A casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, Sega Sammy, the largest arcade operator in Japan, suffered severe losses this year and is set to close its doors to the public. Though a buyer for the arcade business has been found, it apparently will acquire and rent the machines without keeping the locations. Sonic the Hedgehog fans can rest assured that Sega's game development business is not implicated by the closure of its arcade venues.
Game giant Activision Blizzard is being sued by the state of California, whose lawsuit details a horrifying environment characterized by the constant harassment of women, rape jokes, threats, retaliation, racism and blatant discrimination. At one point Activision Blizzard is described as a "frat house", but that doesn't begin to capture the scale and gravity of… READ THE REST
Pippin Barr (previously at BB) makes bizarre and insightful art games that yet fun (though often frustrating) to play. We Make Money Not Art interviewed him about his work. Something I admire really in your work is that your first concern is not about the player laughing and having a particularly pleasant experience. For example,… READ THE REST
Rian Hunter's Super Midi Pak is a SNES cartridge that turns the console—remember those cleanly-sampled but harshly-looping string sections?—into a fully-featured synthesizer. Inside your SNES is a MIDI synthesizer waiting to be set free… with Super MIDI Pak the wait is over. Play music on your Super Nintendo! You can pre-order one for $99; the… READ THE REST
There are rules to the internet. Unfortunately, many people don't really understand those rules until they transgress against them — wherein they pay the price. So if you're putting together a flyer or a blog post, you'll likely need an image to go with it. Assuming you didn't take a photo yourself, that means you… READ THE REST
It feels like not many of us use cash anymore, but that hasn't eliminated the need for that staple of American manhood — the wallet — anytime soon. Of course, the idea of what a wallet is has certainly been changing in recent years. Where leather billfolds used to be stacked thick with cash, cards, photos,… READ THE REST
If mobile devices had been around when the Boy Scouts were organized over 110 years ago, it feels likely that telling scouts to have a stable supply of standby power around in case of emergency would have been high on the essentials list. The Boy Scouts are all about being prepared — and that's pretty… READ THE REST