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Mario AI Competition 2009

[Write a Mario Bros-playing AI in Java][link] and win some money and nerd fame. I can see myself spending a lot of time with this.

via [Jesper][jesper]

[link]: http://julian.togelius.com/mariocompetition2009/ “Mario AI Competition 2009”
[jesper]: http://waffle.wootest.net/ “Waffle”

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The Secret of Monkey Island: SE released for iPhone

[Didn’t know this was coming][link], seems a bit overpriced at $7.99, and 350mb of space seems, likewise, excessive. I’m also not entirely sure how the pointing mechanics will work, as a lot of the targets in Monkey Island are quite small. This works great for a mouse-based pointing system, but when your pointer is a human finger that Apple says should take up a minimum of a 40×40 pixel square… maybe not so much.

[link]: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/07/23/the-secret-of-monkey-island-se-released-for-iphone/ “The Secret of Monkey Island: SE released for iPhone”

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Modern Warfare 2: Prestige Edition includes working night vision goggles

[This is getting out of hand][link].

[link]: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/07/13/modern-warfare-2-prestige-edition-includes-working-night-vision/ “Modern Warfare 2: Prestige Edition includes working night vision goggles, original Call of Duty for PSN/XBLA”

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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][link].

via [Andy Baio][andy]

[link]: http://experimentalgameplay.com/blog/ “Experimental Gameplay Project”
[andy]: http://waxy.org “Waxy dot org”

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China Bans MMO Goldfarming and Real-World Sale of Virtual Goods

[This is HUGE news][link]. [Andy][andy] notes [Eurogamer’s estimates][euro]: $10 billion dollars amongst 1 million workers.

[link]: http://english.mofcom.gov.cn/aarticle/newsrelease/commonnews/200906/20090606364208.html “Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China”
[euro]: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/gold-trading-exposed-the-sellers-article “Eurogamer Article”
[andy]: http://waxy.org/links “Waxy links”

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A Retro Game Challenge challenge

[Benjamin White is offering stitched Haggle Man buttons for everyone who sends him the receipt for their copy of Retro Game Challenge][link]. It is NOT the best game I’ve ever played, but it’s one that has given me loads of fun for a pretty small price.

If Game Center CX 2 doesn’t get localized, it will be a real shame.

[link]: http://sorrytown.us/article/a-retro-game-challenge-challenge “Sorry Town, USA · A Retro Game Challenge challenge”

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Man Tears Car Apart With His Bare Hands, Sets It On Fire

[In what can only be described as a historical reenactment of a Street Fighter bonus stage][link].

[link]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n_9Nd9bhco “YouTube – Real Street Fighter Wannabe”

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Venture Family For The Sims 3

[Rusty, Hank, Dean, Brock, Dr. Orpheus and Triana][link]. This is pretty great.

[link]: http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=48492# “Venture Family by Neverent – The Exchange – Community – The Sims 3”

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flixel

>flixel is a completely free collection of Actionscript 3 files that helps organize, automate, and optimize Flash games; an object-oriented framework that lets anyone create original and complex games with thousands of objects on screen in just a few hours, without using any of the Flash libraries.

[Doesn’t require and actively advises AGAINST using Adobe Flash][link]. Lots of things happening in the 2d games space right now.

[link]: http://flixel.org/ “flixel”

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Ron Gilbert Plays Through The Secret of Monkey Island

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

[link]: http://grumpygamer.com/8280380 “Grumpy Gamer Stuff and Things and Monkey Island”

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Activision sues Double Fine over Brutal Legend

[For once, I agree with EA][link]. Activision abandoned the project, dropped it entirely, and now that it is finally on track for release (Rocktober 13th) they’re trying to block it.

Fuck you, Activision.

[link]: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/06/04/activision-sues-double-fine-over-brutal-legend/ “Activision sues Double Fine over Brutal Legend”

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@Play: 2009 7DRL Winners, Part Three

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

[link]: http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2009/06/column_play_2009_7drl_winners_1.php “GameSetWatch – COLUMN: @Play: 2009 7DRL Winners, Part Three”

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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][link].

via [Andy Baio][andy].

