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What I bought – 1 July 2015

The Old One said, “It is not an easy thing to refuse to be worshipped.” (Madeleine L’Engle, from A Swiftly Tilting Planet) The Bunker #12 (“Lock Up, Game On”) by Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer), Jason Fischer (color flatter), Joe Infurnari (artist/letterer), James Lucas Jones (editor), and Robin Herrera (editor). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Oni Press. […]

Bocce ball – A summer evening lawn game that is simple yet competitively addictive

yesterdayHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Bocce ball is my favorite game to play on a long summer evening. A simple lawn game that is at least 7,000 years old, bocce ball has no set up, takes a second to learn, and is a competitively addictive game. Read the rest

What is your favorite 'patriotic' video game?

Over the years, we've seen a ton of games featured in America. Whether it's the days of old with Oregon Trail and Assassin's Creed III or a snapshot of modern consumerism with the American Gladiators on the SNES, it's not hard to get...Show More Summary

The poetry in game-making

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

From the stylish and courtly competitions of old Japan to the vital and evolving independent game development scene. Read the rest

Zero sum game

Poor old Georg Meier. Having lost a winning position against Caruana on Tuesday afternoon, he'd been holding reasonably firm against Kramnik on Wednesday when in the position above he played 50. Ke2?? (50. Ne3, safeguarding c2, seems...Show More Summary

39-year-old Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams shows he still has plenty of game

If hearing the phrase “Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams is almost 40? makes you feel old, then here’s some good news. Even at age 39, the ex-NBA point guard can still school opponents with a variety of dribbling moves and eye-popping passes. Recently, the former Kings, Grizzlies, Magic and Heat player participated in a pro-am game […]

Remember This?

Poita says he only ever guesses the Spectrum/Old Arcade games, which is just perfect because that’s my go-to when I feel like I really need to bamboozle you all. DAMN YOU POITA. More »      

Jason Williams, Aka 'White Chocolate,' Puts on a Show at Pro-Am Game

Even at 39 years old, White Chocolate still has some game. Former NBA point guard Jason Williams hasn't given up playing hoops since his last appearance in the league in 2011. Over the past few years, we have seen some highlights (here and here) where he continues to beat defenses. Show More Summary

Intrusiveness of old emotional memories can be reduced by computer game play procedure

Unwanted, intrusive visual memories are a core feature of stress- and trauma-related clinical disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also crop up in everyday life. New research shows that even once intrusive memories have been laid down, playing a visually-demanding computer game after reactivating the memories may reduce their occurrence over time.

Happy Birthday, Plies!

Although the Billboard hits eventually stopped coming, Plies still remains one of the more entertaining figures in hip-hop. The rhymer turns 39 years old today (July 1). Although he has been in the game since the late '90s, Plies fi Continue reading…

After the Rapture: Unforgettable Journeys to the Four Corners of Detroit

By F. Philip Barash I greeted the millennium from a former laundry factory near the old Tiger Stadium. It had been indifferently converted to lofts and managed with the lightest of touches. On game days, the neighborhood did brisk trade in beer and parking. Otherwise, it felt as if the rapture had happened and only […]

Guerrilla games: Rise of the Tomb Raider’s back to basics approach feels right

Scrappy fights, crafting with animal entrails and cavernous puzzles: the latest from Crystal Dynamics could finally be a return to the Tomb Raider of old. “Lara’s no ninja, so guerrilla combat is needed to take down enemies. Spirit and spit are more important here than skill and technology” The last time I picked wild mushrooms […]

Did You Play This Mac Classic Game About a Plane Hijacking?

Artist Jesse England is in search of an old video game about terrorism that for now exists only in his memory. It's an old simulation game for the Macintosh Classic that asked players how they would behave in case their plane was hijacked. Show More Summary

In Maquisard, you solve trouble in a charming, ornate old hotel

Maquisard is a lovely little game of snooping and subversion in a fancy old hotel, inspired by the aesthetic of the grand Wes Anderson film

How Does the New ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Reboot the Franchise While Linking to the Old Series?

Whether you like it or not, there’s a new Power Rangers movie coming from Lionsgate, with the studio hoping to ignite a successful new franchise as The Hunger Games comes to an end this fall. We’d heard that the new movie would somehow...Show More Summary

The first draft of Dragon Age: Origins didn't even have Grey Wardens

When BioWare finished work on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) and second Neverwinter Nights expansion Hordes of the Underdark (2003), two separate teams began work on two separate new games. One was a science fiction game that would become Mass Effect, and one was a fantasy game that would become Dragon Age. Show More Summary

Aussie Rules player rips off jersey, switches teams mid-game, scores on his old mates

The E.J. Whitten Legends game is a mainstay of Aussie Rules football. Stars of the past and celebrities team up to raise money for charity. Comedian Russell Gilbert pulled the best switcheroo in the fourth quarter by pretending he was on the All-Stars team, only to reveal he was playing for Victoria. It was essentially this, in sports form: (h/t Reddit)

Doctors & Daleks: 11th Edition - Tabletop Tardis Anyone?

4 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Doctors & Daleks: 11th Edition by Creative Outpouring That old roleplaying game about dragons who dwell in dungeons is old hat, but not an old hat like a fez because fezzes are cool, so who can we turn to in hopes of resurrecting tabletop...Show More Summary

Old Spice launches weird video game that takes you through manly muscles

After years of mind-bending ads, Old Spice still manages to push absurdity to new heights. The men's grooming brand's latest marketing stunt is an online video game in which the player navigates chambers within the body of a shirtless,...Show More Summary

Let this creepy potato be your desktop assistant

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

I just love Nathalie Lawhead's work. It's not only that she's one of my very favorites doing digital art that recalls old shareware and the early web, but her projects—like the Tetrageddon Games freeware arcade, or the jarring, comically-gruesome Froggy— seem to focus on one of that aesthetic era's most interesting contrasts. Read the rest

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