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Beyond Dark Castle

"During one of the worst years of my life, I drew solace, as much as from any book, from regularly visiting the swamp level of Beyond Dark Castle, a video game for the Mac. You had a little helicopter-backpack, and you just motored over this desolate bayou throwing rocks at bats in the darkness and silence. There was a sense of stillness and peace there that I still refer back to in my head." [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Aug 25, 2015 - 22 comments

Cancel awards season. We have a winner.

You may think: "The last thing I want to do is intentionally watch a commercial for a Madden video game." You're wrong. (SLYT)
posted by 256 on Aug 22, 2015 - 60 comments

The state of being both kid and squid simultaneously

Nintendo's quirky squad shooter Splatoon, which sold 1.6 million worldwide copies in two months of release, is their first real new property since the Gamecube era. People are calling it the game that could save the Wii-U. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 6, 2015 - 80 comments

Time Stands Still

400 Years - a browser game that uses time as a gameplay mechanic as you play a stone idol racing to stop a looming disaster (via Gamefilter).
posted by The Whelk on Aug 6, 2015 - 22 comments


PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua commands and provides simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges.
What does that mean? PICO-8 is like an emulator for a lo-fi game console that never actually existed. With 16 colors, 128x128, 4 channels of sound, and tight data limits, PICO-8 "cartridges" can be played -- and created -- in a web browser, or on just about any home computer, and even inside maker Lexaloffle's other, more full-featured fantasy console, Voxatron. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jul 22, 2015 - 62 comments

Grand Theft Arthur

YouTube user Merfish has recreated some popular TV show theme intros in the video game Grand Theft Auto V [NSFW]:

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Full House
  • Arthur
  • Family Matters

  • posted by Room 641-A on Jul 5, 2015 - 12 comments

    Pixel Dailies

    @Pixel_Dailies gives you a theme or subject every day for you to draw. They retweet and blog their favorites each day. The art club just had its first birthday.
    posted by curious nu on Jun 29, 2015 - 2 comments

    Aww yeah, this is happenin’!

    On The Beautiful and Tragic Weirdness of Sonic Adventure
    posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on May 25, 2015 - 39 comments

    To paraphrase him: Harassing Jim Crawford with Cool Game Recommendations

    Remember the surprising stealth thing-that's-great Frog Fractions (previously)? When creator Jim Crawford (also previously) and his team released its successfully Kickstarted sequel, they won't tell anyone, and will leave everyone to find it for themselves. Enter the unofficial Frog Fractions 2 twitter account, which bugs Jim about a different possible culprit every day. And for those who didn't back the Kickstarter and thus won't be automatically notified when The Jig Is Up (TM), there's always IsTheJigUpYet, which also attempts to guess at FF2's identity (albeit using a sliiiiiightly different method). [more inside]
    posted by BiggerJ on May 24, 2015 - 16 comments

    Atari Retrospectives: myths and legends from first-hand participants

    Why read lengthy articles on the history of Atari when you can hear stories first-hand? Hear Nolan Bushnell (and a few others) tell all about how a little company named Syzygy became Atari, in clips both new(ish) and old; tune in for four episodes of Once Upon Atari, featuring Atari staff reminiscing about the good times and bad; and visit Alamogordo, New Mexico, home of rocket sled land-speed records and the grave of Ham, the first chimp in space, with Zak Penn as he digs for the truth behind the legend of the buried E.T. cartridges in Atari: Game Over with fans and Howard Scott Warshaw, the man who made the Atari E.T. game in five weeks. [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief on Apr 29, 2015 - 11 comments

    a beguiling stream of unsullied strangeness

    Kill Screen Daily has an interview with FM Towns Marty (NSFW), who posts images and gifs from otherwise inaccessible retro Japanese computer games. His images were controversially used in Jon Rafman's video for Oneohtrix Point Never's song Still Life (Betamale) (NSFW).
    posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Apr 20, 2015 - 8 comments

    Occupation... Baby

    Retrogaming blog VGJunk has just turned 5, and celebrated with a post about the gonzo Capcom beat em up classic Captain Commando. Over the last half-decade, VG Junk has uncovered a hidden Treasure with McDonalds, helped NSync get to their show and imagined what Re-Animator would look like on the NES. He's also investigated the national stereotypes that hide in fighting games, with his probing look at the fighters of Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, and Spain. So put on some Queen, watch out for Jack the Ripper, and enjoy a stroll down memory lane.
    posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Apr 19, 2015 - 15 comments

    "Asymmetrical princess-cut, black-metal hip-hop lederhosen."

