I'm closing out some 2014 tabs, so have a few useful links.
Want to make a game, but don't know how to get started?
Sortingh.at is a great step-by-step resource.
Using Google Apps-for-business and group mail is bouncing? Follow
these instructions to switch to "proper" groups.
Think you can recognize your developers from their commit messages?
git-game turns it into a neat game where you try to figure out whose entire message was just "fuck" the most often.
Want a machine that make tortillas at the press of a button? I DO.
flatev is the answer.
Polygon piece about Eve Online has a bunch of interesting insights from corporation CEOs, escrow services, finance managers, etc. But after trying to get into it a few times, the part that really sticks out is "The fun stuff in Eve is something that most players don't get to experience until they've played the game for six months to a year". It's really boring, for a whole year.
Nick Quaranto has done a great job on his version of a
5x5 Lego Carcassone set. My original renders from 2011 had 9x9, 7x7 and 3x3 (and a bonus 4x4 version from Michael Buffington), but I never tried a 5x5 set.
The way he uses full-height blocks for city walls looks great, especially when tiles are combined to make enclosed cities.
This set seems pretty practical to actually make too - under 1000 pieces for an entire tile set. A little more if you want to add in the river. I've not installed SR 3D on my current computer, but maybe it's time.
A few weeks ago I started playing
Triton, a web based
space strategy game that takes many days to play a single game. Ships take hours to
travel between stars, research takes tens of hours and you can check in once a day
to give your orders.
My first game took just under 3 weeks and was pretty fun. Do you know of any other
web-based games that are played over a few weeks?
Save the date is a great little game that's a cross between a dating sim and Groundhog Day. Keep trying, and maybe it'll work out.
On the heels of
Candy Box (which I still haven't completed, shhh!) comes A Dark Room. I love these browser-text-style games and this one is the best yet - well paced, full of stuff and has an ending that's reachable within a day. So good. I really want to work on one myself, but can't think of what to do.
Apr 1st: This review of Doom 3's source release is full of tons of interesting stuff, even for non-graphics programmers. [via waferbaby]
Buildy seems like it might be fun, in a modern City Creator sort of way, but I haven't managed to create anything cool myself (here's my effort) and there's no good directory of player-created stuff. Have any of you been playing with it?
Frog Fractions is, without a doubt, the best frog-based educational fractions game.
The game is a little deeper than it first appears - make sure you get the presidential pool upgrade.
One the one hand, it looks terrible. However, London Underground Simulator (Circle Line) is so detailed in all the right ways that I just want to play it. For hours.
part 2 and then buy yourself a copy.
For quite a few months I have been working on creating a full set of zoom-able slippy maps for World of Warcraft. After much dithering, it's finally ready, along with an article about its creation and the WoW internals needed to build it.
read the article or head straight on over to the live maps.
spacechem is one of the most difficult games i've played in the last few years. what
these people have managed is mind-boggling
gourmet gaming is a great concept - recreating dishes from video games
some tips for dungeon raid. so fucking addictive
having recently re-played half-life 2 (in the wake of the portal 2 release), i've been re-reading
concerned, an excellent hl2 parody comic
katamari damacy bookmarklet is the best thing i've seen so far this year. for reals
scored 23/5 before stopping. what about you?
this weekend's project -
live-action LBP is fucking genius. if something like that ever gets made for glitch, i think we win [via dburka]
voxotron looks so awesome
isn't as good as wc2
coma for long, because the controls are awful, but it's beautiful
pixels is amazing. watch it now. now!
gold achievement looks pretty awesome and will probably be pretty rare. on my list for after 'insane'
colorbind has a
really beautiful trailer. buy this game now
continuity is a great concept. very addictive little puzzler
cannablat has nothing on
robot unicorn attack. seriously
sushi cat is a super fun little game. a little over-easy, but very cute
5 invites for city of eternals. if you like that sort of thing
where we remain is a really wonderful little flash game that makes me want to start making little games. who's with me? [via joshua]
ribbon hero is dumb, but awesome. however, the thing it has most taught me about the ribbon is that feature placement is essentially random and the best way to get anything done is to hunt through each tab slowly until you find what you need. and it'll probably have a dumb name.
