Category Archives: Games

Taking the Long-term View

One year ago the much-anticipated video game ‘No Man’s Sky’ was released but it did not deliver on many of the features it had promised and subsequently faced a big backlash from many disappointed buyers. My brother was not one of the disappointed buyers and rather than take the short-sighted, reactionary view, decided to give […]

Holy shit, Facebook Messenger has Pac-Man

Facebook Messenger launches Instant Games: Bored while you wait for someone to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant Games, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. Available right from your message threads, they load in seconds since they’re built on the HTML5 mobile web […]

“This is not where I saw myself at 27 years old.”

In Back to the Future Part II they led us to believe we’d have flying cars, hoverboards and auto-lacing sneakers by 2015. Wrong on all counts. We have people running around looking for imaginary Pokémon. They’re also accomplishing all sorts of other things like the woman who found a dead body behind a Holocaust Memorial […]

Super Fast Mario

Kottke on the new speed record for Super Mario Bros: NES player darbian just broke his own record for the fastest time through Super Mario Bros. He completed the entire game in just 4 minutes 57.260 seconds. But the most entertaining part of the video is watching his heart rate slowly creep up from 80 […]

“To play, you must seek information elsewhere.”

Minecraft-the-game, maintained in Sweden by Persson’s small studio, is just the seed, or maybe the soil. The true Minecraft (no italics, for we are speaking of something larger now) is the game plus the sprawling network of tutorials, wikis, galleries, videos–seriously, search for “minecraft” on YouTube and be amazed–mods, forum threads, and more. The true […]


Analogue, meet Digital. Digital, meet Analogue. Osmo. Play Beyond the Screen

Fuck Flappy Bird

If you’re one of those people bitching about Flappy Bird no longer being available on iOS, I suggest you play Badland. The gameplay is great and much more varied than Flappy Bird, and the artwork is gorgeous.

Dinner Parties, Landscaping & Sewing

If anything is true in this world, it’s that there’s a market for anything. Anything. Take this recently-funded Kickstarter project, Ever, Jane, “a virtual world that allows people to role-play in Regency Period England.” The goal was $100,000, they hit $109,563. Judy L. Tyrer, the creator, explains in her video the players need more to […]

a new generation of shiny black boxes

At Gamasutra, Leigh Alexander talks about the importance of the mainstream console business: Here is a hypothesis: right now, if I wondered about the precise depth of the HDMI ports on a PlayStation 4, there would be multiple outlets where that information exists. How stable is the optional living room stand accessory? Someone has reported […]