Save pinball! "It's an American icon," said Stern, ever the salesman. "Pinball is cool because it is retro. It's a Volkswagen bug, a PT Cruiser, khaki pants."
posted by justgary
on Aug 3, 2002 -
Presented is an interview with the creator of the fantastic game from the mid 80s; regarding the design of enemies in the game, he has this to say: "Some of the most interesting and deadly aspects of the enemies were bugs caused by improperly terminated boundary conditions in the algorithms. Often these bugs produced behavior far more interesting and psychotic then anything I conceived of." There are many more interviews of classic game authors in the book which is the source for this interview, James Hague's Halcyon Days
. (Link thanks to Glish
posted by moz
on Aug 2, 2002 -
What is an Emu?
A source of Food
An Australian Airline with a since of humor?
A source of an oil with many uses
Yes, yes and yes. But perhaps more importantly, as today is Friday, you might want to skip the above links and see what happens when you cross an Emu, Flash and the Arcade classic Moon Lander
Here's some Friday Flash goodness, the Emu*Lander
"because Emus can't fly."
[Ignore the rabbit meme, land the EMU.]
posted by DBAPaul
on Aug 2, 2002 -
Play The Britney Spears vs. Shakespeare Game:
This is more than a bit of fun from The Philosopher's Magazine
. After answering a few questions on your definition of what makes a great work of art, you get to choose two artists and rate them both. ( Yes, you can even pit Britney against Shakespeare). You'll then get a final score on who is, according to your criteria, il miglior fabro
. Julien Baggini
's essay, Who's The Greatest?
, is well worth reading beforehand. [I pitted T.S.Eliot against Miles Davis and Miles Davis won hands down...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jul 30, 2002 -
More friday fun games...
In the last three days I killed way to much time on this little game. Being that friday seems to be the day to release links to flash stuff and games, I leave you with Marbles.
posted by thebwit
on Jul 19, 2002 -
, beneath the cover of an innocuous-looking retail operation, those with true Power have built a facility to imprison forces man was not meant to know . . . things we were never meant to comprehend... dare you peek inside
posted by zeoslap
on Jul 16, 2002 -
is a "celebration of the pixel." Tiny GIF animations are resized to fill your browser window, resulting in giant blocky washes of color.
Make sure to read the info, as there are some potentially important notes in there.
posted by Su
on Jul 1, 2002 -
Create your own Monopoly Game
Surely the perfect customised gift? You can change the name of the game, the theme, the name of the properties/stations, and also the rules.
Apparently it uses a 'What You See Is What You Get Realtime Interface', which allows users to personalise the game completely to their requirements, and then print out and proof the new design. What I find most interesting about this product offering is that the whole process is completely automated. Once you've designed and ordered your customised game, it goes straight to print/production, and is then sent out to you. No human intervention is required. This appears to me to be pretty ground breaking stuff (well in the Toy World anyway), or am I just way behind the times? (via the Ecademy
posted by RobertLoch
on Jun 28, 2002 -
Tired of Fantasy Baseball/Football/Basketball? Then it's time you tried Fantasy Fugitive Recovery
"Fantasy Fugitive Recovery (FFR) is an internet game similar to other sports. You pick a roster and are awarded points based on your players performance. In FFR, the aim of the game is to pick five escaped convicts from the master list and gain points based on if your escapees are captured."
Anyone want to start a league (ehh, prison system?) with me?
posted by Yelling At Nothing
on Jun 17, 2002 -
The Internet Pinball Database
has shots of backglasses, playing tables, and promotional flyers for just about every pinball machine ever created. I loved pinball. Now, it seems impossible to find a machine to play on. Back when I worked at a local pizza shop, we had a rotation of some great machines. I really enjoyed the Addams Family
, Star Wars
, Lethal Weapon 3
(which i remember as being really easy), and especially the Twilight Zone
game, with the special white power ball. A walk down memory lane that served me well. Find a place near you to play some pinball here
. Or, you could just go pro
posted by Ufez Jones
on Jun 12, 2002 -
, yeah, so its not friday flash, but it's sure a good way to waste a few hours on a tuesday afternoon or a wednesday morning. great game with some real strategy involved.
posted by sixtwenty3dc
on May 28, 2002 -
US Army Introduces "America's Army" PC Game
Developed by the U.S. Army and Department of Defense experts in simulations and virtual environments, America's Army blends two simulations: Soldiers, a role-playing portion, and a first-person action game, called Operations. The Army will distribute America’s Army for free through distribution partners that include leading computer game magazines, Army events, recruiting stations, and through internet download.
