Keep meaning to ask. Does anyone have any recommendations for videogames which are particularly of interest with regard to the urban-as-in-city pedestrian experience? Assume that I'm aware of e.g. the GTAs and Saint's Row (love #3!) style games and prefer exploration over random aggression. I'm particularly interested in anything from any era, any genre which either foregrounds the pedestrian experience or which in your opinion incorporates/exaggerates it particularly well. [more inside]
A friends son is very keen on creative writing - he publishes online via Reddit and his own blog. He is currently negotiating with an online gaming company (based in the Netherlands) to write dialogue for their new game that is in development (they send him prompts and basic outlines of the game sequence). Can you give me any advice about the average rates for online writing. Do you you charge by the hour or for a written piece? What would you recommend would be a good rate, considering his age (17) and his skill level (he is still in high school!). From my research I have seen a range of quotes - anything from $20 per hour or $50 per article up to $900 for skilled writers. Any advice much appreciated.
I'm looking for ALL the iPad games that are simple enough for a 5-year old. Easy, addictive, repetitive - this is what I'm looking for. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I love playing Dominion together, and we want to take the experience to the next level by adding some expansions to the base game. Dominion players, which expansions are your favorites? Is there a reliable source for reviews? Thanks!
There are so many terrible educational apps which seem to be a combination of flash cards / slot machine with in-app purchases or hard to avoid ads. What are your favorite tablet apps which actually have taught your toddler something other than randomly swiping around the screen? [more inside]
I need help to stop finishing dead last in Carcassonne without resorting to cutthroat strategies that alienate people. I've researched strategy guides, but none that I've found is written in the "explain it like I'm five" style that I need. Please hope me learn how be competitive.
Recommend some games I can download to my iPhone 6 that can be played on the subway with no cell phone connection. [more inside]
Whenever I try to run any SDL games, I get the following error. Despite checking online, I haven't found any solutions to it. Unfortunately this means some of our favorite games have stopped working, and my son is showing signs of gamer angst. [more inside]
I'm one of the tour managers for a university orchestra tour. We've got a symphony orchestra of 70 students mostly aged 19-21, and we're packing them into a coach and driving them to the Netherlands, which will take a fairly long time. How can I force them to have fun, ideally while they're on the coach? [more inside]
How can I play the game Go against another person, at a leisurely pace, by way of my android phone? [more inside]
GiftFilter: what active/outdoorsy gift can I give my athletic boyfriend to use together with my wannabe-active self? [more inside]
A simple question about Minecraft that I'm finding no firm answer for online. With the default settings and without mods, how frequently do mushroom islands come up? [more inside]
I'm going through major Her Story withdrawal. What game should I play next? [more inside]
Inspired by this post, I'd like to dip back into gaming. Please recommend me some recent games outside the AAA mold, and advise what hardware I need to play them. [more inside]
I want to create a ranking system for a game that will be more refined than just ranking the users in order 1, 2, 3, etc. [more inside]
I love Plants vs. Zombies 2. LOVE. But I've finished it, and I need a new game to play on my Android smartphone. What should it be? [more inside]
I make Windows videogames, and my latest engine doesn't let you select screen resolutions. I could change it so it does, but I'd rather make a small program that first lets you choose resolution (and set fullscreen and such), then launches the game app. But then wait (I said in my head), hasn't someone already created this launcher tool? Please help me out. Have they? [more inside]
How can I get into Gaming Journalism this day in age where there is so many sites and sources about Gaming news? [more inside]
When I was growing up, my family and I played a card game we called Bid Bridge. I've tried looking online to find out the rules and scoring but I just keep finding similar games (Whist, Napoleon, etc) that are almost-but-not-quite the same. How do you play this game? [more inside]
Good microtransaction-free games for Android phones with endless modes or just large numbers of levels. Don't need to be free so long as they're not moneypits. [more inside]
Fill the hole in my brain left by Two Dots. [more inside]
I have decided to acquire a new iPhone. However, I've been playing Neko Atsume, and have gotten pretty far along in collecting cats and cat-related objects. Is there a way to back up my game progress so I can pick up on the new phone where I left off instead of having to start all over? [more inside]
Two guys stuck in a hotel room. Two IOS devices. Looking for games, head to head and/or co-op, that can keep us amused. Requirements? Looking for non-word-based or connect-four-ish games. We burned several hours on Trenches and enjoyed it, but got bored after that. Ideas?
As I mentioned in a previous AskMe I am a professor who has been developing a long-running, semi-realistic simulation inspired by ARGs in which the players will be challenged to make many business decisions over the course of several months in an evolving scenario. Without going into too much detail, the premise is that the students have been hired by a genius inventor who has created an exciting breakthrough technology and is interested in commercializing it. The name for the technology turns up nothing in Google (because it is fake!), but we want to make it look like a real thing. Help me figure out how! [more inside]
I'm looking for video games (Windows or Mac) that I personally would consider fun. I get bored with casual games but frustrated with ones aimed at the truly hardcore gamer. More special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I really dug the space stage in Spore, and I'm looking to scratch that itch. Are there any awesome low-intensity, exploration based space games out there? [more inside]
I want to know what the most popular videogame in the history of the medium is. I suspect it's Tetris, but that's just a guess. [more inside]
Are there any good games that are based on hard science fiction, such as discussed on Project Rho? There are a lot of great SF books that draw on relativity, vast distances and solid physics to make their stories of interstellar warfare and commerce exciting (e.g. Charlie Stross, Alaistair Reynolds, Benford, Westerfield, etc.) but all video games, mainstream or indie, seem to be much more Star Wars-style science fantasy. Are there any exceptions? FTL is the closest I can think of, and that is pushing it...
