Here’s an interview with the makers of the game Geometry Wars, a game I find utterly fascinating for the way its very simple rule base quickly results in complex hallucinatory visions of beauty that are simultaneously mesmerising and baffling to watch.

After reading the interview, I moved on to the next tab I had open in my browser courtesy of Tom’s always excellent links. This was a post by Simon Wistow describing the iPhone version of the game rRootage. There I came across the word 弾幕 or meaning :

…a sub-genre of shoot ‘em up video games in which the entire screen is often almost completely filled with enemy bullets.

Next time I’m trying to describe Geometry Wars I think I’ll just say It’s kind of danmaku.

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Previously on this day

13 years ago I wrote More thoughts on portable social networks

The Web is about distribution, not centralisation.

14 years ago I wrote Tubeway army

Molly has landed on the shores of this scepter’d isle. Having delivered a workshop with Andy ‘Malarkey’ Clarke, what finer way to unwind than to spend a day with some Britpackers?

15 years ago I wrote Go go go

I’ve been busier than a fly on feculence for the last few days.

17 years ago I wrote MacExpo 2002

The MacExpo was fun. Crowded and noisy, but fun.

18 years ago I wrote Man who got £250,000 in error says money is his

This is great.