There’s an old dream in game design. It drives the design of games like SimCity, Dwarf Fortress, Tropico, The Sims, and Prison Architect. I like to call it the Simulation Dream.
- Bioshock Infinite designer Tynan Sylvester on games, complexity, stories and simulation.
posted by Artw
on Jun 10, 2013 -
How to Host a Dungeon
is a solitaire pen-and-paper game in which you create an underground complex of rooms, populate them with various fantasy races and monsters, and simulate its history. At almost any time you can stop and have the basis for a D&D campaign. Here's a YouTube playthrough of a game: Part 1
- Part 2 [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Mar 4, 2012 -
You are in a warm, dark, comfortable place. This has been your place since you became aware that you are alive. It's almost time to enter a different world now.
In 1986, Activision published a roleplaying computer game called Alter Ego
. Unlike the action and fantasy titles that ruled the day, this game simulated the course of a single ordinary life. Beginning at birth, players navigated a series of vignettes: learning to crawl, reacting to strangers, getting a first haircut. The outcome of each scenario subtly influenced one's path, and with every choice players slowly progressed through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Graphically minimalist
-- one's lifestream is represented by simple icons, and the scenarios are all text -- the game was nevertheless engaging, describing the world in a playful, good-natured tone tinged by darkness and melancholy. And it had quite a pedigree; developer and psychology PhD Peter Favaro
interviewed hundreds of people on their most memorable life experiences to generate the game's 1,200 pages of material. Unfortunately for Dr. Favaro, the game didn't sell very well. But it lives on through the web -- PlayAlterEgo.com
offers a full copy of the game free to play in your browser, and the same port is available as a $5 app for iPhone
. More: Port discussion group
- Vintage review
- Original game manual (text
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 31, 2010 -
They were one of history’s greatest teams. But by the late 2000s, Pro Vercelli were entrenched in the lower leagues, their glorious past forgotten. Until one day, a man bought a video game. Read the uplifting saga of a small-town Italian club, an unknown American manager, triumph, betrayal, passion, and several extremely good recipes, from start to finish [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Jul 3, 2010 -
The sequel to Warfare 1917 (previously
) has been released: Warfare 1944
. I was going to save this for tomorrow, but it seems that we've had a Flash Thursday today.
posted by Hactar
on Jul 2, 2009 -
You've already pushed a hapless dummy down the stairs.
Now you can see what happens when that same guy gets behind the wheel
- or at least inside the cab - of a truck speeding toward a wall. Scant on documentation, but not hard to figure out (the 1 and 2 sliders control the position of two ramps). Anyone find a good technique for a high score? (2 MB Windows .exe)
posted by wanderingmind
on Aug 3, 2003 -
is an online RPG that's "a simulation of what it is like to be a power player in the movie industry today." Take on the role of studio head, agent, producer, critic, or journalist and make virtual movies
every bit as crappy as the ones that the real Hollywood churns out!
posted by MrBaliHai
on Apr 6, 2003 -