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I need suggestions for games (video or otherwise) for large groups

I teach MBAs entrepreneurship, but also do research on video games. I was thinking of creating an entirely optional night session (maybe with drinks) that would focus on playing games that would be fun and maybe include teachable moments for 15-30 students. I was thinking of starting with Space Team, and then doing an improv game around crazy business pitches, but I am looking for other ideas. The games need to be easy to play with large groups (or small teams off a large group), be high energy, not be inappropriate for grad students, and have some sort of vague businesses point (improvisation, teamwork, leadership, dealing with ambiguity, etc.). Any ideas?
posted by blahblahblah on May 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Please Recommend Some Older, Cheaper Games

My computer's older, which means I can't play les jeux du jour, but it does mean I can probably get some good, solid games from a few years ago for a decent price on Steam. But which games should I get? Steam has some recs based on my purchases which skew to RPG and strategy, but I'd like to hear from you guys. Tastes and specs below! [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Apr 4, 2014 - 24 answers

What game jam games are the jam?

What are some examples of high quality, fun, innovative, genre bending [video]games that have been the direct end result of a game jam/hackathon? Please specify the title as well as the platform. [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Apr 1, 2014 - 4 answers

In search of sites that collect video game glitches

I am familiar with a number of tumblrs devoted to Sims glitches and have a reasonable but certainly incomplete view into sites devoted to video game glitches in general but I'd rather have redundant coverage in terms of answers so feel free to post whatever you've got in the way of sites that collect video game glitch images and videos. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork on Mar 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Two Player Head-To-Head Doom over Internet between PC and MAC

I want to play head-to-head Doom/Doom II over the internet with a friend. I have a PC, she has a Mac. What's the easiest way? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me identify an end-of-level jingle from an unknown Gameboy-era game

I've had a sound effect from a video game stuck in my head for the past few years, and I'd like to figure out where it came from. I'm almost certain it's a jingle that plays right before an end-of-level gate opens in a 2D game, possibly on the Gameboy. Here's a transcription of the melody. Any ideas?
posted by archagon on Nov 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Video games that leave you with less and less

What are video games in which your decisions rob you of resources or options, leaving you with fewer and fewer possibilities as the game goes on? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 10, 2013 - 45 answers

Monkey pull lever, monkey get what?

Many years ago, I used to play a game on my elderly Mac called "Enigma", by Freeverse. Not the modern Oxyd clone, but a version of Mastermind, where you had to deduce a pattern of colored dots given a certain number of hints. You put in your guess and pulled a lever; the game would taunt you, make weird comments, or throw a monkey wrench into things and screw up your guesses. The premise of the game was that you were solving the puzzles in order to open a golden briefcase. I never did manage to get the briefcase open--can anyone tell me what was inside? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for a nonviolent, relaxing, top-down building game with a plot

I liked Sim City, Age of Empires, and Civ, but I don't feel like fighting or freaking out about taxes or earthquakes. Click-management puzzle games and sandboxes are just boring. Glitch was awesome-- nonviolent, open-ended, good graphics-- except it wasn't really a top-down building game and I don't care about involving friends. Katamari Damacy was great, but too fast-paced and again, not a building game. What game am I looking for? Preferably for a PC; can't do zombies or apocalypse as a theme, very light cartoon violence might be OK, don't care what era it's from. Puzzles or video board games might be OK if they have complexity beyond the actual game. I'm aware that this might be too specific; looking for suggestions even if they aren't a perfect fit.
posted by blnkfrnk on Sep 16, 2013 - 27 answers

Can anyone help me identify a couple of arcade games?

I spent a lot of time in arcades growing up, and I remember the names of most of the games I enjoyed, but there are two the names of which I have forgotten. This was during the late 80s/early 90s; I was living in Italy at the time, and the games must have been imported. I don't recall perfectly, but I'm guessing the graphics were at least as good as the home consoles which were out around that time. No photos: I'll try to describe them. Help a guy out? [more inside]
posted by millions on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Fixing an XBOX I just bought off eBay

So after years of using roommates' machines, and having finished a well-paying highly stressful recent job, I rewarded myself by buying an XBox Slim off of eBay. Which I guess was foolish of me. The thing arrived with only the 4GB hard drive, so I had to buy a decent-sized one in order for it to do anything, and even then it started freezing nearly constantly. If left off overnight it will start up and work for maybe an hour before freezing at first, and then quickly degrade to the point where it can't even start up properly. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jun 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Unreleased blockbuster video game memory gap

I'm trying to recall a video game from around 10-15 years ago, that I never played, where my only real reference is a letter in a video game magazine. The best I can recall is inside. [more inside]
posted by handybitesize on May 16, 2013 - 5 answers

What are today's best avant-garde video games?

