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How hard is it to create a "speed of processing" video game

Game used in study covered everywhere seems way overpriced. Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Pembquist on Aug 1, 2016 - 8 answers

What (Artsy, Indie, Interesting) Computer Game Should I Play?

I occasionally see interesting games being discussed here and then forget about them. Maybe we can assemble a list of the classics? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Apr 4, 2016 - 34 answers

Another gift question: game edition

My husband is a programmer/developer. He has expressed a great deal of interest in the two of us programming a video/computer game together. Help me figure out how to "gift" this experience! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Dec 2, 2015 - 10 answers

What was this "monster" math game from the early 2000s called?

As I was using Picmonic for gross anatomy, I was reminded of a computer game our sixth-grade math class played back in 2002 or 2003. The main characters were "monsters", and to advance in the game, you had to answer math-related questions. I seem to remember the name of the game starting with "Z"? I could have sworn it was "Zoonies", but the only results I get are for a Nintendo DS game. Our computers were Macs.
posted by Seeking Direction on Sep 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Computer and iPad Game Suggestions for Dad

My dad enjoys playing computer games but is getting a little tired of Civilization V after thousands of hours of playing it. I am trying to help him find other games that he might enjoy; more information on what he likes and doesn't like is contained within. Also, due to neck-related pain, it is sometimes more convenient for him to use his iPad than his desktop computer. I know almost nothing about iOS games, so we would be happy to hear suggestions for those as well. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Feb 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me analyse this game

I've been playing a computer game called Puzzle & Dragons where you "fight" monsters by moving jewels around on a grid to create rows of three or more. I want to know if there's any way to work out a good series of moves other than by brute force. Details below: [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Feb 1, 2015 - 1 answer

It's incredible, alright

Who sang the wonderful and terrible "Hip Hop" from The Incredible Machine 3?
posted by KChasm on Jan 21, 2015 - 1 answer

Help me find PacMan level 2 (island!), please.

I my memory, there was the basic PacMan computer game (not in arcades but on the PC at home) which at some point had a second level - same game idea but the design on the screen was a sunny, sandy island in the middle of the ocean, with treasure chests, palm trees, and maybe even pirates. I remember this fondly and (too) often and wish I could find it again. Does anybody know where to purchase this game or perhaps find it online? Details within. [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Oct 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Fun and games with Wittgenstein

Trying to track down a logic...game? Puzzle program? Studying aid type thing. [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk on Aug 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Player One Ready

Is an AMD Bronze Reward (1 free game) worth redeeming as a non-gamer? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Jul 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Loved the game "Titanic, Adventure Out of Time" - alas, it is no more.

I have a Mac Book Pro and, as much as I have inquired, it seems that wonderful game is just not compatible with Mac any longer. Does anyone know of any possible way I could still resurrect or play it? It was fantastic. A total recreation of every detail of the ship plus you solve a cool mystery. If not possible to recreate - is there anything similar, i.e. shipboard mystery? No X box. Thank you.
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you identify this nuclear war themed computer game?

I remember playing a great computer strategy game on my ZX Spectrum back in the 1990s (although perhaps the game is older) which simulated being in command of the US Strategic Defense Initiative. Most of the gameplay involved doling out funding dollars to different SDI research & development projects (X-Ray satellites, high energy lasers, ABM bases etc.). You could choose whether the US president and Soviet Premier were hawkish, dovish or a mix (but they could not be both doves). There were DEFCON warning levels. All games culminated in a nuclear war with a Soviet first strike launch. There was a map with the missile swarms tracked. You had to scramble to set the red 3-letter code to activate the SDI system in time. You could take charge of individual SDI platforms yourself or just let them run automatically. You could also OK the wholesale launch of US nukes in retaliation. What is this game? (games that this is definitely not inside) [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

How old are video game players?

Looking for recent, substantive, data on the demographics of video game players that does NOT source back (as so many do) to the ESA. There must be some others out there? Yes? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Feb 27, 2013 - 7 answers

The forces of chaos meet my place of employment.

Can you recommend some browser-based, turn-based tactical games? Basically, I want to play tabeltop Warhammer while I'm at work. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Feb 1, 2012 - 5 answers

What was that old computer game where you're the President of the USA in the not-too-distant future?

Please help me remember an old computer game. It was a lighthearted kids' adventure/puzzle game. It takes place in the far future and you are the president or possibly the president's advisor. (It wasn't Shadow President). Puzzles involved dolphins, martians and robots. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 14, 2011 - 6 answers


I am looking for an old BASIC(?)-programmed DOS game. It is about defending North America from an invasion of killer bees. I believe the file was SWARM.EXE, and I'm pretty sure it was freeware. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Sep 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Head through the wall

Video-game animators, compositors, you-who-make-the-magic-happen: Why do dead enemies sometimes come to rest with their heads through a wall? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Jul 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Name of the game?

