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Looking for Fun Lake/Swimming Activities and Games I Can Play by Myself

What are fun games and activities I can play in a lake with little or no equipment and ideally no other people? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 15, 2014 - 11 answers

iPhone game like A Dark Room, but...not A Dark Room?

I’m looking for a game, playable on my iPhone, with probably crazy specific requirements. I fell in love with and completed (twice, once with huts and once without) A Dark Room. If I could erase my memory of playing that game and do it again, that’s basically what I’m after. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Jul 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Char(66) Char(66) Char(81) ... lawn game?

"WORLD'S NERDIEST LAWN GAMES" ...channel your CS literacy and supreme creativity (coupled with love of croquet) and help me create a relatively simple lawn game with a computer programming theme! [more inside]
posted by keasby on May 5, 2014 - 5 answers

In search of a more focused and efficient way to squander my time.

This morning someone posted a sweet gaming room to reddit (picture has since been taken down), and it made me think, "gee, I'm an adult now, I can do anything I want!" And since I'm nothing if not impulsive, I now really want to buy a video game console. For the first time ever. If I use both hands, I still have leftover fingers when counting the number of times I've played a video game in my life. Show me your ways, geeks of MetaFilter! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 16, 2014 - 19 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

Does blowing in a video game cartridge actually do anything?

Since the first Nintendo game console came out in the 80's, I can recall everyone I know (myself included) blowing into the game cartridge and/or the Nintendo itself when something went wrong (freezing, etc.). What is the premise for doing this (I saw other people do it, and sometimes it seemed to work, so that's why I did, thinking maybe dustiness/debris was the issue...), and is there any legit evidence that this really fixes things?
posted by PinkPoodle on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 answers

If you're playing in my D&D campaign, please don't read this

I will be DMing a D&D campaign for the first time ever and I'm looking for some help/guidance on making this as enjoyable as possible for my players, mostly in terms of creating scenarios and encounters that are best resolved without combat. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jan 7, 2014 - 40 answers

Turn-based games for both the iPhone & Kindle Fire

My mom and I have been playing Words With Friends lately (I have an iPhone 4S and she has a Kindle Fire). We want to find more games to play together that are turn-based, that work on both devices, and that are ideally free (or at least cheap). We like puzzles, word games and classic card/board games, and want something that won't feel too slow, as she only plays once per day. This has been much harder to Google than I expected, so I'm hoping to gather some recommendations.
posted by JannaK on Dec 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Carved up Skyrim for multiple characters?

I got Skyrim for Festivus, yay! I'd like to experience it as more that one play style; how can I divide up the map / quests so that I have minimal repetition? I tend to explore and have a hard time saying 'no' to side-quests; are there areas that I should save for one particular class?
posted by a robot made out of meat on Dec 28, 2013 - 16 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

Great essays and analysis about Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP?

I just finished the iOS indie game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (previously) and I feel the need to contextualize what I've just experianced. I'm looking for long-form essays, analysis, YouTube critiques, and anything else that will let me understand more about what I've just played.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jul 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for a new space / sci-fi game to occupy my time (PC)

Looking through Steam's deals tonight I came across X3. Looks like a decent game, but I would like to ask you opinion of what some great space related games are. [more inside]
posted by efalk on Jul 2, 2013 - 30 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

I have a DSi XL question.

Can you play a 3ds game (the 3-D kind of game) on a DSi XL? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for fun party games like Telephone Pictionary

Looking for fun party games (other than Telephone Pictionary) that can be played with 20-25 people and involve little (or no) supplies, explanation, organization, or complex thinking. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Oct 18, 2012 - 24 answers

Online games for two

What are some good online two player games? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Oct 13, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself. [more inside]
posted by Richard Daly on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Lo-Tech Games

Game-loving MeFites: Know any games that make use of a computer, but aren't computer games? [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Aug 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Name that Game

I'm trying to find a computer game I vaguely remember. It was an indie game with I think top down combat with mechs. The main feature I remember was the weapon customization was done by sort of wiring components together in a flowchart. I can't for the life of me remember any more useful details, and it's driving me nuts!
posted by Proofs and Refutations on Aug 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me schnappt Hubi in English?

Sprechen sie Deutsch? Could you help me work out how to make an English version of Spiel des Jahres winner for 2012, Schnappt Hubi!? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jul 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Yet another iPhone/iPad app question

Point and Click Games for Ipad/iPhone. Hello, yet another app dream. I want to create a fabulous point and click game that is addictive and is playable on the iPhone and iPad. I have the concept and idea down for the game. Now it's time to sit down and start prototyping. Only i have no clue where to start. [more inside]
posted by gadget_gal on Jul 6, 2012 - 8 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

Diplomacy websites

Diplomacy (the board game): What are your favorite websites for playing Diplomacy? Simple, graphical sites a big plus. How about your favorite (offline) software for keeping track of games, for Mac? And finally, what are your favorite general-info Diplomacy sites? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 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

I was ahead of the gaming tech curve once, but now I don't get it. What can I play?