[link]: http://procrastineering.blogspot.com/2009/06/project-natal.html “Procrastineering – Project blog for Johnny Chung Lee: Project Natal”
[andy]: http://waxy.org “Waxy”

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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][link]. Shiren The Wanderer for the DS is one of my favorite games.

[link]: http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2009/06/atlus_announces_shiren_the_wan.php “GameSetWatch – Atlus Announces Shiren the Wanderer Wii for Spring 2010”

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Diff’rent Strokes

For diff’rent folks:

me_merlin_wiebe

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

[wiebe]: http://www.justin.tv/g4tv_wiebecam “Live Wiebecam”

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Xbox Live to Allow Download of Full Retail Games

[Whoo boy][link]. So far includes Sonic, call of Duty 2, Crackdown and Bioshock Mass Effect. The fact that I have to physically get up off the couch and go to a story to buy games for my Xbox is probably the only reason I’m not homeless right now. This is huge news. Obviously this won’t be the standard for some time, because they can’t afford to piss off the retail channel. Still.

[link]: http://gizmodo.com/5274395/xbox-live-full-retail-games-on-demand-download-mass-effect-bioshock-and-more “Gizmodo – Xbox Live Full Retail Games on Demand: Download Mass Effect, Bioshock and More – Xbox 360”

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Tales of Monkey Island

*Update*: They’re also [remaking the original Monkey Island][rock], with the help of Lucasarts.

[rock]: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/06/01/lechuck-me-monkey-island-returns/ “LeChuck Me: Monkey Island Returns”

[Telltale is making new, episodic, Monkey Island games][link] using the same engine as their [Wallace and Gromit][wallace], [Sam & Max][sm], and [Strong Band’s Cool Game For Attractive People][sbcg] series. The question is: How will they stack up without the writing of Tim Schafer?

If you buy stuff from Telltale, [use this link][kick] and I get a small kickback.

[link]: http://www.telltalegames.com/store/talesofmonkeyisland “Telltale Games – Store – Tales of Monkey Island”
[sm]: http://www.telltalegames.com/store/samandmax “Sam and Max”
[sbcg]: http://www.telltalegames.com/store/strongbad “Strong Bad’s Cool Game”
[wallace]: http://www.telltalegames.com/store/wallaceandgromit “Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures”
[kick]: http://www.telltalegames.com/coupon/Q6E-94N-J27-SHA “My Telltale Affiliate link”

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Tecmo Super Coach Updates Roster, Gameplay

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

[link]: http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2009/06/tecmo_super_coach_updates_rost.php “GameSetWatch – Tecmo Super Coach Updates Roster, Gameplay”

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Chrono Trigger Fan Game Crimson Echoes Leaked

[Apparently an alpha version][link], I’ve been waiting for this since Square Enix [cease-and-desisted the project][cease] a few weeks ago. Again, way to drop the ball, Square.

[link]: http://www.gossipgamers.com/chrono-fan-game-crimson-echoes-98-complete-leaked/ “Chrono Fan Game: Crimson Echoes 98% Complete Leaked | Gossip Gamers”
[cease]: http://extrafuture.com/2009/05/12/square-enix-shuts-down-chrono-fan-game-crimson-echoes/ “Square Enix shuts down Chrono fan game Crimson Echoes”

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Invaders! Possibly from Space!

[A video game][link] based on the “[Raiders of the Lost Arcade][leak]” segment of the Futurama episode “[Anthology of Interest 2][wikia]”.

[link]: http://www.shinobis-place.de/Page_neu/wip_projects.html “Shinobis-Place”
[leak]: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=535_1189897817 “Raiders of the Lost Arcade”
[wikia]: http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Anthology_of_Interest_II “Futurama Wiki: Raiders of the Lost Arcade”