Happy anniversary to the coolest Let's Play grandma on YouTube!


One year ago, grandmother Shirley Curry started posting impossibly charming Let's Play videos while playing Skyrim to connect with her grandkids. They are delightful to watch and listen to. Read the rest

Peak Pokémon Go has already passed


A new report from Axiom Capital Management suggests that Pokémon Go is on a downward trend in daily active users and engagement of those users. The data comes from Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey, and Apptopia.

Additionally, "The Google Trends data is already showing declining interest in augmented reality, whereas interest in virtual reality remains high," says senior analyst Victor Anthony.

(Bloomberg Markets)

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Watch a hamster clear a Super Mario Bros. level


Like an 8-bit Habitrail. Read the rest

King of Kong also the Prince of Pac-Man

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Remember Billy Mitchell, the star of excellent videogame documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters? In 1999, the Donkey Kong champ was also the first person confirmed to attain a perfect score on Pac-Man.

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Take a nostalgic trip through the "Art of Atari"


The Art of Atari is a new hardcover celebrating the wonderful illustrations of the iconic game company's packaging, catalogs, and other artwork that, according to the book's introduction written by Ernest "Ready Player One" Cline, was "specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience to further entice children and adults to embrace the new era of electronic entertainment." Speaking from personal experience, it totally worked.

The Art of Atari (Amazon)

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Fantastic Street Fighter chalk art animation

Chalk artist Chris Carlson created a fantastic 3D mural of Street Fighter that comes to life.

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Fantastic fingertip synth performance of Commodore 64 game music

Tubesockor pokes away at three Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators to play the music from the 1987 Commodore 64 classic game Delta. The original game music is by Rob Hubbard, inspired by Philip Glass's "Koyaanisqatsi" and Pink Floyd's "On the Run." Clips from the game below! (Thanks, UPSO!)

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Crystal meth found in pawned Sega Genesis


A gentleman in Moultrie, Georgia pawned his Sega Genesis console but was arrested later after the pawn shop employees found a stash of crystal meth in the console's cartridge slot.

According to WALB, "There was no word on whether the Sega Genesis console was in working condition." Read the rest

A young boy plays through video game history

At The Message, BB pal Andy Baio wrote a fantastic piece about the experiment he is running with his ten-year-old son: What happens when a 21st-century kid plays through video game history in chronological order? Read the rest

eBay: Huge collection of 80s-90s console videogames

On eBay: a massive collection of 5700 console games, 5700+ games, and custom shelves for it all. Buy it now for (gulp) $164,000. Read the rest

Tetris, the, er, movie

“This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page," said production company Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff. "We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes... What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."

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Video: montage of arcades in movies

Arcades in movies, 1975-1994. Read the rest

When finishing Dragon's Lair was awesome

Steven Frank looks back on a triumphant 1980s childhood moment, when he beat the laserdisc arcade game Dragon's Lair to the astonishment of onlookers. Read the rest

Atari ET cartridges from 1982 unearthed in landfill

Remember the vidgame industry legend that in 1983 Atari dumped its stock of the "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill? Well, a pile of what's considered one of the crappiest vidgames in history has been unearthed. And the game's designer Howard Scott Warshaw, now a psychotherapist, was on hand.

"I've been carrying this thing, the theoretically worst video game of all time, for 30 years now," Warshaw said. "It was a game that was done in five weeks. It was a very brief development. I did the best that I could, and that's OK."

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Apps for Kids 055: Badland

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Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.

In this episode, we reviewed a side-scrolling action/adventure game with fun physics, called Badland. It's $3.99 for iOS and Android.

And, we present a new "Would you rather?" question:

Apps for Kids is sponsored by Fracture. Fracture prints your photos in vivid color, directly on glass. It's picture, frame and mount, all in one. Use the code APPSFORKIDS and get 20% off your order! Read the rest

Robyn Miller, director of The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, takes your questions on Reddit's Ask Me Anything

Robyn Miller, co-creator of the massive hit videogames Myst and Riven, and director of 2013's The Immortal Augustus Gladstone (see my video interview with Robyn here), is going to take questions on Reddit's Ask Me Anything at 11am PT today (27 December 2013).

Robyn as Augustus Gladstone, who wears a toupee because of an absolute lack of hair. Read the rest