    Tidus is Final Fantasy’s worst dressed character—a sartorial review. [A.V. CLUB]
    posted by Fizz on Apr 15, 2015 - 57 comments


    "This blog is dedicated to discussing games where you play as a frog, but it might also talk about games which just have heavy frog presence in them. The borders are unclear and the road ahead is hazy. Come with me on the journey to be a frog."
    posted by JHarris on Mar 24, 2015 - 45 comments

    You have 20 minutes before the sun blows up

    Outer Wilds begins around a fire, like so many of the best stories do. When you step towards the crackling flames, you're offered a surprisingly whimsical option: press X to roast a marshmallow. Why not? You transform the sugary orb into a ball of flame. When you step back, however, you see that the world is about to get far, far bigger than a campfire, or even a planet. You're sitting at the base of a rocketship, as a nearby engineer explains that you're the astronaut about to blast off into space.

    All you need are the launch codes, and after a leisurely detour through your home planet where you pick up a few essential piloting skills, you suit up, buckle in, and launch your craft triumphantly into space, ready to explore the wonders of the universe.

    Then the sun explodes.
    [more inside]
    posted by Elementary Penguin on Mar 18, 2015 - 18 comments

    Infocom and the Atomic Bomb

    Over a series of nine blog posts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), Jimmy Maher (previously) reviews and ruminates on Infocom's Trinity: Brian Moriarty's 1986 text adventure about the atomic bomb. Andrew Plotkin (previously) responds. If you weren't keeping up with the latest computer games in 1986, Trinity is playable online at the Internet Archive.
    posted by jsnlxndrlv on Mar 1, 2015 - 37 comments

    “Humans are the dominant race of Thedas,”

    Dragon Age's Post-Racial (High) Fantasy
    posted by Fizz on Feb 27, 2015 - 47 comments

    I prefer to be called a hacker.

    I Know This! is a game about movie-hacking. (via) [more inside]
    posted by curious nu on Feb 20, 2015 - 8 comments

    "I'm so thirsty, my legs are frail. What am I to do?"

    Tokyo 1923, the video game.
    Based on Akira Kurosawa's experience with the Great Kanto Earthquake - as written in his "Something Like an Autobiography" -, Tokyo 1923 immerses the player in the midst of a catastrophe and tries to bring up questions about solidarity, desperation and moving on after a personal or global tragedy.
    [more inside]
    posted by Fizz on Feb 3, 2015 - 6 comments

    This photo was taken as the bear was giving the murder weapon a shove

    2014 Box Art Walk Of Shame At the end of each year, GamesRadar's Lucas Sullivan reviews the past fifty-weeks worth of new video game box art and compiles a list of the worst of the bad art offenders. From major first-party releases to the latest in shovelware and beyond, no game with stock art, Photoshop errors, or uninspired ideas is safe. [more inside]
    posted by Servo5678 on Jan 9, 2015 - 33 comments

    Kim Kardashian doesn't visit Versailles. She is Versailles.

