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?
How do independent used stores price things? Particularly, video games? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Can you recommend multiplayer co-op shooter games for PS3? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
What are some good cartoony type games for the PS3? [more inside]
Please help me identify two half-remembered arcade games from the early to mid-'90s. [more inside]
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]
What is the best website/software to manage my games collection? [more inside]
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!
How can I help my 13 year old cousin get into reading? [more inside]
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]
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]
Turn me into a Civ IV jedi. [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for Nintendo DS games similar to Tetris. [more inside]
Recommendations of recent console games for a library collection that would appeal to seniors. [more inside]
I'm terrible at NBA 2k11, and I want get better, but I don't know how. [more inside]
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]
Help me get better at Call of Duty: Black Ops (& other FPS) in multiplayer! Please! [more inside]
Please recommend me an engrossing, downloadable RPG to take my mind off being sick. [more inside]
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?
tl;dr What Xbox games for an old system might help me realize if new games are still for me? [more inside]
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]
Are there any examples of platformer games used for educational purposes? [more inside]
My curiosity has been piqued by this line in Extra Lives: "The technology BioWare uses to manage in-game dialogue is closely minded, and parts of it are patented." Which parts? [more inside]
My college roommate is visiting me in NYC this weekend, and I want to play some Kart like the good 'ole days. Where in NYC (preferably Manhattan) can I go to rent a copy of MarioKart for N64 or Gamecube, along with three controllers and the base system?
What video games would be awesome to see on the shelves at a public library? I'm generating a list of titles to be ordered. [more inside]
Is it possible to recover accidentally deleted Xbox gamer profiles and game saves from a flash drive? [more inside]
Does anybody know of a computer game that is what I would call "Parallel Strategy"? That is, it's not realtime in the sense that there are discrete turns, but it's not turn based, because plays are not sequential, but played in parallel (that is, all players make their moves in the alloted time for the turn/round). When the time is over for that round, conflict resolution rules happen...
Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the original Super Smash Bros. for N64 in Portland, Oregon, hopefully by tomorrow, new or used?
Looking for a mid-90s PC puzzle game based on a cube. Holo or Light or something -- New age/tribal music... I don't remember exactly how it worked, but you try to get the marked side of the cube to land face down on a specific square on a grid (I think the location kept moving, though I'm not sure). Anyways, it might have come with my old IBM Pentium as a prepackaged thing. Any ideas?
What is the best retro video game that almost nobody has ever heard of? [more inside]
How can I capture video game footage from my Sony Playstation 3? [more inside]
Are there any computer games that teach programming to teenagers? My nephew just turned 13, and he's a budding techie/robotics whiz. I'd like to get him interested in programming, but he'll probably be interested only if there is some game involved. Any ideas?
What are the most enthralling, addicting 360 games (aside from Fallout 3 or Modern Warfare 2)? [more inside]
My wife works at a pre-school where one of the little boys has little interest in doing anything other than playing DS, is not well socialized and a poor communicator. Isn't this a form of neglect? This kid is being deprived of the "normal" range of experience during the most important developmental period of his life. What's going to happen to him?
How much should I charge to write a video game treatment? [more inside]
Can you recommend some Nintendo DS games for me? I love Animal Crossing and the Harvest Moon games. [more inside]
I grow weary of hard games and/or games that require massive investment of time and energy for any payoff. Please recommend easy, casual video games for me. [more inside]
I'm a professional screenwriter interested in breaking into video games. I want to know more about videogame story telling. Aside from playing a bunch of games, which I'm doing, what should I read? [more inside]
Need help with setting up my PC for live streaming video, with an emphasis on high-quality sound and video. [more inside]
Please help me get the most out of our new PS3! [more inside]
What are some net-capable multiplayer games that a friend and I can play on our low-end laptops? [more inside]
What are some good PS3 games for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade? [more inside]
Types of Games: I have come across various attempts to catalogue the possible varieties of stories that exist. The basic assumption being that all plots (narratives?) can be be boiled down to one among only a few types e.g. Hero leaves the kingdom; Hero steals fire, etc. I am looking for a similar classification system for GAMES, that is: how many fundamental types/kinds of game are there? [more inside]