Posts Tagged: video games
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Make These Dolls Do It

"How Do You Do It?" is a game that was made for you to revert to your eight-year-old perverted self. You wait for mom to leave on an errand, you go to your Barbie and your Ken doll, and you reenact the scene from Titanic by smashing pieces of plastic together. Oh, you never did this as a kid? You're lying. (NSFW, probably, because that would be weird for you, to get caught making dolls have sex at work, I think. So really, nothing has changed; we are all still eight-year-old weirdos.) [Nina's Games]

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Girl Talk: Jake Muller

I am a chronic late gamer. I don't know why I do it (maybe some sort of contrary reaction to the update-your-personal-blog-with-detailed-review-the-day-after-the-midnight-release zeitgeist?), but even in the case of games I purchase for full price upon release, I tend to play the intro, turn the game off for the night, and then fail to return to it for about half a year, at which time I actually get into playing it and wonder why I neglected it for so long. True to form, I followed this pattern with Resident Evil 6—bought it, started playing, died horribly when I botched a quick time event, turned my Xbox off, and didn't think [...]

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We Did It!

"Humankind has now spent more time playing Call of Duty than it has existed on Earth." [WaPo]

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"I'm Not A Human, I'm A Sim"

In case you're not aware, The Sims 3 is the most recent entry in the immensely popular video game series that allows users to create and control virtual people. For the casual gamer, the concept is intriguing enough to act as an enjoyable waste of time, but for teens (and, who am I kidding, grown-ass men and women) who are simultaneously attempting to define their own lives, it's an opportunity to build the perfect version of yourself. The perfect versions of your friends. The perfect versions of…your lovers.

"We are so lucky to have been raise amongst catalogs," said Meg (Parker Posey) in Best In Show of her childhood memorizing and ordering exclusively from the J. [...]

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An Interview with Porpentine, Maker of Mutant Feminist Cyber Games

Porpentine lives in Oakland and makes games about, among other things, “pop star Ke$ha against trans-dimensional haters.” You can try them out here, some in this very browser*. She also writes a weekly roundup of free games for Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

I decided to interview Porpentine over chat. (This meant it took about 57 hours, and she may never do an interview ever again: sorry, Porpentine and journalism.) We talked about bodies, women’s work, jet ski depiction, violent business sim memoir, and we insulted fruit. I’d call it a text adventure, except, that’s not right at all**, because Porpentine is the human, and I’m [...]

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What Is Most Millennial?

Twenty years ago, people talked about Myst the same way they talked about The Sopranos during its first season: as one of those rare works that irrevocably changed its medium. It certainly felt like nothing in gaming would or could be the same after it. If you remember the game, you remember that feeling of landing on Myst Island for the first time, staggeringly bereft of information in a way that felt like some kind of reverse epiphany, left with no option but to start exploring. This was a revolutionary feeling to have while staring at your PC screen. And the word-of-mouth carried — people who had never gamed before in their lives bought [...]

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E.T. Is Buried in Alamogordo

There is no definitive account of that day in September 1983 when the trucks brought the Atari haul here, just versions that seem to feed on one another, changing slightly as they travel from one online forum to the next, as in a virtual game of telephone.

One story put the number of trucks at 20. Others say there were 10 or 14. Mr. Lewandowski recalled last week that 29 trucks had left Atari’s plant in El Paso, Tex., just over the border from New Mexico, and that 9 had made it to the landfill.

“The other 20,” he said, “no one knows what happened.”

There is a lingering [...]

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Ask a Glutton: I'm Through With Eggs

What are good breakfast recipes you have for someone who deeply despises the taste of egg? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as they say.

The idea that breakfast is the most important meal is, I think, largely due to propaganda by the cereal industry. Why can’t the most important meal of the day be afternoon tea, or lunch? Or a burrito that you eat in bed at 3 a.m. while hate-watching the worst of Netflix? But that said, yes, breakfast is important! There is also something so intensely personal about breakfast; it’s the least performative meal, I think, the meal that is the most in tune [...]

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Do Not Pass Go

One thing users can't do in GTA V? Play as a female character. The game doesn’t feature any playable women, Rockstar Games co-founder and VP of creativity Dan Houser said, because "the concept of being masculine was so key to this story," just like it has apparently been key to every previous GTA installment.

It's frustrating, to say the least, that a vanguard company like Rockstar Games brushes off the idea of allowing for female leads with statements like Houser's. While it's not an outright "fuck you" to female gamers, it's a pretty implicit one. The decision to have three characters allows for what Houser calls "nuanced stories, not [...]

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Explanations

A friend of mine recently shared this comic, which is an amazing peek at what it feels like to be a woman and suffer the near-universal scorn of boys in geek culture. At least … I think it’s an amazing peek. I’m not a woman and haven’t experienced that unique brand of shitty exclusionism, so I can’t say for sure. I have lived through my own brand of exclusionism, however (at least, I believed I did, but more on that later), so I wanted to share my interpretation of why this happens.

Let me first make a few disclaimers. What follows are not excuses but possible explanations. The behavior is inexcusable, [...]