Trying to remember the name of an old memory/match game that I played on my uncle's old NeXT box. It was a brick wall and when you got a match it would play a short Pink Floyd clip "all in all it's just another brick in the wall." Ring a bell for anyone?
posted by hummercash on Jun 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Puzzled by Elusiveness of Puzzle Game

Looking for mid-90s Windows-based puzzle game. [more inside]
posted by tetralix on Feb 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Oh, Shazbot.

Help identify an educational computer game from the nineties involving cartoon aliens, racing, skateboards, and science trivia. [more inside]
posted by cmyk on Dec 7, 2010 - 3 answers

I saw dinosaurs, for real! I swear!

Did I confabulate this, or did my very youthful self really play an early 90s DOS adventure game where you ran around with a group of dinosaurs trying to save the dinosaurs from extinction? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Sep 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Can you name this Viking computer game?

Can you help me remember this early computer game about Viking raiding, pillaging and edutainment? Maybe its even online somewhere? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Jun 14, 2010 - 6 answers

What is this game from my childhood?

My sister and I have been trying to remember a computer game from our childhood. It was on a Macintosh, and involved a stick-figure man who tried to go up levels using ladders, but could also fall down through space from whatever level was on. [more inside]
posted by warble on Mar 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Underwater kids computer game?

Another Old Computer Game Filter: Underwater treasure finding for kids circa 1995? Help! [more inside]
posted by keribear on Aug 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Please help me get my game on

Part II of this question. I now know where to find the game I want to play, but I cannot get it working on my computer. Please help. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on May 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Game Nostalgia

Help me remember the name of a '90s Windows "educational" computer game. [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan on Mar 7, 2009 - 2 answers

Should have stuck to eating paste.

Help name the first computer game I ever played. In preschool. Circa 1985. A few sketchy memories inside. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 2, 2009 - 4 answers

What is this pc game?

What is this old computer game that was a top-down open space shooter? Note: I am fairly confident it is not Escape Velocity. [more inside]
posted by stresstwig on Oct 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for an old text-based RPG magical game.

I'm trying to find an old computer game that we used to play in school (probably around late 80s). It was a text based RPG with puzzles and magical items. [more inside]
posted by mrbloo on Mar 5, 2008 - 14 answers

Balance in MMO Economies?

Game Design: In an MMO, how do you build an economy that will 'balance' itself? Obviously, having solid inputs and outputs are one thing, and balancing those inputs with the demand for the item, but what other things need to be taken into account? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Feb 9, 2008 - 23 answers

Half-remembered DOS game from the early '90s

Can you help my sister & me identify this half-remembered DOS game? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Jan 6, 2008 - 14 answers

What was the best computer game I've ever played called and how can I find it again?

What was the best computer game I've ever played called and how can I find it again? Somewhere around 1998-2000 I downloaded a shareware game (I think it was for Apple, but I also had a Windows machine then so it might have been for windows.) Help me find it again! Game description inside. [more inside]
posted by limitedpie on Apr 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Fun simple competitive good-looking multiplayer computer games?

What are the most addictive, not-too-hard-to-master, good-for-casual-gamers multiplayer computer games out there? Cool graphics appreciated. Strategy games preferred, but not required...
posted by shivohum on Oct 19, 2006 - 30 answers

Vietnam War computer games

Do any strategy / pseudo-strategy computer games exist for the Vietnam War? Or are they all just shoot-em-ups?
posted by chef_boyardee on Jul 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Looking for an old Apple game

I'm looking for the name of an old computer game, that ran on an Apple IIe (I think). [more inside]
posted by Godbert on Dec 2, 2005 - 15 answers

Find an old DOS Civil War Simulator

Help me find this old DOS computer game. The talk of SkiFree reminded me of a favorite DOS Civil War simulator that was called, get this, Civil War Simulator, CWS.exe. It was a turn-based game, with multiple armies (Jackson, McClellan, Grant, Lee, etc.) that started out in certain cities and the player (as either north or south) moved the troops around to various battles, which were won based on numbers of troops, supplies, skill, location, etc. You could split or fuse your armies to take on more opponent's armies or fight them better and more. [more inside]
posted by kenneth on Sep 30, 2005 - 7 answers

A PC Game Involing Gangs from the Late Eighties

I have very fond memories of playing a graphically-simple game in the late eighties or possibly early nineties. It was set in the future, in a plague-ridde, post-apocalyptic America. You were a gang leader, and your job was to assemble gang members, vehicles and guns and essentially deliver America from ruin. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot on May 11, 2005 - 11 answers

Brain-Break Computer Game

I'm looking for advice on a computer game that would allow me to put work aside, and give my brain a break.

A few things to note:

-I freelance illustrate. So the only boss I have to worry about is me
-I exclusively use a laptop that can only run 3d games at low settings (but it works!)
-FPS games give me motion sickness
-Sim games are fun, but sometimes the micromanagent and replay value is low.
-RTS games are great, but replay value is a must if I'm going to sink 50 dollars into it.
-MMPORGs: I love them, but i don't love the tedious time you have to sink into them to level up.
-Are gameboys a way to go instead?

Any suggestions?
posted by Hands of Manos on Nov 24, 2004 - 47 answers

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