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"[A] bit contemplative & a bit misty-eyed"

Interactive-fiction-game makers Simogo have coded up a free, five-minute long story as a a gift to fans: The Sensational December Machine. (Download required, but worth it.)
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 18, 2014 - 1 comment

Ceiling cat is watching you lift the table

ⓂⒺⓂⒺ ⒷⒶⓁⓁ - the Internet meme-themed pinball machine
posted by a lungful of dragon on Dec 17, 2014 - 27 comments

The Fall of THQ

At its peak in 2007, the company owned more than 15 game studios, most of which were part of the well-oiled licensed games machine. It had $500 million cash in the bank and revenue exceeding a billion dollars. It was printing cash. By 2013, its shares had plummeted to 11 cents each.

posted by Elementary Penguin on Dec 13, 2014 - 25 comments

Still Combining Numbers On A Grid To Get Bigger Numbers, But Different

Get 10 is a new browser game from veewo, creators of 1024.
posted by Rinku on Dec 9, 2014 - 31 comments

Parable of the Polygons

A playable blog post about triangles, squares, bias, and society from Vi Hart and Nicky Case.
posted by cthuljew on Dec 8, 2014 - 22 comments

zugzwang

The Mysterious Disappearance of Peter Winston: How does one of the world’s top chess prodigies just vanish from a New York street? - by Sarah Weinman [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 5, 2014 - 15 comments

In space, no-one can hear you click every once in a while

Orbits are hard [SLFridayTimeWaster]
posted by slater on Nov 21, 2014 - 162 comments

The Golden Era of Silent Videogames

Mega Man 2 on stage with live soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Nov 19, 2014 - 21 comments

Save Your Apprentice!

The minimalistic, fast-paced browser roguelike Return to Tolagal now has a full desktop sequel, The Depths of Tolagal!
posted by cthuljew on Nov 19, 2014 - 5 comments

An Adventure Game with Balls

Expanded from a demo produced for the 2012 Something Awful Gamedev Challenge (an annual event which has also brought us Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing, previously), Team Punch the Moon (which includes the creator of Job Dog, previously) have finally finished Pachinko Man, a point-and-click HTML5 browser adventure game about a Japanese salaryman whose addiction to pachinko machines drives him to make a deal with a demon that damns him to Ball Hell (conveniently also Baal's Hell), the deepest level of Office Hell (as in, Baal is renting its basement). [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Nov 18, 2014 - 16 comments

How well do you know your pixels?

Play a quick game of Pixactly.
posted by tykky on Nov 18, 2014 - 18 comments

BE GARBAGE OF CESSPOOL HA HA HA

Classics Of Game, a series of short-and-surreal context-free game videos, has mysteriously resumed updating after seventeen months. (MLYT)
posted by BiggerJ on Nov 17, 2014 - 19 comments

Based on a true story...sort of

From Hell's Mouth, Herman Mellville's Moby Dick 2 stabs at thee! Featuring the dashing lead, an eye-watering seafood spread, some seagulls and the Wilheim Scream among a cast of thousands.
posted by Smart Dalek on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 comments

Hello there.

0hh1 is a logic game played on a grid with simple rules in the spirit of sudoku and kenken.
posted by boo_radley on Nov 14, 2014 - 36 comments

It's a Twine game. Cats also like Twine. That's all I've got.

Cat Petting Simulator: You see a cat sitting on the back of the couch, licking her paw. Pet that cat.
posted by codacorolla on Nov 10, 2014 - 31 comments

a web-based choose-your-own-adventure zombie apocalypse story

"The Dead Outnumber The Living is a mix between a “choose your own adventure” book and a classic text-based video game, going beyond the typical choose-your-own-adventure theme by providing a vast amount of pathways, dynamic content, story clues, and a few puzzles to solve." [more inside]
posted by flex on Nov 6, 2014 - 16 comments

It's a little bit Glitch, a little bit Minecraft, a lot wonderful

Manyland is a massively multiplayer 2D sandbox HTML5 ungame where players collaboratively build the universe one 19*19 pixel block at a time. Draw (and script!) your own art assets, or just wander around enjoying the sprawling technicolor melange. [via mefi projects]
posted by cortex on Nov 3, 2014 - 22 comments

Tales of the Unanswerable Retort

In 2010 (previously), Andrew Plotkin launched a Kickstarter to enable him to quit his job and work on an epic-scale text-adventure full-time. He thought it would take him about a year. Four years later, Hadean Lands is complete and available for iOS, PC, Mac, and Linux. [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw on Nov 1, 2014 - 29 comments

If you are holding a snake right now, press 4.

