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07.29.13 Marina Galperina

“FUCKING INTERNET SPACESHIPS ARE ON BBC NEWS,” I was urgently alerted earlier today by several people on the internet. Why did something that happened in a multi-player space simulation game make the news? Because at one point, 4,070 human pilots were engaged in an epic battle between two of Eve Online‘s biggest alliances, clashing over solar systems and […]

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07.12.13 Andy Cush

Experience the zen-like calm of the Roomba life in Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013, without a care in the world except picking up little nebulous pieces of dust. Listen to soothing modern jazz as you roll around a modern, sanitized apartment. Survey your domain at the pace of a regal snail, taking in IKEA couches, transparent […]

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07.03.13 Andy Cush

You say you can’t wait for all those barbecues and rooftop parties and Usher-curated fireworks happening on the 4th of July, but really, you’re going to be on the computer. And if you’re going to be on the computer on such a beautiful, patriotic day, you pathetic, lonely loser, you might as well be playing a beautifully […]

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06.21.13 Andy Cush

To comment on the ways women characters are portrayed in video games, which, in case you’ve been living under a rock, is not often very good, 8-bit artist Jude Buffum created this striking series of pieces. In each, a female character from a classic game is portrayed as a sex worker on one of those […]

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06.20.13 Andy Cush

Here’s a wonderful little distraction for your Thursday afternoon: Soundodger, a free, arcade-style web game from Adult Swim. It’s a bit like Asteroids, putting you in control of a circular little “ship” whose sole purpose is to dodge the flood of debris that’s constantly flying at it. Unlike that arcade classic, however Soundodger doesn’t give you a gun to […]

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06.04.13 Andy Cush

A programmer named Michael Birken created “Tetris Printer,” an algorithm that plays through the titular game in order to create an image. And because we’re operating at an extremely sophisticated level of nerdery here, the pictures it generates are classic video game characters: Mario, Samus Aran, Mrs. Pac-Man, and the like. Watch Tetris Printer in action […]

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06.03.13 Andy Cush

In Alamogordo, New Mexico, there’s a landfill stuffed with 14 truckloads of Atari games, consoles and other hardware. The company dumped the stuff–mostly unpopular or defective games–in 1983, and it’s been sitting there ever since. Apparently, there are literally millions of copies of 1982’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which, as you can see from the screenshot above, was not […]

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11.30.12 Irina Dvalidze

Nintendo has been one of the most popular brain occupants of pubescent teens’ (and beyond) since 1980 and over the years their products have seen some serious evolution. Motion designer Anthony Veloso created a colorful 2 minute visualization documenting that very evolution. The video includes notable consoles such as the original Game & Watch, most […]

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03.24.10 Bucky Turco

When I used to play Counter Strike, there was nothing worse than cheaters—wall and speed hacks come to mind—but the thought of stabbing one of them, in the head, in real life, never occurred to me. Players in China apparently take the game a little more serious than me and my clan, although we did […]

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