Douglas E. Smith, creator of the classic 8-bit computer game Lode Runner, which got a second life as one of HudsonSoft's most iconic Famicom titles in Japan, has died at the age of 57
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The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win
The challenge is daunting. In 1994, machines took the checkers crown, when a program called Chinook beat the top human. Then, three years later, they topped the chess world, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer besting world champion Garry Kasparov. Now, computers match or surpass top humans in a wide variety of games: Othello, Scrabble, backgammon, poker, even Jeopardy. But not Go. It’s the one classic game where wetware still dominates hardware. [more inside]
is a free (but not open source) program that allows you to fly through
vast reaches of the universe. Along the way, you'll see some pretty amazing vistas and probably want to take screenshots
of them. It incorporates a good amount of real-world data about the solar system, exoplanets
and the universe in general with procedural generation of everything we don't know. [more inside]
In 1975, the blockbuster movie Jaws
was released. The series culminated in 1987 with a fourth movie, Jaws: The Revenge
. The NES game Jaws
(online) was released that same year, incorporating elements of both the original and fourth movie. But you probably don't know about the game that Mirrorsoft commissioned in 1984 from the husband-and-wife coding team, Dave & Sara Crud. They made a ZX Spectrum movie tie-in for the original film, only for rights holders to back out and leave it unreleased for nearly three decades ... UNTIL NOW!
Or at least that's the backstory MeFite malevolent
wrote. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
"The very first single-player dungeoncrawl game was not a video game. It was a series of charts printed in the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, back in 1979. By rolling dice according to the instructions, you could generate a dungeon which was illogical, arbitrary, super-lethal, and which often didn't even produce useable results.
THIS GAME USES THOSE CHARTS
Dungeon Robber is a flash text game that simulates playing AD&D by the AD&D Appendix A dungeon generation rules
. You'll probably die a lot, but the game saves every time you head to town. Blog of the creator
⇒ Dungeon Robber comics!
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A study-based analysis of UK gaming magazines in the 1980s and 90s
argues that the analysis of computer games, independent of attributes such as the platform or narrative, becomes more evident after March 1985 when the term 'gameplay' begins to be used in this media.
Flash Friday: Written for Ludlum Dare 23
, Super Strict Farmer
is a flash game that plays like a light version of the popular Eurogame Agricola. If you have trouble figuring out how to play, the rules are in the comment thread. [more inside]
Here is Incursion: Halls of the Goblin King
, a computer game that adapts the 3rd Edition rules of the Dungeons & Dragons game to roguelikes.
Computer Gets 33% Better at Playing Civilization, By Reading the Manual:
An MIT experiment has apparently succeeded in getting a computer to learn from human-readable, English-language text, the computer extrapolating
useful strategies and tactics from an instruction manual so effectively as to dramatically increase its victory ratio in the Sid Meier universe.
The Dark Mod, a total conversion for Doom 3
in the spirit of Looking Glass Technology's Thief series
, has finally been released
after years (and more years) of development and is now available to download.
I Wish I were the Moon
by Daniel Benmergui - a small, simple puzzle game. Find the 5 endings. About
(with more endings). Via gamasutra's top 5 indie games of 2008
was released today for the PC and XBox 360. Why should you care? Well, it's the 2nd best reviewed
game of the last 10 years, it's an interactive commentary on Objectivism
, it features a great Art-Deco style
and atmospheric sound design, and is the spiritual sequel to one of the best games of all time
. If you still don't care, make sure to stay away from Big Daddy
Do you want to fly? Really fly? Not at the controls of a cockpit simulation, but just you ... flying ... your motion through space controlled by the gentlest of nudges of your mouse.
Not a game; but an environment in which to 'travel'. View a short QT video clip
of a typical Tranquility level. Download the 'game browser' (versions for all common computers) in which the game operates, work through the short training levels, and prepare to lose yourself in flight.
(Don't be put off by the 'Buy the Game' links on the website; Tranquility is perfectly functional in demo mode, with the demo landscape changing daily. I've been playing it that way for more than five years.)
Everybody loves Zombies. Everybody loves killing Zombies. Nobody wants to suddenly wake up surrounded by Zombies. Not when you thought you were just playing a video game
Peacmaker - a new Israeli/Palestinian RPG:
"The goal of the player as the leader is to establish a stable resolution to the conflict and win the Nobel Prize before his or her term in office ends."
Oh. Is that all?
Play history: Noughts and Crosses
) begat Tennis for Two
(Donner & oscilliscope, 1958
) begat Spacewars
) begat Star Trek
(SDS Sigma, 1971
) begat Hunt the Wumpus
) begat Maze War
(Xerox Atlos, 1974
) begat DECWAR [warning:telnet(!)]
) begat Zork
) begat World of Warcraft... with a few steps
in between. All names (but Maze Wars) go to playable versions. Dates have information on the game itself
- videogaming without the video. [Windows]
- home of the first videogame, OXO
Ever play Morrowind
? Did you realise how obscenely gargantuan
the backstory and associated literature is? I'm not much of a roleplay geek, but the sheer amount of work
to produce this fictious world
is kinda hypnotic. And as for this
You've already pushed a hapless dummy down the stairs.
Now you can see what happens when that same guy gets behind the wheel
- or at least inside the cab - of a truck speeding toward a wall. Scant on documentation, but not hard to figure out (the 1 and 2 sliders control the position of two ramps). Anyone find a good technique for a high score? (2 MB Windows .exe)
Go : The future of computing
"In recent years, computer experts, particularly those specializing in artificial intelligence, have felt fascination - and frustration - with an ancient Asian game called Go. To date, no computer has been able to achieve a skill level beyond that of the casual player."