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12.02.14 Rhett Jones

There’s an old proverb that says, “A pack of cards is the devil’s prayer-book.” Indie video game designer Jason Rohrer has taken the ancient link between games and dark forces to heart and has based his new gambling app on various occult-ish influences. Cordial Minuet​ is Rohrer’s 18th game project and he has high hopes that it […]

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11.26.14 Rhett Jones

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in the world — it’s available on most platforms and Microsoft seems to believe it has enough longevity to be worth $2.5 billion dollars. It’s fair to say that it is quite a bit more popular that stodgy old paintings from the early 20th century, so it […]

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11.21.14 Prachi Gupta

In the wake of #GamerGate, an attempt by some gamers to silence women and minorities who have questioned the sexism, racism, and misogyny in gaming culture, artist, writer, gamer Angela Washko has performed an essential study that seeks to understand how gamers talk about and see minorities, and whether or not that culture can change. […]

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11.20.14 Rhett Jones

Gamers have noted the The Phantom Bow in Battlefield 4 might be a little too powerful. To quote your typical gamer message board comment, “Jesus, just when I thought this game could not get any more absolutely totally retarded.” Someone on YouTube either likes bow or hates it so much that they crowd-sourced a super cut […]

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Rhett Jones

Marc ten Bosch is a game designer that wants people to experience the fourth-dimension for the first time. He’s spent the last five years working on Miegakure, a game that attempts to visualize what it would be like to experience not only space and time, but spacetime. The idea is that if one could experience […]

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11.13.14 Rhett Jones

Shanghai-based artist Lu Yang likes to refer to her hyperactive, gender-bending, body horror constructions as “stupid art.” Of course, there’s very little that’s stupid about it, but it is extremely absurd and filled with a dark sense of humor. “All my works are based on some very bad things, death and disease. And I wanted to […]

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Michael Rougeau

Game Plan asks game developers to share a bit about their process and some working images from the creation of a recent game. This week, ANIMAL spoke with Anna Anthropy about Star Court, a sci-fi text adventure with countless branching paths. There was a time when text adventures were the most popular kind of video […]

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11.11.14 Bucky Turco

Good news gamers: According to a new study published in the prestigious-sounding Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people who play action video games increase their learning capabilities. University of Rochester professor Daphne Bavelier explained to Science Daily how this is possible: In order to sharpen its prediction skills, our brains constantly build models, […]

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11.10.14 Peter Yeh

I fucking despise the iPhone game Bitcoin Billionaire. I can’t put it down. I’m already swimming in bits, my relationship is suffering, and I’m still going. It is a 5-star game that I rated 1-star, because I hate myself. Bitcoin Billionaire distills games to their simplest level: You mine virtual bitcoin by tapping the screen. […]

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11.03.14 Rhett Jones

The Internet Archive continues to be one of the coolest destinations on the web. On Monday, the site pulled out 900 games for you to play for free in your web browser. And it’s not just a bunch of rinky-dink garbage either — there are tons of classics and overlooked gems in there. While it’s […]

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