Google Feud is a game that launched last week and quickly went viral, because this is the Internet and that's how things work. Google Feud has a devlishly simple, addictive conceit—you play a Family Feud-type game against Google's Autocomplete. You get a phrase or word, and have to guess what usually comes next when people Google it. Of course, just because the game is simple doesn't mean it's not impossibly sad. For example, the second most common ending word for "How to fake a ..." is "pregnancy." And, as you might expect, "Is the President a ..." is most commonly completed by "Muslim." So, is it interesting? For sure. Is it fun? Depends on your definition. Discuss
Mario is coming to your iPhone. Nintendo has announced a new partnership with app development company DeNA to begin creating games for your phone. The games aren’t just mobile editions of classic NES staples. Instead, according to a press release, “to ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created.” Though if Nintendo’s track record of creating addictive cartoon games is any indication, these new apps have the potential to vastly increase your smartphone’s time-wasting capabilities ... Discuss
There's a new video game in development called Upsilon Circuit that has a few interesting things going for it. For one, a server specially selects eight—and only eight—players from an online queue to play. In other words, only eight people can ever play this game at time—everyone else gets to watch the players, and can reward characters they like with special health and power-ups. In other words, if you're playing this game, you're being judged by thousands or maybe millions of strangers.
But the most interesting concept might be the fact that, unlike just about every other video game, dying in this game has real weight to it. If you die, you never get to play again. Ever. Once you're done, someone else in the queue takes over the character and you're out for good.
Last year's Tom Cruise epic Edge of Tomorrow had a lot of fun playing with the video game mentality of infinite lives, pointing out just how low the stakes are when death is just a momentary setback. Upsilon Circuit asks you to take the game—and how you play it—very seriously. Discuss
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