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Endless Sky

Endless Sky is a space trading and exploration game, dubbed as a spiritual successor to Escape Velocity. It's free to play, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, completely open-source (GPLv3), and available on Steam. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Nov 27, 2015 - 25 comments

Otherfoot: Only Pen and Paper Required

Otherfoot: Only Pen and Paper Required [via mefi projects] A concise ruleset for a DIY Roll-Your-Own kind of Apples-To-Apples type game.
posted by Greg Nog on Nov 12, 2015 - 19 comments

The Worlds of Øyvind Thorsby

Øyvind Thorsby, creator of multiple strangely charming webcomics (previously), has recently begun his fifth series, Trixie Slaughteraxe for President (link is to the first page). Thorsby's comics bear multiple trademarks: distinctively simplistic art, strange creatures with strange adaptations to their environments, creative applications for magical and technologically advanced objects and phenomena, and, of course, complicated farcical situations often involving desperate wacky schemes. A list of his comics (including the new hosting for his first three comics) is inside. Content warning: violence, swearing and sexual themes. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Nov 12, 2015 - 8 comments

Wayward, an In-Browser Shipwreck-Themed Roguelike

Flash Javascript Friday Fun: Wander around an island defending yourself against wildlife, crafting shelter, and digging for treasure in Wayward. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 30, 2015 - 17 comments

Google‘s ongoing war on productivity (Episode 6,625)

Today, the Google homepage brings you the “2015 Global Candy Cup” doodle, in which flappy-bird-esque witches collect candy. May the best color (Green) win.
posted by Going To Maine on Oct 30, 2015 - 25 comments

The first-ever bootleg NES game was an erotic hack of Super Mario Bros.

30 Years of NES, 30 Interesting NES Facts.
posted by curious nu on Oct 27, 2015 - 9 comments

a button to stop all the chaos that doesn't work

On October 1st, Davey Wreden (creater of The Stanley Parable, previously) released The Beginner's Guide. "It lasts about an hour and a half and has no traditional mechanics, no goals or objectives. Instead, it tells the story of a person struggling to deal with something they do not understand." [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack on Oct 7, 2015 - 15 comments

Hardcore Gaming 101 video articles

Here is the new series of video articles started by the ultra-knowledgeable folks at Hardcore Gaming 101. The first two are up, the beginning of series on Pre-Super Mario platform games and on the early history of JRPGs. Related is the video adjunct to the Game Club 199X Podcast, with over 50 videos. (Previously.)
posted by JHarris on Sep 29, 2015 - 23 comments

"Don't bring any weapons on this mission." "D'accord."

Secret Agent Cinder - a short Twine game of espionage and ball gowns in Versailles [more inside]
posted by invokeuse on Sep 27, 2015 - 6 comments

It is inadvisable to leave your reactor unattended.

Reactor Incremental is a clicker game, but there's little spamming of clicks. Instead, you purchase and place fuel cells and heat mitigation hardware carefully to generate and sell power, building from a single uranium core to a mighty nuclear engine- or else accidentally burn the whole thing down and start again!
posted by Pope Guilty on Sep 25, 2015 - 50 comments

"Some people find it easier to talk to someone they don’t know."

Hana Feels is a short, dialogue-driven interactive story from teacher, performer, and Zombies, Run! writer Gavin Inglis. When four different characters get the chance to help Hana through a personal problem, subtle choices make the difference between painful and painfully funny.
posted by AteYourLembas on Sep 22, 2015 - 20 comments

Bundles and game discounters

It started with the Humble Indie Bundle. (Previously, and multiple times.) But there's now plenty of other places to get indie games bundled cheaply: IndieGala, Bundle Stars, Groupees, and, because you can't get cheaper than free, Freebie Bundle and Free Bundle. There's also Indie Game Stand, Buy-Some-Indie-Games, Fire Flower Games, Shiny Loot and GreenManGaming's Indie section.
posted by JHarris on Sep 22, 2015 - 31 comments

How to master Ms. Pac-Man

Here's David Manning's YouTube videos illustrating how to make use of ghost AI quirks on the fly while playing in Ms. Pac-Man: Ghost Behavior and On Grouping. It's excellent for building an intuitive sense of how to play the game which, because of random aspects, cannot be reliably beaten with patterns as with Pac-Man. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 21, 2015 - 7 comments

Unlimited Adventures, Gold Box D&D construction set

Here are two Let's Plays (text) devoted to SSI's classic DOS D&D "Gold Box" construction set program Unlimited Adventures, one of the most revered user-level RPG creator programs and now available on GoG. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 19, 2015 - 8 comments

Where's the one with the chef hat?

