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Basically every classic game and system in your browser

A gigantic list of browser-based emulators and classic game ports covers everything from the Amiga to the ZX-Spectrum. Some things not to miss for either the nostalgic or the lover of classic games: Play Dune 2 (the original RTS) in HTML 5; Command and Conquer; an authorized version of many Sierra adventures (works on iPads too); beautiful versions of the Nintendo Game and Watch games; a nice Apple //e emulator (Bard's Tale! Neuromancer! Karateka!); and, of course, every NES game [a few of these mentioned before]. All in your browser!
posted by blahblahblah on May 15, 2013 - 32 comments

The Queen of Snakes

The Queen of Snakes is a point and click flash game featuring the intricate artwork of JO99 (via JayIsGames) [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on May 14, 2013 - 15 comments

37 years of Breakout

Not a Doodle, but an Easter egg Google has a fun way to celebrate Atari Breakout's 37th anniversary.
posted by doctornemo on May 14, 2013 - 42 comments

Current quest: saw a leg off the period table

Godville is a text-based "massively-multiplayer zero-player game" in which you play a god with rather tenuous control over a hero. Changes to the game, including quests and items, are crowd-sourced and voted on by the community The game is playable in browser and via Android and iOS apps. Official game wiki.
posted by NoraReed on May 12, 2013 - 13 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

Spacewalk in Oculus Rift. Vs. teaser trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity.
posted by Artw on May 10, 2013 - 32 comments

Now how do I get home?

GeoGuessr: 1. Look around the random Google Street View and try to figure out where you are. 2. Click the world map to guess! A game by Anton Wallén.
posted by oulipian on May 9, 2013 - 246 comments

Knight Vs Giant

KILL THE GIANT! Because Wednesday mornings are dull.
posted by QueerAngel28 on May 8, 2013 - 6 comments

Using Game Theory to Teach Game Theory

Peter Nonacs, a professor at UCLA, let his students cheat on an exam he called "impossibly difficult", saying, "Let’s see what you can accomplish when you have no restrictions."
posted by boo_radley on May 6, 2013 - 32 comments

Dan Bull captures what many autistics feel in lyrical form

Many autistics have trouble putting what they feel into words: Not Dan Bull. He puts it into words, sets it to music and raps it. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 3, 2013 - 21 comments

Glory to Arstotzka!

"Your job as immigration inspector is to control the flow of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia. Among the throngs of immigrants and visitors looking for work are hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists. Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission's primitive inspect, search, and fingerprint systems you must decide who can enter Arstotzka and who will be turned away or arrested."
Papers, Please is a "dystopian document thriller" game by Lukas Pope. (Downloadable, for Windows/OSX; NSFW) [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on May 2, 2013 - 22 comments

Candy Box

Candy Box is an ASCII-based web RPG. Collect candy, farm lollipops go on epic quests, and win! [more inside]
posted by CrunchyFrog on May 1, 2013 - 362 comments

Right, Zach?

The cult 2010 video game Deadly Premonition gets a Director's Cut this week. The brainchild of a guy who calls himself SWERY, one could make a strong case for Deadly Premonition being the most entertainingly bizarre game ever made. It's undeniably influenced by Twin Peaks and more than a touch of Japanese horror, yet that doesn't begin to explain how unique, disturbing and hilarious the game is. The humor is intentionally unintentional. Everyone agrees there are significant gameplay problems, but the phrase "so bad it's good" does the game a terrible disservice. "Capable of swinging from zany to nasty, inspired to absurd within the course of a single sequence," and boasting an eccentric, often inappropriate soundtrack, Deadly Premonition is either a joke, a masterpiece or both. (Previously: It's like watching two clowns eat each other.)
posted by naju on Apr 30, 2013 - 33 comments

Just dumb ninja fun

Ninja Slash (fun flash Friday). Move left/right/up/down to kill zombies faster and faster.
posted by klangklangston on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 comments

Permadeath. Puzzles. Portals. Pong

2x0ng (and its predecessor, Xong) is a hybrid roguelikes that has the appearance, sound and mechanics of Atari age games. Levels are randomly generated, and the rules are up to you to discover. Here is a video review for your elucidation. Available for PC, Mac and Linux.
posted by boo_radley on Apr 9, 2013 - 6 comments

Dreams of your Life

This interactive experience is a sister project to Carol Morley's documentary Dreams of a Life.
posted by Bistle on Apr 6, 2013 - 5 comments

Minecraft creator interview

Markus "Notch" Persson, the modest Swedish creator of smash hit indie game Minecraft, talks about his life to The New Yorker. The game, Minecraft, a blocks-based worldbuilding sandbox for all ages, has sold 16 million+ copies so far and has been achieved extraordinary popular success as well as huge educational and critical acclaim. [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Apr 6, 2013 - 100 comments

Slender: The Arrival

Last year, a free indie horror game called Slender, previously, based on the Slender Man meme (previously), became moderately famous for being terrifying despite its simplicity. Now, its creator has teamed up with the writers behind Marble Hornets video series (previously, previouslier) to create the sequel. Slender: The Arrival is available for PC and Mac for $10, and promises a much bigger and more varied environment with better and scarier graphics, and an actual storyline that will take an average player "a few hours" to complete. There's a teaser trailer showing off the moody new environments.
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Mar 28, 2013 - 51 comments

More Brown Than A Modern Shooter

Video Game Toilets
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 28, 2013 - 41 comments

It is a roleplaying game made in excel.

