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Can I, too, kill the giant and burrow through his eye?

So, I'm reading Ender's Game to my son (per his request), agreeing with him how cool it might be to play the video game where he kills the giant, and naturally begin to wonder if anyone has made a playable version. I will assume that there exists a game out there which includes a stage with the giant scene in it. Has anyone taken a whack at making the entire game as we read about it in the book? Are there other examples of games that were originally suggested in books, now available to play?
posted by klausman on Sep 2, 2011 - 6 answers

 

Pow! Freowwww! Games to test out my new rig with?

I got a new PC a few months ago. I like to think that it's a good build, but I never play any games on it anyway besides minecraft because I already had an Xbox and there's nothing coming out until christmas. What are some games/demos I can get (for free) that I can try on it to really get a sense of how good of a gaming rig it is - and if I should start buying PC games, or stick to xbox games? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Aug 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Who eats a price drop regarding retail stock?

Game console price drops! What happens regarding the stock retailers already have on hand? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Aug 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Finding teh games

PC gamers of Mefi, how do you find new indie titles online? Right now I'm only aware of JayIsGames.
posted by Taft on Aug 13, 2011 - 12 answers

At least I didn't use blinky text.

My gaming websites are ugly. How can I make them better? I work well with examples and exemplars, but how-tos are welcome too. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Descriptive video for videogames

Descriptive video for the blind and visually impaired... for videogames? Does this exist? I’d like to do it. I know there are a million videos of people playing videogames around, but I'd like to do ones tailored for people who can't see. [more inside]
posted by marble on Jul 27, 2011 - 7 answers

|...@..@@@@| "MeFites! Help me!" --more--

I want to play more games like Nethack, Dwarf Fortress, Liberal Crime Squad, etc. No, not rogue-likes: games with a similiar "made of text" interface. [more inside]
posted by Askiba on Jul 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Game Design on the Cheap

Can my friend use his NYU student discount to buy non-student me an event ticket? [more inside]
posted by Tubalcain on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Comic-Con Veterans: heed my call!

My wife bought me an all-expense-paid trip to Comic-Con for my 30th birthday, and while I've been to plenty of smaller cons (Wizard World, C2E2, Otakon, etc), this is my first time going to the big show. Extended nerdery inside: [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Jul 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Books about video games.

So I've got Gamespite's NES retrospective, I've got hardcoregaming101.net's new book on adventure games, I even have a thirdhand copy of Bill Kunkel's indie-press memoirs. And I want more. What's some good and insightful video game writing in print? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Educational Videogames for Grownups

Educational videogames tend to be aimed at children and/or not much fun to play (and/or both). "Typing of the Dead" is a great exception. Are there other truly addictive videogames a grownup can enjoy while learning something? The subject being taught is irrelevant-- I'd just love for my gaming time to result in some sort of useful skill. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jul 6, 2011 - 13 answers

What can I do with a large quantity of CD-ROMs?

I have over 1,000 copies of several PC videogame CD-ROMs. The games are widely distributed/available, so the discs probably don't have any value to gamers. What can I do with them beside give them away? Creative or crafty ideas welcome. Also, not against making a little money if it's possible. [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees on Jun 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me remember what the hell video game this is from

Help me remember what the hell video game this is from! [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Jun 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Minecraft Multiplayer

Can anybody recommend a Minecraft multiplayer server? I'm involved with one now and it's fine but I find myself sometimes tired of the 14/15-year-olds. Survival is great, keeps the blood pumping. [more inside]
posted by crios on Jun 19, 2011 - 10 answers

How to get into the new dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past GBA?

I'm looking for the way to break into the Palace of the Four Swords in the GBA port of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past without playing through the Four Swords part of the game. No emulator. [more inside]
posted by chinesefood on Jun 10, 2011 - 2 answers

If I read one more pointless post about Atlus' "Catherine" or somebody's controller mod....

