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What video games should I play?

I really like video games in which I can collect and build things. Occasional combat is preferred, but I'd like to find games where that isn't the focus. Don't Starve was pretty much perfect. I'm pretty new to the whole genre and haven't played many games aside from RPGs before. What else might I like?
posted by a hat out of hell on Sep 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Who's writing about video games?

I'd like to learn more about video and digital games. I don't know where to start. I'm thinking--there must be bloggers, games writers, etc. who are writing about both classic video games and new releases? Who are they? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for good Let's Plays or tutorials that are minimally twitchy

I find a good Let's Play to be soothing and engaging. I like Minecraft best, but am willing to consider other games that have a similar vibe. I am interested in finding good videos that are relatively mature and fun. I would also consider good tutorial series. Currently I have been watching stuff put out by Paul Soares Jr, and I like it. I have not enjoyed anything by stampylongnose because it is too frantic and clownish. I have not found my way into Far Lands or Bust, but am willing to give it a try. Basically I like watching someone go about their business and talk about whatever while they do it. Do you have recommendations? Can you say what you like about your recommended titles?
posted by JohnLewis on Apr 21, 2014 - 11 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

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

Playstation 4 vs Xbox one

I need help deciding on which system to buy. I would like some opinions. I have googled it and see that PS4 has better displays renderings and such but Xbox's social network has always been better in my experience. [more inside]
posted by Doubleosix on Jan 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Video games for anarchists

Please tell me about this world of independent, underground, homemade games. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Best video games for two?

What are the best collaborative 2-player video games? My husband and I played Mario Galaxy 2 and it was perfect - he player Mario and I played "Starfy" and it worked out great. Are there more games like that for 2 players, where one player (aka me) can be kind of bad at video games? We have a Wii, some computers and are considering getting an Xbox One in the next few months..
posted by annie o on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Video Game Design Software

My son, who will be turning 12 this month just told me that he wants a video game design software program for his birthday. He is already adept at website coding and has Microsoft's Kodu game design software, but finds Kodu very limiting. He is better at Photoshop than most of my colleagues at work and is generally very computer literate. His favorite game to play is Minecraft, so I expect that this is an example of the type of game that he would like to be able to create. [more inside]
posted by The Architect on Sep 29, 2013 - 13 answers

A good or decent video game with beautiful and immersive sci-fi worlds

Anyone have suggestions for video games that do a great job of immersing you in sci-fi (ideally alien) worlds? [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee on Mar 24, 2013 - 28 answers

90s games filter: what game was this?

What was the name of a 90s game where you try to find a rabbit in a theme park world? [more inside]
posted by Submiqent on Mar 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Examples of timelines in movies and other pop culture?

I'm looking for examples of visual timelines in movies, video games, or fiction. Scenes where a span of time is represented metaphorically, preferably as a physical object, diagram, or action. A good example is this scene from Me and You and Everyone We Know in which two characters use a street as a visual metaphor for their potential relationship. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Nov 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Looking for some cooperative video games my husband and I can play together.

Looking for some cooperative video games my husband and I can play together. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on May 25, 2012 - 17 answers

What is THE BEST, most creative, most moving story & character-based PC game you've ever played?

What is THE BEST, most creative, most moving story & character-based PC game you've ever played? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on May 18, 2012 - 45 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

computer games.

Pretend I've been in a coma since 2002. What are the absolute best, classic PC games I've missed? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Mar 7, 2012 - 50 answers

Yo Dawg I Put a Mario Bros Inside Your Super Mario Bros

SuperMarioBrosFilter! Which version of Super Mario Bros. (I believe on Super Nintendo, could be wrong, though) had the feature where you could also play a quick two-player game of Mario Bros.? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Feb 29, 2012 - 8 answers

What's Lap Time in Spanish?

Does Forza 4 sold in South America have English Language Support? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Dec 1, 2011 - 1 answer

Replacement for WoW for a long-distance pair

Help me find a substitute for World of Warcraft to serve as common ground and entertainment for myself and my long-distance boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Nov 7, 2011 - 26 answers

Video games featuring food?

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

Should my resume note that video game credits are not trustworthy?

job hunt / resume question (creative/tech positions). I worked in the video game industry, and am applying for positions outside that industry. Should I include in my resume a note that video game credits are often inaccurate and checking them does not substitute for contacting an employer if seeking confirmation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Achievement unlocked: successfully ended a conversation instead of walking away! games for Aspergers

How can I create a game that will give quest lines, experience, achievements, rewards for accomplishing social life skills? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple on Sep 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Games to play in the background

Looking for good games to play in the background. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Feb 23, 2011 - 18 answers

Games That Talk About Their Own Buttons

I know that some fairly recent video games, at least as recent as Ocarina of Time, have moments where characters (or physical signposts) inside of the game talk about the buttons that the player has to hit. I have a vague memory of this occurring in much older games, maybe characters in NES games saying "make sure you equip your weapon on the start menu" or things like that , but I can't locate them. Can anyone verify times where this happens?
posted by pacmanides on Feb 17, 2011 - 20 answers

What is the best way to mount a steering wheel controller for playing driving games?

