Play safe: Computer game condoms

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 14 June 2013

Designer Ben Marsh graduated from Loughborough University in 2011 in visual communication with a first class degree, and it’s not hard to see why when his university project had him creating retro computer game condom packaging — such as Sextris, The Long End of Zelda and Donkey Shlong — with a play-safe message.

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Reddit is now a video game

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Saturday 11 May 2013

In case you aren’t familiar with Reddit, let me bring you up to speed. It’s a website that claims to be the front page of the Internet. And well, it is. Reddit fans read and rate stories, photos, and trends to see what will reach the top of the list of “what’s trending now”. But not only is […]

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Thrones of Games: a scintillating collection of video game toilets

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Tuesday 23 April 2013

There’s Game of Thrones, which everyone knows. And then there are Thrones of Games, which everyone who’s a gamer has seen at some point while gaming. We wish we had the words to say just how much we love this Tumblr by UK-based journalist Andy Kelly. The world’s singularly most scintillating collection of video game […]

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Modern-day games meet old-school Atari art

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 9 April 2013

One day, US-based deviantART user StarRoivas decided to redesign popular modern-day games like Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3 by mashing classic school illustrations with Atari cartridges. The result is pretty rocking.

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Hotline Miami: puzzle game and shooter

Nathan Marsh Reader Find

By Nathan Marsh in New Trends on Friday 30 November 2012

Ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence? Equal parts puzzle game and lightning fast twitch shooter, Hotline Miami is stylish, hallucinatory nightmare of a 1980′s crime paradise. At the behest of possibly imagined voices on an answering machine, our masked antihero goes on a Taxi Driver-style killing spree through drug dens and nightclubs.

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Ludum Dare 24: a self-referential Zelda-style game

Max Heath Reader Find

By Max Heath in Tech on Friday 30 November 2012

It’s been fun digesting the fruits of the latest Ludum Dare, a competition/celebration where contestants develop a video game within a single weekend. This time’s winner, Evoland, is a cleverly self-referential Zelda-style game that mirrors the development of gaming itself. You start in a silent, monochromatic state of limited mobility and grab practical and aesthetic […]

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The Cat and the Coup: a new ‘documentary’ game

Adam Wells Reader Find

By Adam Wells in Video on Tuesday 13 November 2012

If, like me, you are repelled by the thought of Call of Duty, don’t worry. There is a video gaming market out there for you. ‘The Cat and the Coup is a documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran’. We shall discuss […]

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Faster Than Light: an online game

Nathan Marsh Reader Find

By Nathan Marsh in New Trends on Tuesday 2 October 2012

The elegant, gloriously nerdy FTL: Faster Than Light has you managing a starship through the roughest of times. The rules are simple enough to be understood quickly, yet complicated in play so that it’ll never cease taxing your brain. It’s also a lovely new take on the old genre of rouge-likes, where the fun isn’t in winning but in how long you can elude death against random encounters and increasingly unfair odds.

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Finally, you can soap up with your video game console

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 28 September 2012

No, it’s not some new shower game for Kinect. DigitalSoaps founder and inventor Chrystal Doucette knows how to make Nintendo fanboys and Tetris fiends alike smell good while, er, rubbing up against their favourite game controller in the name of cleanliness. Every soap is a crafty wonder and made by hand with vegan ingredients. Some even come in scents inspired by the liquid diet that geeks subsist on, like root beer, Mountain Dew and grape soda. It’s obviously something Doucette believes in to the core — he left a good job in news reporting to get gamers to lather up.

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Game Masters: an ACMI exhibition in Melbourne

Matt Blackwood Reader Find

By Matt Blackwood in New Events on Tuesday 12 June 2012

Game Masters is an ACMI exhibition where I’ll actually get the chance to corner the developers from Blizzard, to raise my RSI ravaged right hand, and to say: ‘Look what your StarCraft has done to meeeeeeeee!’

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Reenactments of video games by Patrick Runte

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 12 May 2012

Hamburg-based Patrick Runte fuses gaming with reality in his photography series Jump N’ Run, with video game icons like Pac-Man and tetris blocks invading life as we know it. Very fun stuff. Now, where can we buy that tetris costume?

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Vintage video game ads from the 1980s and 90s

Leicha Stewart Reader Find

By Leicha Stewart in New Design on Saturday 17 December 2011

Sonic the Hedgehog is celebrating his twentieth anniversary this year. First released on SEGA Mega Drive in 1991, the famous blue hedgehog has become a worldwide gaming icon from a time when you actually had to plug the controller into the console and if you wanted to play against someone you had to go and get the kid next door. Sacrilege! This collection of video game advertisements from the 1980s and 90s features many of the classic motion pictures of the time and their accompanying video games. Of course, the collection wouldn’t be complete without other childhood favourites like Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and my personal favourite, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Krista Wortendyke

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 1 April 2010

Chicago-based artist Krista Wortendyke re-assembles pieces of images from video games, war photographs, and movies to create new battle scenes that omit narrative-suggesting elements – thereby leaving no moral context for the viewer — as well as suggesting extreme mediation, with the overlaying squares and rectangles suggesting the pixelation of digital technology.

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Alice Duke

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Monday 1 February 2010

The illustrations and character designs by UK-based artist Alice Duke are completely captivating with their moodiness and wonderfully textured rendering. Her monster designs have more of a storybook quality to them rather than a fanboy fantasy aesthetic, making her work versatile enough to suit both video games and rock posters.

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Retro Arcade Museum and Baby Boomer Antiques

Ron English Reader Find

By Ron English in Cool Travel on Monday 15 June 2009

Located in an old storefront with blacked out windows on the Rockwellian Main Street of Beacon New York, this ‘museum‘ is a bit spooky at first. Once you’re inside, you’ll quickly forget this century. All the 1970s vintage pinball machines, early video games, and side-showish arcade games are present in mint condition. I brought my […]

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