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 -
One of my esteemed offspring wanted me to bring this to the hive mind, so here goes:
Okay, Mom, I finally remembered to write this note. This is what I'd like you to ask the Metafilter crew.
So there's this really old game, and it's either Atari or just from that era. [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies
on Sep 19, 2012 -
Have you played the game The Heist from the app store? It features four different puzzle types. I am really fond of the sudoku-esque puzzle that uses figures instead of numbers and a different grid layout. Is there a name for this type of game? Can you recommend similar games? I don't really like the other three puzzle types and I have played all 15 of the one I do like. TIA!
posted by morganannie
on Aug 27, 2012 -
This old Macintosh game sprung to mind, but until Google has metadata for game mechanics, I will have a hard time finding it. Do you remember its name? [more inside]
posted by peripatetron errant
on Aug 14, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift. [more inside]
posted by jesirose
on Jul 19, 2012 -
I’m trying to remember a recent browser-based Flash game. It was a vertical scroller, overhead space-themed shooter, something I saw online within the past 6-12 months. You had a ship and you’d pick up weapons. Your bullets were meagre at first, and then numerous as you upgraded your weapons. The screen would fill up with bad guys, bullets everywhere, general mayhem that you could only survive with a constant inflow of invincibility powerups.
What was this game?
posted by migurski
on Jul 17, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
Game felt a bit like Mass Effect, but it predated ME. Searching has been fruitless thus far. [more inside]
posted by inauthentic
on Jun 30, 2012 -
Where can I play the dice game Perudo online for free, and without downloading anything? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic
on Jun 24, 2012 -
Looking for the name of a game with numbered cubes and soothing music. Scant details inside. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger
on Jun 21, 2012 -
I have a iPhone 4 and a HTC Nexus One
. I use the iPhone as my phone but the Android doesn't have a SIM card and I just use it at home on my WiFi. What awesome cross-platform multiplayer games can I play with my 7 year old?
posted by Confess, Fletch
on Jun 14, 2012 -
How much planning (or lack thereof) goes into the selection of knowledge-based game show categories & questions? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin
on Jun 9, 2012 -
I'm trying to find a game I used to play, just a couple of years ago. It was played in a web browser. There were no levels or objectives or other players; it was just you in a jeep driving around a 3-d racetrack set in a desert. It had a lot of glitches, such as falling down a hole that wasn't supposed to be there. There was weird music playing.
posted by gray17
on Jun 1, 2012 -
What first-person perspective puzzle game was set in a completely white environment that you revealed by shooting blobs of paint? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs
on May 31, 2012 -
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 -
How do you play this word game? It's like an oral exquisite corpse for 2 players. There is a cause/effect prompt that is always the same. Both players fill in the blank (player 1 says the cause, then player 2 says the effect). Both players simultaneously think of their answers but they say them in order. The answers are humorous but always logical, even if absurd. What is the prompt for this game?
posted by Jason and Laszlo
on Apr 27, 2012 -
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 -
Casual/addictive doodle game Draw Something
updated earlier today. Now it's not letting me log in without giving it permission to post things on my Facebook (which I very much Do Not Want). Is there any way I can disable or otherwise get around this new "feature" without resetting my account, or is my glorious 49 turn record doomed forever?
posted by fight or flight
on Apr 19, 2012 -
I'm a female with no game trying to decipher the latest chapter in a lengthy saga with a guy I'm interested in. Talk some sense into me one way or another. [more inside]
posted by superfille
on Apr 17, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
Dumb Question of the Day Award goes to . . . me! I can't figure out how to work the Alchemy game on my Android phone (No, I'm not asking how to make wheat). [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible
on Apr 2, 2012 -
There are a zillion great books on game design, writing for games, designing sound for games etc. But what about game production? What're the important texts/articles/blog posts for leading a team and standard production practices? [more inside]
posted by GilloD
on Mar 22, 2012 -
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 -
I'm planning a party for the Game of Thrones premiere on April 1st, we're planning on doing a potluck, using the show as a theme for the dishes. I have already found several sites or blogs dedicated to recipes of dishes mentioned in the books. But if you do have a good recipe, please
feel free to share it as well!! [more inside]
posted by Quincy
on Mar 12, 2012 -
Is this forum
for real? It's tweaking my 'this is some kind of SEO fake' instincts but it seems to be legit. It's driving me slightly crazy. Ponderings below. [more inside]
posted by Sebmojo
on Mar 7, 2012 -
I like to have a simple, fun PS3 game kicking that I can pick away at whenever I have some free time. I just finished DaBlob2 and that was fun, but now I need a new game. Suggestions? Bonus points for the game being inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister
on Mar 6, 2012 -
Sorry in advance for the length. We are in our 20's and I am 4 years older than him. I just got out a ltr and he has never been in one. We met in school, flirted and emailed almost daily. I was playing it cool and he seemed to be warming up to me but once break came around he cooled off. For a month I found myself chasing him - initiating all contact and eventually he said he wasn't looking for anything serious. That was ok with me! I proposed going to see him and he said he was "game". We slept together and I was pleased... twice (very considerate lover). I think he might've wanted a bj but he didn't specifically ask for one - and I thought I'd save that for the next time. [more inside]
posted by soooo
on Mar 2, 2012 -
Looking for an old Windows game where marching figures (like Smurfs but not blue) appeared at the top relentlessly ever onward. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld
on Feb 25, 2012 -
What (ideally XKCDesque) dangers would threaten a person stuck in a human-hamster-ball? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh
on Feb 24, 2012 -
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 -