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.”
Nintendo Life: Australia’s National Film And Sound Archive To Preserve Locally Made Games. “Now that the digital age has arrived, video game preservation is arguably more important than ever. Fortunately, steps are slowly being taken around the world to ensure this industry’s rich history lives on for the benefit of future generations. Down under, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has announced it will begin to archive locally made games – including the storyboards, artwork, and soundtracks associated with each one.”
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.”
TechCrunch: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gets an educational mode — complete with quizzes. “In my review of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, I was blown away by the authenticity and level of detail in the game world. The game itself — well, it was fine. But the highlight was ancient Greece in all its classical splendor, and a new educational Discovery Tour mode aims to teach the history of that society through a gaming lens. The free update, available now to anyone who owns the game, adds dozens of historical ‘tours’ guided by a NPC, in which you can learn about the cities of ancient Greece, the life and crafts of the people who lived there, what they believed and how they were governed, and of course the many famous battles of the era.” Might have to get the game now.
The Ringer: ‘NCAA Football’ Is Still Alive, Because One Online Community Won’t Let the Game Die. “EA Sports stopped issuing new versions of its beloved college football title in 2013. But you can still play the video game with updated rosters—thanks to the tireless efforts of an unlikely group of caretakers.”
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).”