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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

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

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

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

A New Door to Kick Open?

We started off with Munchkin, then picked up Munchkin Zombies. Which Munchkin expansion should we try next?
posted by dragonplayer on Feb 26, 2013 - 9 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

Can I play Bioshock on my Macbook Air?

Can I play Bioshock on my Macbook Air? Will it be a pleasant experience? Will I have problems with overheating or with a less-than-ideal interface? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Aug 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Where to start in the Total War series

Where should I start in the Total War series? I am enjoying Civilization V but I'd like to jump into the Total War series and I see there are quite a few versions and updates and I don't know where would be a good place to begin.
posted by zzazazz on Jul 2, 2012 - 11 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

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

I need to mine your knowledge about minecraft

My kid wants to play Minecraft. I am not a gamer. Please help me answer questions regarding system requirements, appropriateness and how to get him started when I really don't want to get involved at all! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 15, 2012 - 30 answers

Help me make this gift as cool as possible!

Creative-gifty-diablo3 filter: What else could you put in a DVD/game case where the CD/game usually goes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 5 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

Non-annoying social gaming?

Is there a (preferably free) online game like Zynga's Adventure World that doesn't require me to hassle my friends for things to move forward? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Hey Jambo Jambo

My SO and I really enjoy playing a two-player card game called Jambo. If you are familiar with this game, what other two-player game would you recommend that a Jambo player would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Whodunit?

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

Minor Miners

My seven year old daughter has fallen in love with Minecraft after watching a video review of the game with her mother. I've just started letting her play. She's in Peaceful mode. Building like crazy. She seems to be having a blast. Anything I should be aware of as she gets more involved? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 27, 2011 - 26 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

Can anyone remember the name of a puzzle game I played via a yahoo group in the early 2000s?

Can anyone remember the name of a puzzle game I played via a yahoo group in the early 2000s? Every week, they'd send a logic-type puzzle that was part of a larger mystery. I never solved the last two, and I wish I had. I'd love to give it another shot if this game is still online somewhere. [more inside]
posted by lesli212 on Dec 1, 2010 - 3 answers

A Racing Game the Allows you to Create Tracks?

Has there been a good racing video game that allows you to build your own tracks? [more inside]
posted by zzazazz on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 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

Find me an MMORPG, MeFi!

Recommend me an MMORPG. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Apr 16, 2010 - 17 answers

Sports games for the DS?

What are the best sports games for the Nintendo DS or Game Boy Advance? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

think outside the xbox?

recommend an xbox game for me! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Aug 28, 2009 - 23 answers

Help me find this game! Thanks.

I'm trying to find a game I played when I was younger. It was on the PSX (I believe), and consisted of switching between different animal bodies to navigate the world. The graphics were cartoonish, and you were a "soul." When you weren't inside a body you looked like a black spider, and if you stayed out too long you would die. [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Aug 11, 2009 - 3 answers

LARP-making 101

How do you organise, structure, and run a LARP - particularly one that's a little bit unusual? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 26, 2009 - 3 answers

What do you mean Mario retired?

I stopped gaming when the dinosaurs roamed the earth (not quite PacMac, but Mario Brothers 3). How do I get back in? [more inside]
posted by foooooogasm on Jul 4, 2009 - 44 answers

Help us get through the "Great Escape" level of Rolando!

Help us get through the "Great Escape" level of Rolando! [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Mar 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Classic Mac game?

Classic Mac game? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Oct 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me find an affordable gaming laptop

Cheap gaming laptop recommendations [more inside]
posted by Kudos on Sep 22, 2008 - 6 answers

What brain training games for PC can you recommend?

I like Brain Age (aka "Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training") for Nintendo DS. What similar, Windows-compatible game would you recommend my mother? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Best price/performance modern video card?

Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Aug 22, 2007 - 20 answers

Shopping for Windows games -- where to start?

Windows game recommendations for myself? I know there are lots of game review sites out there, but tons of games go into their meat grinder and they go on the assumption that you already know what you want. Is there a poll or "favorites" list that I can use as a springboard for finding popular games? I tried Googling this and keep finding nothing but 1994-era lists. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Nov 29, 2006 - 14 answers

Wooosh!

I used to play an old DOS game in which you had to manuever a paper airplane through a house, with each room being a different level, each of which got progressively harder through the addition of obstacles. The plane, if I recall correctly, had a fixed rate of descent and could only rise by moving over a fan/vent. If you touched anything you died. It was an awesome combination of puzzle/action. Bonus points if you tell me how I can play it on a modern WinXP box.
posted by phrontist on Nov 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Why aren't other developers following Valve's Steam model?

If Valve's Steam means that games developers can do away with publisher, distributor and retailer overheads... um... why isn't everyone doing it, or similar things?
posted by Pretty_Generic on Nov 10, 2004 - 13 answers

Advice for a first-time LARPer.

Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! [more inside] [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 9, 2004 - 14 answers

Modded XBox

Recently The Howie linked to a place that sells modded Xboxen. My question is--if I get one of these modded boxes, can I just use it as a turnkey solution for running a little dual-boot computer that can emulate a bunch of game platforms, play my mp3s with a decent interface, and play quicktime movies that I've ripped with a reasonable amount of clarity? (oh yeah, and save xbox games to the HD). Or, is it one of those deals where I *could* do most of that stuff, but I'd spend a heck of a lot of time messing with config files and otherwise slowly morphing into a Eunuchs Guru...

Or would I just be better off getting a cheap little mini-itx computer and putting an lcd monitor on it?
posted by mecran01 on Sep 25, 2004 - 15 answers

How can I save Java games for offline play?

You know those fun little addicting Java games on the web? Is there any way to snatch them out of whatever buffer they reside in, and save them to your hard drive for future offline play?
posted by mecran01 on Sep 14, 2004 - 3 answers

Swamp, cannon, log computer game with a prize

A friend is trying to remember an old computer game... [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Sep 9, 2004 - 4 answers

Multiplayer PC Games

What are some good mulitplayer PC games that we can play around the office when working late? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo on Jul 14, 2004 - 17 answers

Logic Game

About five years ago, I found a game online, and I can't remember what it's called or where I found it. It was more of a logic puzzle than a game really -- a little like Mastermind and a little like Battleship. And it also involved primitive natural language processing. [more inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jul 6, 2004 - 0 answers

Simulated stock market games.

I've been fascinated for a while with stiff like tradesports.com and the ill-fated DARPA terrorism futures market, and got to thinking about building a fake, toy futures market. There are systems out there that simulate markets, but they're either simple portfolio charters or they have randomly wobbling shares. I'm much more interested in valuations created by groups of users gaming on the outcome of real events.

Ideally, as I'm very lazy, someone will have written one of these already, but I've googled away and had no joy. It could be me not knowing the lingo used to describe these things.

Failing this can anybody recommend a framework to work within? I'm thinking of something (probably the usual php/mysql) with e-mail/users/password recovery etc. built in for me to start from. Maybe the toy market would be best developed as a plug in to something? [more inside]
posted by Flat Feet Pete on Mar 28, 2004 - 5 answers

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