Here And There Along The Echo is "a guide to the Echo River for drifters and pilgrims" by the Bureau of Secret Tourism and Cardboard Computer, the creators of magical realist adventure game Kentucky Route Zero. Call (270) 301-5797 or download the "dialing software" and hear about historic sites along the Echo River, learn about the river's flora and fauna, or just get help identifying unfamiliar sounds.
posted by buriednexttoyou on Oct 30, 2014 - 7 comments

"At least, boobs should be able to fire lasers, shouldn’t they?"

What if, wrote Jenn Frank (previously), there was a computer game that involved a sexy character shopping for a bra but ended with her crying softly because she could not find one that fitted. "Everyone thought I was kidding," Ms Frank told the BBC. "I thought I was kidding, and then two hours later I was building a website for it." "It" is Boob Jam, a weekend-long event during which game developers will go without sleep to create games that offer players a more truthful and accurate depiction of breasts and what it means to have them. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 27, 2014 - 55 comments

Let Me Tell You About Homestuck

5 years.
7,000 pages.
13,000 panels.
700,000 words. [Approximately the length of the Bible.]
Over 3 hours of animation.
Over 23 hours of soundtrack.
15 separate games, in 3 unique styles.

PBS once called Homestuck the "Ulysses of the Internet". Its author, Andrew Hussie — who resembles Joyce in his impishness, stylistic maximalism, and fondness for disturbing smut — calls it "a story I've tried to make as much a pure expression of its medium as possible". It has become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring proms and dominating Amazon makeup reviews. But most importantly, it's a rollicking good read, equal parts slapstick and epic, bildungsroman and cultural commentary.

What on earth about it makes its fans so overly zealous? And how the hell does one start the daunting process of reading Homestuck? If you're even the remotest bit curious about this Internet phenomenon, the following is a teensy-weensy introduction to just what makes Homestuck so terrific. [more inside]
posted by rorgy on Oct 16, 2014 - 231 comments

Because "there’s much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines."

Coming soon to a theater near you, it's Tetris! The Movie.
posted by hoodrich on Oct 6, 2014 - 60 comments

Two farts, both alike in dignity/In fair Hoboken, where we lay our scene

Mad:)Takes - 188 Free Online Mad Libs™
posted by not_on_display on Sep 30, 2014 - 14 comments

7 Little Words

Daily Puzzle online. Free apps. Student aids.
posted by maggieb on Sep 29, 2014 - 13 comments

Bloody difficult actually

Want a new timesink but clicker games are not your thing? Let Rock, Paper, Shotgun introduce you to Compact Conflict, a Riskesque strategy game programmed in only 13 kilobytes.
posted by MartinWisse on Sep 28, 2014 - 22 comments

Dling!

After eight main instalments and two collaborative instalments (including July's Minnano Hoshi Saga 2), Nekogames' classic Hoshi Saga series returns with a new instalment that changes the formula a little: Hoshi Saga Reishiki. The goal, as always, is to find the star in each level, but this time, you can only use the arrow and Enter keys. Also, there is now a gift hidden in each level. (Previously - see also Nekogames' Ouka, Kikka and Touka, also previously.)
posted by BiggerJ on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 comments

Addicting Clicker Game Friday

The new hottest clicking game is Clicker Heroes. For more advanced discussion there's a subreddit with a helpful strategy FAQ section.
posted by DynamiteToast on Sep 26, 2014 - 125 comments

A Land of Contrasts

It's a simple game, really. You just click the box that's a different color than the others.
posted by kafziel on Sep 22, 2014 - 154 comments

Too insignificant to matter

Rebuild the Universe an incremental game that starts with the smallest unit possible to end with the universe itself. Bonuses, special effects and more await you in this incremental game.
posted by boo_radley on Sep 17, 2014 - 64 comments

Just one more picture ... just one more ...

PixelThis is the first incremental game (previously, more) to use the movement of the mouse as its gameplay input rather than clicking. But if you don't want to play it as a game, you can make one simple tweak to it and transform it into an oddly relaxing web toy. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 16, 2014 - 39 comments

A sliding tile puzzle and music theory all in one!