Arena.Xlsm is the fever dream of a Canadian Chartered Accountant with a love of roleplaying games (Hat tip to Special K over at mefightclub!)
posted by boo_radley on Mar 26, 2013 - 27 comments

The game that puts you on a first-name basis with third-world dictators

"Now the trumpet summons us again—not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle [...]"
- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address

TWILIGHT STRUGGLE is a card-driven board game simulation of the Cold War. It has been called a game of crisis management; dealing with them yourself, creating them for your opponent, and their proper timing. There is a extensive blog about the game, Twilight Strategy. This is that site's article on starting out play. This page could help you decide if it's for you. ("Do you enjoy games that are extremely tense and nerve-wracking?") Here's a YouTube video on how to play it. And, although I suggest learning to play with a physical set, the online multiplayer wargaming client Warroom has a Java Twilight Struggle client/server program available. There is also a VASSAL module, but it currently doesn't work with VASSAL 3.2 or later. There's a lot more on the game after the break.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 24, 2013 - 48 comments

Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?

Maybe hamsters & hippos are better suited for your weight class-- don't worry, Super Duck Punch will allow to test your pugilistic skills against these combinations and more! Watch out for the giraffe-headed Hydra, though. Almost as tough as the Hydra-headed giraffe.
posted by KingEdRa on Mar 23, 2013 - 29 comments

World Wide Maze, a Chrome Experiment

World Wide Maze is a "Chrome Experiment" that turns any website or search into a playable three-dimensional "Monkey Ball"-style maze game. You can control via the keyboard or link to your phone to turn it into a tilt-sensitive remote control. (Chrome browser only, obviously.)
posted by jbickers on Mar 21, 2013 - 15 comments

Turnament!

Conquer this very small dungeon. It's harder than it looks.
posted by leotrotsky on Mar 13, 2013 - 29 comments

When NASCAR takes over the Olympics

Tire jumping in japan The olympic sport where the auto enthusiast can comment endlessly about the tire he used to have, that would have won.
posted by boilermonster on Mar 13, 2013 - 39 comments

Grow Maze

Grow Maze a new flash thingy from Eyemaze. (previously, also) [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Mar 11, 2013 - 36 comments

Aspiring Animators & Game Designers, Study Your Calculus & Combinatorics

Every film Pixar has produced has landed in the top fifty highest-grossing animated films of all time. What's their secret? Mathematics. Oh, and 22 Rules of Storytelling. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 8, 2013 - 40 comments

You're it - for another year.

The men who have played one game of tag for over 20 years (previously) got more intense after recent nationwide coverage. Then one player's father died unexpectedly... [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Mar 4, 2013 - 32 comments

Auti-Sim

Auti-Sim is a Unity Web Player game that simulates the experience of childhood autism (warning: loud sound). [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Mar 1, 2013 - 16 comments

Wokka wokka wokka

Flash Unity Friday: FPS-Man is a terrifying new perspective on a video game classic. (via Rock Paper Shotgun) [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Mar 1, 2013 - 17 comments

Myths are in our video games

The Death of Romance in the Shadow of the Colossus reads the acclaimed PS2 game as a myth about the rise and fall of the European Romantic movement.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Feb 18, 2013 - 28 comments

Eternal Arcanum

Chris Avellone, a writer and designer who worked on Fallout 2, Fallout New Vegas, Planescape Torment and Neverwinter Nights, plays and comments on the steampunk RPG Arcanum to celebrate raising almost 4 million dollars toward his upcoming RPG, Project Eternity
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Feb 15, 2013 - 41 comments

Oh hey, I made space!

Alchemy, sort of. Happy Friday!
posted by likeatoaster on Feb 15, 2013 - 39 comments

Spiel mit dem Tod

A german documentary about a war game in Russia. Watch it until the end, it's worth it. The version with english subtitles was the best I could find.
posted by Fillus on Feb 15, 2013 - 23 comments

Ripley - the civilian - is the goddamn hero, not the fucking marines.

Is It That Hard to Make A Decent 'Aliens' Game? It is if the abysmal reviews for the new game Aliens: Colonial Marines are accurate. Rock Paper Shotgun's John Walker lists the worst moments, while Destructoid's Jim Sterling tears it apart and recommends better Alien games. [more inside]
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Feb 12, 2013 - 114 comments

The ultimate virtual battlegrid. A Darwinian cyberstate.

