MachineMachine /stream - tagged with videogames en-us LifePress <![CDATA[What is a game? |]]>

What is a game? It's a debate that rears its bemusing head every now and then as developers push the boundaries of the medium, and this month it has been brought back to the fore by a group arguably less qualified to give a concrete definition: lawyers.

Mon, 17 May 2021 23:55:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Not So Super, Mario.. I was 10 when Super Mario Galaxy came… | by Bobby | Sep, 2020 | Medium]]>

I was 10 when Super Mario Galaxy came out, and I’m 22 now on its rerelease. There was all sorts of confusion before it came out, about what really was the situation surrounding motion controls, which were described as both mandatory and optional by various outlets.

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history]]>

Video games are often blamed for unemployment, violence in society and addiction – including by partisan politicians raising moral concerns. Blaming video games for social or moral decline might feel like something new.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:31:10 -0700
<![CDATA[This Professor Has Documented 2,000 Soda Machines in Video Games - Waypoint]]>

In 2016, Marshall University professor Jason Morrissette was playing Batman: Arkham Knight. While sneaking around the shadows, Morrissette stumbled upon a soda machine. Like many games, Akrham Knight doesn’t feature any real-life soda products; that’d cost money.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:02:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Bitcoin mania is hurting PC gamers by pushing up GPU prices - The Verge]]>

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin have soared in value over the past year, thanks to continued interest from a range of investors.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:20 -0800
<![CDATA[Video Games Are Better Without Stories - The Atlantic]]>

Film, television, and literature all tell them better. So why are games still obsessed with narrative? A longstanding dream: Video games will evolve into interactive stories, like the ones that play out fictionally on the Star Trek Holodeck.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:01:28 -0700
<![CDATA[A new dating sim highlights the pickup artist's ugly game of seduction - Kill Screen]]>

The dating sim has been experiencing something of a reexamining of late, finding itself in the broader public eye as iterations upon its core tenants are warped, distorted, and pushed past their typical use cases.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:48:10 -0700
<![CDATA[How hacking fixed the worst video game of all time | PCWorld]]>

According to urban legend, a landfill somewhere in the small city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, bulges with millions of copies of the worst game ever made—a game that many observers blamed for the North American video-game sales crash of 1983. Atari’s bubble burst because of a little alien.

Mon, 09 May 2016 01:16:36 -0700
<![CDATA[The Minecraft Generation -]]>

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap. An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities.

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:38 -0700
<![CDATA[What digital trash dumped in games tells us about the players | New Scientist]]>

A strawberry Christmas cake, sexy pants, a pool table, three red jet planes, a hippy bandana, a dog sled, a jetpack, a pair of Adidas trainers, a Tudor throne, a bullet stopped in mid-flight, an iced frappé, an entire shopping mall.

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:16:48 -0800
<![CDATA[This sims mod lets you wear a bathtub as a hat which will still...]]>

This sims mod lets you wear a bathtub as a hat which will still function as a bathtub, and the people in that bathtub can also wear it as a hat which will still function as a bathtub, and the people in that bathtub can also wear it as a hat which will still function as a bathtub, and the people in that bathtub can also wear it as a hat which will still function as a bathtub, and the people in that bathtub can also wear it as a hat which will still function as a bathtub, and the people in that bathtub can also wear it as a hat which will still function as a bathtub……. >>>>>>>>> ‪#‎BATHCEPTION‬

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:27:26 -0700
<![CDATA[It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft]]>

If it exists in the real world, you can be someone has figured out a way to build it in Minecraft. A Minecraft builder has created a word processor, complete with keyboard and monitor, entirely in the game. And it isn't just for show.

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 02:46:05 -0800
<![CDATA[One Way To Make Some YouTube Videos Way Creepier]]>

The code that puts a first-person-shooter avatar and reticule on top of random uploaded videos doesn't appear to be publicly available. That's probably a good thing because it makes everything much more stomach-churning.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 01:53:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Drowning Simulator Is The Worst Game I Have Ever Played]]>

I hate being in the ocean. Shallow beaches, I can handle, but the deep sea terrifies me more than spiders, snakes and birds who can talk put together. So a game where you do nothing but drown in open water is not my Game Of The Year candidate. But Sortie En Mer isn't supposed to be fun.