Circle of Fifths - 2048 Infinite
posted by boo_radley on Sep 15, 2014 - 24 comments

RIP Douglas E. Smith

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. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 14, 2014 - 48 comments

The Bezier Game

The Bezier Game aims to help you understand the art and math behind Bezier curves.
posted by boo_radley on Sep 12, 2014 - 66 comments

All of Minecraft: Pre 0.0.9a to 1.8

A history of Minecraft. (slyt)
posted by curious nu on Sep 8, 2014 - 101 comments

Games for tomorrow's programmers.

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.
posted by boo_radley on Sep 4, 2014 - 20 comments

Gridland

Gridland is a match-3 game from doublespeak games, makers of A Dark Room.
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 28, 2014 - 48 comments

The incremental to surpass all incrementals

Kittens Game
posted by oceanjesse on Aug 25, 2014 - 685 comments

776 - 778 - 780

776 - 778 - 780 [via mefi projects]
posted by oceanjesse on Aug 24, 2014 - 26 comments

"Hello Mr. Bond."

Pierce Brosnan Plays GoldenEye 007 with Jimmy Fallon [SLYT] Jimmy Fallon fulfills a childhood dream by playing the Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007 against former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.
posted by Fizz on Aug 24, 2014 - 54 comments

"This is like an Olympic event during the days of Caligula"

Do you like games with awkward controls and physics? Do you dream of playing QWOP against your friends? Well, Mount Your Friends is just right for you! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Aug 21, 2014 - 12 comments

How Fast Can You Debug?

http://www.codefights.com/
posted by boo_radley on Aug 21, 2014 - 37 comments

You still see the bars closing in when you close your eyes

Hextris: A fast paced puzzle game [via mefi projects]
posted by kagredon on Aug 17, 2014 - 30 comments

"Explore & race through Wikipedia articles"

The Wiki Game is a collection of five browser-based games that challenge you to find things in Wikipedia. Play modes are Speed Race, Least Clicks, Six Degrees of Wikipedia, Five Clicks to Jesus, and No United States. Warning: VERY addictive.
posted by jbickers on Aug 14, 2014 - 17 comments

Fallout: New Jersey

"When Dystopia Rising went well, there were moments that felt natural, perfect. My first night was filled with gang warfare and hunts for a cult of radiation-worshipping Social Darwinists, but one of the parts I remember best was sitting next to a busker who played me a song from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, gave a mythologized retelling of the musical, and ended up explaining the origins of a group I believe was called the Church of Daft Punk" -- The Verge on playing in the massively complex post-apocalyptic LARP ( Live Action Role Playing) game, Dystopia Rising.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 9, 2014 - 10 comments

Would you like to choose Bellsprout as your starter?

Pokémon Zeta & Omicron are not ROM hacks. They are standalone fan-made Pokémon clones created with RPG Maker XP, featuring around 80 hours of gameplay, 2 regions with 12 gyms, a coherent storyline, "tons" of endgame content, Shadow Pokémon, Delta Pokémon, all 649 Pokémon through gen V, secret bases, mega evolutions, challenge modes (previously), and sometimes quirky dialogue. Though still in beta, it's a playable game [YT], patches to which have slowed. Each new version is posted to the sub-Reddit /r/pokemonzetaomicron.
posted by Monsieur Caution on Aug 5, 2014 - 8 comments

You Are a Bear

You are a bear. You wake up in a dimly lit cave. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jul 31, 2014 - 49 comments

Even The Stars

Even the Stars is a game about wandering through space without a purpose [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Jul 29, 2014 - 26 comments

Does what it says on the rectilinear box.

It's Sunday, and maybe you've got nothing better to do than lie in bed and play A Game About Squares.
posted by egypturnash on Jul 27, 2014 - 50 comments

In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills.

Are you playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood yet? Pretty much everyone is, including the EPA Office of Water. Your mission is simple: become an A-list celebrity through networking, flirting, modeling, promoting vodka, avoiding landlords and poking birds for money, and dating assholes in fedoras. Oh, and plenty of in-app purchases. Or you could just cheat.
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 22, 2014 - 73 comments

They all have optimal strategies but pursue different victory conditions

Big Game Theory! Board games that tell stories. The Bored Gaymer. A girl likes games. HiveGod's Yell Matrix. QWERTYUIOP. 365 Days of Gaming. Those are a few of the most favorited current blogs on BoardGameGeek, and these are a few of their most favorited posts. [more inside]
posted by Monsieur Caution on Jul 15, 2014 - 17 comments

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