posted by Stuart_R
on May 23, 2002 -
is a really cute and fun game. Yeah, it's not time for Friday Time-waste, probably, but I love when people create amusing stuff like this. If only someone would do a (better than scorch2000
) networked version of Scorched Earth...
posted by twiggy
on May 22, 2002 -
Congress Woman requests Flash game removal
on NewGrounds.com. The game is not being removed for its violent content, or depection of blood and gore. Instead it is the subject matter of the game that has raised the spectre of censorship.
The game in question, Kaboom!
, is about suicide bombers, the object being to blow up as many people as possible.
Do you think that a game about a Palestinian captured by the Israeli army to act as a human shield would warrant the same type fo request?
posted by DragonBoy
on May 7, 2002 -
In the vein of bejeweled, tetris, and various other incredibly addictive games, comes Collapse
. Mmmm, Friday flash.
posted by monju_bosatsu
on May 3, 2002 -
Fly The Copter
You think it's easy flying a radio-controlled helicopter into somebody's head. My hi-score is 418. See if you can beat it.
posted by sahrens428
on May 2, 2002 -
Just fun here.
Pick your favorite Arcade game and comment on why it is your favorite.
Just a little distraction from all the doom and gloom.
Mine is Robotron, so much so that a few years ago I actually bought one. It was first released in 1982 and it claimed many quarters from me.
Very exciting game that really tested your hand/eye coordination.
So, let's hear it for your favorite blast from the past
posted by a3matrix
on May 2, 2002 -
The Try Group's site
uses a simple Flash "game" to deliver their central idea: that children should be encouraged to look at the world in different ways. There's a little more info
at the developer's site.
Neat concept, and also just fun to poke around in for a little while.
posted by Su
on May 2, 2002 -
World of Awe
-- Through a portal on 419 East 6th street in Manhattan, a traveler passes into the Sunset/Sunrise--a desert terrain locked into the mindframe between night and day, in search of a lost treasure. The voyage is documented in a journal found on a laptop evidently built by the traveler in Silicon Canyon, which is a graveyard for old computer components. The journal contains letters to an absent lover, travel logs and descriptions of the unique navigation tools. Following a hi-tech/lo tech, double-sided map (Eep & Moo), the traveler describes a search for a treasure that keeps relocating. The only remains found are crumbs fallen from the body of the treasure that surprisingly resemble candy sprinkles.
posted by boltman
on Apr 30, 2002 -
Poke Alex in the Eye!
posted by acridrabbit
on Apr 12, 2002 -
is an addictive online game based on the real-life sport of footbag freestyle. Think of it as extreme Hacky Sack. Try to hit as many huge trick combinations as you can without dropping the footbag. Try to pull off the Nemisis, the Paradox Torque or the elusive Bedwetter.
posted by neuroshred
on Apr 9, 2002 -
I'm here to tell you about the ultimate sporting clash of the titans-Air Hockey!
That's right, the ultimate rec-room sport of the '70's is alive and well. There's leagues galore
including one in Austin, Texas
(home of numerous MeFite's.), and cool Flash animations
of some slick moves. Ever since I bought my first table at age 10 at a yard sale, this has been my game. Nice to know it's still out there. There's even places to buy nifty tables
if you're in the market. Me and the missus used to love playing at the local arcade on this beauty
with the nifty flourescent puck. Now drop the puck and play!
posted by jonmc
on Apr 7, 2002 -
Remember back in the heyday of Infocom
when you would routinely spend four or five days straight (subsisting on RC cola and beef jerky, only taking breaks to visit the john) trying to crack all the puzzles in Zork II or Suspended? Yeah, those were the days. Now, of course, you're a busy guy -- you can no longer devote entire weekends to the joys of text adventuring. That's why, today on your coffee break, you should play Adam Cadre's 9:05
. Playing the entire game, from start to finish, should take you no longer than 10 minutes. But set aside a bit more time, because you'll probably want to play it again.
posted by Shadowkeeper
on Apr 3, 2002 -
beware...because this is fun to play with.
(I haven't seen this link before, but if it's a double-post, my apologies. I live in fear of making a double-post)
posted by Badmichelle
on Mar 28, 2002 -