Did you ever play dominoes as a kid? And if so, did you ever try to set it up with a pattern? Dominoes has become quite the business over the last couple of years. I don’t mean business in a money-making venture, although I’m sure that’s not far off (if not already happening). People are spending weeks and months assembling dominoes in order to create some insane tricks. Check out these videos and see if you can wrap your brain around how they do it. Think of the size of the room they must need in order to get all those pieces in there. Think of the steady hand you would have to have to be able to stack those just right. These are just so incredible.
As a side note – if you’re experiencing a migraine or any kind of head pain, these are not the videos for you.
The intricacy of it all is incredible. From the rolls of tape in the first video to the hand weights in the second. They tape some of the pieces together. It’s truly amazing. It’s also amazing to think about all the preparation and planning that would need to go into this, and understanding of how things move etc. I can’t say it enough, these videos are both amazing and insane.… Read the rest
It’s extremely difficult to make player death actually scary in games. Why? Well because it doesn’t capture the terror of uncertainty and discontinuity that death provides us in real life. And there’s no way that it can. But there is a game out there that takes the usual coping mechanisms surrounding death and twists it against the player. Which makes ECHO one of the more unsettling games to play. ECHO doesn’t present itself as a Resident Evil styled horror game. Conflict-free dialogue and world-building set the stage for the two main characters – professional gambler En and a sentient, bounty hunting spaceship called London.
ECHO is the debut game from the Copenhagen based developer Ultra Ultra. In the game, you assume the role of En – a woman who has been in hypersleep for over 100 years. At the start of the adventure, she is woken up by London. Fisher was hired to find En after she ran away from home. London believes that Fisher died pursuing her, while she contends that she saved Fisher’s life by using a technological process to “translate” his dying self into a red cube. Themes of guilt, exculpation, and purpose run through the storyline.
For London, the talk of reincarnation is nonsense, a hopeless byproduct of En’s upbringing. Through a careful process of gene-editing, En was cultivated to become a “Resourceful” by a man whom she refers to as her grandfather. resourceful were bred to be hypercompetitive people who vied with each other for a chance to journey to a palace said to be full of wonders, not the least of which is its ability to grant immortality.… Read the rest
Netflix is getting you ready for another season of Stranger Things. The show will be available on October 27, but if you can’t wait that long, there is now a game for you. The game, like the show, puts you back into the 1980s. It’s essentially a top-down RPG, with chunky pixel art. If you need to compare this in terms of quality, we’re talking Super Nintendo, not Classic. The game itself is surprisingly good.
You start off as Hopper, the cop. You are dragged out in the middle of the night to investigate a laboratory. It doesn’t take you long to find yourself knee deep in the same mystery from the TV show. You roam around Hawkins, interacting with characters from the show and try not to get killed. It seems like you spend a lot of time solving puzzles and flicking switches to unlock doors.
There is so much to love about this game, though. It makes you run halfway across town to deliver a new telephone to Winona Ryder’s character, for example. But also because it mimics the TV show so much. In the police station, Hopper notes how the cabinets are filled with owl attack reports. The game is designed in a really smart way, overall. But it shakes things up with the odd boss battle.
The game is available for Android and iOS. If you don’t have a compatible device, you will have to wait for the show to come back on. … Read the rest