    "The work speaks volumes: She is her own best creation, a businesswoman, a brand, a socialite, a TV star, a wife, a mother, and the essential member of a sprawling family who are all getting rich under the umbrella of her fame. But most important, Kim Kardashian works full-time as professional metaphor. " - Rachel Syme on why Kim Kardashian's Hollywood was the most important game of 2014
    posted by The Whelk on Dec 29, 2014 - 292 comments

    Sights from Zelda games that will probably never be released again

    It's Zelda Day! Presented for your consideration: BS-Zelda, the satellite radio-based Zelda games that never got released outside of Japan.
    The first BS Zelda game was an update/modification of the original Legend of Zelda. It was intended to be played over four weeks, an hour at a time, with different areas of the overworld unveiled each week. Here is video, with broadcasts included: 1 (YT 1h) - 2 (YT 58m) - 3 (YT 58m) - 4 (YT 1h2m) Each takes several minutes to get started, which mirrors the time delay before the game started when broadcast.
    The second game was called Ancient Stone Tablets, and it used the Link To The Past engine, and much of its map. YouTube playlist (YT 12 items, 3h50m)
    More information and emulator files hacked to be playable are at: The BS-Zelda Homepage. [more inside]
    posted by JHarris on Dec 26, 2014 - 11 comments

    Is that an elephant in your

    There are dozens of questions surrounding Magic Leap’s supposedly magical, definitely mysterious, and potentially overhyped creation. Will it be an “eyeglasses-like device,” as The Wall Street Journal has reported, or a pair of contact lenses that project images right on our eyeballs? What’s it for? Does it have practical applications? Or is it all about entertainment? And when will it be available?
    posted by sammyo on Nov 20, 2014 - 33 comments

    The Golden Era of Silent Videogames

    Mega Man 2 on stage with live soundtrack. [more inside]
    posted by grobstein on Nov 19, 2014 - 21 comments

    Save Your Apprentice!

    The minimalistic, fast-paced browser roguelike Return to Tolagal now has a full desktop sequel, The Depths of Tolagal!
    posted by cthuljew on Nov 19, 2014 - 5 comments


    Classics Of Game, a series of short-and-surreal context-free game videos, has mysteriously resumed updating after seventeen months. (MLYT)
    posted by BiggerJ on Nov 17, 2014 - 19 comments

    The 3-6 Chambers

    Final Fantasy 3 (or is it 6?) was released 20 years ago. As it was coming out, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was blowing up the NYC music scene. In their honour, enjoy Final Fantasy - The 3-6 Chambers! [more inside]
    posted by Lemurrhea on Nov 13, 2014 - 29 comments

    "At least, boobs should be able to fire lasers, shouldn’t they?"

    What if, wrote Jenn Frank (previously), there was a computer game that involved a sexy character shopping for a bra but ended with her crying softly because she could not find one that fitted. "Everyone thought I was kidding," Ms Frank told the BBC. "I thought I was kidding, and then two hours later I was building a website for it." "It" is Boob Jam, a weekend-long event during which game developers will go without sleep to create games that offer players a more truthful and accurate depiction of breasts and what it means to have them. [more inside]
    posted by Room 641-A on Oct 27, 2014 - 55 comments

    Let Me Tell You About Homestuck

    5 years.
    7,000 pages.
    13,000 panels.
    700,000 words. [Approximately the length of the Bible.]
    Over 3 hours of animation.
    Over 23 hours of soundtrack.
    15 separate games, in 3 unique styles.

    PBS once called Homestuck the "Ulysses of the Internet". Its author, Andrew Hussie — who resembles Joyce in his impishness, stylistic maximalism, and fondness for disturbing smut — calls it "a story I've tried to make as much a pure expression of its medium as possible". It has become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring proms and dominating Amazon makeup reviews. But most importantly, it's a rollicking good read, equal parts slapstick and epic, bildungsroman and cultural commentary.

    What on earth about it makes its fans so overly zealous? And how the hell does one start the daunting process of reading Homestuck? If you're even the remotest bit curious about this Internet phenomenon, the following is a teensy-weensy introduction to just what makes Homestuck so terrific. [more inside]
    posted by rorgy on Oct 16, 2014 - 231 comments

    "The decisions you make in the game should be agonizing," he replied.

