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Ladies and gentlemen: DIGITAL SPORTS

Defense of the Ancients is a MOBA (what's a MOBA? | comprehensive history of MOBAs) that has skyrocketed in recent years from a humble Warcraft multiplayer mod to a genre-defining megahit whose worldwide competitive bracket The International (whose finale airs tonight) boasts a prize pool of more than $10 million dollars. While publisher Valve is determined to help mainstream the esports craze with helpful noob newcomer-friendly broadcasts of the final and a simulcast on ESPN, the community has been dogged by accusations of hostility and a very steep learning curve. Luckily, you don't have to know anything about DOTA to enjoy the best thing to come out of it so far: 45 minutes of witheringly sarcastic in-game meta-commentary [playable transcript] in the dulcet tones of Kevan Brighting, the very charming (and very British) narrator of beloved metagame The Stanley Parable. Once you're finished with that delightful deconstruction of esport tropes, you might also enjoy perusing similar announcer packs for Portal's GLaDOS, Bastion's Rucks, and... a pirate. DIGITAL SPORTS!
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 21, 2014 - 47 comments

a party game for horrible people... online

You can play Cards Against Humanity online using a free webapp: Pretend You're Xyzzy is a CAH clone that allows you to join a game with random strangers -or- you can set up a password-protected game for you & your friends only. [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 9, 2014 - 56 comments

get your sh!t together devs

Bennett Foddy (of QWOP fame) explains why some multiplayer games aren't cut out for online multiplayer.
posted by Copronymus on Mar 12, 2014 - 54 comments

Urquhart and Muzyka RPG design talk at DICE 2013

Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart and Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka gave a joint talk during DICE 2013 on the future of RPGs . Topics included player engagement, modding, (a)synchronous multiplayer and ways of interacting with players. [more inside]
posted by ersatz on Feb 10, 2013 - 11 comments

Score Rush MP, an HTML5 Multiplayer Shmup

Xona Games have ported their Xbox Live Indie Games bullet hell shoot-em-up Score Rush to HTML5 — with multiplayer included!
posted by archagon on Nov 17, 2012 - 28 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

"A love smack"

The Duke Nukem series is certainly not known for its positive portrayal of women. In the previous game, (NSFW) women were either strippers, prostitutes, or trapped in alien cocoons, begging you to end their pain. The new game starts off showing Duke getting an implied blowjob from twins in school uniforms. The strippers and clubs are back. But when a multiplayer mode called "Capture the Babe" requires you to abduct women and lets you give them a "reassuring slap" on their buttocks if they "freak out", have the developers simply gone too far?
posted by ymgve on Mar 22, 2011 - 301 comments

Is that a Wiimote in your pocket, or are you just haptic to see me?

Share your Wiimote, share your wife. Ars Technica presents Ubisoft game "We Dare" as a "WTF". Joystiq declares it will "ruin parties for PS3/Wii owners". But North American Puritans need not fear:
As far as we can tell, We Dare is a European exclusive, so American partygoers are safe for the time being.
See the trailer to decide for yourself. Oh, and cue the jokes about vibrating controllers.
posted by anarch on Feb 24, 2011 - 97 comments

Super Mario Brothers X

Super Mario Brothers X The greatest fan game tribute to Super Mario of all time! Gameplay video here. hat tip to tigsource!
posted by boo_radley on Jan 19, 2011 - 23 comments

MMOScrabble

Scrabb.ly: Massively multiplayer online Scrabble.
posted by sveskemus on Oct 15, 2010 - 37 comments

Where's the egg?

Where's the egg? Rumpetroll - an HTML5, multiplayer, swimming & chatting game. "It's Norwegian, but not what you think."
posted by pashdown on Oct 2, 2010 - 14 comments

Everybody Edits

Everybody Edits is a fun Flash game where everyone edits the world and plays in it together.
posted by sveskemus on May 8, 2010 - 167 comments

Super sweet online multiplayer Tetris

Oh woop de do it's Tetris on the internet. No seriously, Tetris Friends is awesome. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Sep 8, 2009 - 48 comments

Oh. Em. Gee.

