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Tag Archive: video games

May 13 2014

The video game that would REALLY keep you up at night

The supposed title screen of Polybius, the game that eats your dreams.

I’m no stranger to losing sleep over video games, though usually in a positive context, e.g. that the game is fun and I don’t notice the time. But what if I was to tell you the story of a video game that was literally designed to steal your ability to sleep… among other things? Sounds …

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May 04 2014

The Legend of Ben

The statue of Link created by playing the Elegy of Emptiness. It's not a particularly faithful representation of Link.

The Legend of Zelda is a game franchise that is much beloved, has sold millions upon millions of copies franchise-wide, and has sixteen-plus installments spanning the rough time-frame such that people prone to creating ghost stories — teenagers to young adults — have grown up with these games making a large part of their childhood. …

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Apr 29 2014

Ghostcraft; or, how Minecraft can really be used to build anything

The extraordinarily popular building/survival game Minecraft by Mojang has revolutionized the very concept of a sandbox game. With its popularity, with its community, comes all the little things that enhance or corrupt society built by society’s own members — including myths and ghost stories. Minecraft has been described as “LEGO for big kids”, a gigantic …

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Apr 26 2014

Diggers find E.T. in New Mexico — no, seriously

Atari's E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial cartridge

As skeptics, we’re prone to doubting those stories that are told and retold over long periods of time, often taking on mythic proportions. The video game world has its own share of such urban legends, though few as impactful as this one.

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Jan 13 2014

My current project-time black hole: I’m building a video game!

A generated map for my platform game. Areas are defined by different colors, special rooms are designated with colored squares, and special doors and breakable walls are indicated by boxes on room borders.

I generally have only a limited amount of time each day to devote to projects that don’t directly relate to life-maintenance or my job. Lately, my job has been eating up a slightly higher than usual amount of time, and I’ve developed a new goal for the new year: to create and release a video …

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Dec 12 2013

Ascension of the Jackdaw

So, Assassin’s Creed 4. You’re a pirate. It’s kinda awesome, though I’ve mostly so far only watched Ben play it rather than playing it myself. But like all games, there are glitches. This one was amazing. Yes, the choral music was added as a joke. I love glitches like these in games because they illustrate …

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Sep 16 2013

Fez

Pixellated white character wearing a fez, leaping ecstatically at a 3-D golden cube

Late last week, I got the latest Humble Bundle (this one was another Indie-games Bundle, so of course I had to get on board). Humble Bundles are a pack of cross-platform games where you get to choose how much to pay. By default, most goes to the devs, some goes to Humble, and some goes …

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Sep 14 2013

Elders React to Grand Theft Auto V

Some of the quotes in here are very choice. Especially the lady who’s dead set against ever playing this game. Or the one being super creepy about wanting to play it. “I’m more a Halo man myself.” Okay, I LOL’d.

Aug 01 2013

Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games: Damsel In Distress, part 3

Hey look, it’s that video series that never existed because Anita Sarkeesian took the money and ran! Funny that it keeps existing, despite the trolls’ narratives. If you want to play a game where the Princess rescues herself, there’s always Zelda Starring Zelda. And various other rom hacks. Sad that you need to hack the …

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Jul 21 2013

#FtBCon: Video Games, Religion and Morality

Thanks to the tight timing between the Atheist Music panel and our panel, where we had many of the same participants, we ended up turning into a pretty raucous and jovial crowd at the top of the panel while killing time waiting for Ashley and Brianne to join in. That translated into a much looser …

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