Tags: gaming

Play Steamshovel Harry, a free online game on Kongregate

Such a classic game, well worth playing again.

The Console Living Room : Free Software : Download

Here’s a nice Christmas gift from Jason and the archinauts at the Internet Archive: tons of games for living room consoles of the early ’80s, all playable in your browser, thanks to emulation in JavaScript.

WarGames Magazine Identified By Michael Walden

Now this is what I call research:

Through the use of my knowledge of computer magazines, my sharp eyes, and other technical knowledge, I have overcome the limited amount of information available in the video content of WarGames and with complete certainty identified the exact name and issue number of the magazine read on screen by David L. Lightman in WarGames.

Tiny Games for Brighton

Look at the streets of Brighton for some games to play while you’re in town for dConstruct.

The creation of Missile Command and the haunting of its creator, Dave Theurer

The story behind the classic arcade game Missile Command and the toll it took on its creator:

Theurer’s constant strides for perfection left him working his body to the point that Missile Command’s premise started to manifest itself in his subconscious, sneaking into his dreams and turning them to nightmares.

There was something about the sound of those explosions, the feeling of the trackball in your hand, and the realisation that no matter how well you played, you could only delay the inevitable.

THE END

A Silent Forest

Hypertext adventure.

Squaremans | Gaming Culture Blog

Ostensibly about gaming (and written by Matt Colville who works in the games industry), this blog actually has a lot of interesting observations on sci-fi cinema. I like it.

Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold. - Slurtha

The best review of The Hobbit.

Text Adventure: Zork Creators Honored With Pioneer Award | Game|Life | Wired.com

This might well be the best thing Wired has ever published. I wish every article were in this format.

TEDxToronto 2012 Talk - Ryan Henson Creighton

And this is why Code Club is such a great initiative.

Elite: Dangerous by Frontier Developments — Kickstarter

Nerdgasm! David Braben is bringing Elite back and bringing it up to date. And he’s funding the project on Kickstarter.

Best. Game. Ever!

Game Console Browsers

This is an excellent resource from Anna. She’s documenting the browser capabilities of games consoles.

CSSquirrel : Game Break | opinions and news on web design by Kyle Weems

Hey look; Anna’s in a CSSquirrel comic! And for good reason: Kyle is as impressed as I am with Anna’s research into browsers on gaming devices.

There’s also a call for more community device labs. I approve.

A List Apart: Articles: Testing Websites in Game Console Browsers

An excellent in-depth article from Anna on the many gaming devices out there that have both an internet connection and a web browser.

Made In Brighton: Games Gone Global - 06.09.12

A mini conference on gaming taking place in Brighton the day before dConstruct. The events just keep on coming, don’t they?

CLANG by Subutai Corporation — Kickstarter

Neal Stephenson would like your help in making a video game about sword-fighting that doesn’t suck.

What Would Molydeux? • Articles • Eurogamer.net

A blow-by-blow account of last weekend’s MolyJam in Brighton.

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The premise of the next game from the creator of Minecraft sounds insane and great: a far-future Elite where everything you do is powered by a 16-bit computer.

The computer in the game is a fully functioning emulated 16 bit CPU that can be used to control your entire ship, or just to play games on while waiting for a large mining operation to finish.

BrowserQuest

A fun little multiplayer game, all possible in the browser thanks to web sockets.

angry, productive birds (tecznotes)

Mashing up Angry Birds and spreadsheets to better visualise project time-tracking.

The Convergence

A fun platform game with a twist.

Mario Portals Test 3 - YouTube

What if Mario had a portal gun?

The Transformers at dConstruct 2011 – Hubbub

Kars has written up his (excellent) dConstruct talk. Set aside some time and read through this. It’s worth it.

OLO

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, frustratingly addictive two-player game for the iPad.

Oh, and it just happens to be made with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Ian Bogost - Gamification is Bullshit

This is not as linkbaity as the title might suggest.

I’ve suggested the term “exploitationware” as a more accurate name for gamification’s true purpose…

Will Wright working on game based off Bruce Sterling short story, Maneki Neko | Joystiq

One of the greatest games designers in the world is making a game based on one of my favourite science fiction stories. I hope this turns out as well as I’m fantasising it could.

Tom Armitage on Vimeo

Tom talks about “Things Rules Do.”

Tom Armitage on Vimeo

Things Rules Do is twenty minutes that looks at games of all forms, and the rules and systems that make their skeleton. It’s about the weird things that rules can do, beyond “tell you how to play”, such as inspire mastery, encourage deviance, and tell stories.

Amazon.co.uk: Amazon.co.uk Trade-In Store

Amazon will now pay you for your old video games. Good move.

8 BIT WOOD | serving all your wooden pixel needs

We need to make sure that Shaun Inman never discovers this site.

The Space Game

By playing this canvas game, you can help the European Space Agency plan missions to the planets of our solar system.

Biolab Disaster

A great little platform game that is entirely Flash-free. Canvas all the way.

The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

This description of a tour of the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games is like a travelogue from an alternative dimension.

A New Theory of Awesomeness and Miracles, by James Bridle, concerning Charles Babbage, Heath Robinson, MENACE and MAGE

This is how I knew James Bridle would be amazing at dConstruct. His talk from Playful '09 is, well... aweome!

Yakuza 3 reviewed by Yakuza - Boing Boing

The game Yakuza 3 as reviewed by 3 Yakuza.

HTML 5 Asteroids | Doug McInnes

Asteroids in canvas. Works a treat. Now I want Battlezone.