Do you have a name and/or other examples for this class of puzzle like Sudoku, or 0h n0 or 0h h1? [more inside]
Very briefly: I need a handful of fun Windows Phone games that can be played without a data connection. Help? :) [more inside]
Please recommend to me mobile games for Android AND iOS that I can play with other people in the same room. The games should be fairly easy to learn and a session should take 5-30 minutes.
For the iPhone game Ruzzle - what are the rules of the new tournament gameplay mode? [more inside]
I've noticed, in the last few months, a new disclaimer added to the old disclaimer at end of commercials for the lottery. The old disclaimer says for entertainment purposes only. The new disclaimer says something like the lottery is not to be used for investment purposes. That made me wonder if people ever hire professional gamblers to play and win on their behalf. Does that happen, and if it does, how would it work?
My son is having his 10th birthday party later this month and the theme is 'fantasy' (witches, goblins, wizards, dragons, elves etc). What are some fun games/activities that you recommend for the day?
That's basically the question. I'm not a gamer AT ALL but decades ago I enjoyed two games, Ceremony of Innocence and Myst and haven't played since. I'm now in the possession of a new three day old 13 " MacBook Pro and thought I'd take advantage of the retina graphic aspect of it with a visually stunning game. Games with riddles and puzzles and stories like the above, the first one in particular are the only ones I've enjoyed. Do you know of any others?
I'm looking for some short, easy, free, browser-based online games to play-- ideally ones that approximate narrative fiction in some way (well-defined plotline, focused exploration of a particular theme, etc.). The two I've got so far are One Chance and Every Day the Same Dream. What else should I be trying? [more inside]
Does anyone remember a recent post (possibly on a Tumblr) describing a satirical, feminist-alternate-universe history of video games? [more inside]
Trying desperatly to get a Flimsee set here in Australia or a similar type game in the next 2 weeks. [more inside]
I have 2 iDevices (iphone and ipad). I would like to play Civilization Revolution against my wife on these two devices. How do I change the Game Center ID on one of these so as to have two different identities, so that we can use these two devices to play against each other?
I need to put some games on a few Microsoft Surface RT tablets for use in a coffee shop by kids while Mammy and Daddy are sipping their coffee. I'm no expert but is there a way to do that while restricting access to the computers' settings by customers?
I'm trying to find any game, or mini-game, that involves trying to match/hit the correct frequency and wavelength. Naturally my mind decides to blank on this. Can you help?
I've watching some vids where blow explains he spent a lot of time doing something deep in the game but hardly any players understood these deep concepts. But he doesn't tell what these deep ideas are!! What are they? I just see a simplistic puzzle platformer, what am I missing ???
I learned about Guess My Word on here and now I'm hooked. I also learned about Doge 2048 here and I love it, but it takes too long. Same thing with Must Pop Words (although I didn't learn about it here). Suggestions for games that take about the same amount of time/talent/thought as Guess My Word?
And why is it your favorite? [more inside]
My partner and I are playing Borderlands 2 and World of Warcraft (WoW) together, which is great fun, but we are sort of terrible at combat. He's never done collaborative gaming (but has played a lot of Borderlands) and I haven't played games in years (but I used to play a lot of WoW). [more inside]
Give me super placid media to engage with. Relaxing, tranquil, serene. TV, movies, and video games are all fine. Some examples would be Bee and PuppyCat, anything by Studio Ghibli and Knytt respectively. To be clear, however: I don't want stuff I can engage with mindlessly. I want stuff that I can pay attention to and follow along with and are interesting or humorous or even a teeny bit dramatic, but which are pleasurably slow-paced. [more inside]
Some years ago I played a Flash game set around the time of WWI. You played a female spy, moved around a house & its basement, and picked up objects to use. Anybody remember what game this was, or the author's name? Thanks.
I love puzzle games, like The Room, Room 2, Monument Valley, Tiny Bang Theory, Botanicula, all those kinds of things (I have, in fact, gotten many recommendations from others' previous AskMes). The thing is, these games all add up memory-wise. I have finished them once, but know that I will enjoy returning to them in the future after I've forgotten some of the bits. How do I move them somewhere else to free up memory in the meantime? Or can I just delete them and download them again later? [more inside]
If you were responsible for stocking the entertainment at a large (sleeps 18) mountain ski lodge with no internet, what would you provide? We're not talking about movies since we got that covered, just traditional and electronic games. [more inside]
Many sites say that the largest known prime is "2^57,885,161 − 1, a number with 17,425,170 digits." Given this and well known research about the density of primes, I think it's at least possible to estimate the number of primes between 1 and 2^57,885,161 − 1. But I don't know how to do this myself. I really want the answer to this one (the order of magnitude at least), but I've got lots of these, and I'd ideally like more cool ones. :) [more inside]