What is the most useful, comfortable and clever way to mount a steering wheel video game controller? [more inside]
posted by EvilPRGuy on Jan 10, 2011 - 8 answers

I want to play this game again, but don't know what it is! *sad face*

Help me track down an old arcade game, if you can... [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Dec 28, 2010 - 5 answers

What are some must play maps for L4D and L4d2?

What are some must play maps for Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 and where can I download them? I looked at l4dmaps.com but I'm looking for some recommendations rather than just ratings.
posted by crios on Dec 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Avatar + LOTR + a hookah= video game?

I don't know ANYTHING about video games, but is there one where you "explore" or are otherwise in a rich "forest-type" environment -- i'm thinking it would be something a bit psychedelic or trippy, where a players aren't required to kill things, but discover/explore "LOTR/Avatar-ish" worlds, with hidden surprises perhaps....
posted by mrmarley on Oct 26, 2010 - 27 answers

After Halo, now what?

What other games would my Halo obsessed Dad like? [more inside]
posted by Ruki on Oct 11, 2010 - 15 answers

ConspicuousConsumptionFilter

Best DLC for PS3? Short and sweet. What's a good ~$10 download for the PS3? (I've got Braid and Noby Noby Boy). I'm thinking of maybe Pixel Junk Monsters, or Flower. Is there anything else I should look at? Basically the only genres I'm not into are Racing and Fighting, but I'll make exceptions for excellence.
posted by edbles on Aug 12, 2010 - 22 answers

Video game recommendations for s/b who likes "Amanati Design"

What console video games would you recommend to someone who enjoys the casual games from "Amanati Design"?
posted by quizblorg on Jul 18, 2010 - 11 answers

DO WANT. Now what?

How can I back up my save files on my 360 so I can transfer them to a new console? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 on Jun 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Where to download classic video game wav files?

I am looking for classic video game sounds and songs to download in wav file format without much luck. Can it be that hard to find these?
posted by Odinhead on May 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Reading what you play

I need a list of video games adapted from books (or graphic novels). [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on May 15, 2010 - 23 answers

Copyright status of game footage in broadcast

What's the legal position with including footage of (mostly console) games in a video podcast? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

How to make moon in Wii Sports Resort reflect actual phases of the moon?

The moon in my Wii Sports Resort is always full. Shouldn't it reflect the actual phases and how I do fix it?
posted by boognish on Feb 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Take my game from the table top to the screen

I'm designing my own tabletop role playing game. How difficult would it be to turn this into a video game? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Jan 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Legend of Zelda in MIDI

I need help to create the Legend of Zelda "get item" sound in MIDI [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Dec 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Which video game classics did I miss the last three years?

I intend to make this weekend a gaming weekend. I haven't played video games in a long time. At least not as seriously as I used to. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Nov 20, 2009 - 40 answers

Using PC Monitor for Console Games?

How can I play console games through my computer monitor? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Oct 5, 2009 - 9 answers

I just want to play UNIRACERS!

Argh. I've installed the drivers, I've searched high and low online, nothing is helping, so I'm coming to ya'll: how can I get my Xbox 360 wireless controller (connected to my PC via the charge and play kit via a USB port) to work on my computer? Specifically, I want to play ROMs with it. [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Sep 3, 2009 - 12 answers

Have the video game rights to film: now what?!

I have a chance to acquire the proprietary rights to make games based on a popular Asian action film. Can I make money off this opportunity? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo on Aug 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Your favorite obscure games

What are your favorite obscure games? [more inside]
posted by hpliferaft on May 18, 2009 - 59 answers

Freeing my games of artifacts

Help! My games are being plagued with screen artifacts. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on May 14, 2009 - 16 answers

Enough PC Power?

Will I be able to run modern games on my PC? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Apr 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Jumpman? Who the F@&% is Jumpman!?!

If you're old enough to remember NES and SEGA, What words do you think of when you reflect on your youthful gaming? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Apr 3, 2009 - 112 answers

BRAIN WANTS BIGGER

I need a solid list of fun video games [esp. Xbox 360 and Wii] that will make (feel) smarter. For example: the game "Portal" absolutely stumped me at times and required me to literally contemplate -- but it was also fun. Half Life 2 had moments like that as well. [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones on Feb 9, 2009 - 14 answers

Has there ever been video game characters in a theatre play ?

Has there ever been video game characters in a theatre play ? [more inside]
posted by Baud on Feb 4, 2009 - 8 answers

Game Cube recommendations similar to Resident Evil 4

I have a gamecube but the only game I have enjoyed immensely is Resident Evil 4. Didn't like the other Resident Evil games' controls and such. Any other games for the 'cube that you can recommend that are first person shooter, whether it be horror/sci-fi like Resiident Evil 4 or maybe a crime game? (Kinda over the WW2 games)...Man, I am a cynical gamecuber, ay...thanks for you thoughts and suggestions. I really appreciate it as I try to get as much use out of this cube as I can.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 27, 2008 - 11 answers

N64 controllers for emulators

What's the best way to play N64 on your laptop? (Controllers question) [more inside]
posted by scission on Dec 18, 2008 - 14 answers

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