Archive for the 'Gaming' Category

Did You Miss Saturday’s Huge Space Battle?

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Game ControllerLast Saturday (1/26/2013), there was a huge space battle in EVE Online, a massively multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG). What started out as a minor raid became one of the largest battles in the history of the game, involving more than 2800 ships and 3200 players. All because one player clicked the wrong command.

Link: http://www.tor.com/…

The Unexpected Success of Pong

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Game ControllerAtari’s famous video game Pong wasn’t intended to be an actual product. And it generated a lot of backtracking on the part of Atari, as they slowly realized how popular it was going to be. The linked article has details.

Link: http://www.techrepublic.com/…

The All-Time Bestselling Video Game

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Game ControllerEver wonder what the all-time bestselling video game is, not counting the ones that were bundled with gaming systems? Turns out it’s Tetris. I purchased a copy back in the late ’80s, and the linked article prompted me to buy the Tetris app for my Kindle Fire.

Link: http://www.techrepublic.com/…

Google+ Gets Games

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Social NetworkWhen I first joined Google+, I realized that its lack of games was a problem (my primary reason for joining Facebook was to play online Scrabble). Well that has now changed.

Link #1: http://arstechnica.com/…

Link #2: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/…
(via The Daily Caller)

Madden NFL Video Game Predicts Superbowl Winner 88% of the Time

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

FootballEA Sports publishes the popular Madden NFL video games. Each September, they run a simulation of the upcoming NFL season using the game. Their record is impressive—they’ve picked the correct Superbowl winner seven times in the last 8 years. Note that the linked article, written in September 2010, correctly predicted the Green Bay Packers as the champions.

Link: http://www.wired.com/…
(via Slashdot)

Revenues Triple After Giving Away Game

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Game ControllerLast September, the Lord of the Rings Online MMORPG switched from paid subscriptions to a free-to-play model. The result has been a tripling of revenues and a significant increase in the number of players. The core game is free, but you can pay for expansions or a full VIP membership.

Link: http://www.gamasutra.com/…
(via Slashdot)

Duke Nukem Forever is Alive!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Game ControllerIt appears that Duke Nukem Forever, the poster child for vaporware, will finally be released on May 3rd, 2011. The game has been in almost continuous development since 1997, and was awarded a Vaporware Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 by Wired.

Link: http://www.gameinformer.com/…
(via Slashdot)

Know the Odds When Playing Board Games

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

MonopolyWhich properties in Monopoly are the least and most likely to land on? In Clue, which character will give you an immediate advantage? Why don’t you want to be the first player in Jenga? The answers to these questions, and more, are in the linked article.

Link: http://www.mentalfloss.com/…

Beware! This Game May Crash Your Video Card

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Game ControllerPC gamers are having problems with StarCraft II, because it’s causing their graphics cards to overheat and shut down. The linked article essentially says this shouldn’t happen unless your PC’s cooling system isn’t working properly, and then explains how to restore it back to normal by removing accumulated dust and organizing your cables.

Link: http://www.pcauthority.com.au/…
(via Slashdot)

Machinarium Amnesty Sale

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Game ControllerJust ran into this neat little nugget. Machinarium is a puzzle game with great artwork. I think of it as Myst lite. Because of rampant piracy, they’re holding an “amnesty” sale where you can purchase the download version of the game for only $5.00 (discounted from $20). The sale ends on August 12th. The website has a demo of the first three levels, so you can see what it’s like. They also have some wallpaper images available for download. Runs on PCs with Windows or 32-bit Linux, and Macintosh computers.

Link: http://arstechnica.com/…

New High Score in the Asteroids Arcade Game

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Game ControllerAn Oregon man has broken the all-time high score in Asteroids, reaching 41,336,440 points. It took him 3½ days without sleep. Go ahead and put that on your resume!

Link: http://www.wired.com/…
(via Slashdot)

Scrubbing Personal Info From Game Consoles

Monday, February 15th, 2010

GamingSo you have a game console that you don’t need anymore. Thinking about selling it on eBay, donating it to charity, or perhaps giving it to a friend? The linked article explains how to remove personal information that may be stored on the console’s hard drive.

Link: http://arstechnica.com/…