What happens when you combine Super Mario Bros. and the Great American Novel? “The Great Gatsby for NES.” The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen reports.
Michael Birken created this stop-motion tribute to his two favorite old-school arcade games based on actual recorded game footage. The recordings were printed out, one frame at a time, and transferred by hand to various walls around his office floor using thousands of Post-It Notes. The process consumed weekends and holidays for the past 11 months.
Amidst rising tensions, North Korea put out a new propaganda video depicting US Soldiers and President Obama engulfed in flames. Besides the schlocky visual effects, the piece uses background music from several popular American video games.
As Congress gets worked up into a stupor over gun control, one thing’s certain: We can expect some unbelievably dumb congressional hearings to follow. Already Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb) have proposed yet another study on violent video games. In anticipation of the scare-mongering and grandstanding to come, Reason.TV presents a greatest hits parade — a half dozen of the dumbest all-time Congressional hearings, focusing on sex, violence and Satan.
The 2012 bankruptcy of Rhode Island-based video-game developer 38 Studios isn’t just a sad tale of a start-up tech company falling victim to the vagaries of a rough economy. It is a completely predictable story of crony capitalism, featuring star-struck legislators and the hubris of a larger-than-life athlete completely unprepared to compete in business.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, an iconic figure in New England after anchoring a historic playoff comeback which ended a legendary 86-year title drought, founded 38 Studios near the end of his baseball career in the hopes of becoming a big shot in the intensely competitive multi-player gaming world.
A company called Sinful Robot is developing the first modern sex simulation game. It’s likely to be unveiled in 2014 with the release of the Oculus Rift VR headset. With virtual sex becoming a reality, will real sex become a thing of the past? Stay tuned. H/T SourceFed
How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier from the University of Rochester to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask. H/T TEDtalks