Thu, 01 May 2014 13:40:44 -0700
<![CDATA[illucia: using a videogame to remix music]]> illucia dtr is a patchbay controller for connecting computer programs. Life Sequencer is a game in the illucia suite - it uses falling blocks to build step sequencer patterns (it is also remixable by Conway's Game of Life). Also, it doesn't actually make any sound - it just makes data using OSC. You can then take that data and send it to any computer programs... like Ableton Live or Max. Behind the scenes (not shown in the video), Ableton and Max have some audio samplers running. As I play Life Sequencer, it builds step sequencer patterns. I then patch the data from the step sequencer into the music samplers (so that the sample playhead moves around based on the block patterns in the game). I use cables to select and layer samples, and then I speed up the playback and audio pitch with illucia's knobs. Eventually I patch in some sample rate reduction (and a special glitchy mode on Life Sequencer) right as I trigger the Conway's Game of Life pattern remixer. The Conway algorithm eats through most of the existing blocks, and then I start placing more blocks to build a new pattern. The illucia patchbay then becomes a physical controller for exploring these strange connections & reconsidering the inner lives of computer programs.Cast: paperkettleTags:

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:01:09 -0800
<![CDATA[Reaching the Far Lands: one man's journey to the end of 'Minecraft' | The Verge]]>

On March 28, 2011, Kurt J. Mac opened a new game of Minecraft and started to walk — and he hasn't stopped. Nearly three years later, he's traveled seven hundred virtual kilometers in hopes of reaching the end of the Minecraft world, a mysterious place called the Far Lands.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:06:56 -0800
<![CDATA[Robot Odyssey: The hardest computer game of all time.]]>

My first computer was an Apple IIe with 128KB of RAM, no hard drive, and a 5¼ inch floppy drive. One of the top educational games back then was Rocky’s Boots, an inventive game that taught the basics of formal logic to kids. I loved it when I was 6.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:06:52 -0800
<![CDATA['Penis Brothers' Force You To Take Your Pants Off in Rust Or Die]]>

What the... Ok, so we all know that socializing is kind of hit or miss in games like Rust or DayZ, but I...what?

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:06:31 -0800
<![CDATA[ Doooooooooooooooooom!]]> ]]> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:13:31 -0800 <![CDATA[How to join the DOOM GLTI.CH WAN Party]]>

From Friday 24th January we will be running a GLTI.CH Doom WAN Party as part of the Tactical Glitches exhibition. You can join in, play, explode and explore from wherever you are in the world! It’s 20 years since the original DOOM was released. Let’s remember in glti.chy style. We are running the game through a chain of servers and remote software to create a glti.chy soup for viewers playing at Tactical Glitches. Your involvement will help make that soup even glti.chier – how will the players evolve their Tactics to cope with your onslaught? Play Instructions It is SUPER easy to join, but you will need a few bits and pieces. Here is everything you need to get started. Don’t give up:

Download the PC or MAC version of Zandronum (a freeware program for playing Doom). Install Zandronum on your system (make a note of exactly where it installs on your computer e.g. C:\Program Files\Zandronum). Download our GLTICH WAN PARTY MAP pack. Unzip the MAP PACK you downloaded into the Zandronum directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\Zandronum). Now, if you open up the Zandronum directory you will see another directory called ‘Doom Seeker’. Go into there and load the Doom Seeker application. First up, it is worth checking your settings are correct. Go into the ‘options’ menu then click ‘configure’. Got to the ‘File Paths’ setting. Make sure your Zandronum directory is listed here (e.g. C:\Program Files\Zandronum) - add it if it isn’t. Save and go back to the main Doom Seeker screen. You will now see a long list of servers. Our server is called TACTICALGLITCH, it has a British flag. Scroll down until you find it, or alternatively click the ‘Servers’ column header to arrange the list anti-alphabetically. It should be near the top. Double click the server to join!

At this point Doom will load. You may need to press the ‘ESCAPE’ key, go to the game ‘Options’, ‘Set Video Mode’ and fiddle around with how the game looks until you are happy. Fullscreen high resolution is obviously the nicest
Controls (you can change these too in the Options menu) Mouse = move your head around, (or you can use the <-left and right-> arrow keys to look around) W = forward A = strafe left S = backward D = strafe right CTRL = fire SPACE BAR = Open doors T = Type a message and press ENTER to broadcast it! As well as killing innocent players in SUDLAB Gallery, Naples, there are lots of secrets to discover on the map. The monsters WILL KEEP ON COMING! The body count WILL KEEP ON RISING! Have fun! Invite your friends, and get Tactical. Massive thanks to curators and collaborators Nick Briz and Rosa Menkman, as well as SUDLAB Gallery, Naples, and Domenico Dom Barra!

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:30:31 -0800