a nice relaxing dish full of
first person tetris is awesome. until you throw up. and then it's still awesome
iphone game looks cute, and maybe even colorblind compatible. giving it a try...
interview/article with jeff kaplan from the wow team on game design stuff
wow. pacman has a maximum high score and it's been
reached. that kinda makes me sad
football hero requires a lot of moving about
brickbattles is a table-top war game in lego. bogan sent this to me forever ago, but just found it again
$10 on steam and is quite lovely
i recently re-read the whole of
concerned. definitely worth it
tennis for two is a computer game. from 1958
nethax is an ajax nethack [via joshua]
fat princess looks awesome. cake for everyone!
comcast town seems like a snazzy update to citycreator, but is kinda sucks. lost all me designs with an exploratory click. menus are too deep and hidden (i want to see everything!) and the tooltips are dog slow. bah. do it right please!
openth sounds like a good idea, but how about a version in flash? seems like it could be huge if it were on facebook
a day of tweaks today -
choose your own adventure had a little overhaul, removing around 5000 bad entries and improving various things to avoid it getting like that again. worth a little play
keen to try out
bunni, but still unsure how to complete fishing girl. does it involve the bird i caught? hmm
i think this
time travel rts (demoed at GDC) might actually be too confusing to play. damn
i haven't played
ginormo sword is ages. yay!!
asylum was ace. and twin world. need. acorn. emulator
bunch of class changes are upcoming in wow - including no ammo for hunters? huh?
grow tower is infuriating. has anyone solved it?
warzone 2100 looks pretty cool. yay for old games under GNU
can't get into
tork much. am i impatient, or is it just dull?
wow now has
paid sex-changes, and they're much cheaper than the real thing. this pay-for-addons model is great for players and blizzard alike
has anyone played any of the
bigpoint games? are they any good?
i know it's only a tech demo, but
the unfinished swan looks like a lot of fun
virtual bacon? not as good as physical bacon, for sure [via rr]
versus unprotected memory. kinda awesome
in the best news since, err, ever, you can get your own @hellokitty.com email address at
sanrio town. am i the only person desperately awaiting the MMO?
pac-text is awesome. has anybody managed to complete a level? update: schachter has eaten all the dots. "congratulations! You have eaten ALL the dots! A rather time consuming and tedious task."
the end of
this weeks' zero punctuation is genius. go watch it. now
atmosphir looks like it might be a lot of fun. can't wait to get in the beta [via schill]
ok, where can i get a copy of
this game? too lazy to make it myself
"turning them into entitled
halo 3 kid is terrifying. he's not only built all the weapons (nerdy), but learnt all the unnatural animations too [via pa]
web-based games with favicons as the
play canvas? too cool
a plush merlok that
talks? oh fuck yes [via wafer]
lively supposed to be google's habbo? it doesn't work for me. and it's ugly as hell
wow + rickroll =
pretty awesome [via bogan]
get lamp looks like it'll be pretty cool. i want to play the game whose map is shown in the trailer (the huge one)
difficult. can only get to level 13 [via js]
joshua insists this is
great, but i suck at it. click click click
lots of leaked lich king info
django mmo is too cool for words
hammond found this
beautiful custom-built pirate's cove set. want!
