation's 980k units sold in the first 3 days.
Is the Xbox doomed in the notoriously tough Japan gaming market, or does the Xbox just need a price cut to stay competitive?
posted by jragon
on Apr 8, 2002 -
Everquest kingdom richer than Bulgaria.
Norrath, the setting for the online game Everquest, has been found to be the 77th richest country in the world, sandwiched between Russia and Bulgaria. Research carried out in the United States shows that virtual internal markets, combined with illegal online trading on auction websites, mean that Norrath has a gross national product per capita of $2,266, bigger than China and India.
posted by ncurley
on Mar 30, 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 -
Girls and Gaming
Yes, there are women involved in the gaming industry but always behind the scenes. Does more social interaction through online games mean that more women will become leading game designers?
posted by AsiaInsider
on Jan 29, 2002 -
Aztecs Conquer Russian Civilization
…Now that Sid Meier's Civilization III
has been released for the Mac OS
, I shall now begin to wall myself off from our own actual
civilization and begin a weeks-long campaign to rule a fictional world.
Civ3 truly is, as its packaging claims, “the Greatest Game of All Time.” Civ is not merely a battle simuator or an extrapolation of the board game Risk — it's a chance to learn how successful (and not-so-successful) societies can be developed through history. Strategy gaming at its finest.
posted by Down10
on Jan 9, 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 -
(once one of the world's largest Internet gaming networks) is created. Makes money. BeTech buys Kali to impress investors. BeTech stops paying for upkeep. ISPs get peeved. No more Kali. Or is there?
Is this a funeral or a phoenix? And is there anything else on the 'Net about this? I'm coming up with bupkus.
posted by ZachsMind
on Dec 9, 2001 -
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 -
Do you miss the music from your old NES games?
Well if you do, be sure to check out the minibosses. They're a band that only plays the songs to classic video games from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Great stuff. I particularly enjoyed the Wizards & Warriors track amusing, since I was addicted to that game when I was younger. Also, am I the only one who thinks there should be a new console system DEDICATED to only 2D games? 3D games are neat 'n all, but I don't think enough good 2D games are being made anymore. The Gameboy Advance
is probably the only system doing that sort of thing right now, but it's just a portable.
posted by kingmissile
on Oct 3, 2001 -
A sign of Global recession?
For the first time I can remember, it's cheaper to buy a console in the UK than it is the States. Over here, we're used to seeing straight dollar to pound conversions ($299 = £299), so this is a first.
Do you think it's sign of recession or just Sony developing a conscience?
posted by jiroczech
on Sep 28, 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 -
Nintendo delays U.S. launch of GameCube
Nintendo has pushed back the U.S. arrival of its new GameCube video game console by nearly two weeks, with executives saying they intend to avoid the shortages and frustrated consumers that marked the debut of Sony's PlayStation 2 last fall.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Aug 23, 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 -