Long Snake City | booktwo.org

Snakes'n'ladders played on the streets of London. Fun!

LittleBigPlanet 2

A platform game? A platform for games!

Akihabara

A framework for creating old-school arcade games in the browser, using HTML5.

First-Person Tetris

It sounds like a gimmick but there's something very cool about this. In Soviet Russia, keyboard rotates you!

Browser Pong

Still addictive after all these years.

appvent calendar 2009 | every day a free iPhone game

A free iPhone/iPod Touch game for every day of advent.

Another World JS - Megidish.net

Quite astonishing use of canvas: the game Another World ported to JavaScript.

Continuity

A puzzle game with an extra dimension. Utterly compelling.

Audio Atrocities (TM)

"This site is intended to be a constantly growing and changing museum for the study and enjoyment of truly terrible video game voice acting in video games from the very first CD system, the Turbografx until the present day."

Adding “1UP notification” with jQuery - O! Mr Speaker!

A jQuery plug-in inspired by the interaction feedback on Huffduffer, which was in turn inspired by retro games.

lose/lose

"Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the players computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the players ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted."

Machinarium

Beautiful artwork in a fun puzzle game.

Left 4 Dead Teletubbies Mod Gameplay

Zombies are disturbing. Teletubbies are disturbing. Zombie teletubbies are doubleplus disturbing.

This Is The Only Level | Armor Games

Fiendishly clever and joyful platform game ...and it only has only level.

Leaving

A cute and poignant resignation letter ...in video game form.

Play MoneySeize, a free online game on Kongregate

Utterly addictive platform game.

Ga-Fi at Binary Bonsai

The importance of storytelling in games.

FAST GAMES - Little Wheel

A cute little game all about robots.

Crush the Castle | Armor Games

The game is simple, the physics are fun, the result is utterly addictive. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Space Invaders

The classic arcade game, recreated using the JavaScript/SVG library Raphaël.

Pulse Laser: Here & There influences

Jack Schulze goes into detail on the genesis of the wonderful Here & There map/visualisation.

globeandmail.com: Art of playing nice

Here's a great compromise solution for parents. Yes, your kids can play that violent video game but with one condition: they must abide by the Geneva Conventions.

Jumpman

A platform game with a twist. Play it and see. Surprisingly intuitive and utterly addictive.

Wiki Paths

A greasemonkey-driven hypertext game: get from a starting Wikipedia page to your target solely by following links in the articles.

FORMation Alliance | KERN

Tetris for type geeks on the iPhone.

Drop7

An iPhone game that mashes up Sudoku with Tetris. "Drop numbered discs into the grid. Whenever the number on a disc matches the amount of discs in its row or column it disappears. Keep the board open to keep scoring, and survive as long as you can. Clear the board or set off huge chains for big bonus points."

Don't Give Your Account Passwords Away, a Mission on PMOG

A PMOG mission where players learn about the password anti-pattern.

TURF BOMBING

Turf Bombing is a device-agnostic location-based game. Could be fun. I've already claimed my neighbourhood.

Roo Reynolds - Playful

Notes by Roo Reynolds from yesterday's Playful conference in London.

Welcome - Playful: Game Design London, 31st October 2008

A one-day event in London all about games and play. Looks like it could be fun, and all for £25.

Hide and Seek Sandpit » Events

There will be an evening games in the foyer of the Clearleft office building on Thursday, August 21st.

reboot10 - Jeremy Keith talks about Soul

Wandering around the site for the Reboot conference in Copenhagen, I came across this video of my talk from last year. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this talk.

GameCamp | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Aleks and Bobbie are putting on GameCamp in London on May 2nd. Should be fun.

Play You Have To Burn The Rope, a free online game on Kongregate

Burn the rope, kill the baddies and save the entire planet. Well, not really. But it's worth winning this game (by burning the rope) to hear the song.

The Escapist : The Myth of the Media Myth

A piercing article by Brenda Brathwaite examining people's attitudes towards gaming. Substitute "videogames" for "social networking sites" for equal slices of moral panic.

Welcome to Game Neverending

Game Neverending is back. For real. Get nostalgic with this blast from the past.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

A new WOW hero class has been unveiled: the bard! "direct damage effects like "Epic Solo" that will rock foes into oblivion while powerful Indie debuffs such as "Tape Jam" and "Shoegazer" keep them in check."

We Tell Stories

Aleks pointed me to this sort-of ARG involving authors in London. Could be good fun.

Play Spin The Blac Circle, a free online game on Kongregate

Fiendishly frustrating Flash fun.

Desert Bus for Hope

Playing the world's most boring real-time video game for a good cause. It's strangely compelling to watch the "game" in progress.

AssistiveWare - Videos on computer accessibility

It's easy for us to take technology for granted. This video shows how transformative technology can be. I am humbled.

The Force Unleashed Confirmed for Wii (aka Lightsaber Game) at RotPod

This is very good news for me and my Wii.

Games » Bloxorz

An incredibly addictive and deceptively simple puzzle game. Ignore the instructions and dive right in.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters | Official Movie Site | Picturehouse

The next Spellbound-style documentary is all about Donkey Kong. "A middle school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul battle for the Guinness world record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong."

StarCraft II

Whoosh! That's the sound of productivity being left behind. After ten years, Starcraft 2 is finally here. Simultaneous release for Mac and PC.

The New Yorker: Game Master

A profile of Will Wright. I'm really looking forward to hearing him speak at SXSW this year.