missing GNE? try
crown quest. i'm stuck on level 18
oooh, some love
footage, via wafer. looks purty
prototype looks sooo
beautiful [via wafer]
article on 3d graphics in excel is an awesome read. for the impatient, check out the videos on pages 3 and 4
awesome stuff always happens when i'm out of town
anyone out there look like
link? kinda creepy
love looks really interesting. anyone know when it'll be out? beautiful artwork
haxed is a pretty awesome flash game. nice soundtrack
laser quest? that is seriously awesome [via jess i think]
maybe killing people in wow is a
bad idea. silly americans
origami. anyone else tried making them? [via myles]
a boardgame that takes 16+ hours to play? that's AWESOME. i want
world in flames so bad
katamari site is as wonderful as the game - not sure why i'd never seen it before
sounds like someone is
take 5 minutes of your life to play
passage and then read this. [via js]
figure prints are out (and look awesome) but production is highly limited. bah!
sounds like the psp got
slimmer. anyone played with a new one?
weewar looks amazing - i wish i'd built it
wow ads featuring mr t and william shattner are awesome. well, the mr t one is. i want a night elf mohawk
dangers of wow [via bogan]
the sadly-departed mr baio found an even better live
version of still alive - nice work. the cake makes it sound better. and the song is pretty awesome
myles found a
live version of 'still alive'. so awesome
killing the conference hackfest? via hammond
this guy seems to have even more. scary
shame i missed
this auction - that's some serious gaming
just completed portal. the
script towards the end is even better than at the start. just wish it were longer. portal 2 soon please
the portal gun in hl2? hell
yes. looks like alot of fun
excellent review of the orange box - portal is SO MUCH FUN
the wow rep
calculator is really nicely done - click on the faction sections for zone and instance rep info
ooh - a place that
sells cuboro in the US
wow rep calculator is really nicely done
will you survive the
halo-caust? [via myles]
i have a new
goal in life. on second thoughts, maybe not
looks cool - game is forthcoming [via murphy]
best. thing. ever. loco roco
karaoke. i've been singing it all night
lost garden is a lovely game design weblog and the challenge tileset is inspiring
spectrum! fits right in with this week's office theme [via nj]
for future reference - a
library to unpack MoPaQ archives for WoW
this would make a fairly awesome movie [via dunstan]
i gave up and level
23. gets too difficult without alot of patience. or i guess a quick bit of code to solve it for you
i can't get anyone to join my
chorewars guild [via wafer]
grodon found a nice wumpus java
andy baio found a
walkthrough for the ethan hass website
dwarf fortress looks kinda
awesome in a nethack way [via js]
dosbox lets you run old dos games on windows, mac, etc. nifty [via js]
things mr welch can no longer do during an rpg. jokes for nerds, jokes for nerds
guild finally has a website. alliance ftw!
monty on the run,
game shirts, including a katamari/locoroco crossover [via waxy]
the WoW south park
episode [3 parts] is awesome
xbox 360 laptop is utter genius [via chubb]
seqel to the murloc rpg now out - need to find some time to play through it :)
sphere looks very cool - a game engine which embeds spidermonkey for scripting. need to check that out further
i need to read the
introduction to I7 when i get some spare time [via waxy]
omg - nintendo
smells of wii
dathan found this awesome
merloc flash rpg on newgrounds
PS3 release is
delayed by 6 months. bah [via salti]
spore looks utterly amazing
google maps meets world of warcraft?
escapist is a wonderful online gaming mag. well worth a read [via grim]
via kakul - an awesome japanese
80's advert for zelda on the super famicom
doom on an ipod. doom on an ipod. doom. on. an. ipod. don't you see? [via matts]
salty points out this
lovely article interviewing some original japanese game creators. "q: how difficult was it to make the game back then? a: it was very a difficult process. the hardest part was the development of a microcomputer."
c boardgame. sooooo awesome
leeeeeroy jenkins!!! what an awesome battlecry [via matts]
new psp firmware
is out (in japan only, but works on US PSPs). now includes a web browser. woo! [via rob]
more psp goodness -
vnc for the psp. seriously. that's just too cool.
aaron points out
pspware - looks like it might be time to dust off the old ibook.
real life counter strike, via yoz and some others. great fun - the movements are spot on, and suitably ridiculous.
