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, a liminal space indeed) are three that come with a lot of nothing.
The latest issue of Aaron A. Reed's excellent 50 Years of Text Games newsletter looks at Monster Island, a play-by-mail game from 1989. The mailbox squeaks open, and the teenager's eyes light up: amid the junk mail for parents is a bulky envelope from a company called Adventures By Mail. The teenager has waited all week for… READ THE REST
You've played qntm's Hatetris (previously at BB) which always gives you the most inconvenient tetromino. Revive your spirits with GistNoesis's Lovetris, which always gives you the best one. This is a twist on the original (MIT licensed) Hatetris. Lovetris AI will try its best to give you the opportunity to reduce the tower height, but… READ THE REST
Jason Schreier, a longtime games writer with Kotaku and Bloomberg News, sought to publish adversarial journalism in that context and did well at it. Now he's writing a book about volatility in the video game industry and what happens to people when studios shut down: Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry.… READ THE REST
The pace of life is just faster than it used to be. Not so many years ago, if you needed to print an image or make a hard copy of a to-do list, you'd find a nearby printer, connect all your devices, and print it up. But these days … C'mon, who's gonna stop to… READ THE REST
Unlike the impact of vibration therapy which applies regular, consistent contact to sore areas that the body ultimately acclimates to quickly, percussive therapy oscillates around toward the most targeted areas, applying pressure to tense muscle tissue. For athletes, that means a massage gun used post-workout can help remove lactic acid buildup from the muscle, which… READ THE REST
Projection technology has advanced to the point where even a solid recent vintage projector can serve as a brilliant addition to your home viewing options. And now that we're all starting to get out of the house again, you can tech up with a portable or even pocket-sized projector and basically create your own theater… READ THE REST