Looking for an RSS feed of just the right amount of video game news. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jun 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Old Dance Dance Revolution Video

About 6-8 years ago, there was a video of a kid doing the dance dance revolution game or some similar video game, which started with him doing a handstand. Know it? [more inside]
posted by whoda on Jun 2, 2011 - 1 answer

NERD ALERT

L.A. Noire has lots of references to Bioshock -- namely (heh), Fontaine and Ryan. Why? [more inside]
posted by bardic on May 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Press A to RAWR, press B to stomp

What are some fun videogames where you play as a dinosaur? [more inside]
posted by thoughtless on May 23, 2011 - 19 answers

Apple-Shift-3 not working and Rory is sad :-(

I'm trying to hotlink a button to take in-game screenshots on my Macbook Pro with Boot Camp running Windows 7. But every application I try seems to miss the game playing entirely! It shows the desktop and other running applications and not the game at all. I've tried MWSnap 3, Screenshot Utility 1.0, and Screenshot Pilot. They all failed. How do I take screenshots of this video game, before I lose my mind?
posted by Rory Marinich on May 2, 2011 - 6 answers

videogame books

What are some good books by or about videogame designers? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Companions to love of my life The Last Express?

I don't know much about computer games, but I love historical adventure game The Last Express. Please help me find similar games. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Apr 17, 2011 - 10 answers

What video game music could I arrange for one to three wind instruments?

I play clarinet in an orchestra that exclusively plays video game music, and there's an opportunity to a solo or small ensemble piece in the next concert if you can come up with your own music. Although I took two semesters of music theory, I don't think I'd be able to arrange anything involving piano- I'm looking for something that could be done with one to three wind instruments. Any ideas?
posted by stubblemaker on Apr 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Labor of love, or profit?

How do independent used stores price things? Particularly, video games? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Apr 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Trying to Branch Out on the Web

I'm looking for new forums and online communities where people talk intelligently about art, the internet, and video games (preferably all three). Not looking for general, all-purpose sites like Reddit or subsections of those sites, individual blogs, or twitter feeds. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Best Console Video Games Enjoyable in One Hour

What are the best recent console video games that can be enjoyed in an hour or less? I'll be at PAX East this weekend, and since I don't own a console newer than a Gamecube, I'd like to spend some time at the Console Freeplay. They have a library of dozens of modern consoles and thousands of games that you can borrow for an hour at a time. Lots of the big games require at least a few hours to get anywhere in the story. What doesn't? What are the best casual or semi-casual games from this generation that I can enjoy in an hour? [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Mar 10, 2011 - 22 answers

XBOX 360 setup help followup

I'm still trying to connect my upcoming XBOX 360 to my computer monitor. The monitor has only VGA and DVI-D inputs and no audio output, however, so I'm having issues tracking down what needs to be done. Currently I'm fairly sure I've got what I need for video, but I still need help figuring out how to connect audio. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 10, 2011 - 14 answers

In search of a multiplayer PS3 FPS

Can you recommend multiplayer co-op shooter games for PS3? [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Feb 9, 2011 - 7 answers

80s CGA Cat Breeding game?

There's this quasi-educatainment game that I had in the 80s. It was CGA graphics, on MS-DOS... The idea was breeding cats with dominant and recessive genes. The only cat game I can seem to find online is Alley Cat, but that's nothing like it. This game is a grid of something like 4 cats across, and 2 down. I don't remember what the exact point of the game was.
posted by symbioid on Feb 9, 2011 - 4 answers

XBOX 360 setup help: Using a monitor & getting audio

I'm getting an XBOX 360 shortly, but I have a few questions about setting it up. For one, my television is very bad, so I'd like to use my computer monitor for it - should picking up a VGA cable be fine? Secondly, I'm not sure how the XBOX's audio ports are set up - can I just plug my headset with a standard headphone and microphone plug into it, or do I need adapters? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

I want this to be a triumph.

