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The Gamification Encyclopedia

Being a wiki resource on the topic of Gamification: What is Gamification? Glad you asked:

Gamification is the concept that you can apply the basic elements that make games fun and engaging to things that typically aren’t considered a game.

Bit of an unwieldy word, but descriptive enough.

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Detailed Longplay Annotation of Gimmick! For The NES

Great use of YouTube’s annotations system for a skillfully-crafted NES game. Could this be the start of a new longplay genre? See also: Gimmick! on Wikipedia.

The ROM is available on the web using a simple Google search. I’ll leave you to that.

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2d Boy: Results of the “Pay-What-You-Want” World of Goo Sale

Great detail and some analysis from 2d boy. Points of interest:

  • A not-insignificant portion of purchases were for less than 30 cents, which PayPal took all of.
  • There are a lot of charts and stuff in the post, I love them for the amount of detail they’ve gone into and shared with the rest of us.
  • They say 57,000 copies at about 2.03 per copy. By my math, that’s $115,710, not counting PayPal fees OR the spike in their Steam (+40%) and WiiWare (+9%) sales over the same period. Not a bad chunk of change.
  • They’ve extended the sale to October 25th. If you haven’t bought it yet, the only way to redeem yourself is to do so now, and pay more than $2.03.

Overall, sounds like a win for everybody.

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Winner of the Infinite Mario AI Contest Posts Source Code

All of the java components that won the contest. Watch the slow-mo video if you want to weep for humanity’s eventual end.

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The Worst Super Mario Player Ever

An experiment in beating the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES while getting the lowest possible score. This guy managed to do it while only getting 700 points. Just getting one power-up mushroom gives the player 1,000 points, so this is no mean feat.

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Activision and Double Fine settle Brütal Legend lawsuit

Praise Lemmy, our long national nightmare is over. No longer shall we worry about the release date of Brütal Legend being pushed back indefinitely.

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Modern Warfare 2: Prestige Edition includes working night vision goggles

This is getting out of hand.

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The Experimental Gameplay Project Relaunches

The return of the video game prototype contest/community that spawned World of Goo and Crayon Physics.

via Andy Baio

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Ron Gilbert Plays Through The Secret of Monkey Island

20- years on, one of the writers gives it a spin. I’d give a lot for a Valve-style commentary system in the upcoming remake.

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@Play: 2009 7DRL Winners, Part Three

John Harris concludes his look at the 2009 7-Day Roguelike competition.

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Johnny Chung Lee on Project Natal

Johnny’s a crazy smart guy, and this is a fun bit of insight into the project.

via Andy Baio.

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Atlus Announces Shiren the Wanderer Wii for Spring 2010

This is very good news if you’re a fan of roguelikes. Shiren The Wanderer for the DS is one of my favorite games.

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Diff’rent Strokes

For diff’rent folks:

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Watch Steve Wiebe attempt a Donkey Kong world record, live.

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IGN/GameSpy Shutting Down Classicgaming Fan Sites

Woof, this is a big deal. There is a lot of culture and history in these sites.

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Tecmo Super Coach Updates Roster, Gameplay

Tecmo Super Coach is a ROM hack for Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) that adds and changes a whole bunch of stuff.

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Braid Released for Mac OS X

Jonathan Blow’s 2008 independent games masterpiece is now available for the Mac. If you haven’t played it yet, you are missing out, and you no longer have an excuse.