You never really thought of it, but John Carpenter’s The Thing lends itself really well to a board game. One person has been consumed and while they try to fool everyone, everyone else is trying to figure out who’s the monster.
Blizzard announced their new game today. Its name is Overwatch and, looking at the short film—they call it trailer, but it is a short—they could produce a movie out of this. Make Brad Bird direct it and grab a few billion dollars on top of all the gazillion dollars that they are going to be making from the game.
In the 2010 World Cup, players complained the ball was wonky, so this year has an all-new ball. NASA used smoke, lasers, and fluid boxes to test out its aerodynamics. Aside from producing some awesome photographs, the actual science is pretty cool, too.
Behold the trailer for Glorious Leader!—a game that lets you play as Kim Jong-un battling against the forces of capitalism evil on foot or your trusty unicorn. You can be the Supreme Leader of North Korea himself and a friend can play with you as Dennis Rodman.
The Kerbal Space Program is an open-ended spaceflight design game. The ever-cheerful Kerbals don't seem to mind my inept attempts to launch them into steady orbits, possibly because I tolerate their capacity to develop rockets, yet not have ladders.
Chris Carlson does great 3D illusion paintings. This stop motion, forced perspective, chalk painting version of the classic game Snake—present in every single dumbphone and available as a BASIC game for every computer of yore—is pretty damn cool too.
Stars are colossal fusion reactors, burning hydrogen into helium. As the nuclei fuse lighter elements into heavier elements, massive amounts of energy are released. A new game sets you the task of nucleosynthesis, building hydrogen into iron, and it's surprisingly fun.
The United Nations Stop Disasters! game puts you in the role of an Emergency Manager. Time after time, your careful planning runs headlong into utter catastrophe. In this disaster simulator, your mistakes will result in digital damages, injuries, and deaths.
Good news, Kerbal Space Program rocket scientists! The Asteroid Redirect Mission is now live, available via the patcher. I won't get a chance to play with it for a few days, but chime in with your experiences in hunting mysterious orbital objects.
Missed out on your chance to download Flappy Bird? It's okay. You can just make a DIY box version of the same game. It looks way more fun. That's what Fawn Qiu did. She made an IRL version of Flappy Bird using an Arduino sensor, two servo motors, a reed switch and magnets. Oh and of course the box where it all happens.
If your recollections of arcade games past are starting to fail you, perhaps you just need the Amusement Field Identification Kit in your life.
This weekend is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who's first appearance on the small screen, and Google has chosen to celebrate it with a wonderful multi-level platform game.
You're alone in a room, or perhaps with a small group of friends, looking for a way out, searching all the walls and surfaces around you—even the furniture and objects—for clues. There is no apparent way out. There are no immediately visible doors.
I thought Not Pacman—a version of Pac-Man that uses gravity to control the yellow hungry monster—was awesome and needed to be ported to iOS and Android ASAP. Gizmodo reader Pierre-Yves Gatouillat agreed with that opinion and he did just that. He sent this via email:
You know the deal: the world is ending today, Mayan Calendar, yadda yadda. You also know that it's extremely unlikely the world will crack in two later today, and that's a good thing, because the future looks pretty great. More Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel movies, Doctor Who's 50th, Adventure Time, Justice League,…
This is not a game. I wish it was, but it is not. It looks like the stages map for the most awesome 8-bit game I can possibly imagine, but It's an awesome 8-bit image made by Eric Poulton. It's titled Underneath It All, which is a great game name too.
On August 5, NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover team will live seven minutes of absolute terror. Until then, however, they are all playing this new Kinect-based Mars Rover Landing game. Or hopefully not, because that would probably make them even more nervous.
If you think you're good at board games, you just met your match. Because a computer scientist has developed machine learning software that can watch your playing for just two minutes—then comprehensively thrash you.