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You feel yourself turning into a small fish! You flop three times then die.

Here is a ancient Apple II computer role-playing game system with over 250 scenarios. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 3, 2011 - 18 comments

Press X to not die

Zero Punctuation reviews Battlefield 3 (video), possibly the most reviled game ever to earn itself 93% on Metacritic. Remember to press X to not die (TV tropes).
posted by Artw on Nov 11, 2011 - 85 comments

Shape Type

Shape Type is a letter shaping game, created by the same people that made Kern Type (previously).
posted by Memo on Nov 10, 2011 - 14 comments

Pole Riders

Pole Riders. A pole vaulting game from the maker of QWOP and GIRP.
posted by loquacious on Nov 8, 2011 - 55 comments

"For truth! For beauty! For art!"

In 1992, influential game designer Chris Crawford left the game industry to further pursue his vision of interactive story telling. But not before giving a little speech at that year's CGDC. Topics include the future of game design, the genesis of art, and slaying dragons. [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Nov 6, 2011 - 20 comments

Is man not entitled to collect $200 when he passes Go?

Free, print-and-play Bioshock Monopoly. That is all.
posted by jbickers on Oct 31, 2011 - 14 comments

Missilebreak Outvaders

Flash Friday Fun, if it's still Friday where you are: Missilebreak Outvaders is a nicely done mashup of Space Invaders, Breakout and Missile Command. [more inside]
posted by motty on Oct 28, 2011 - 20 comments

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A Game About Game Literacy (Flash, some strobe on later levels)
posted by Artw on Oct 23, 2011 - 26 comments

10 Years since Grand Theft Auto III

10 years since GTA 3 Grand Theft Auto 3 was released on 22nd October 2001 and everything we ever thought we understood about videogames changed. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Oct 21, 2011 - 72 comments

So many buckets of blood

It's Happy Wheels, the motorcross physics flash game featuring buckets of blood, harpoons, and over-the-top violence, and where you can play as "Irresponsible Dad" or a host of other characters. And there is a level creator. Crazy enough that videos of people playing the game are among the most-viewed on YouTube. [Warning: As mentioned, buckets of blood]
posted by blahblahblah on Oct 14, 2011 - 8 comments

I WILL find the princess and slay the dragon - I swear!

In the spirit of the Monkey Island saga's point-and-click interface and quirky, anachronistic humor, comes the Flash-based tale of Nick Toldy and the Legend of Dragon Peninsula. Cry havoc and release the dogs of retro and homage!
posted by Smart Dalek on Oct 14, 2011 - 14 comments

Pay Poor Tax: $12

If you're occupying a financial center, you might want to pass the time with a game of Monopoly. Though Hasbro gives ahighly contested "official history" asserting that the game was invented by an unemployed Philadelphia man, it actually originated 30 years earlier as The Landlord's Game, an anti-capitalist protest against the movement of wealth from poor to rich via real estate profiteering. Designed and patented by a Georgist Quaker woman, Elizabeth Maggie, in 1904, it was published by her Economic Game Company, but also spread far and wide - including in circles of socialist-leaning academic economists like Scott Nearing - as a hand-drawn and independently printed folk game. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Oct 13, 2011 - 24 comments

Multiplayer HTML5 audio game goodness

Plink! A multiplayer music experience by DinahMoe. Like ToneMatrix, but with friends (or complete Internet strangers!).
posted by spitefulcrow on Oct 9, 2011 - 16 comments

This time with little elephant-looking things.

At long last, Factory Balls 4 is complete. Go forth and create, my friends. (One, two, three, xmas.)
posted by phunniemee on Oct 3, 2011 - 11 comments

Wide stones cannot be swapped

Hanano Puzzle is a puzzle game about flowers, stones and gravity. Its author announced it recently on the TIGsource forums. Caveat: there is only a Windows version.
posted by tykky on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 comments

The Cruel Mathematics

Tim Rogers has written a long piece about the evils of social gaming and the mechanics of getting players to pay for virtual items. This, in reaction to certain mechanics in the new facebook mega-game, The Sims Social, which Tim has also reviewed, calling it "A Love Letter from a Computer Virus"
posted by hellojed on Sep 30, 2011 - 78 comments

Shadow Cities

Why be the mayor of Starbucks when you can conquer your neighborhood with magic? Shadow Cities is a location-aware MMORPG for your IStuff.
posted by steambadger on Sep 26, 2011 - 54 comments

Man writes on little blue website.

