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Turns out that BUTTS LOL looks super classy in the Captain Sky Hawk font

The President has been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to render text in a variety of sweet-as-hell video game typefaces using Arcade Font Writer? [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 28, 2014 - 18 comments

The Tarot of the Game Developer's Conference

Trading business cards at GDC is a social ritual. Tarot is a social ritual. Games are social rituals. I expect that, if I combine all three, I’ll achieve a moment of perfect clarity about human social rituals. [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Mar 24, 2014 - 7 comments

This game sucks

Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013 is a groundbreaking simulator taking place in the incredible world of Robot Vacuum cleaners, with additional 2-player duel mode [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 22, 2013 - 19 comments

The making of Grand Theft Auto

"Like nailing jelly to kittens." - Unloved, hugely delayed and plagued by bugs, GTA almost didn't see the light of day. This is the story of how a small team of developers at DMA Design saw their vision through and kickstarted a gaming revolution.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 15, 2013 - 24 comments

Video Game 3,000

Meet the 'other' next-gen console
posted by DynamiteToast on Aug 26, 2013 - 17 comments

D - O - N - K - E - Y - K - O - N - G

It's Donkey Kong. In stop motion. [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 26, 2013 - 12 comments

Cello Fortress By Joost van Dongen

Cello Fortress is a unique combination of a game and a live music performance. A cellist defends a fortress by improvising on his cello. Melodies control the guns, dissonant notes activate the flamethrowers. Players from the audience use game controllers to steer their tanks and attack the fortress. The cellist plays live music, while at the same time controlling the game to be a fun challenge for the players. Cello Fortress is an innovative experiment that blends concert and game.
posted by boo_radley on Jan 16, 2013 - 5 comments

Discipline, Punish or Runaway

Run away from Michel Foucault. Cameron Kunzelman is a games journalist and creator. He has made a little web game where you try to evade the French historian. His blog. His twitter. More Kunzelman Previously.
posted by PinkMoose on Jan 8, 2013 - 15 comments

Scam-Z

Hammerpoint Interactive released its new MMO The War Z on Steam yesterday. It has not been a good launch. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Dec 19, 2012 - 126 comments

What's Snots?

Two Irish children misunderstand a quiz show
posted by rollick on Nov 8, 2012 - 61 comments

You got Atari in my geetar!

Behold the gAtari 2600. An Australian musician performing under the pseudonym cTrix specializes in creating chiptunes using a combination of games consoles from 1977 - 1992, including a Commodore 64, Amiga 500, a clear-cased Gameboy, and an Atari 2600. The latter is possibly the most striking setup, incorporating the Atari (running custom-written sequencing software) into an oversized guitar body, with a fretboard packed with Boss stompboxes and a great pun as a name — gAtari.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Dec 31, 2011 - 40 comments

A long way to go to lose

Here is a video playthrough of The Legend of Zelda without a sword. It is possible to get right up to the last boss without one, although it requires knowing a lot of tricks. That is exactly what mev1978 does in his playthrough, without dying. And then he does it again in the second quest. First quest (1:61:31) - Second quest (1:13:18) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 26, 2011 - 33 comments

Bap Bah Dah Pah Baah Yap Pah!

Nerdcore rock band I Fight Dragons presents I Fight Ganon, a live performance of the Legend Of Zelda Theme song
posted by The Whelk on Dec 25, 2011 - 7 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

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

Over 70 Billion Gold Rings Served

Twenty years ago today, the gaming world saw the launch of a truly landmark title: Sonic the Hedgehog. Developed as a vehicle for a new Sega mascot, the fluid, vibrant, cheery-tuned wonderland swiftly became the company's flagship product, inspiring over the ensuing decades an increasingly convoluted universe of TV shows, comic books, and dozens of games on a variety of systems (all documented in this frighteningly comprehensive TVTropes portal). And while in recent years the series has turned out more and more mediocre 3D and RPG efforts, the original games remain crown jewels of the 16-bit era. So why not kick off this anniversary by replaying the titles that started it all for free in your browser: Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992), Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994), Sonic & Knuckles (1994). Or click inside for music, remakes, and other fun stuff! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 23, 2011 - 71 comments

Legocraft

Many people have described the popular freeform game Minecraft as "kind of like Lego", so a few enterprising stop-motion animators have decided to jump on that idea.
posted by The Whelk on Mar 26, 2011 - 27 comments

He sees you.

No matter what you do, no matter where you go, Watson will find you.
posted by Lord_Pall on Feb 27, 2011 - 27 comments

Why, that'ssss a nicccce everything you have there.

Yogscast is already well known for their gaming related podcasts and video blogging, but have really come into their own with their Minecraft story-telling saga of THE SHADOW OF ISRAPHEL... [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Feb 18, 2011 - 22 comments

Brierized.

