Plague; zombie; nuclear …Anna’s got them all covered in her roundup of apocalyptic literature and games.
Friday, December 29th, 2017
Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Friday, November 10th, 2017
Oregon Trail, updated for our times. There should be appreciably less dysentery in this game.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Girls on Neopets took what they needed from the site and used the skills acquired there to further develop a burgeoning digital girls’ culture, whether it be in expanding their guild pages into personal sites, teaching others to code, or exchanging those skills for economic gain in Neopets.
I have anecdotal evidence from a few people that Neopets was their introduction to web design and development.
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Play the part of an AI pursuing its goal without care for existential threats. This turns out to be ludicrously addictive. I don’t want to tell you how long I spent playing this.
Keep your eye on the prize: remember that money (and superintelligence) is just a means to an end …and that end is making more paperclips.
Sunday, April 16th, 2017
The Internet Archive is now hosting early Macintosh software emulated right in your browser. That means you can play Adventure: the source of subsequent text adventures, natural language parsing, and chatbots.
Colossal Cave Adventure (also known as ADVENT, Colossal Cave, or Adventure) is a text adventure game, developed originally in 1976, by Will Crowther for the PDP-10 mainframe. The game was expanded upon in 1977, with help from Don Woods, and other programmers created variations on the game and ports to other systems in the following years.
In the game, the player controls a character through simple text commands to explore a cave rumored to be filled with wealth.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Tetris in your browser. Visit it once and it works offline (if your browser supports service workers) so go ahead and add it to your home screen.
Monday, November 7th, 2016
The challenge of being in tech when you’re over 40 is the challenge of constantly setting aside your expectations of how things should work, repeatedly questioning your assumptions, and constantly re-evaluating your positions. It’s the challenge of being a lifelong learner; cultivating the humility of the beginner, the passion of the practitioner, and the joy of the master. It is the challenge of not being so quick to apply old analysis, rely on outdated experience, or expect what worked before to work again.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Monday, September 26th, 2016
Seb is going to be closing out the Brighton Digital Festival with a bang.
Seb unravels all the geeky details about how your favourite retro gadgets work, including Nintendo light guns, Casio keyboards and the cathode ray tube televisions that once dominated our living rooms.
It’s going to be like Seb: The Musical …with lasers.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game. On the face of it, it seems like little more than a cow-clicker, but the way that the plot and the gameplay unfolds is really delightful.
This feels like the kind of game that would only work on the web—keep it in a browser tab in the background, revisiting occasionally throughout the day.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Monday, April 4th, 2016
The text adventure, like poetry, tends to attract a small band of devoted fans rather than hundreds of millions of casual players. And yet, those who care about writing know that they are where the form starts; and I can’t help feeling that videogames in general would be better if they took as much care over their words, and over their narratives, as text adventures do.
Monday, March 21st, 2016
An immortal deer wanders the world of Grand Theft Auto for all eternity. It’s remarkably calm and relaxing.
Thursday, December 10th, 2015
A really nicely put together sci-fi short film.
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
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Today was a very lazy day. I suppose that’s okay—it is a Sunday after all. But I do feel guilty. I had planned to get some writing done. At the very least I could have made the most of the beautiful weather and gone for an invigorating constitutional perambulation. Instead I stayed in, playing the occasional tune on the bouzouki, but mostly playing a computer game: Portal 2. I know it’s ancient in the dog years of gaming, but as the most casual of casual gamers, I get to reap the rewards of good games long after their prime.
Monday, April 6th, 2015
Pacman meets Pong meets Space Invaders.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Over 700 screenshots of ZX Spectrum games, captured by Jason Scott. Some of these bring back memories.
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Such a classic game, well worth playing again.