Great news: Broken Picture Telephone lives, it's called Teledraw!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 25, 2011 - 31 comments

If one guy starts playing it, you ALL have to play it.

Do you miss the game, Lemmings? Would you like to play Lemmings again? How many lemmings can you handle? How many more lemmings? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 22, 2011 - 58 comments

The 50 Greatest Video Game Characters of All Time

How many of these classic video game characters do you remember? A list of the 50 Greatest Video Game Characters of All Time. Obviously, it's a difficult task to create a definitive list of all our beloved favorites, but this seems to cover all the really significant characters. A little surprised (in a good way!) that Gestalt actually came in at number 10, TBH. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 21, 2011 - 225 comments

Foldit - Crystal structure of a monomeric retroviral protease solved by protein folding game players

Gamers solve molecular puzzle that baffled scientists. The structure of a protein causing AIDS in rhesus monkeys had not been discovered in 15 years of attempts. Players of a videogame did it in ten days. Foldit, the game in question. Abstract. Previously, previously.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 18, 2011 - 54 comments

Red: A Simple Flash Game

Red is a simple Flash game. Shoot the descending circles. Some are big and slow, some are small and quick. Shoot the power-ups to collect them. Soon you'll have a shield and some auto-turrets to help you clear the screen. But beware: it gets harder and more frantic as the wind increases. How long can you survive? A fun Missile Command/Asteroids hybrid. (Via reddit)
posted by BitterOldPunk on Sep 15, 2011 - 27 comments

Ready, set... DRAW!

Doodle Or Die! A massively multiplayer Pictionary-style game. Your drawings are used as fuel for the next player's guesses, which are then used as suggestions for the next player's drawings, which are then used for the next player's guesses, and so on. [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Sep 13, 2011 - 73 comments

Hours of Quality Entertainment

Flabby Physics!
posted by dunkadunc on Sep 13, 2011 - 33 comments

Also the little guy is really squat and cute and I like him.

Flash Fun Friuesday! In The Painter, you have to shoot paint around an empty world in order to find your exit.
Note: there is a slight loading problem. If it doesn't load the first time, refresh the page and it should be just fine.
posted by phunniemee on Sep 13, 2011 - 9 comments

float like a butterfly

The Animal Architecture Awards have just announced the winners of their 2011 contest. Taking first place is Simone Ferracina’s Theriomorphous Cyborg, a (speculative) augmented reality game inspired by Jacob von Uexküll’s notion of the animal umwelt. Not truly architectural, Theriomorphous Cyborg instead shifts how a human participant relates to space and the landscape. Each level in the free-form game takes the player through different modes that relate to the sensory capacities of various animals. (via) [more inside]
posted by infini on Sep 1, 2011 - 3 comments

What clicks may come

Trauma is an escape-the-room -dream game with a hauntingly beautiful aesthetic that tells the story of a young woman recovering from an accident. It is a cross-platform download or can be played in its entirety for free in Flash. [more inside]
posted by Thomas Tallis is my Homeboy on Aug 31, 2011 - 9 comments

1UP

How Games Saved My Life
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Aug 28, 2011 - 68 comments

Wonderputt

For those kept off the links -- particularly those with windmills -- by Irene, a flash alternative (via Kottke). Needs ice cream, but otherwise oojah-cum-spiff (via Wodehouse).
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Aug 27, 2011 - 16 comments

name that game!

How many video games can you identify by their sound effects? How many can you guess from their music? (part 2, part 3) Can you name video game consoles by their start-up sounds?
posted by flex on Aug 27, 2011 - 27 comments

A series of essays of esteemed boardgame veterans

Tabletop: Analog Game Design - A commons licenced book containing a series of essays about digital and non-digital games from some esteemed boardgame veterans: "Much has been written about the videogame revolution, [...] In a scant thirty some-odd years, we’ve grown from nothing to one of the world’s largest entertainment forms, grossing tens of billions annually [...] Works that discuss the evolution of the game industry from an historical perspective generally talk about the connection between the pre-digital arcade and the earliest digital games; I’ve even heard some claim that “without the arcade, videogames would not exist.” This is, of course, bosh..." [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Aug 24, 2011 - 36 comments

YOU RULE

Microsoft released Age of Empires Online last week -- a free-to-play realtime strategy game, and it's getting some pretty good press. [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Aug 22, 2011 - 42 comments

In The Time Machine Over The Sea

Neutral Milk Hotel: The RPG "The band's second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, released in 1998 and also produced by Schneider, is notable as a critically acclaimed and widely popular album. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Aug 20, 2011 - 34 comments

Sadly, the game is not about the robo-platypus you see on startup.

