The good folks at The Internet Archive—the same group that recently added a collection of 900 classic arcade games to its database—has figured out another way to allow you to waste even more time online. They’ve added nearly 2,400 classic MS-DOS games from the glory days of personal computing, including iconic favorites like The Oregon Trail, Master of Orion and Prince of Persia. You might as well just cancel your afternoon plans now ... Discuss
Two of Community’s most beloved personalities—played by Danny Pudi and Donald Glover—have reunited. Sadly, the clip is not for a sixth season of the show (Glover is not returning). Instead, the duo appeared in a recent commercial for the video game Far Cry 4. Sure, it’s a bummer that Troy and Abed will no longer be on-screen buddies on the sitcom when it comes back on Yahoo next year, but at least they’re still hanging out, right? ... Discuss
Ryan Green is a video game developer out in Loveland, Colorado who is getting a lot of buzz for his new game, That Dragon, Cancer, which is only a "game" in that there's no better word for it. The experience is really based on his son, Joel, and his four-year battle with cancer. As a game, the experience is less about solving problems and overcoming obstacles than it is, as Green says, "to be present in the moment." It's a very different concept, but it's getting some incrediblebuzz from those who've played it, including Ars Technica's Sam Machkovech who says, "That Dragon, Cancer delivered perhaps the most raw time I've ever spent with a video game. When it launches, it may redefine the form." Green has launched a Kickstarter to get his game (which he co-developed with Josh Larson) funded, and the video is worth your time ... Discuss
The Internet Archive—the web’s free home to all manner of classic media—recently added about 900 arcade games to its library of goodness.
Paperboy, Q*Bert, Pac-Man Plus, Street Fighter 2, Centipede and a ton of others are now all live and playable. Do yourself a favor, and spend your lunch break exploring the world’s most fun digital museum ... Discuss
If you're a gamer or geek in any capacity, you know Felicia Day. The actress has become a nerd icon for letting her own gaming/graphic novel/fandom flags fly high, and recently wrote a post called "Crossing the Street," in which she finally addressed the big topic facing gamedom these days: GamerGate.
If you're not familiar with the situation, it's a bit complicated, but the short version is that a community of gamers attempting to raise the bar for ethical video game journalism keeps getting sidetracked by members of their group who make their case by doxxing (leaking the personal information of) high profile female gamers. In her post, Day wrote that she'd been hesitant to write about GamerGate because she was afraid of getting doxxed. And, sure enough, her home address and email were almost immediately leaked online, because no good deed goes unpunished. The GamerGate community keeps wanting to convince the public at large that the relentless misogynistic attacks are coming from an extremist fringe that is not representative of the whole. And that's probably true. But as long as the most tangible result of GamerGate is blatant attacks on women, the burden of evidence remains on them to prove it ... Discuss
Over the past few weeks, you may have heard rumblings (or participated directly) in the #GamerGate hashtag. The controversy was relegated to the gaming corner of the Internet but, last week, prompted Intel to pull ads from an involved website, so things are spilling into mainstream circles. It's a pretty complicated situation, involving important conversations about journalistic integrity, nepotism and online threats. But, more than anything, GamerGate highlights two competing narratives: journalistic integrity when writing about video games and the struggles women face in a male-dominated industry.
The bare facts are this: #GamerGate began when a young man named Eron Gjoni posted a lengthy tirade accusing his ex-girlfriend, who goes by Zoe Quinn, of cheating on him. Quinn had achieved some fame for making a game called Depression Quest, a text-based adventure based loosely on her own struggles with mental illness. The game received a mention in Kotaku, Gawker's video game wing, by a writer who—as it turned out—would go on to date Quinn. To a huge swatch of the gaming community, this all smacked of video game journalists giving certain people favored treatment and women using sex to ascend the ranks of the gaming elite. This is where most of the GamerGate community wanted to keep the conversation.