For your listening pleasure, I present to you the Zelda Rag, performed (with no prior practice) by Tom Brier. When that gets old, there's also a ragtime adaptation of the horse race theme from the Ocarina of Time that is not to be missed. And if Zelda's too easy, you can try the theme from Ghosts and Goblins. And, finally, an actual rag from Final Fantasy VI: the Spinach Rag. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Dec 26, 2010 - 22 comments

The Post That Cannot Possibly Go Wrong

Halfway through the third book of the Hitchhiker's Guide series, there is a throwaway reference to a doomed starship, one whose incredible splendor was matched only by the cosmic absurdity of its maiden-day annihilation. But the story didn't end there. Unbeknownst to many fans, this small piece of Adamsian lore was the inspiration for an ambitious and richly-detailed side-story: a 1998 computer adventure game called Starship Titanic. Designed by Douglas Adams himself, the game set players loose in the infamous vessel, challenging them with a maddening mystery laced with the devilish wit of the novels. The game was laden with extra content, including an in-depth strategy guide, a (mediocre) tie-in novel by Terry Jones, a whimsical First Class In-Flight Magazine, and even a pair of 3D glasses for one of the more inventive puzzles. Key to solving these puzzles was the game's groundbreaking communications system -- players interacted with the ship's robotic crew through a natural language parsing engine called SpookiTalk, whose 10,000+ lines of conversational dialogue spawned 16 hours of audio recorded by professional voice actors, including John Cleese, Terry Jones, and even Douglas Adams himself in several cameos (spoiler cameo). Want to experience the voyage for yourself? Then watch this narrated video playthrough (intro (ads) - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9? 10 11 12 13) ...or click inside for a information on how to run the game for free on Windows, Mac, and Linux (along with a bunch of other goodies!). [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 22, 2010 - 109 comments

The Revolution Will Be Counter Clockwise

The revolution will be counter clockwise! Jam City Rollergirls for WiiWare is ready to drop later this year. It will be the first video game treating the 75-year old sport of roller derby. Like most things derby, from the recent Down and Derby book to the WFTDA, to DNN, where you can watch live bouts, to the movie Whip It!, Jam City Rollergirls is supported by and features real players of this growing girl-power sport. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Sep 7, 2010 - 44 comments

Board Games with Scott!

Confused in Catan? Conflicted about Carcassonne? Puzzled in Puerto Rico? You've heard about all these awesome new board games that are out these days, but don't know where to begin? Help is here! Scott Nicholson knows all about 'em, and will explain them in great detail in his video series Board Games With Scott! [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 8, 2010 - 56 comments

WOOT

RPG heroes are jerks!
posted by P.o.B. on Mar 25, 2010 - 84 comments

25 cents, same as in town

The Joydick (NSFW) is a wearable haptic device for controlling video gameplay based on realtime male masturbation. Construction photographs.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 13, 2010 - 65 comments

First Person Shooter

In Sizing Up Sperm, people dressed in all white literally act out the role of sperm in the race to become one with the egg, running through valleys, squeezing through spirals, battling Leukocytes and much more. The results are stunning and the program airs this Sunday, March 14 on National Geographic. It just so happens that Slate also got in on the ejaculation meme, and delivered an article on a story of sperm donors and DNA tracing in Are Sperm Donors Really Anonymous Anymore? [via] [more inside]
posted by netbros on Mar 13, 2010 - 26 comments

Prochaine Station: Gotham's Soul Breakdance Battle

BBOY JOKER (single link interactive youtube game) - Patrick Boivin (from visual wizards Phylactère Cola [wiki]) strikes again with a new stop animation game following his success with YouTube Street Fighter.
posted by zenzizi on Feb 14, 2009 - 4 comments

YouTube Street Fighter

YouTube Street Fighter (single link interactive youtube game)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jan 20, 2009 - 33 comments

The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan is an unfinished video game set in an entirely black and white world. Players can splatter paint to help them find their way through an unusual garden. A video of the gameplay.
posted by GuyZero on Oct 30, 2008 - 32 comments

Like, OMIGOD!

80smusicvids.com - Like totally bodacious collection of over 1000 music videos from like the raddest decade. Choice. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 6, 2008 - 61 comments

Super Epic Video Game News

Super Epic Video Game News. Several Channel 101 alumni are bringing their own distinctive style to game and tech journalism. Perfect for those who love video games, but hate the people that play them. The YouTube comments are an even split between impotent rage and people who get the joke. [more inside]
posted by BartFargo on Apr 3, 2008 - 14 comments

bits are fun

The Top 5 Game-Inspired Music Videos (via, with one more) [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Jan 22, 2008 - 30 comments

To be fair, the hosts can be stupid too.

Let's pause for a moment to view the best part of any gameshow -- the stupid contestants. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Jan 13, 2008 - 36 comments

Cruise Elroy: A Pac-Man Linkfest

Is it just not enough to play Pac-Man on the Atari, PC, OS X dashboard, web, and cellphone? Try Pac-Gentleman, the Pac-Man board game, or just get some costumes and do it yourself. [more inside]
posted by churl on Nov 3, 2007 - 16 comments

It's Also Acetaminophen-riffic.

Ready for '90s nostalgia yet? Well, throw some flannel on your Furby and get ready for that decade's most migrane-tastic fad, the autostereogram, or Magic Eye. Of course, the Web can't leave anything alone, so you can watch a moving autostereogram, play a little wall-eyed Tetris or Pong, and create your own image to delight and annoy your friends.
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg on Jun 18, 2007 - 69 comments

Let's Play!

