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Android games for pre-teens learning English

I'm looking for more games to play in my weekly English tuition classes. The class is for working-class children in a multilingual country (Malaysia), so they have some proficiency that is age-appropriate, but they're very used to codeswitching, so I'm trying to get them to be more able to express themselves comfortably in one language as needed. Right now they have played Boggle (which is tabletop) but especially enjoyed Heads Up. Anyone has recommendations for similar party games on Android (that is free or cheap) that would help them in English? [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Oct 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Can anyone identify a video game from the 90s I vaguely remember?

I believe it was for NES and came out before '97. In the long prologue, a female character ends up trapped on one side of a broken floor in a collapsing building. A male love interest remains with her instead of escaping with the group. Does anyone remember what this is? I've tried Google and it sounds like it might be in the Final Fantasy series, but I'm not at all certain.
posted by Tick Tock Tourmaline on Sep 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Where can I find people to play Twilight Struggle with in SF?

Exactly as it says on the tin. Where do all the Twilight Struggle players congregate around here? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Sep 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Phryne Fisher in an RPG? Or CYOA?

Where would you go for an interactive experience in the world of Phryne Fisher, or something like it? The only licensed Phryne Fisher game I know of is the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Cluedo variant, which I haven't sought out, as it's not what I'm thinking of (though I probably will play it one day). [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Sep 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Identify this series and this game

A few years ago I watched a Let's Play style Youtube series where a person developed a character in an action RPG without using any of the conventional parts of the game (e.g. magic or quests.) What was the series, and what was the game? [more inside]
posted by Rhomboid on Sep 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Minecraft? More like Motion Sickness Craft

Sometimes when playing first/third-person games, I start feeling nauseous and motion-sick. How can I prevent this so I can enjoy Minecraft and other games again? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Sep 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Super special snowflake laptop edition

I am thinking of getting my son a laptop but I have no idea where to start looking. And there is a list of what this laptop has to be able to do. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Nothing compares to Glitch

I miss Glitch. What can I play to scratch the itch? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Aug 27, 2015 - 23 answers

What are some good "sandbox" video games where there's no point but fun?

I like playing video games but as I have gotten older I have less time to spend and less patience when I get stuck somewhere. I have found that my favorite parts of games are just driving around or exploring the world or doing side tasks (like fishing or shooting a bow-and-arrow in Zelda). Are there games these days where you can do just that kind of stuff, without some broader need to solve a puzzle or shoot a guy? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Aug 27, 2015 - 41 answers

Name our gaming blog/website!

My friend and I are starting a gaming blog/website. We've been trying to think of a good name. We're both females, and would like to incorporate that in the name somehow, but not super overtly. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by aielen on Aug 23, 2015 - 25 answers

Best game console for an old TV

I've got an old "HD-compatible" LCD TV that I want to hook up some kind of gaming console to. The connections I have appear to be component video, composite video, S-video and coax. This TV predates HDMI. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Aug 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Multi-platform graphics for writing a retro-style game / game engine?

Can you recommend a multi-platform development tool / environment / API / SDK that I could use to write a video game? The game would be "retro" in sophistication - I specifically want to use NES or SNES-style graphics and sound. Would also accept existing game engines with those parameters, I suppose. Please don't say Flash. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on Jul 31, 2015 - 14 answers

Current PC Game(s) to Utilize My Graphics Card, but Easy on Processor?

I have never been a PC gamer...until now. I have a new gaming laptop that has a GTX970M with 6GB RAM, but only an i7 4710HQ (2.5/3.5Ghz). The only "game" I have for now is X-Plane 10. This is actually very processor-intensive and hardly uses my graphics card at all (about 1.8GB of VRAM according to in-game tools), even with the graphics-driven settings maxed-out. Are there any current games out there that will melt my GPU but leave my processor alone, comparatively-speaking? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Jul 30, 2015 - 6 answers

What are the best online stores that build custom gaming computers?

I'm looking for any online stores with good ratings that will build custom computers. As in you pick out all the specific parts you want (case, motherboard, cooling, storage, etc..) and they build it for you. I thought about doing it myself but i just don't know enough about it all to do that yet. I know that NCIX does what i'm wanting but i've heard a mixture of bad and good reviews so i'm not sure if i should go with them or not.
posted by earthquakeglue on Jul 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Who knows the minds of software gaming companies?

Can anyone offer insight into the way the market works for videos games? Half-Life remains without a third sequel eight years after it's last release. Portal remains without a sequel four or five years after its release. Aren't these GUARANTEED money-makers? [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Jun 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Best way to upgrade PC?

What is the best way to upgrade my PC for the next few years? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jun 26, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I get into Gaming Journalism?

