Boing Boing reader Joe Sabia says he's created the first ever interactive photo hunt on YouTube. "There are 30 levels to the game, recapping all the big nominees for the oscars. 64 videos in all. i made use of youtube's annotations… thought you would enjoy." The subject matter may or may not be something that interests you, but I loved this clever and effective use of a mass-market web service feature (annotations) for a purpose other than the one for which that feature was originally developed.
In The Nothings Suite, Pippin Barr exports the simplest possible game from 14 game development apps and libraries. In many cases it results in nothing beyond simply running and showing the title "Nothing", but you can "play" all of them and Barr offers insights into each creative platform. Puzzlescript, Unity and Unreal Engine (pictured above,… READ THE REST
The marketing research company Global Web Index reports that the number of "gamers" over 55 years of age has grown 32% in the last three years. The Covid pandemic accelerated but did not create the growth, with grandparents seeing game time as family time. "Gamers are often portrayed in the media in a certain way,… READ THE REST
Control was one of the top games of 2019, a moody shooter set in an unsettling supernatural skyscraper. It demands a high-end modern game-ready computer to fully enjoy, but for April Fools creators Remedy Entertainment converted it to the original 1995 Sony Playstation. Starting today, you can play Control exclusively on the first PlayStation system.… READ THE REST
The ostrich analogy is real. Nobody should be sticking their head in the sand to escape unpleasant truths. And one such unpleasant reality is that for all their functionality, headphones can be incredibly dangerous. An overwhelming 96 percent of Americans say it's dangerous to wear headphones or earbuds when driving. That number remains high for… READ THE REST
Students and staff at Stanford University, the University of California, the University of Colorado, and other institutions were warned to be on alert after a widespread security breach compromised personal data files during a nationwide cyberattack on the schools' computer systems. Meanwhile, someone is selling personal information on 21 million users of the mobile parking… READ THE REST
The difficulties of pandemic life have brought some unexpected consequences over the past year. With some transportation options closed and everyone mostly stuck in their houses, people got stir crazy for an alternative — and bicycle sales surged nationwide. Unfortunately, that wave of new bike riders brought an all too expected result: a corresponding surge in… READ THE REST