The Let's Play archive. Ever wanted to play a particular video game, but never got around to it? Let's Play features extensive walkthroughs of classic games like Silent Hill and Flashback complete with screenshots, videos, and commentary. Other games such as Darkseed and The Immortal are coming soon.
posted by clockworkjoe on Feb 2, 2007 - 7 comments

Tetris Documentary

Tetris - From Russia with Love (Google Video) A BBC documentary about Tetris and its creator Alexey Pajitnov.
posted by loquacious on Oct 27, 2006 - 23 comments

A thing to do with your time and a lot of legos

Bitflicks : very large and accurate representations of video games made out of Lego blocks.
posted by boo_radley on Oct 9, 2006 - 10 comments

Invading Space

Human Space Invaders
1 theatre
67 extras
4 hours of shooting
390 images
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= 3 minutes of video [16 MB QT]
[Site in French, video without words]
posted by kika on Jul 17, 2006 - 45 comments

Chinlone highlight reel

This highlight reel of people playing the traditional Myanmar game of Chinlone is pretty amazing. Being a particularly ignorant westerner, I really had no idea of the grace & athleticism involved in the game.
posted by jonson on Apr 30, 2006 - 22 comments

happy fun vacuum time

This game sucks. Courtesy of the experimental gameplay project.
posted by boo_radley on Apr 26, 2006 - 20 comments

GO WEST EAT DOT GO WEST EAT DOT

DotQuest Can you survive the deadly ghosts in this text adventure? via languagehat's blog in an oblique fashion.
posted by boo_radley on Mar 24, 2006 - 24 comments

Do unto others. Now!

Jack Thompson (1992 ACLU Censor of the Year) is an outspoken critic of violent video games. (Previously on...44150 and 44309) His recent "A Modest Video Game Proposal" offers $10,000 to the first game company which "creates, manufactures, and sells" a video game with the (fictional) premise of a father wreaking horrible vengeance on the video game companies whose twisted creations drove his son to bloody murder. More info (@wikipedia)
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Oct 12, 2005 - 32 comments

DJ Format featuring Abdominal & D-sisive

Witness the Whiteness as borderline-albino Canadian nerdcore MCs kick it Konami-school [Windows Media/Quicktime; more]
posted by Pretty_Generic on Aug 16, 2005 - 13 comments

"With whom did my father fight and lose?..."

Ikaruga putting you to sleep? Battletoads as challenging as Animal Crossing? If so, consider saving up for an XBox and/or Ninja Gaiden Black, expansion-of-sorts to the infamous Ninja Gaiden (the game so hard it kills your friends). Due out in September, the game's creator claims in an interview that roughly 1% of American players will complete the game's new "Master Ninja" difficulty. You can read the rest of the interview here or grab the outlandishly large trailer. Is there a legitimate demand for games this challenging, or is this just a case of misguided "difficult==better" thinking?
posted by Monster_Zero on Jun 6, 2005 - 31 comments

Leeroy

Video games are stupid [Windows Media, nsfw audio]
posted by Pretty_Generic on May 31, 2005 - 59 comments

Featuring Meatball Sub as itself.

Peasant's Quest coming soon to theatres. A Lem Sportsinterviews Joint. [Macromedia Flash; largely injoke]
posted by Pretty_Generic on Feb 8, 2005 - 14 comments

Is That A Dragon or a Duck?

Adventure - based on the classic text game of the same name - was the first game ever to contain an easter egg. It seems laughably primitive these days, but when it first hit shelves, Adventure was a programming masterpiece. The text version of Adventure (by Willie Crowther and Don Woods) required hundreds of KB and a mainframe computer to operate, so much that Atari brass told Warren Robinett not to even bother with a 2600 version. He did anyway, and the results are near legendary. The 2600 version of Adventure went on to sell over a million copies at $25 a pop. For his effort Robinett recieved absolutely nothing beyond his $22,000/year salary. Play the 2600 Adventure. (Flash) If you're one of those who requires some eye candy, why not download the Quake 3 Adventure Map, instead?
posted by absalom on Jan 7, 2005 - 41 comments

Friday Flash Fun.

Not many sites have a high "gee-whiz-neato!" factor anymore. But this one sure does. Can anyone read Hangul to let us know what the site is all about? Or is it better to just let your imagination run with it?
posted by Officeslacker on Sep 12, 2003 - 16 comments

Video Game Music

Video game music is designed to heighten tension, and get you involved in the game, but it's come a long way from the days of Pong, now we have a single video game generating a 4 CD boxset & a greatest hits CD. Game Music Home, one of the first sites dedicated to gaming music is still preserved online. Now there's even a game music database and sites like GameMusic.com, VGMusic.com, etc specialize in selling video game soundtracks. Here's a brief timeline of video game music. Of course with original songs like "Taxi Drivers Must Die" (lyric), how long before we see a video game song on the Billboard charts?
posted by riffola on Jan 31, 2003 - 38 comments

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