Eleven hours of live-action Neko Atsume [SLYT]. Neko Atsume on the blue previously.
posted by Itaxpica on Sep 15, 2015 - 17 comments

John's Arcade, game collecting and restoration

Here is John's Arcade, a resource about collecting, maintaining and playing classic arcade video and pinball machines. But the real reason I'm posting this is his YouTube channel, which is full of long videos (many over an hour) about arcade repair and maintenance. Like restoring an incredibly rare I, Robot machine, or Computer Space, the first video arcade game, or Quantum, a rare Atari game developed by GCC, programmers of Ms. Pac-Man. Or you can just watch him try to break 300,000 in Donkey Kong over several half-hour videos.
posted by JHarris on Sep 14, 2015 - 14 comments

Bugs in old arcade games

Here is what causes the kill screens of Ms. Pac-Man and why they happen long before level 256. Here is why you can sometimes control the attract mode demo in Galaga. Computer Archeology explains the "no fire" cheat in Galaga, which causes the enemies to stop firing if you keep two specific bugs alive long enough. (What, you don't know what Galaga is? galaga.info has you covered.) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 13, 2015 - 25 comments

You are a shark in the space between worlds.

Shark Game: Shoal Sharker is an incremental game about the mystery and majesty of sharks in a strange blue sea.
posted by boo_radley on Sep 12, 2015 - 101 comments

Building cool dungeons in D&D

Here is Justin Alexander's "Jaquaying the Dungeon," a crash course in old-school D&D adventure complex design, for all you grognards out there.
posted by JHarris on Sep 11, 2015 - 60 comments

Super Glitchy Mario World

Here is Let's Glitch Super Mario World, an in-depth series of 47 YouTube videos (each from 10 to 30 minutes long) that demonstrate breaking the game in myriad ways, with clear descriptions of what is going on.
posted by JHarris on Sep 10, 2015 - 11 comments

Stay awhile, and listen.

Here, in their own words, is the story of the development of Diablo II, and what it was like to be at Blizzard North in those days lasting from early 1997 to mid-2000.
posted by curious nu on Sep 8, 2015 - 22 comments

Venison, berries, sea bird, dulse, and spices

What were the food and cooking techniques of the Viking Age? you could ask The Viking Answer Lady or get pollen analysis, reconstruction tips, and recipes from The Viking Food Guy, or you could just ask Chef Jesper Lynge (Daily Mail) who is attempting to revive Viking Cusine from his cafe in an Danish Iron Age graveyard. ( Recipies and descriptions )
posted by The Whelk on Sep 6, 2015 - 41 comments


Here is video of an unusual moment in David Beckham's varied career: the time he was called upon to defeat Mister Woe and the monsters of the Fourth Division. It's GO! GO! BECKHAM! Here's when he fought a giant bird with his soccer powers. Here is the beginning of his adventure on Soccer Island, and here's a complete speedrun.
posted by JHarris on Sep 6, 2015 - 11 comments

Claw machines are often less games of skill as chance

Here's some information on claw, also called crane, machines. Did you ever play one of those games to try to win a plush toy, only for the prize to tumble out of the claw at first grasp, or even outright drop it halfway up? Think you just didn't play well enough? Maybe the machine just decided to make you lose by randomly reducing claw power. Here's more information. Via Dubious Quality, although I did page through a few manuals on my own.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 5, 2015 - 33 comments


Excavate! (Flash) Build a team of archaeologists to manage a dig in Poland. Discover ruins, catalog nails and tombstone pieces, deal with local officials and press, earn more research funding and see if you can achieve a master's in archaeology with this half-hour turn-based isometric exploration game.
posted by klangklangston on Sep 4, 2015 - 16 comments

Are You Good Enough to Be a Tennis Line Judge?

Watch a series of shots at full speed and decide whether each was in or out.
posted by Confess, Fletch on Sep 1, 2015 - 36 comments

A Hideo Kojima Game

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, As Told by Steam Reviews [Kotaku] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Sep 1, 2015 - 79 comments

How to make Mario levels, by negative example

Here's a list of things not to do in your Mario levels, consider it advice for when Super Mario Maker comes out in a week and a half. Also, here's things not to do in your Mario overworld. They both come from the rom hacking community at SMWCentral.
posted by JHarris on Sep 1, 2015 - 232 comments


LSD - Line Square Dot... an addictive, minimalistic, JavaScript game. (source)
posted by swift on Aug 28, 2015 - 25 comments

It's Flash Friday at Anatomy Arcade

The Revenge of Flash Friday - It's ALIVE! Anatomy Arcade "makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome free flash games, interactives and videos." There are two timed games: Whack-A-Bone and Poke-A-Muscle (both feature auto-playing music, but you can turn it off in PAM). For less stress, there are jigsaw puzzles to help you get familiar with the digestive system, skeletal system, muscular system, the brain, the eye and the heart. (Via everlasting blort)
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 28, 2015 - 9 comments


A new mini-game from Tigrounette (Area801). The objective is to get to the flag. The Master will help some of you or kill you.
posted by what's her name on Aug 23, 2015 - 23 comments

Want to play a surreal interactive fiction game?