OMGpop is potentially all your Flash Fun Fridays come at once. Clones of addictive classic multiplayer games like Bomberman, Pictionary, Tetris, even Mario Kart and Guitar Hero - plus a whole lot more, all wrapped up in an extremely slick interface with an added dash of chat and social networking features. Not yet out of beta, the hype is certainly extensive, but is the business model sound? [more inside]
posted by TheTorns on Aug 28, 2009 - 21 comments

Make My Head Grow

Friday Flash Fun: "'Make My Head Grow' is a two player battle game. Each player control a small angry guy trying to push the other guys box over the edge. As everyone knows smacking your head into the ground makes your head grow - maybe even enough to make your box move..." [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Feb 13, 2009 - 14 comments

Savage 2, Free Hybrid FPS/RPG/RTS

Savage 2 is an innovative mix of first-person shooter, third-person action rpg, and real-time strategy. Teams consisting of 18 different classes, each with unique abilities, are divided in squads led by an officer, and under the direction of a single commander with a top down view of the action. Players must help their commander capture resources, advance their front line, and eventually destroy the enemy’s stronghold while accumulating experience and improving their abilities. Did I mention as of December 9th, it has become free to play? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow on Jan 19, 2009 - 10 comments

The War Of the Flea

Nano War: Infectious Flash Fun. Colonize blobs, send swarms, and win superior numbers. Free multi-player and level editor. Dangerously addictive. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 5, 2008 - 24 comments

I love Scotch too! (Unrelated, but true)

Shockwave Friday Fun - Tank Ball 2. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Samuel Farrow on Jun 19, 2008 - 16 comments

Pre-Friday Flash Fun

Paul and Dave, creators of the extremely popular Desktop Tower Defense flash game, have just opened up their new flash games site to the public! [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Dec 6, 2007 - 18 comments

Multiplayer Jellybattle

Multiplayer Jellybattle
posted by MetaMonkey on Aug 11, 2007 - 19 comments

Sumo Volleyball

Sumo Volleyball - online competition at its finest. Yep, Friday flash fun on Tuesday. For those of you who used to have ICQ, this game will be very familiar. Four different variates of play are offered. 1 on 1 is by far the favorite and the most fun, IMHO. One tiny downside, activeX based, and thus, pretty much IE only. There are also other games via the home page, of which Kung-fu chess is also very popular.
posted by killThisKid on Jul 23, 2007 - 8 comments

First Encounter Assault Recon: Combat

You may have your own set of acquired tastes, but what of acquired F.E.A.R.? The multiplayer component of Monolith's latest LithTek powered franchise has been overhauled and released into the wild - without a price tag in sight. If you've been known to enjoy a bit of the old simulated ultra violence you'll feel right at home among the frenetic emergence of automatic weapon fire and the spectre of the unarmed takedown.
posted by prostyle on Aug 21, 2006 - 14 comments

Keep your friends close?

A little over a year ago, the Guiding Hand Social Club issued a stunning press release - after months of infiltration and planning they had fulfilled an assassination contract on the CEO of a major corporation and ransacked the corporation's hangers, stealing almost 20 billion ISK, worth over $16,000 USD at the time. See PCGamer's excellent detailed description of the event: pages 1, 2, 3, 4. As synthetic worlds like Eve-Online and World of Warcraft gain popularity, what should we make of this kind of behavior? Eve's own players respond. Also, a response with a little more perspective. And what's going to happen when the IRS catches on?
posted by heresiarch on May 14, 2006 - 58 comments

Stick figures must die

Stick Arena - mindless multiplayer Flash violence, because I can't frigging wait for it to be Friday already.
posted by whir on Dec 20, 2005 - 14 comments

Collaborative real-time music (internet jamming)

Ninjam lets you play music (not MIDI) collaboratively with random people in real-time offset by one measure. Samples.
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 15, 2005 - 3 comments

A Tale in the Desert Live

The thinking man's MMOG is now live and accepting subscriptions. Someone on mefi noticed this game in development last July, but very little attention was given to it at that time. What has evolved in the game is an interesting social experiment, rather than your typical hack and slash Massive Multiplayer game. Many have equated it to Sims Online, but whereas that game appears to have failed to result in anything that doesn't smell of pig excrement, this title appears to have a soul. In fact, it's garnished its first review since opening on Feb 15th (shameless self-linking).
posted by thanotopsis on Feb 25, 2003 - 16 comments

Addictive game based in large part on discussion.

Addictive game based in large part on discussion. Perfect for MeFi'ers in my book. There's trivia, there's politics, plenty of "strategery", and the heart of it is the message boards. Plus the added benefit of very few trolls, because to make it in this game, you need to be intelligent and literate. No wonder I'm addicted.
posted by Melinika on May 18, 2001 - 17 comments

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