Immercenary is a forgotten hybrid first-person shooter/RPG that was exclusive to the 3DO console. The game combined the aesthetics of Snow Crash, Lawnmower Man and LSD Dream Emulator into a massive open-world game. Gamasutra article. [more inside]
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Feb 11, 2013 - 18 comments

Peddling the jump-shoot-dodge cycle.

Flash Friday: Intrusion is a 2008 run'n'gun side-scrolling flash game by Russian developer Aleksey Abramenko. Try the demo of Intrusion 2, his 2012 follow-up, finally out after three years of development.
posted by cthuljew on Feb 8, 2013 - 4 comments

New from VIDEO Magazine, it's Electronic Games!

NEW from VIDEO Magazine, arising out of its popular "Arcade Alley" column, it's ELECTRONIC GAMES Magazine!(page of PDF links) Brought to you by editors Frank Laney Jr. and Bill Kunkel, and filled with all the latest news on programmable home console games, computer games (with special coverage for the new ATARI 800 system), stand-alone electronic devices and arcade gaming. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 7, 2013 - 37 comments

Douglas?

Click that 'hood! is a simple game which tasks you to locate neighborhoods in one of six cities: Chicago, IL; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. An easy game gives you 20 neighborhoods: A hard game gives you the entire city.
posted by shakespeherian on Feb 4, 2013 - 43 comments

"Ultimately the best thing is for you to re-engage with your practice."

Art Game: a game where you are an artist who makes art by playing games. Requires Flash. By Pippin Barr. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Feb 4, 2013 - 14 comments

Return To Knytt

Knytt Underground is the latest indie platformer by developer Nifflas. If its anything like the other Knytt games, Knytt and Knytt Stories, its a gentle Metroidvania that emphasizes exploration and movement over combat. Knytt Underground is out for the PC and, unlike his other games, for the PS3 and Vita.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jan 31, 2013 - 17 comments

A PERSONAL TALE OF UNWINNABLE REALITIES

Revenue Canada worker fired for his online customer service game [more inside]
posted by grippycat on Jan 30, 2013 - 68 comments

Alternate pressing L and R as fast as you can to fluff these pillows.

Downton Abbey for the SNES. (SLYT, sadly not a real game. via tor.com)
posted by gamera on Jan 29, 2013 - 26 comments

Tag, you're it. For a year.

A game of tag between four men has lasted 23 years.
posted by mark7570 on Jan 29, 2013 - 53 comments

it's like QWOP for your organs and bones

SURGEON SIMULATOR 2013
posted by boo_radley on Jan 28, 2013 - 63 comments

A German take on IRL Gaming

Camover is a new game from Germany.

The rules are simple: First, organize a crew starting with "Command", "Brigade" or "Cell", followed by the name of a historical figure. ("Van Der Lubbe") is one of many currently in use.) Next: Destroy as many CCTV cameras as possible! [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Jan 28, 2013 - 45 comments

Bad Feeling. Behind seeing-thing. In you-place.

Reset is a game about the bizarre, frightening, and exciting possibilities for kink in the cyborg / transhuman future.

via Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
posted by Elementary Penguin on Jan 21, 2013 - 19 comments

CGBG

In November 2007, a new board game called Yavalath was invented. The rules of Yavalath are simple: Players take turns adding a piece of their colour to a hexagonal board and win by making four-in-a-row of their colour – but lose by making three-in-a-row beforehand. Yavalath has proven reasonably popular as its simple rules allow interesting and surprising situations to develop due to its innovative win with four but lose with three winning condition. But Yavalath is really set apart from the many other board games invented in 2007 by one remarkable fact: Yavalath was designed by a computer programme. [more inside]
posted by rollick on Jan 19, 2013 - 20 comments

Hunt For The Gay Planet

Hunt For The Gay Planet is a game Anna Anthropy made in response to Bioware restricting all same-sex romances in Star Wars: The Old Republic to a single planet that's part of paid downloadable content.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jan 18, 2013 - 85 comments

Cello Fortress By Joost van Dongen

Cello Fortress is a unique combination of a game and a live music performance. A cellist defends a fortress by improvising on his cello. Melodies control the guns, dissonant notes activate the flamethrowers. Players from the audience use game controllers to steer their tanks and attack the fortress. The cellist plays live music, while at the same time controlling the game to be a fun challenge for the players. Cello Fortress is an innovative experiment that blends concert and game.
posted by boo_radley on Jan 16, 2013 - 5 comments

Headless Body Found In Dead Island

Dead Island 2: Riptide Edition was going to ship with a statue of a bloody, bikini-clad female torso. The publisher has since apologized while Kotaku wonders what other games should come with severed torsos and Lindy West and John Walker point out the obvious misogyny.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jan 15, 2013 - 187 comments

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