Neon Haze Porpentine has made a new twine game, Neon Haze, with art and music by Brenda Neotenomie. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Aug 13, 2015 - 9 comments

The state of being both kid and squid simultaneously

Nintendo's quirky squad shooter Splatoon, which sold 1.6 million worldwide copies in two months of release, is their first real new property since the Gamecube era. People are calling it the game that could save the Wii-U. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 6, 2015 - 87 comments

Time Stands Still

400 Years - a browser game that uses time as a gameplay mechanic as you play a stone idol racing to stop a looming disaster (via Gamefilter).
posted by The Whelk on Aug 6, 2015 - 22 comments

The Hijacking of Flight 102

About a month ago Motherboard posted about artist Jesse England looking for a lost Mac game that he played in his 7th grade social studies class. He knew it was about terrorism and an aircraft hijacking but not much else besides some images he remembered, which he drew out and shared in hopes someone would recognize it. Fortunately, he found it, and decided to share it with everyone. Let's Play: Research Paper Writer
posted by gucci mane on Jul 28, 2015 - 17 comments

To drink from the bottle, turn to pa-- I mean, click red or purple

Stephen "Increpare" Lavelle - creator of many strange free games, one-going-on-two strange paid ones, the sound effect generator Bfxr and the excellent tile-based puzzle game engine PuzzleScript - released three much simpler game makers a couple of months ago: Flickgame, Tinychoice and Plingpling. Flickgame and Plingpling have help pages, each with an example game; Tinychoice needs no help page and starts with an example game in the text box. More detailed info after the break. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Jul 25, 2015 - 6 comments


PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua commands and provides simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges.
What does that mean? PICO-8 is like an emulator for a lo-fi game console that never actually existed. With 16 colors, 128x128, 4 channels of sound, and tight data limits, PICO-8 "cartridges" can be played -- and created -- in a web browser, or on just about any home computer, and even inside maker Lexaloffle's other, more full-featured fantasy console, Voxatron. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jul 22, 2015 - 62 comments

You are Stephen Colbert. Congratulations!

Gamasutra: “TV host Stephen Colbert has jumped onto [Twine] with a new, free game: Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet.
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 20, 2015 - 10 comments

The best game in the pug dating simulator genre

Dim the lights. Light candles. A romantic evening awaits. An evening of speed dating.
posted by perihare on Jul 17, 2015 - 9 comments

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posted by signal on Jul 14, 2015 - 24 comments

"You ever seen GI Joe?" / "Lol nope"

Win a Date with Channing Tatum: a Twine game by Mefi's own nerdfish [via mefi projects; also mentioned in MetaFilter Podcast 106] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 6, 2015 - 26 comments

Grand Theft Arthur

YouTube user Merfish has recreated some popular TV show theme intros in the video game Grand Theft Auto V [NSFW]:

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Full House
  • Arthur
  • Family Matters

  • posted by Room 641-A on Jul 5, 2015 - 12 comments

    “Why can’t I use magic to explore a beautiful world?"

    Fight Club: How Masculine Fragility Is Limiting Innovation in Games
    posted by NoraReed on Jul 3, 2015 - 133 comments

    The developer's high score is 12 369.

    Atomas is a fun little smartphone/tablet game in the vein of 2048, using fusing atoms together as the mechanic. Available for iOS, Android, Windows.
    posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jul 2, 2015 - 28 comments

    Pixel Dailies

    @Pixel_Dailies gives you a theme or subject every day for you to draw. They retweet and blog their favorites each day. The art club just had its first birthday.
    posted by curious nu on Jun 29, 2015 - 2 comments

    Her Story: A game about a 20-year-old crime

    In June, 1994, a man goes missing. His wife makes a series of interviews with police. Those interviews form the basis of the recently released title Her Story, an FMV-style game that tasks the player with digging through hours of video to determine what happened, and how, and why. [more inside]
    posted by ZaphodB on Jun 29, 2015 - 65 comments

    Elegy for a Dead World

    Explore dead civilizations, write about what you find, and share your stories with the world.
    posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 27, 2015 - 12 comments

    It's possible to create an entire "reality" using nothing but algorithms

    Inspired by Dwarf Fortress and No Man's Sky, Josh Newland writes about procedural generation of game worlds at Gamasutra and presents his Unity/WebGL game project.
    posted by boo_radley on Jun 25, 2015 - 16 comments

    Compulsive colour clicking.

    This is supposedly a "free colour vision test". I don't think it is, but it is both fun and only a little bit frustrating as you jab helplessly away.
    posted by howfar on Jun 13, 2015 - 96 comments

    No giant mechanical death machines here!

    Regular Human Basketball: A QWOP-like multiplayer game for Mac/Windows/Linux in which you play basketball as God and James Naismith intended—with the slight addition of thrusters, a magnet arm, and all-terrain wheels. Comes with realistic basketball commentary from real human commentators!
    posted by Cash4Lead on Jun 5, 2015 - 4 comments

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