Tag Archives: Games

How is submarine combat like building a city?

Found this on my computer, apparently written in 2010. I guess I never posted it before because I didn’t decide on an answer to the question it poses: what is it that simulation games of very different subject matters have … Continue reading

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The eternal Civ game — how can there be 1700 years of stability? and a quandary for Civ design

So some guy told Reddit that he has been playing the same Civilization II game for ten real-time years; the game calendar has reached 3991 AD. (Games of Civ can continue after they “officially” end; the game over screen came … Continue reading

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Wireless gaming and driverless cars

Nintendo has had huge success with portable game consoles, having sold over a hundred million Gameboys, and over 150 million Nintendo DSes. But the latest entrants into this market, the Nintendo 3DS and the Playstation Vita, both launched to doom … Continue reading

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7 Improbable Game Nights

I have the chance to enjoy the occasional board / other game night. In fact I enjoy them a lot. But they rarely live up to my more ambitious game night fantasies. I love to get in a few rounds … Continue reading

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10 Games I Actually Played in 2010 (speaking roughly)

What a year! This is not a top 10 videogame list — how many games do you have to play for a yearly top 10 to be a meaningful gesture? I have not played that many, even though I’ve played … Continue reading

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Moral feelings without choice in games, Shadow of the Colossus.

I’ve got a new essay up here about the ways games can elicit moral feelings in players, in pursuit of a richer experience. Basically, I think choice and freedom are overemphasized in the discussion of game morality. Many games can … Continue reading

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Braid, motherfucker, have you played it?

PC version comes out tomorrow. Here’s a trailer (minor spoilers for your sense of discovery; watch only if you won’t otherwise rush to play game): Braid trailer from David Hellman on Vimeo. Braid has a strong claim to being the … Continue reading

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