    Cordial Minuet is a video game being developed by Jason Rohrer (Previously, previously, previously). It is played for money, and is designed with the intent to remove chance from the outcome.
    posted by joelhunt on Sep 23, 2014 - 37 comments

    RIP Douglas E. Smith

    Douglas E. Smith, creator of the classic 8-bit computer game Lode Runner, which got a second life as one of HudsonSoft's most iconic Famicom titles in Japan, has died at the age of 57. [more inside]
    posted by JHarris on Sep 14, 2014 - 48 comments

    All of Minecraft: Pre 0.0.9a to 1.8

    A history of Minecraft. (slyt)
    posted by curious nu on Sep 8, 2014 - 101 comments


    Gridland is a match-3 game from doublespeak games, makers of A Dark Room.
    posted by backseatpilot on Aug 28, 2014 - 48 comments

    Would you like to choose Bellsprout as your starter?

    Pokémon Zeta & Omicron are not ROM hacks. They are standalone fan-made Pokémon clones created with RPG Maker XP, featuring around 80 hours of gameplay, 2 regions with 12 gyms, a coherent storyline, "tons" of endgame content, Shadow Pokémon, Delta Pokémon, all 649 Pokémon through gen V, secret bases, mega evolutions, challenge modes (previously), and sometimes quirky dialogue. Though still in beta, it's a playable game [YT], patches to which have slowed. Each new version is posted to the sub-Reddit /r/pokemonzetaomicron.
    posted by Monsieur Caution on Aug 5, 2014 - 8 comments

    Oops, you got your music in my katamari!

    Team Teamwork has released Katamari Da-Emcee, a mashup album of the wonderful soundtrack from the 2004 Playstation 2 cult hit Katamari Damacy with various hip-hop songs from artists including Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Big Freedia, the New Orleanian queen of bounce music. [more inside]
    posted by Corinth on Jul 11, 2014 - 36 comments


    Ubisoft dropped plans to have playable female assassins in the multiplayer mode of the upcoming game Assassin's Creed: Unity.
    The studio "had to" cut female assassins from the co-op mode, Amancio explained in response to a question from Polygon's Ben Kuchera, because keeping them in would have doubled the cost of pretty much everything: "it's double the animations, double the voices, all that stuff, double the visual assets—especially because we have customizable assassins."
    Once again from Ubisoft, Far Cry 4 will not have playable female characters in multiplayer either:
    "...I can guarantee you that in the future, moving forward, this sort of stuff will go away. As we get better technology and we plan for it in advance and we don't have a history on one rig and all this sort of stuff. We had very strong voices on the team pushing for that and I really wanted to do it, we just couldn't squeeze it in in time. But on the other hand we managed to get more of the other story characters to be women... We did our best. It's frustrating for us as it is for everybody else, so it's not a big switch that you can just pull and get it done."
    Animator Jonathan Cooper, who is currently with Naughty Dog and has previously worked on the Mass Effect series (whose main character could be either male or female, and whose final installment with multiplayer also featured female playable characters for multiple species including human) has another perspective on how the extra work could be planned for and handled. Twitter, with the hashtag in the post title, has its own perspective. [more inside]
    posted by seyirci on Jun 12, 2014 - 142 comments

    "C'mon! C'mon!"

    Terminator 2 by way of Grand Theft Auto V (found via AV Club)
    posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 5, 2014 - 3 comments

    It's like The Oscars, but with just the good parts

    In a world On May 30th the 15th Annual Golden Trailer Awards were handed out in Beverly Hills, CA. There are a total of 75 categories; the 17 top awards were handed out live at the sold-out show and are linked below the fold. [more inside]
    posted by Room 641-A on Jun 4, 2014 - 11 comments

    No quarters given

    Arcade Story - the co-founder of innovative OS X and iOS software outfit Panic reminisces about learning how to beat Dragon's Lair in the pre-Internet age, but that's not the fun part...
    posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 21, 2014 - 17 comments

    Dota goes big in 2014

    Valve's annual Dota 2 championship was record breaking last year. It took 3 months to raise the prize pool by a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding from 1.6 million USD to 2.8 million USD. This year it took a little more than 1 week to raise the prize pool from the same 1.6 million USD to 5 million USD. And the tournament will only start in mid July. At this rate, even if the winners had never won cash before (and assuming they will the take half of the total money), they will become the highest earner in esports of all time.
    posted by bdz on May 15, 2014 - 24 comments

    Let's get smashed!