How can I get into Gaming Journalism this day in age where there is so many sites and sources about Gaming news? [more inside]
posted by JefferyDPerry on Jun 19, 2015 - 5 answers

I am the Dragonborn, what am I supposed to do without my PS3?

My much beloved PS3 has just given up the ghost. Now, my husband and I aren't sure what to do. All we really want is something that can stream TV (via Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon) and will let us play Skyrim. But what should we buy, to replace our PS3? [more inside]
posted by meese on Jun 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Please help cure my gaming malaise

I play a lot of PC action games, but I'm kind of bored of the same old junk. I'd like to play a relaxed, slow-paced strategy game. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on May 12, 2015 - 24 answers

Fun video games for a mediumcore gamer

I'm looking for video games (Windows or Mac) that I personally would consider fun. I get bored with casual games but frustrated with ones aimed at the truly hardcore gamer. More special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Apr 22, 2015 - 17 answers

Nerd Idol

Has there been any contestant on a singing or dancing TV competition that has performed something "nerdy", such as songs from video games, cartoons, or Internet media? The one example I can think of is a Dancing with the Stars routine to Super Mario.
posted by divabat on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Trying to play Skyrim on a PC with Xbox controller...help

I've played Skyrim on a PS3 for a while now. I love it, but after hearing about all the mods you can do with the PC version, I was eager to buy the PC game. I've been trying to play it on my computer, but it's awful. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Mar 11, 2015 - 9 answers

What resources are there for internet/gaming addiction recovery?

A family friend needs help. Over the last few years he's been sinking more and more of his life into MMORPGs and internet time wasting. He's socially isolated -- no friends, low social skills. He was a pretty normal, fun kid up until about 15. He's in the midst of flunking out of his freshman year of college (after an in-between year spent similarly wasted). [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Feb 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Your Favorite Roguelike for IOS?

And why is it your favorite? [more inside]
posted by notyou on Feb 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Please help us be better at collaborative gaming

My partner and I are playing Borderlands 2 and World of Warcraft (WoW) together, which is great fun, but we are sort of terrible at combat. He's never done collaborative gaming (but has played a lot of Borderlands) and I haven't played games in years (but I used to play a lot of WoW). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 22, 2015 - 16 answers

"Surely it must exist," computer mouse edition

All I want is a mouse that combines some very common features: (a) wireless, (b) ambidextrous, (c) works with a Mac, (d) has a couple of extra buttons, and (e) isn't crazy expensive. And yet, these seemingly simply do not exist. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Feb 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Software for creating TF2 items?

My 12yo is interested in designing/creating items (weapons, accessories, etc.) for use in TF2. What is the cheapest (preferably free-est) software with the least steep learning curve for this sort of thing? Basically something powerful enough to accomplish what he wants to do without being overwhelming in terms of difficulty (or price). Thanks!
posted by mothershock on Feb 1, 2015 - 5 answers

All in one gaming computers?

My 14-yo has been talking about a gaming computer for many moons. He wants to play Steam games: Minecraft, Don't Starve, Day Z, etc. Mainly networked playing. All of the computers we look at are just a really high end, colorful box with no OS, no monitor, no keyboard or mouse for around $800-$900. I am looking for an all-in-one that is graphics, ram and HD expandable and will run Steam (mostly) effortlessly. All suggestions welcome!
posted by parmanparman on Jan 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Who are the best Twitter accounts for sports and gaming?

I'm trying to put together a canonical list of the best Twitter personalities for people who are into popular sports (football, basketball, golf, soccer, etc.) and gaming (poker, blackjack, slots, etc.). Who are the best that are currently tweeting, and why do you like them? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jan 4, 2015 - 7 answers

iPad Games for Long Term Care

I have a family member who has been in the hospital for over a year now. He is going crazy from boredom. He needs games to play on his iPad, but there are snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Jan 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Budget tablet recommendations for D&D

I'm thinking of picking up a tablet for playing Dungeons & Dragons. I need some advice on which tablets do well with both graphics-heavy PDFs and spreadsheets. Under $200 preferred. [more inside]
posted by chaosys on Dec 28, 2014 - 5 answers

A gaming mouse with a button for every finger?

I'm looking for something which may or may not exist: a gaming mouse which has a button for every finger. Or more precisely, a gaming mouse on which I can comfortably rest all five of my fingers on separate, fully functional button during normal use. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Dec 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for PS4 game suggestions

Our family was surprised with a PS4 for Christmas and I'm looking for suggestions of games that meet certain criteria, as well as general info about the console. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Dec 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Living room gaming/htpc box

In which I make some queries regarding a gaming/htpc box for the living room. [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Dec 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Game design competition, for children?

