Man of Many: GTA VI Trailer Breaks the Internet with Record-Shattering 24 Hours. “While it’s still a long, long road to Grand Theft Auto VI (set to release sometime in 2025), that hasn’t stopped Rockstar Games’ upcoming juggernaut from breaking records. The first trailer for GTA VI dropped recently, sending the whole of the internet into a frenzy, and according to Guinness World Records, the new trailer has already shattered three official world records. Within a mere 24 hours, the trailer had amassed a staggering 90.4 million views (currently sitting at 121 million), setting a new record for the most-watched video game trailer ever.”
GameSpew: Wondering if Baldur’s Gate 3 Has Spiders? The Game Content Triggers Database Has the Answer. “The Game Content Triggers Database lists 250+ triggers, including some we, admittedly, had never thought of. And each entry will tell you whether or not you can avoid the content. What’s particularly clever is you don’t need to know the official name for a phobia. Type in ‘holes’ into the search box and it brings up trypophobia, fear of small holes. The database was, in part, inspired by Craven’s 96-year old friend Bess, who they introduced to Red Dead Redemption 2.” Ms. Bess’ story is an excellent read.
The Guardian: Online gaming platforms such as Roblox used as ‘Trojan horse’ for extremist recruitment of children, AFP warns. “Australian children as young as 12 are being targeted by extremists who are infiltrating online gaming platforms, with a rising number of children being investigated for radicalised ideologies, according to the Australian federal police. The AFP says ideologically and religiously motivated extremists are seeking out new supporters online to coerce them into undertaking violent extremism for their cause.”
TechRadar: EVE Online players are creating the first ‘AI empire’ guided by Chat GPT-4. “Just when you thought the sci-fi sandbox MMO couldn’t get more interesting after EVE Online was rocked to the core by a single player, pilots joined forces to create the Neural Nexus, an AI-led player corporation. This decision was made with a clear goal in mind. Firstly, it will reduce the reliance on a single leader as AI will now be available to all the corporation players at any time of the day. It also means that the AI leader will keep a clear and consistent vision for what the corporation should be, as well as give new dynamic role-playing opportunities for its members.”
Ars Technica: DOS_deck offers free, all-timer DOS games in a browser, with controller support. “DOS_deck [provides] the most frictionless path to playing classic DOS shareware and abandonware, like Doom, Jazz Jackrabbit, Command & Conquer, and Syndicate, with reconfigured controller support and a simplified interface benevolently looted from the Steam Deck. You can play it in a browser, right now, the one you’re using to read this post.” It looks like only the Android table is available for the Epic Pinball game. Just in case you try to play the Excalibur table a couple times before you figure it out. >cough<
Ars Technica: GameMaker throws shade at Unity, makes its 2D engine free or $100 for most. “If you’re making a game with GameMaker for release on consoles, you have to pay for an ongoing $80-per-month Enterprise package. If you’re trying to sell a game on other platforms (PC, mobile, browser), there’s a one-time $100 fee. If you’re just messing about or making something that’s not for sale, it’s free. And GameMaker’s asset bundles are free now, too. And some existing subscribers might now get a free commercial license. There is, notably, no mention of ‘run-time’ or per-install fees.”
On GitHub, discovered via Boing Boing: Awesome Engineering Games. “A curated list of some of the best engineering games on PC. All titles are rated Very Positive or higher on Steam. Games are divided into broad categories based on the type(s) of engineering they’re most related to, such as civil engineering & city-building, transportation & route-building, computer science & electrical engineering, etc. See the Table of Contents for a full breakdown of categories.”
Ars Technica: Infocom’s ingenious code-porting tools for Zork and other games have been found. “The source code for many of Infocom’s foundational text-parsing adventure games, including Zork, has been available since 2019. But that code doesn’t do anything for modern computers, nor even computers of the era, when it comes to actually running the games. Most of Infocom’s games were written in ‘Zork Implementation Language,’ which was native to no particular platform or processor, but ready to be interpreted on all kinds of systems by versions of its Z-Machine.”
ChessBase Chess News: Mega Database 2024: More than 700,000 new games. “The new Mega Database now contains over 10 million games and over 700,000 new games. With 112,000 annotated games, the Mega Database is also the largest annotated game collection in the world.”
Lunduke: How to play the first text adventure game… in style.. “The very first major text adventure game, Colossal Cave Adventure, is 47 years old this year. And the 3D re-make (by the legendary Ken and Roberta Williams, founders of Sierra) has been released (allowing you to explore the cave in Virtual Reality). So, let’s take a few moments to enjoy the original classic… with a little help. Wether you are new to Colossal Cave Adventure (often simply called ‘adventure’ or ‘ADVENT’), or have simply not played it in some time, below you will find everything you need to experience the game in the most ultimate way possible.”
Ars Technica: Dev sets up “goatse” trap for sites that steal his free web game. “Here at Ars, we’ve seen time and again how simple web and/or mobile games can be cloned or outright stolen by unscrupulous developers aiming to cash in on someone else’s game concept. But developer Josh Simmons was in a unique position to inflict a particularly rude punishment on websites that were directly stealing and monetizing his web game Sqword without permission.”
Boing Boing: Inventory management actually fun in free web game Homeward. “Homeward, by Wuppos, is a quickly-played free web game that’s part choose-your-own-adventure, part inventory management, all charming pixel art. It’s not hard to get home, but how rich can you be by the time you get there?”
Stanford Bioengineering: Phil’s Laberia: A Game Changer in Bioengineering Education. “This free, educational video game provides an immersive experience into a digital version of the world-class Uytensgu Teaching Lab (UTL) at Stanford’s Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, allowing students to step into the UTL environment virtually. The game is designed to teach skills based on BIOE 44: Fundamentals for Engineering Biology Lab, where Stanford undergraduates learn essential techniques in genetic, molecular, biochemical, and cellular engineering.”
Boing Boing: Roblox wants to become a dating app. “Yes, you read that headline correctly. Roblox, one of the most popular children’s video games in the world, now wants to expand into “dating experiences” for its players, at least according to CEO David Baszucki in a keynote speech at the RDC 2023 conference for Roblox developers.” For some reason I’m thinking about the LEGO MMO which was cancelled because of a surfeit of user-generated penises. Blending grownup topics with a brand for children seems dangerous.