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Games people (can) play (by themselves)

Lonely? Bored? Well, the 2013 Solitaire Print and Play Contest is here to help you stave off boredom this weekend (and burn through all of your printer ink). This year's winner is Maquis, a "solitaire worker-placement game with variable goals and a play time of approximately twenty minutes. The player places his resistance agents on spaces around town to achieve his goals - blowing up trains, publishing underground newspapers - but at the same time Milice collaborators and Wehrmacht soldiers patrol the area." [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 6, 2013 - 5 comments

Press A to make these patronizing screens go away.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's opening tutorial sequence pokes a whole lot of fun at the conventions of opening tutorial sequences. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 2, 2013 - 27 comments

"BioShock Infinite is not a formula game"

"Propaganda shields ideas from danger, and I think I'd rather expose ideas to danger. I think that's what I like to make in these games, is to take ideas and say, well, let's see what happens when these aren't protected." With the much anticipated release of BioShock Infinite just two weeks away, EuroGamer sits down for a lengthy chat with creative Director Ken Levine about philosophy, politics and God. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 12, 2013 - 92 comments

Be the chosen one, travel the ancient world and underworld to save your love.

The First Hero is a very short (~10 minutes) but wonderful point-and-click game set in the realm of the Greek gods, with lovely artwork and music.
posted by jbickers on Sep 26, 2012 - 5 comments

R.I.P, Game Doctor

Bill Kunkel, one of the co-founders of Electronic Games magazine and a pioneer in video game journalism, has died at the age of 61. His list of accomplishments is impressive and diverse, working on everything from strategy guides to graphic novels to feature films, but his enduring legacy will likely be the magazine (Flickr set), in which he and his team coined such enduring terms as "easter egg" and "screenshot." [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 7, 2011 - 22 comments

"Watching progress bars change has never been this much fun."

Tired of leveling up your mafia and building your farm? Get right to the heart of the matter with Progress Wars!
posted by jbickers on Mar 16, 2010 - 45 comments

"Without spoiling too much, this game will show you a bit about yourself and humanity."

Strangers is a very short (~5 minutes to complete) Windows platform game, "which has an interesting twist that you may or may not see coming." Download and forum here, with an admonition to "play this song while playing." [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 3, 2010 - 19 comments

"It will cost you a piece of yourself."

Destructoid has posted a full video play-through of the controversial "No Russian" level from the newly released Modern Warfare 2 (warning: possibly disturbing). The level, in which the player is asked to infiltrate a Russian terrorist group and, as a result, take part in a terrorist attack on civilians, has divided gamers and journalists. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 10, 2009 - 230 comments

The game is on.

SoftBoard Games: Free, Commercial, and Abandoned Computer Versions of Board and Card Games with Computer AI (Artificial Intelligence) Opponents.
posted by jbickers on Nov 10, 2008 - 10 comments

Get ready to burn through a lot of ink!

"A Solitaire Civization game that's compact enough to play on a plane ... Using only a pad of paper, a pencil, and a specialized deck of cards, lead your civilization through the ages to become ... civilized." A free "print-and-play" board game. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 25, 2008 - 20 comments

Ogre, anyone?

From Steve Jackson to TSR to FASA to Mayfair - an awesome retrospective on the joys of microgames.
posted by jbickers on Sep 22, 2008 - 48 comments

Vintage retro sporn

You may be excited about the upcoming Maxis game Spore. But don't forget about two other primo games named Spore - a 1987 C-64 title and a 1991 DOS title, which looks like somebody put Zork and Breakout into Creature Creator and mashed them together. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 5, 2008 - 10 comments

Free MMOs to devour your free time

Still paying a monthly fee for an MMO? Free-MMOs boasts an exhaustive (exhausting?) list of games that are free to join, free to play; try the excellent dungeon crawl Gods of Time, or the odd abandonware homebrew Ultima 6 Online.
posted by jbickers on May 21, 2008 - 24 comments

Click.

Created by flash artist and graphic novelist Mateusz Skutnik, Submachine is one of the class acts of the point-and-click Web-game genre. Mesmerizing, layered and absorbing, the latest chapter in the series has just been released. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 1, 2008 - 11 comments

Plasma Pong!

"PLASMA PONG is a variation of PONG that utilizes real-time fluid dynamics to drive the game environment. ... In the game you can inject plasma fluid into the environment, create a vacuum from your paddle, and blast shockwaves into the playing area."
posted by jbickers on Jun 28, 2007 - 13 comments

I vant to be aloooone ...

"The definitive list of single-player games." Here's another. And if your Paypal account balance means eBay isn't an option, here's a whole mess of stuff to do by yourself with a basic deck of cards.
posted by jbickers on Jun 17, 2007 - 3 comments

The best things in life are free, creepy, and require pointing and clicking

5 Days a Stranger. 7 Days a Skeptic. Trilby's Notes. 6 Days a Sacrifice. The great retro-fun of the Chzo Mythos adventure games, all of which are freeware.
posted by jbickers on May 16, 2007 - 6 comments

'The new Doctor... He's so young!'

Doctor Who fun and games. While you wait for Series 3 to start - and toss and turn wondering who the next Doctor will be - blow a little bit of time with K-9, the Daleks and the Slitheen.
posted by jbickers on Mar 27, 2007 - 56 comments

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