Do you know of a program like First Lego League, but for game design? This is for some 12-year-olds who are into programming, and could benefit from more structure. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Let me ride through the wide open country that I love; don't fence me in

Tell me about the current best open-world games for the Playstation 4! Very few snowflake details, just want to give someone the top titles in their favorite genre for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by erst on Dec 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Tablet for hearthstone

I'm looking to buy a sub-$200 tablet primarily to play Hearthstone and watch Netflix. I'm finding it confusing to to pick out the best quality tablet in this price range that will run Hearthstone well, do you have a suggestion? I am open to Windows, Android, or Apple. If I understand correctly, the Hearthstone app is not out for Android yet but it should be available soon.
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 12, 2014 - 14 answers

A book that's also a game?

There's several people I know that are big into gaming, (The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, etc). They also like to read. In the interest of getting them something gaming related, is there a book or several books that function both as a piece of fiction and as a game?Not sure this sort of thing even exists, but figured if it does that would be pretty awesome as Christmas gift. Anyone?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 21, 2014 - 31 answers

We're on a road to nowhere, come on inside

Carcassonne tournaments — how do I get in on this action? [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Nov 19, 2014 - 1 answer

switching to a PC laptop and have no idea what any of the specs mean

I'm buying a new Windows laptop computer after years of using a Mac desktop and enough has changed that I have no idea what to look for these days. I'd really like to run Dragon Age Inquisition on it (here's the specs for that) and I'd really like to buy it from someone reliable. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Nov 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Gaming without the grind?

I've got a long-running itch to play video games. They're insufficiently like work (relative to my other hobbies) that they're an appealing way to decompress, and I can do them when it's cold/wet/dark... but I am absolutely not motivated by the grind. Help me find something that will absolutely not require collecting all/some/the last/the only McGuffin(s). [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Nov 8, 2014 - 25 answers

"Girl Games" have got to go...

My 5 year old daughter has "screen time" when I come home from work while I'm making dinner. She used to watch sesame street or other recorded pbs shows, but isn't interested in that anymore. I provided her with some ask metafilter sourced web game options, but now she likes to play a ton of "girl games" on shady websites that involve things ranging from facepainting to baby care to dental work and plastic surgery, ick. Help me decide what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by mgogol on Nov 3, 2014 - 27 answers

Best boardgames for future gamers

My boys like boardgames, and as a gamer I'm going to keep encouraging this. What are your recommendations for beginner moving to intermediate complexity games, with an emphasis on fun, communications and replayability? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Oct 26, 2014 - 33 answers

Cocktail arcade-type games for iOS designed for 2 player tabletop?

I am looking for games for iOS that are played 2-player at the same time, with the phone flat on a table, one person on each side playing against each other. I don't know what to call this so it's hard to search for more (I think of them like 80's arcade cocktail machines). So far the only ones I've found are OLO (a hybrid of shuffleboard and air hockey), TEN (same company, it's like mega tic-tac-toe) and some checkers/chess games. Are there others? What is this style of game design called?
posted by mathowie on Oct 15, 2014 - 16 answers

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

Lesser-known women in technology

Who are some important women in technology that are lesser-known in the world? Especially women of color, LGBTQ women, and non-American women? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 15, 2014 - 44 answers

How do I get a (creative) job in gaming in Las Vegas with 0 experience?

I am moving to Las Vegas before the end of the year, and I'm looking for work. I'm a cartoonist/illustrator/visual story teller. I've applied for a few casino, and mobile gaming jobs, but have had no luck so far. I suspect that one of the primary sticking points is that I don't have industry experience, which is a qualification on every posting. I have spent most of my professional life in the production side of art, and now I'm trying to move into a more creative area. There are similar aspects, but it's not a 1:1 parallel. Is there a way to get this kind of experience, or comparable experience I might already have?
posted by hanzoschmanzo on Sep 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Gaming and Misogyny and 14 Year Old Boys

My 14 year old son and I have been talking a lot this past week about the Anita Sarkeesian videos (we watched a few together) and have been having some really great discussions. We've always talked about what games he can or cannot buy and the reasons for it. I'm really more concerned with the misogyny than the violence, although the violence doesn't thrill me. Now however, my son is concerned that I won't let him buy *any* games anymore because the misogyny is so pervasive. Is he right? [more inside]
posted by ThatCanadianGirl on Sep 9, 2014 - 41 answers

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

Building & Optimizing an External Drive for WinXP + Gaming

What's the best way to go about building an external WinXP partition that is optimized for gaming so that I can play certain titles in their preferred environment? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Sep 5, 2014 - 4 answers

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