New-to-me, from MakeUseOf: Browse the Best Gaming Easter Eggs and Deleted Content on This Site. “With all the work that goes into developing video games, do you ever wonder what gets left behind? It’s a common occurrence for developers to leave all sorts of graphics, music, secret messages, and other tidbits in their games. As it turns out, there’s a website that’s completely dedicated to finding unused content in games. It’s called The Cutting Room Floor (TCRF), and it’s definitely worth a look if you’re into games.”
Internet Archive: Over 1,100 New Arcade Machines Added to the Internet Arcade. “The Internet Arcade, our collection of working arcade machines that run in the browser, has gotten a new upgrade in its 4th year. Advancements by both the MAME emulator team and the Emscripten conversion process allowed our team to go through many more potential arcade machines and add them to the site.”
Lifehacker: How to Play Google’s Text Adventure Easter Egg in Chrome. “Who doesn’t love a good round of Zork? While you are unlikely to be eaten by a Google Grue, you can play a text adventure in the company’s Chrome browser. It’s a clever little Easter egg that’s actually kind of fun, if you have some time to kill. Better still, the game isn’t just some marketing BS for Google products; it actually gets a little tricky, and you might find yourself turning to others for help—and then explaining to them, as we’re about to explain to you—how to find the game in the first place.”
Nerdvana: The Strong Museum announces wargaming online exhibit. “The Strong museum (home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame) has launched an online exhibit with Google Arts and Culture exploring the history of Wargaming, the Cyprus-based developer of World of Tanks and other free-to-play games.”
Neowin: Facebook gets more inspiration from Snapchat, launches AR games in Messenger . “Facebook today announced a new feature for its Messenger app: augmented reality (AR) games in video chats. These games will allow up to 6 people to play together and compete in real-time during a video call. Right now, the company is introducing the self-explanatory Don’t Smile and Asteroid Attack, which tests each player’s ability to steer a spaceship using their face.”
Motherboard: This Coder Fit a Bootable CD and Video Game Into a Tweet. “A few weeks ago, Alok Menghrajani, a security engineer at Square, set out to challenge himself. He wanted to fit a bootable CD-ROM, and a retro video game inside it, into a tweet. The results are pretty cool.”
NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence: Facebook game teaches how to spot disinformation. “NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence introduces its new indie game designed to train readers to identify misinformation published online. The game is hosted on Facebook and is open for all Facebook users here. Players are put in charge of their own publishing company, they earn virtual currency and gain an audience for publishing accurate news. The game is divided into three levels, each encouraging the players to think about the possible ways they could be fooled. The Fact Checker screen prompts the players to question the sources and provides tips on how to distinguish between an accurate and a misleading story.” I played the first few levels. Do not let the first easy level fool you.