Posts tagged with ‘video games’

An Oral History of Street Fighter 2
Totally fun long-read from Polygon, which takes you through the entire evolution of creating the game as told in snippets from the people behind it. Full of weird anecdotes, like Brian Duke (of Capcom USA) describing Yoshiki Okamoto (Head of Arcade Development):

He would prank you. He’d send over ideas for video games and want me to give him my input, and it would turn out to be porn. … I just remember putting the CD into my laptop and playing it for [then Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Cravens] and some other people who were in my office at the time, because I thought [it showed] new games and I wanted to get their input on it as well. And instead, I treated them to a porn display. 

An Oral History of Street Fighter 2

Totally fun long-read from Polygon, which takes you through the entire evolution of creating the game as told in snippets from the people behind it. Full of weird anecdotes, like Brian Duke (of Capcom USA) describing Yoshiki Okamoto (Head of Arcade Development):

He would prank you. He’d send over ideas for video games and want me to give him my input, and it would turn out to be porn. … I just remember putting the CD into my laptop and playing it for [then Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Cravens] and some other people who were in my office at the time, because I thought [it showed] new games and I wanted to get their input on it as well. And instead, I treated them to a porn display. 

The Most Difficult Game Ever Created

The Old News: QWOP is the hardest game to play, ever. It was created in 2008 by former Cut Copy bassist Bennett Foddy. And you can play it online here.

The New News: For all you New Yorkers, it’s also part of  the current Indie Games Exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image, which is an awesome interactive exhibit with 24 other games you can play through March 2. Go.

No Girls Allowed →

Journalist Tracy Lien dissects the “video games are for boys” stereotype.

Watergate: The Video Game

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Journalists: It’s the game you’ve always wanted to play. Forget finding Carmen Sandiego. In Watergate: The Video Game, you’re on the hunt to expose Richard Nixon’s corruption. Here, the real sleuthing happens through interviews, document acquisition and hard-hitting reporting. This is the best way to celebrate the Pulitzer Prize that the Washington Post received 40 years ago today for its coverage of the Watergate scandal.

FJP: I like the 8-bit glory of it all. — Michael

No Hockey? No Worries. We Got Video Games
With the NHL canceling games through mid-December what’s a sports desk in hockey-starved Montreal to do?
How about play EA Sports NHL 13 and report on the outcome of those games? That’s what the Montreal Gazette is toying with in its “Season That Isn’t.”
So, for example, earlier this week: “Carey Price made 27 saves for a shutout, but the goaltender said one stop was the difference in the Canadiens’ 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at the Pepsi Centre.”
Or, on Tuesday, when in the real world the Canadiens would have played the Devils, but in the Gazette’s EA world people are getting sick:

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said he felt ill when he saw goaltender Carey Price Tuesday afternoon.
But not as ill as Price.
"We had an optional morning skate, but Carey was there because he didn’t play last night," Therrien said. "He was fine, but he said that when he woke up from a nap after lunch his sheets were all wet. He was running a fever and our first thought was to keep him away from the other players."

Somewhat Related: Canada sees bump in sex toy sales during NHL lockout.
Image: The NHL cancels games through December 14 as well as the All Star Game.

No Hockey? No Worries. We Got Video Games

With the NHL canceling games through mid-December what’s a sports desk in hockey-starved Montreal to do?

How about play EA Sports NHL 13 and report on the outcome of those games? That’s what the Montreal Gazette is toying with in its “Season That Isn’t.”

So, for example, earlier this week: “Carey Price made 27 saves for a shutout, but the goaltender said one stop was the difference in the Canadiens’ 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at the Pepsi Centre.”

Or, on Tuesday, when in the real world the Canadiens would have played the Devils, but in the Gazette’s EA world people are getting sick:

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said he felt ill when he saw goaltender Carey Price Tuesday afternoon.

But not as ill as Price.

"We had an optional morning skate, but Carey was there because he didn’t play last night," Therrien said. "He was fine, but he said that when he woke up from a nap after lunch his sheets were all wet. He was running a fever and our first thought was to keep him away from the other players."

Somewhat Related: Canada sees bump in sex toy sales during NHL lockout.

Image: The NHL cancels games through December 14 as well as the All Star Game.

Digital Natives Rock at Computer Games, Suck at Riding Bikes

A Survey of 2,200 mothers in 10 countries has revealed that today’s techie tots are naturals at using smart phones and computers, even before they can tie their own shoes. The study commissioned by by Internet security company AVG found:

69 percent of children aged 2-5 can use a computer mouse, but only 11 percent can tie their own shoelaces. More young children know how to play a computer game (58 percent) than swim (20 percent) or ride a bike (52 percent). There is no gender divide. Boys and girls under the age of 5 were equally adept at using technology.

(Source: venturebeat.com)

900 News Publishers to Get Video Game Content From MindJolt in New Deal →

MindJolt COO Colin Digiaro says that the goal with the BIM partnership is to help these local news sites boost engagement — many people only visit them when local news is breaking, and these sites want to change that. Games may not be the first thing you think about when you head to a local news site, but Digiaro says that there’s a “high degree of overlap” between people who visit these local news sites and those who play MindJolt games. That said, it will be up to the publisher sites to determine how prominently they want to feature the games, so the impact will likely vary a lot from site to site.