4,000-year-old game board carved into floor of ancient rock shelter

4,000-year-old game board carved into floor of ancient rock shelter

An archaeologist is studying a 4,000-year-old game board carved into the floor of a rock shelter in Azerbaijan. According to American Museum of Natural History researcher Walter Crist, the board was used to play ancient game called “58 Holes” or “Hounds and Jackals.” From Live Science: British archaeologist Howard Carter found a game set with playing pieces fashioned like those animals in the tomb of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Amenemhat IV, who lived in the 18th century B.C. The distinctive pattern of round pits scored in the rock of the…

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Cragne Manor, an 84-room horror “exquisite corpse” text adventure that’s a tribute to the classic game Anchorhead

Cragne Manor, an 84-room horror “exquisite corpse” text adventure that’s a tribute to the classic game Anchorhead

It’s the 20th anniversary of Anchorhead, Michael Gentry’s seminal horror text adventure; to commemorate the occasion, Ryan Veeder and Jenni Polodna worked with 84 developers to create Cragne Manor, a tribute, whose puzzles are ingenious, frustrating and amazing. Each of the developers was given one room to create, without any knowledge of the others developers’ rooms, making “each location … a different author’s take on a tribute to Anchorhead, or an original work of Lovecraftian cosmic horror, or a deconstruction of cosmic horror, or a gonzo parody of cosmic horror,…

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There’s a new Katamari Damacy title for the Nintendo Switch: Reroll

There’s a new Katamari Damacy title for the Nintendo Switch: Reroll

“Katamari” is the Japanese word for “clod” or “lump,” and people familiar with the Katamari Damacy video game franchise know that the object is to created a giant clod of stuff by rolling it around like a snowball, picking up increasingly larger objects over time. Reroll is a new Katamari Damacy game for the Nintendo Switch and it looks like fun. I’m going to get it and I’ll let you know what I think. Image: NintendoRead full story

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App Stores to pass $122B in 2019, with gaming and subscriptions driving growth

App Stores to pass $122B in 2019, with gaming and subscriptions driving growth

Mobile intelligence and data firm App Annie is today releasing its 2019 predictions for the worldwide app economy, including its forecast around consumer spending, gaming, the subscription market, and other highlights. Most notably, it expects the worldwide gross consumer spend in apps – meaning before the app stores take their own cut – to surpass $122 billion next year, which is double the size of the global box office market, for comparison’s sake. According to the new forecast, the worldwide app store consumer spend will grow 5 times as fast…

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The Occult Defence Agency Budgeting Simulator: a text adventure that pits monster-slaying against austerity

The Occult Defence Agency Budgeting Simulator: a text adventure that pits monster-slaying against austerity

In the Occult Defence Agency Budgeting Simulator, you are placed in charge of the budget for an organisation whose mission is “defending the United Kingdom from paranormal threats. Vampire covens, stray werewolves, pixie swarms, cultists with funny robes and impractical daggers, unlicensed hauntings, and more obscure matters” — but you are British, and that means your boss is a government minister who insists that you make headline-grabbing “swingeing cuts” every year. As you twiddle the dials on payments for the staff Christmas party, pixie relations, the Graveyard Patrol, werewolf holding…

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Malware authors have figured out how to get Google to do “irreversible takedowns” of the sites they compete with

Malware authors have figured out how to get Google to do “irreversible takedowns” of the sites they compete with

When a rightsholder complains to Google about a website infringing its copyright, Google will generally delist the site, but allow the site’s owner to contest the removal through a process defined in Section 512 of the DMCA. But when Google gets a complaint about DRM-breaking tools, which come under Section 1201 of the DMCA, they remove the accused site and offer no appeal process — it’s permanent. Malware authors have been serving Google with DMCA 1201 notices, in which they impersonate Ubisoft, Steam and other large game companies. These notices…

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Apple announces its ‘Best of 2018’ lists across apps, games, music, podcasts and more

Apple announces its ‘Best of 2018’ lists across apps, games, music, podcasts and more

Apple today announced its Best of 2018 selections – its annual, editorial list of what it considers the best content across its App Store and iTunes, along with its top charts of the most downloaded apps and games fo the year. As in other years, Apple selected a “best” app and game for each platform, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac. It also rounded-up several favorite Apple Watch apps, but didn’t award a winner. The best app of 2018 on iPhone was the iPhone version of the popular Procreate…

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Buying a Commodore Amiga 30 years later, just to play games

Buying a Commodore Amiga 30 years later, just to play games

Thirty years after its mostly-European heydey, the Commodore Amiga remains a cult favorite with a huge library of excellent and often weird games to discover. But what if emulation isn’t your idea of fun? This guy went out and bought a real one. The Amiga still has an active and faithful community, and it’s thanks to them that it’s possible to pick up an Amiga and get it upgraded and running all these years later. I also think it’s a testament to how important the machine was in the UK…

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