    "Smashing...Live! was a live, orchestrated performance by the New Japan Philharmonic of many of the songs from the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. Unlike most other video game soundtracks, which are essentially recordings of game music, all of the pieces for Smashing...Live! are completely re-arranged and fully orchestrated." [SLYPlaylist] [more inside]
    posted by Servo5678 on Apr 26, 2014 - 4 comments

    Round One. FIGHT.

    Street Fighter: The Movie -- What Went Wrong (via)
    posted by davidjmcgee on Mar 11, 2014 - 118 comments

    "As I hold this controller in my hand, I feel a connection...."

    Herzog Plays: Dark Souls 2 [SLYT]
    posted by Fizz on Mar 11, 2014 - 21 comments

    The Wisdom of Crowds

    For the past three days, the world of streaming gaming has been riveted by an unlikely phenomenon: Twitch Plays Pokemon. Consisting of a live Twitch.TV chatroom hooked up to a classic Game Boy emulation of Pokémon Red, the program is set to recognize a limited number of commands and execute them in real time, allowing an audience of tens of thousands to collectively control the action as they watch. An astonishing amount of progress has been made, including the dramatic last-second defeat of a third gym leader (GIF) and the solution of a notoriously tricky puzzle on the very first attempt. But all for naught, it seems, as Team Twitch finds itself hilariously stranded on the ledges of Route 19 where, as one viewer explained, "they basically have to walk a small path for about ten spaces without anyone pushing down and jumping Red off the ledge," a grim democratic reality the dedicated subreddit /r/twitchplayspokemon has had all kinds of fun with over the last dozen ludicrous hours.
    posted by Rhaomi on Feb 15, 2014 - 101 comments


    Cube: A Video About Video Game Graphics
    posted by flatluigi on Feb 8, 2014 - 19 comments

    One procedural universe, coming right up

    Space Engine is a free (but not open source) program that allows you to fly through vast reaches of the universe. Along the way, you'll see some pretty amazing vistas and probably want to take screenshots of them. It incorporates a good amount of real-world data about the solar system, exoplanets and the universe in general with procedural generation of everything we don't know. [more inside]
    posted by jiawen on Jan 6, 2014 - 28 comments

    Objective Game Reviews

    Objectivegamereviews.com is a website. Visitors to the site can read objective reviews of video games.

    Each review is an objective assessment of a video game. The top of the review contains an image from the game. The review lists the genre, developer, and platform the game is available for. Reviews describe how the game is played. Reviews contain descriptions of the story, graphics, and sound. At the end of the review the game is objectively scored on a scale of 1 to 10.
    (description via SecretAsianMan)
    posted by juv3nal on Jan 3, 2014 - 36 comments

    Enough games to keep you occupied until 2015

    freeindiegam.es has posted a bunch of "Best of 2013" lists for your enjoyment. Some of the games can be played in your browser (HTML5/Flash/Unity); others require a download—but they're all free! (And indie!) [more inside]
    posted by escape from the potato planet on Jan 1, 2014 - 22 comments

    Happy Zelda Day!

    A Japanese commercial for the Gameboy video game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. With puppets. Here's a traditional speedrun that finishes in a little under one-and-a-half hours. Here's a tool-assisted speedrun that wins the game in less than six minutes. (Most of the video is the game's ending.) A manga was released in Japan detailing the events of the game's story. A fan translation of it can be read, in its entirety, here. Also.... [more inside]
    posted by JHarris on Dec 26, 2013 - 34 comments

    Crack Open a Sunset Sarsaprilla And Settle In

    Wayside Creations' surprisingly high-budget, on location shot Fallout New Vegas fan-series returns with: Nuka Break Season 2! (Full episode playlist). Rejoin Twig the Vault-Dweller, Ben The Ghoul , Scarlet The Escaped Slave and the Mysterious Ranger as they deal with the explosive aftermath of Season 1. (Nuka Break Previously, Wayside Creations previously)
    posted by The Whelk on Dec 11, 2013 - 47 comments

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