What are the most innovative, creatively cutting-edge, yet polished, video games on the market at the moment? Especially in terms of their premise or storyline or story world (not so much their technical capability). For example, the conversation-based game about a bickering married couple called Facade.
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 16, 2013 - 27 answers

Need an iPhone game that's like Civilization, SimCity, or Age of Empires

Need some iPhone games that are as engrossing as Civilization, SimCity, and Age of Empires. (Yes, I already have Civilization Revolution and SimCity DLX.) [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 28, 2013 - 19 answers

PC gaming veteran, returning to creating Rollercoasters & Civilizations

I used to play a lot of PC games, but in the past 10 years moved towards console gaming. I realise I've missed a whole era of games that only really work with a mouse and keyboard. My absolute favourites were creative, engaging, long play games, such as Rollercoaster Tycoon and Civilization. I never really played to win. I played for creative ends. The best times I had playing Rollercoaster Tycoon was in sandbox mode the only limits being my imagination. Those were the days. What (PC) games offer the equivalent of this now? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Good video games where spectators can participate?

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed playing Walking Dead together. I controlled it, but she made all the dialogue choices and helped solve puzzles. What are some other games like that? She's not really a gamer and doesn't really get FPS controls (yet) so stuff like co-op portal and even minecraft is out. I'm going to try and see how it goes with Braid next, but are there any other games like Walking Dead where people who aren't actively controlling it can help make meaningful decisions or contributions? I was also thinking Heavy Rain, but I don't have a Playstation, only a pc and Xbox.
posted by empath on Mar 9, 2013 - 24 answers

I need a new vidya game.

I need a new vidya game. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Mar 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Remote control PC to play games?

Know any remote control programs for the PC that could work with videogames? [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Jan 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Nostalgia brain freeze.

I'm trying to find the name of a computer game I played when I was very young. Circa 1986-7 ish. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Jan 1, 2013 - 5 answers

What is a good source of Android games and app reviews?

Getting a Nexus 7 tomorrow. I need good review sources for Android app reviews: both games and utilities. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Dec 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Immersive, story-based games

OMIGOD I just played "Dear Esther" for the first time. This is the absolute sweet spot for me for gaming/interactive fiction. Please help me find more. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 15, 2012 - 25 answers

Twitchless Online Gaming

I like playing L4D with my friends on the other side of the world, but my ping is awful. What are some good, accessible PC games where this won't matter? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Nov 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Big Fish Games ... which ones are worth the time?

Which Big Fish games are worth playing? And within that group, which are fun to play on a laptop with only the touchpad? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Games that I can play over Skype with my blind friend?

I'm looking for video games that I could read aloud and describe as I play so that one of my friends who is blind could participate. We would be doing this over Skype. Ideally, we'd like games with multiple choices and decisions that affect the gameplay or story, less linear games and fairly complicated gameplay. We wouldn't want anything in real time, anything that requires coordination or games where the visuals are essential. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Sep 27, 2012 - 36 answers

Slow-paced, no-death video games?

What video games might I like? Difficulty level: very picky. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Aug 23, 2012 - 56 answers

Anything out there for a RPG fan that needs a fix?

Recommend me my next favorite RPG! [more inside]
posted by C^3 on Jul 16, 2012 - 28 answers

History of Games 101

History of Games 101. I need to learn more about the history of gaming. Ideally getting a solid overview of the continuum of ancient games such as dice, chess and Go, all the way up through present day video games. Please recommend some books for me. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Games on Discrete Planes

What video games take place on multiple (but finite/not many) two-dimensional planes? [more inside]
posted by 23 on May 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Have gun, will shoot self in foot.

When we left our heroine, it was 2002 and she was an avid JRPG player, wise in the ways of the spiky haired menu-based combatants. She returns, older if not wiser, to do battle again, in--okay, wait, what are all these games, and why do they expect me to know how to play them already? Help me find some training wheels, experienced gamer-types. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on May 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for exploration/immersive puzzle games

I've been a long-time fan of the Myst series, but up until recently with Fez I didn't realize how much I missed atmospheric games based heavily on exploration and worldbuilding-type puzzles. Can anyone recommend more? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on May 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Which video games used visual changes to signify a change in a visible item?