Internet quest: I'm looking for video of a full playthrough of the game Portal, available to download. I want to be able to watch it like a movie. Google fails me. [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Feb 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Please spoil Nier for me

I don't want to play this video game any more, but I want to know what happens. Where on the Internet can I find a plot summary of Nier? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Feb 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Best cartoony games for the PS3

What are some good cartoony type games for the PS3? [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 on Jan 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me identify these half-remembered video games.

Please help me identify two half-remembered arcade games from the early to mid-'90s. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jan 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me add 18th-century philosophy and fiction to my video game!

I'm making a mod for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, set in Prussia around the turn of the nineteenth century (late 1700s or early 1800s), and I'm looking to add short written excerpts on the theme of abstract justice versus the collateral human cost of achieving it as notes for the player to pick up. [more inside]
posted by Tubalcain on Jan 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Help Me Manage My Games Collection

What is the best website/software to manage my games collection? [more inside]
posted by schleppo on Jan 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me ID this b-movie from early 80's

Cheesy, early 80's flick set either in the present or near future where punks (outrageous makeup and outfits) played some sort of videogame tournament on platforms, in a darkly lit arcade w/ huge joysticks sticking upward from the floor. It wasn't a straight comedy as I think there was dire consequences for losing. Death or something. I think I remember somebody losing and trying to escape their fate by running away into a nearby room w/ a girl while the crowd freaked out. I can't remember a single actor from the film but I think I might have seen it on USA's "Night Flight". I know I don't have much to go on but would love any/all help to figure this out. I've searched and searched but come up empty. Thank you!
posted by mwhyte72 on Dec 29, 2010 - 8 answers

How to get my young cousin hooked into reading

How can I help my 13 year old cousin get into reading? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Dec 27, 2010 - 42 answers

Games while revolve around collecting powerups and experience?

I'm looking for a good video game to occupy me over the holiday break. Something where advancement centers around leveling up my character and/or collecting powerups. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi on Dec 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Classic Nintendo DS games?

What are the classic games for the Nintendo DS? And, bonus, what are the best games that can be played in five minute increments? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Dec 25, 2010 - 25 answers

Turn me into a Civ IV jedi.

Turn me into a Civ IV jedi. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 22, 2010 - 34 answers

Nintendo DS titles similar to Tetris?

I'm looking for suggestions for Nintendo DS games similar to Tetris. [more inside]
posted by Nedroid on Dec 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Seniors Console Games

Recommendations of recent console games for a library collection that would appeal to seniors. [more inside]
posted by Razzle Bathbone on Dec 18, 2010 - 2 answers

What are some basic things I can do to improve at NBA2k11?

I'm terrible at NBA 2k11, and I want get better, but I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by piato on Dec 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Wii games fit for a casual gamer but with a great story

I'm looking for Nintendo Wii games that scratch my epic storyline itch but won't frustrate my intermediate skill and very intermittent play opportunities... [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Nov 29, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me get better at Call of Duty: Black Ops (& other FPS) in multiplayer! Please!

Help me get better at Call of Duty: Black Ops (& other FPS) in multiplayer! Please! [more inside]
posted by cuando on Nov 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Engrossing, downloadable RPG?

Please recommend me an engrossing, downloadable RPG to take my mind off being sick. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Nov 7, 2010 - 36 answers

In video games, where did the term "Boss" come from?

In video games, where did the term "Boss" come from? It seems as though the term has been around forever, but where did it originate?
posted by Philipschall on Oct 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Best Original Xbox games to check to see if my gaming gene is still active

tl;dr What Xbox games for an old system might help me realize if new games are still for me? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Sep 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Need help remembering the name of a multi-player world-building game

Earlier this year I watched a demo of an upcoming multi-player, online video game. In this game, you explored and build structures and traps using an extensive toolkit of components. Some items had sensors that could trigger events on other items. Tower-defense + sandbox + player-vs-player. Help me remember the game's name? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Sep 22, 2010 - 6 answers

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