CNN: Giphy feature lets anyone develop games without knowing how to code. “The free new feature, called Giphy Arcade, runs on a web browser and features about 100 games. People can play these original titles or customize their own with the help of 10 templates, music and stickers. The games, which are about 10 seconds in length and feature retro-style graphics, can be shared with friends.”
Internet Archive: 2,500 More MS-DOS Games Playable at the Archive. “Another few thousand DOS Games are playable at the Internet Archive! Since our initial announcement in 2015, we’ve added occasional new games here and there to the collection, but this will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago.”
CNET, dammit: Zynga data breach exposed 200 million Words with Friends players. “A hacker is reportedly claiming responsibility for a September data breach of popular mobile game Words with Friends that may have resulted in the theft of information from more than 200 million players accounts, including names, email addresses, login IDs and more.” Who has insomnia, two thumbs, and plays Words with Friends like a little ol’ fiend?….
Mashable: ‘Minecraft Earth’ will open up to players in October and you can sign up right now . “Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality game in the vein Niantic’s 2017 hit, and its ‘early access’ phase of release is officially set to begin in October. Fans interested in participating can sign up starting on Sep. 28 at the game’s website.”
TechCrunch: Twitch acquires gaming database site IGDB to improve its search and discovery features. “Amazon-owned Twitch has made a small but strategic acquisition designed to improve its search capabilities and better direct viewers to exactly the right content. The company is acquiring IGDB, the Internet Games Database (no relation to Amazon’s IMDb), a website dedicated to combining all the relevant information about games into a comprehensive resource for gamers everywhere. As a result of the acquisition, IGDB’s database will now feed into Twitch’s search and discovery feature set. However, the IGDB website itself will not be shut down.”
Nerd4 .life: WunderBO, a new online video game that promotes Bologna and its museums. “WunderBOi s a game to learn about and explore the cultural heritage of Bologna, an adventure full of puzzles, trivia and hidden object in which the player is called to collect the remains coming from the Medieval Civic Museum and the Museum of Palazzo Poggi in Bologna for the descrambling of a real Wunderkammer , or ‘wonder room’ (the Wunderkammer is unfenomeno collectors of the seventeenth century, typical of the area, cultural centre-european mixed natural and artificial objects, with a particular penchant for the bizarre and the wonderful).”
Make Tech Easier: Seven Coding Games to Help You Build Your Programming Chops. “These coding games cover plenty of languages, age ranges, and skill levels, so whether you’re a complete beginner or looking for something on the next level, there’s a game out there to help you learn coding the best way: by doing it.”