Can you tell me which games for either the NES, SNES, or Genesis (or their contemporaries) had the visual appearance of your character change logically when you got a new item? I'm not looking for something like Final Fantasy I, where the appearance changes due to an event, but you otherwise look the same, no matter which armor you have on; I'm looking for games like Metroid, where Samus's Power Suit and Varia Suit are different armors, and your character looks different as a result. Not looking for examples from later-gen systems such as Playstation onward, which seem much more likely to do this.
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 20, 2012 - 21 answers

I am visiting the west coast for two weeks to visit video game friendly places. Where should I go?

I plan to spend 2 weeks in the west coast to one day move there. I am hoping to travel to various cities and explore video game related places. I want to network and talk to people from all video game walks of life, from indie developers to touring game studios. What places should I visit? What studios does tours? I was planning to tour around late June, but should I center it around PAX Prime?
posted by RockyK on Apr 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Quarter-cheese-plate-scattered-smothered-covered

I need help finding a 2D game about running a restaurant- and it involved a lot of mini-games and menial tasks. Very simple graphics, too. [more inside]
posted by Askiba on Feb 22, 2012 - 8 answers

What other nerdy games would I like?

I really, really liked the flash game 3 Slices, recently posted on the blue. I also loved Lemmings. What other flash or internet-based games would I like that I can play on my (old) laptop? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jan 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Memory Palace of Doom?

Memory Palace of Doom? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jan 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I really run it?

So I know about computers and I know about software. I don't know how they go together for games and wondering if there's an easy way to tell if my computer can run certain games. [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 on Dec 28, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I be the next Koji Kondo?

I want to compose scores for video games as a career. I have no idea how to get there. I'm looking for advice from composers, game designers, and people generally working at the intersection of music and video games. [more inside]
posted by bumpjump on Dec 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Video games featuring food?

Video games featuring food? [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Oct 28, 2011 - 54 answers

Have Computers invented new real-world games?

Are there games that were invented as computer games and then became popular as real world games? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Sep 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Descriptive video for videogames

Descriptive video for the blind and visually impaired... for videogames? Does this exist? I’d like to do it. I know there are a million videos of people playing videogames around, but I'd like to do ones tailored for people who can't see. [more inside]
posted by marble on Jul 27, 2011 - 7 answers

|...@..@@@@| "MeFites! Help me!" --more--

I want to play more games like Nethack, Dwarf Fortress, Liberal Crime Squad, etc. No, not rogue-likes: games with a similiar "made of text" interface. [more inside]
posted by Askiba on Jul 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Educational Videogames for Grownups

Educational videogames tend to be aimed at children and/or not much fun to play (and/or both). "Typing of the Dead" is a great exception. Are there other truly addictive videogames a grownup can enjoy while learning something? The subject being taught is irrelevant-- I'd just love for my gaming time to result in some sort of useful skill. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jul 6, 2011 - 13 answers

If I read one more pointless post about Atlus' "Catherine" or somebody's controller mod....

Looking for an RSS feed of just the right amount of video game news. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jun 3, 2011 - 17 answers

NERD ALERT

L.A. Noire has lots of references to Bioshock -- namely (heh), Fontaine and Ryan. Why? [more inside]
posted by bardic on May 30, 2011 - 8 answers

videogame books

What are some good books by or about videogame designers? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Companions to love of my life The Last Express?

I don't know much about computer games, but I love historical adventure game The Last Express. Please help me find similar games. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Apr 17, 2011 - 10 answers

XBOX 360 setup help followup

I'm still trying to connect my upcoming XBOX 360 to my computer monitor. The monitor has only VGA and DVI-D inputs and no audio output, however, so I'm having issues tracking down what needs to be done. Currently I'm fairly sure I've got what I need for video, but I still need help figuring out how to connect audio. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 10, 2011 - 14 answers

80s CGA Cat Breeding game?

There's this quasi-educatainment game that I had in the 80s. It was CGA graphics, on MS-DOS... The idea was breeding cats with dominant and recessive genes. The only cat game I can seem to find online is Alley Cat, but that's nothing like it. This game is a grid of something like 4 cats across, and 2 down. I don't remember what the exact point of the game was.
posted by symbioid on Feb 9, 2011 - 4 answers

XBOX 360 setup help: Using a monitor & getting audio

I'm getting an XBOX 360 shortly, but I have a few questions about setting it up. For one, my television is very bad, so I'd like to use my computer monitor for it - should picking up a VGA cable be fine? Secondly, I'm not sure how the XBOX's audio ports are set up - can I just plug my headset with a standard headphone and microphone plug into it, or do I need adapters? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Please spoil Nier for me

I don't want to play this video game any more, but I want to know what happens. Where on the Internet can I find a plot summary of Nier? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Feb 1, 2011 - 6 answers

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