I don't get PC game requirements; I seem to have a mental block on the issue, and I don't think I'm going to get it. I've never had one of those fancy "video card" things. HL2 and Portal work great on my laptop, Bio-shock is sluggish to the point where its playable but I won't bother. What games that were state-of-the-art at the time, but are now older, can I play? [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Apr 11, 2012 - 10 answers

But there's nothing to doooooooo!

I'm stumped for active games I can play with my 3 year-old that require no props, or only simple props, like a single ball. Parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by xo on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

I need the skills.

How should I train a new pilot in EVE online so that I can have a head start when I start playing in June? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames on Jan 29, 2012 - 8 answers

What math flash card game did I play in school?

What math flash card game, which required you to use each of four numbers on a card to get to one fixed answer each time, did I play in grammar school? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find this game!

Recent MeFi post about an quirky adventure game that I can't seem to find. [more inside]
posted by d1rge on Nov 13, 2011 - 2 answers

What's the name of Pat Summit's electronic game?

What's the name of the electronic game Pat Summitt was playing on the t.v. show 20/20? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Nov 4, 2011 - 1 answer

I don't have a butler, though, so that's right out.

How might one go about having a (murder?) mystery-themed dinner party? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Whodunit?

Early web-based "detective" game based on logic puzzles. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jun 18, 2011 - 5 answers

How to start in app development?

I want to get into game development for android. Where do I hang out online, who do I talk to, what do I need to know, and what do I read? [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Jun 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Need ideas for games to play and discuss in a high school game design class.

I will be teaching a high school class about game design to 9th and 10th graders in New York City starting next Tuesday. Looking for some suggestions for a wide range of interesting and conversation-provoking (free) online games I can have the kids play in-class. [more inside]
posted by chasing on May 5, 2011 - 28 answers

Scariest first person shooters on PC...

What is the scariest first person shooter you've ever played on PC? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Apr 1, 2011 - 56 answers

Help me play "In The First Degree" again - I'll totally let you be assistant DA.

I just got a CD-ROM of my favorite computer game from the mid-90s! After several tries with different emulators, though, I'm having no luck getting it to run on my machine. Can you help me play In the 1st Degree again? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Mar 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Any good new splitscreen xbox games?

What are some good multiplayer xbox360 games that can be played on one TV screen? Co-op preferred... [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Mar 21, 2011 - 16 answers

If machaivalli invited the lads around for an evening, what games would they play?

Machiavelli Filter: I'm looking for games in which I can lie to, betray, manipulate and sow discord among my friends. All in the name of supreme victory fun, of course. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Jan 11, 2011 - 51 answers

I seem to have misplaced my nailgun. Please help me find it.

I want to play Quake 1 on an XP machine and where did all those crazy maps go? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Dec 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Ia!

Some friends and I are going to be playing Arkham Horror this Friday. None of us has ever played before. What advice can you give to a bunch of first-timers? [more inside]
posted by painquale on Dec 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Indie game name

I am looking for the name of an indie game in which the protagonist falls from the moon (?) and tries to return to his girlfriend by collecting jewels and jumping. [more inside]
posted by 517 on Nov 20, 2010 - 4 answers

flying game for ps3

Have PS3, want to fly. [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on Oct 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Teach me the basics of webgame design!

I feel like learning how to make some simple Flash games, moving up to more complicated ideas later on. I've downloaded/installed ActonScript and Fixel's stuff for programing. Where's a good source for tutorials/guides for learning to do the basics? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Sep 15, 2010 - 9 answers

this controller, it vibrates?

What are some neat things I can do with a PlayStation 2? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Aug 17, 2010 - 24 answers

Best iPhone apps and games for kids?

Got a transcontinental flight in a couple of hours with two adults, two kids and two iPhone 4s. What games or apps will delight, entertain, educate and otherwise keep a 5 and a 7 boy year old occupied? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Aug 14, 2010 - 16 answers

>Find Old Text Adventure Game

[Askingforafriendfilter]: I played a text adventure game on the Apple IIc (Apple //c, Apple ][c) years and years ago that my father probably got off the bbs at work or something. It may or may not have been on the same disk as the text adventure "Planet of the Robots", a text adventure which I was actually able to complete at age 10 or so. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Jul 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Wii need to all play!

What are the best multiplayer Wii games, especially for a family that loves causing havoc in co-op mode (be it in an FPS, or in a third-person hack-n-slash RPG)? We already have the Wii Sports/Resort games and aren't really interested in Super Smash Bros or Super Mario.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Pimp My Table Hockey Game

I am restoring/customizing an old table hockey (rods that slide players around) game. Lots of questions inside! Bring your imagination. [more inside]
posted by battlebison on Jun 28, 2010 - 3 answers

90s era new age cube puzzle game - what's the name?

Looking for a mid-90s PC puzzle game based on a cube. Holo or Light or something -- New age/tribal music... I don't remember exactly how it worked, but you try to get the marked side of the cube to land face down on a specific square on a grid (I think the location kept moving, though I'm not sure). Anyways, it might have come with my old IBM Pentium as a prepackaged thing. Any ideas?
posted by symbioid on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

I got killed by a mouse in a trashcan!

Do you remember an old Mac game where you play as a wizard's apprentice who goes to a magic store? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 5, 2010 - 10 answers

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