Tanooky Tracks is a cute game wherein you use riddles to help you find all the Tanookies (whatever those are) hidden around your house. It's a neat little take on the standard escape-the-room fare.
posted by phunniemee on Aug 14, 2011 - 35 comments

Play The End

The End is a charming flash platformer geared towards young adults which integrates strategy, puzzles and philosophical questions into a world that explores a range of views about mortality.
posted by carsonb on Aug 13, 2011 - 12 comments

Dodge the thingies

FastKat, for Friday fun HTML5/CSS/canvas game. Dodge the round dots in you modern browser. (Has no cats that I've found.)
posted by skynxnex on Aug 12, 2011 - 17 comments

The flash version of Pleasantville

Grey is a flash game where you bring color to your world.
posted by schyler523 on Aug 11, 2011 - 49 comments

Dizzy yet?

Tetris in the round.
posted by prefpara on Aug 7, 2011 - 29 comments

Friday Flash Game Wants To Eat Your Weekend Bwahahahahaha!!!

Kingdom Rush, the best tower defense This may be the best tower defense game you've ever played. Or at least the cutest. [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Aug 5, 2011 - 60 comments

The Keyboard Cat event makes it all worthwhile

Age of Fable is a web-based RPG with a whimsical sense of humor. [more inside]
posted by nickgb on Aug 1, 2011 - 14 comments

♫I'm especially good at expeeeccctorating♫ (my, what a guy, that Gaston)

Help the Hero! - Be the best manservant you can be!
posted by lemuring on Jul 30, 2011 - 13 comments

but no stones

Sticks is a Flash game where you use some minor engineering skills to make a dude rich. [more inside]
posted by DU on Jul 22, 2011 - 13 comments

The New York Times Discovers The Brilliance of Dwarf Fortress

This Sunday's New York Times Magazine interviews the creators of epic ASCII megagame Dwarf Fortress......and Metafilter credited as the "popular blog" which fueled public awareness of DF! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Jul 21, 2011 - 71 comments

Те́триссирте́Т

Untris... not heaven or hell, but a strange parallel universe... beyond the reaches of time...
posted by lemuring on Jul 17, 2011 - 25 comments

Jebediah Kerman is unfazed by his impending fiery death.

Fancy yourself a rocket scientist? Want to build rockets and shoot little green guys into space? Comfortable with your rocket flying apart and exploding into a thousand fiery pieces? Able to press the space bar? Try Kerbal Space Program. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Jul 16, 2011 - 26 comments

I will kill the first person who mentions Ender's Game

Fleet Commander. That is all.
posted by anigbrowl on Jul 15, 2011 - 50 comments

Welcome...welcome.

This is Zombotron. You can scavenge for items and kill the undead in this Flash game. Your less-advanced mechanical brethren may even shoot you on site, as they are only programmed to detect motion. Welcome to Zombotron.
posted by Smart Dalek on Jul 14, 2011 - 29 comments

Logic. Do you speak it?

Impasse is a simple flash-based puzzle game that involves getting your object from point A to B.
Notes:
  • Levels you complete can be scrolled through using "x" to move to the next level and "d" to return the level select button to the first level.
  • The browser saves your progress, so you can close your tab/browser and return to it later.

  • posted by lemuring on Jul 11, 2011 - 19 comments

    More Like: IcePuncher

    Icebreaker: one mouse click at the right moment makes the guy in the suit punch the ice wall and break through. Punching at the wrong moment? Not so good. But funny.
    posted by bwg on Jul 11, 2011 - 33 comments

    Gotta blast them all!

    Friday Downloadable Fun: Pixelships is a freeware combination of Pokemon and Defender. Destroy, collect, and upgrade 160 pixelized spaceships in a series of randomly generated levels. The sequel, Pixelships Retro, is now out and is available as shareware.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jul 7, 2011 - 10 comments

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