I see video games as a spectator sport.
Starring Nick Douglas and Tom Leveritt. Written by Nick, directed by Tom.
I’m not a gamer. My favorite game growing up was Kid Icarus. But I am a connoisseur of absurdist humor, and that’s why I love /r/gamephysics.
The subreddit bills itself as “a subreddit for game physics at its best and worst. This means games with up and coming physics tech and games that are glitching out in hilarious ways.” Boy oh boy do they deliver. People can submit either GIFs or short video clips, and here I have gathered a selection of my favorite GIFs, mainly because these are dramatically enhanced by the automatic loop.
Let’s begin with one of my favorites, submitted by Booona, in which a propane tank explosion is triggered by a cup of coffee:
People seem to be skipping straight to the pure art, and yet nobody’s made the Caddyshack in games yet, right? So I’m like, woah woah woah, let’s put on the brakes – let’s make Caddyshack, and then we can make Anna Karenina or whatever.
— Erik Wolpaw, Portal series writer, on video games as art or as comedy
Grand Theft Auto V is, until I find a better comparison, the Beverly Hills Cop of video games.
This video is the reward you get after your ten thousandth hour spent on memes and video games. If “no-scope cornshot” sounds to you like it could be a joke, even if you don’t know what that joke is, then I am about to make you climax.
The only superior accomplishment would be an Anamanaguchi-soundtracked Zynga killshot cumpilation.
World of Vipville only lasted for 29 tweets from late July to early August. This Twitter account tracked changes for an intriguing but fake urban-themed massively multiplayer video game, defining angles of this massive nonexistant world in a Borges-like work of marginalia fiction.
The updates are too interesting to be real, but there are several red herrings thrown in, like a bland privacy update every so often. I had to check several times to assure myself it was all fake.
Here are a couple of the best tweets. See them all on Twitter.
V.3.014 [Balance] Dual-wielding glowsticks now requires at least 41 dexterity.
— World of Vipville (@worldofvipville) August 5, 2012
Yes it’s very fun that Caine Monroy’s arcade has inspired kids all over the world and that we can all celebrate the fun of children’s imaginations. I’m very touched by “Caine’s Arcade” and the new followup video below.
But before I fly all the way to L.A. to play in this thing, will someone give me a straight-up, no-bullshit answer: Is this arcade actually shitty?
Look, if we’re all just pretending the arcade works and giving him points for trying, I’m OK with that! I won’t tell him! I’ll keep “liking” these videos on Facebook and adding a caption about how my faith in humanity is restored. Maybe I’ll still swing by next time I’m in L.A. But I just don’t want to get my hopes up, you know?
Who doesn’t remember playing in the computer lab in elementary school (besides people over 40)? We learned that almost anything could look like learning. When writing and researching the new textbook Fake Science 101, author Phil Edwards uncovered a treasure trove of attempts to make learning fun, and his finds include these classic computer-room games. Though they didn’t all make it into the textbook, they did make it into this list.
1. Taxonomy: Classifying species has never been fun, and though this game didn’t change that, it did add sound effects and a few buttons. Students who reached the final level got a chance to place themselves in the genus for loneliness.
When a lady tells another lady she’s engaged, there’s that squeal. And then the questions: ”Eeeee I’m so happy for you! How’d he do it? Where’d he do it? Tell me everything!” We know this trope. We know guys don’t do it. What do guys do, beyond something fake in three-camera sitcoms?
If you want that squeal between dudes, tell your friend you just started watching some serial drama like Breaking Bad.
“Whoa, awesome. When’d you start? How far along are you? Netflix or DVDs? That’s awesome. You’re going to love it. I’m just so happy for you.”
Games too. “Just started Skyrim.” ”AAAAH that’s so great! I’m so excited for you. How are you playing? Rogue? Brute? Aaaah the next few weeks are going to be great! Let me see your armor.”
Picture from the Skyrim Mod Forge
A while back, Kotaku listed the 12 Best Games for Mac. Although they make some solid suggestions (I’m a little partial to Starcraft myself), there are some glaring omissions. Here are the real top titles.
1. Watching PC Users Struggle with Hot Corners
Arguably the greatest game on a Mac, thanks to the recently released DLC level, “Where the hell did Netflix just go”. After some PC luddite clumsily hits a Hot Corner, it’s a race against time. The goal is to see how long you will try and guide them to get back their windows before snatching away the mouse. You’ve really got to master the sneer of contempt at the end to get into the higher levels, though.
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