games manifesto has many excellent points and makes me want to start playing HL2 again. mmmm
perplex city is a new mass-game. could be fun. $200,000 prize
the xbox360 is
fancy looking; much better than its ugly predecessor. and with impressive specs too.
ooh ooh ooh - there's going to be a
sequel to katamari damacy, my favorite game i've never played. launch it on the psp already. or else i'm going to have to get a ps2.
this flash animation goes on forever (20 minutes and still going), but is a fantastic final fantasy 6 pastiche on the browser wars (featuring psp as the evil super villan). via p-a [update - 40 minutes!]
physical tetris - rich calls it "a futuristic connect 4". i kinda want it. or the tertis shelves from these guys [stupid flash, no direct links]. all via the lovely b4ta.
forget gaming - the psp is mainly a
matt smith is
writing games again. awesome. though it might turn out to be a big dissapointment. i'm working on a spectrum games myself at the moment (though porting it from spectrum to php :)
gah. tom's got me playing
freenet again. 107/104 on the largest size. i need some practice.
via lealea: the blind pianist has released a
free album or mario and ff themes.
everyvideogame.com is super-fun for playing sonic. who needs consoles. how long before the latest xbox games are running in a java applet over the web?
i'm stuck on stage 8 of the
imagepuz. i am lame
a nice flash
version of bubble bobble [via lealea]
and while i'm on the thinkgeek toy kick, i want
these lovely space invaders stickers. awesome
geomag (and it's precursor, supermag) so expensive? i need this stuff.
some photos from
under tokyo of the flood systems. looks like an awesome counter-strike level. [via coates]
the nintendo ds
looks pretty powerfull - now how can we use this power for evil instead of for playing with puppies?
12many is a
great game. i got 244 - what about you?
salt points out the
tetris cosplay photos. awesome. i wish i'd thought of that.
striatic pointed me at this love
xbox scale graphic - yes, it really is that big.
half life 2 is amazing. i have a feeling i'm going to hear things in real life and think "that's almost as realistic as half life 2". fuck yeah
i have halo 2. i have half life 2. who wants to touch me?
jason just reminded me about
progress quest, probably the best game in existance.
solver for roadblocks can handle one-ways and teleporters. seems to be able to cope with advanced levels easily.
roadblocks is pretty fun, but trying to build a solver is more fun. patches to support one ways and teleporters are welcomed (you'd need to extend the find_stop_*) functions to return an x,y pair for the teleporters. one ways are easy - just add to the blocks list for each direction). :)
you know what time crisis was missing? yes,
gne is dead. it's a sad day.
sim torture looks like fun.
fancy flash version of the hhgttg text adventure. nice.
little game is a lot of fun. striatic took about 75 rolls to get it. i got it straight away. what about you?
oooh - getting a valve
tourament license is free. now that's a sensible approach.
the ship looks like an interesting an original half-life mod
description of gne is beautiful: "It's like the musty smell in a library full of old books written by comical adventurers. No ... wait. That's not right. It's like laying in new-mown hay, on the very edge of sleep in the late August afternoon. Nope. That's not it. Oh! I know! It's like a fish."
reveals why gne isn't out yet. very cute.
tom found some
interesting mmorpg stats for the last 7 years, showing the recent surge for RO and FFXI. bigger numbers than i imagined.
woah - the penny arcade
omega collection looks well worth winning.
lea's been going mad over
tales of symphonia, a multiplayer rpg for the game cube. now all i need is to get some friends to play it with :/
doom as a
sysadmin tool is a great idea. the pros and cons section is elightening.
a discussion today involved use of the word quandry which reminded me of this
excellent piece of fiction from whelk.
wank words bingo for later use. excellent game.
one of the best things i've heard in ages is
this guy playing the mario theme on a ukulele. awesome.
could the future of online and offline gaming possibly be
monopolabble? only time will tell, but jc has a knack for slightly insane ideas.