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Playstation video game based on Matthew Barney’s ‘Cremaster’
10.12.2010
08:33 pm

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Art
Games

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Matthew Barney
Cremaster
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Fluxlasers created this game level based on Cremaster 1 by Matthew Barney using Little Big Planet on a PlayStation 3.
 

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Fantastic Fest re-imagined as a video game: Austin is amazing
10.02.2010
01:17 am

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Animation
Games

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Fantastic Fest
Austin

 
South Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, Highball bowling alley, and the strip mall their located in, replicated in a video game that was playable at kiosks at this year’s Fantastic Fest. If you’ve been to Fantastic Fest you’ll recognize these venues.

Via zapwizard

Posted by Marc Campbell | Discussion
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‘The Room’: Surreally bad cult movie now a video game!
09.07.2010
02:58 pm

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Games
Pop Culture

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Tommy Wiseau
The Room

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Holy shit, there is a videogame about Tommy Wiseau’s mind-destoying trash cinma favorite, The Room.

Play it over at Buzzfeed.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger | Discussion
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Give new meaning to your life and watch this
08.26.2010
06:15 am

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Amusing
Games
Idiocracy

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Japan
WTF

 
You can’t look away, can you? Just try.

Thanks, Winslow B!

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Playing D&D with Pornstars, now a web series

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When I posted here in March about Zak Smith’s blog, Playing D&D with Pornstars, it was a merely a popular blog, but now it’s a Internet video series called I Hit It With My Axe, with a couple dozen episodes released so far. In the below clip you will witness Sasha Grey, Kimberly Kane, Mandy Morbid, Satine Phoenix and others, including Smith himself, participating in the favorite hobby of geeks everywhere. (Er, maybe their second favorite pastime, I guess, but this sort of incorporates both interests, doesn’t it?)
 

 
See all episodes of I Hit It With My Axe (The Escapist)

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The Chipophone: old living room organ turned into an 8 bit synth
07.22.2010
07:53 am

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Games
Kooks
Music

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The Chipophone
chip tunes
8-bit

 
In a hilariously counter-intuitive move, young Linus Akesson here has transplanted some 8 bit synthesizer technology, meant for fitting into the smallest of devices, into the shell of an old family entertainment organ. Hence: The Chipophone. Looks very functional and makes it easy to play all the uh, classics.

 
Thanks Mike Paradinas !

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You could put your eye out with that: Spyder III ‘toy’ from Wicked Lasers can cause blindness
06.16.2010
09:24 pm

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Games
They hate us for our freedom

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Wicked Lasers

 
Wicked Lasers have released a new “toy” laser, except that it’s not really a toy, you see. More like a weapon.

In fact, it’s exactly like a weapon! Wicked removed the laser from a Casio video projector and placed it into a casing resembling something out of “Star Wars.” Witness The Spyder III in action above.

It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when using the included eye protection. Customers will be required to completely read and agree to our Class IV Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form.

Worrywarts! What could possible go amiss with a laser beam capable of burning flesh and causing blindness?

Better than a silly old BB gun, eh? Be the first kid on your block to be arrested!

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Lamenting the loss of the game manual
05.18.2010
12:15 am

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Games

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Game Manuals
NES

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This Spawnkill editorial hits the nail on the head: game manuals were often cooler than video games themselves. Like record covers, and even CD liners now, game manuals have become a dead art. For those of us who grew up in the Nintendo era, but who lacked the resources to actually get a Nintendo, game manuals borrowed from friends were the next best thing, like a way to pretend you were playing the game. I remember long hours spent in the back of school buses imagining what video games must be like from the manuals other kids showed me, which were invariably more interesting than the actual experience…

Throughout those shining years of my childhood, purchasing a new game often meant thumbing through the pages of a mammoth tome detailing impending gameplay down to the letter. If I were stuck on a long car trip with a recently-purchased title, digging into that precious parcel and retrieving the manual was the first thing on my mind.  It was a way to game vicariously through a few simple, innocent pages, and one of the first ties I established to any game I had my heart set on playing through. Unfortunately, it’s also a familiar constant that gamers new and old can kiss goodbye with the decision to downsize the distribution of manuals entirely, spearheaded by Ubisoft, and perhaps many more companies to follow.


Call me old-fashioned, but the feeling of thumbing through the crisp (sometimes colored) pages rife with back story, notes from the designers, and detailed instructions on how to play gave me a real sense of anticipation. It was genuinely difficult to wait those few short hours until the final journey home at the end of the day to eagerly devour the content on the disk (or cartridge) inside. In some cases, being treated with some delicious fiction related to the title was something to look forward to as well, especially if you needed a little extra hype to fully enjoy the adventure about to unfold.

And let’s not forget the lovely serial numbers or copy protection that would require you to find a certain line or word in the manual to be able to install the thing. Good luck if you threw it away! But even now, as illogical as it would be to require a simple word or pass phrase as DRM, it was part of the charm that came with buying a new game.

(Spawnkill: Lamenting the loss of manuals)

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The Wrath of Kali: Spurned ex-girlfriend shreds poor bastard’s Starcraft 2 Beta access codes
04.30.2010
03:54 pm

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Games

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Kali
Stacraft 2
Epic Burn

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This is just stone cold. I can barely watch it.

This girl, whose gamer boyfriend apparently cheated on her, HACKS HIS EMAIL and SHREDS HIS STARCRAFT 2 BETA PASSWORD. Holy FKK THAT’S COLD. And as if that wasn’t enough, she then goes to his house and BREAKS HIS WINDOW WITH A BRICK. GOOD DEAR GOD LORD. I’m not sure which one is worse!

To paraphrase Al Pacino in “Heat”: “You might break a man’s window with a brick but YOU DO NOT GET TO FK WITH HIS STARCRAFT 2 BETA CODES.”

I hope this wasn’t one of OUR Brads. I’m gonna go hide in a corner now!!!

(Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty)


Posted by Jason Louv | Discussion
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Sid Meier, Godfather of Gaming
04.14.2010
02:32 pm

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Games

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Thanks again to Matt Musick at Motherboard.tv for sending me this segment they did on Sid Meier—the acknowledged greatest game designer of all time (he’s most famous for the game “Civilization”—“Pirates” and “Alpha Centauri” are two other favorites). The video follows Meier as he judges a contest to create a video game in 48 hours, apparently the video game equivalent of the 3-day novel and 24-hour comic book.

The master behind Civilization I through IV, Pirates!, Railroad Tycoon, and dozens of other titles, Sid Meier is one of the most acclaimed game designers of all time. Always a true believer in the idea that games will someday rule the world, Meier wants to inspire a new generation of game designers. Namely, the ones from his alma mater at Michigan, where he returns in this episode of Motherboard, in order to judge and of course participate in the “7th Annual Wolverine Soft 48 Hour Game Design Contest,” which pits coders and designers against each other in a race to create a game in two days.

Sid first used a computer as an undergrad at Michigan, when punch cards and time-sharing meant that one mistake cost hours of time. It was on that early IBM mainframe that Sid designed the first tic-tac‐toe game, a use for which he was chastised and nearly kicked out.

(Motherboard.tv: Sid Meier and the 48 Hour Game)

(Sid Meier’s Civilization V)

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