The United States Supreme Court agreed today to rule on the constitutionality of a California state law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. "The Court accepted for review an appeal by the state of California, urging the Court to adopt a new constitutional standard that would enable states to ban such games for those under age 18. The case is Schwarzenegger v. Video Software Dealers Association (08-1448)."
We're posted a lot over the years about games made with Pico-8, the most successful "fantasy console"—a game development setup that places hard restrictions on what you can do, similar to the hardware limits of 8-bit game consoles. This results in satisfyingly consistent and accessible games, a thriving artistic culture built around the shared tools… READ THE REST
The epic open-world adventure Cyberpunk 2077 was released late last year in rough shape, packed with bugs and incomplete features. On PC it was mostly fine after a few patches, but console gamers got shafted. This week a pre-release internal montage of bugs leaked, showing that CDProjekt Red knew how bad things were. But here's… READ THE REST
Some times ago I posted about Perplex City, an all-but-forgotten treasure-hunt/puzzle game and the mysterious man in a photograph who still haunted the last obsessive players, stuck on the game long after its creators moved on. Will Coldwell narrates how it all came to a close: A mystery cube, a secret identity, and a puzzle… READ THE REST
Digital painting has truly become an art in itself. Even with artists like Andy Warhol creating digital art on a Commodore Amiga back in the mid-80s, digital painting has mostly been a kitschy bit of artistic fun, not stuff to be regarded as a true masterwork. But much has changed over the past decade. Technology… READ THE REST
While it never hurts when your company name becomes a verb, but there's a lot more to Google than a simple web search. Sure, Google's search engine is also the engine that powered the firm into its current position as one of the 10 most valuable companies in America, but the company has spent the… READ THE REST
While smartphones and other devices have reached world-class heights for capturing images and even video at up to stunning 4K quality, they still leave a lot to be desired in the audio department. That's because while companies have engaged in a two-decade arms race to constantly one-up each other for the biggest, best camera available,… READ THE REST