Posts tagged as games

Son, This ‘Monopoly’ Investment Scheme Is No Substitute For a Steady Job, by Adam Bertocci

Son, we need to have a little talk.

I had someone in my office review your contract. Put bluntly, I have severe reservations about your accepting this job. The obvious concern is your salary. $200 as a base is meaningless without a schedule. If you’re only paid for passing Go, with no guarantees of how often that occurs, then you’re really on commission.

Your mother and I are both, frankly, relieved to see evidence of some gainful employment for you. But companies claiming to offer a salaried position that subsequently treat you as a "permalancer" should be viewed with suspicion. Are you aware that they are not withholding income [...]

Hey, a Free Simpsons iPhone and iPad App

Oh, baby. I can't decide whether I'd rather play the free Simpsons game for iPhone and iPad, or watch Homer play it. Probably play, since the game features original content from the writers and lets you level up to playing as other family members. Beware, though, that while the app is free, the iTunes list of "Top In-App Purchases" includes "Boatload of 2400 Donuts" for $99.99. This could get expensive fast.

Saturday Night Live: The Board Game Is a Real Thing

Holy smokes, there is an SNL board game. It's just out now to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the show, as is traditional with 35th anniversaries. It looks to be a relatively-straightforward trivia game in which you pick a decade of SNL history and try to answer questions about it (they might as well not even include a deck of questions about the 80s, right?).

It mixes up the standard trivia game format in a few ways. First, one person must play as Lorne, the gamemaster. They decide who is winning or losing at any given time, but can never tell or even hint at where people [...]

Late Twenties Game Night! by Django Gold

Hey there, late twenty-somethings! Looking for a way to spend your wide-open weekend nights? Nothing else to do besides hit up that tired old bar scene that apparently none of your responsible, newly career-driven friends are into anymore? Then it's time for Late Twenties Game Night, the hot new craze of staying in and playing an unending series of board and card games that's sweeping every tastefully decorated townhouse in the nation!

That's right: fucking board and card games! That profoundly unsatisfying diversion you used to resort to at your grandmother's house because there was nothing else to do is now something in which your friends appear to take [...]

M*A*S*H*: The Video Game on the Atari 2600

I write video games and I write and perform comedy. Both keep the lights on and I love both very, very much. Therefore, the ultimate combination of the two art forms was too hard to pass up for only $5 at a used games store.

If you’re interested in seeing Fox Video Games’ interpretation of the futility of war and the power of the human spirit to use humor to survive dire situations, well, here you go:

Can a Video Game Ever Be a True Comedy?

Dark humor runs through Portal 2, the massively successful 2011 offering from Valve Software. The game's antagonist, GLaDOS (short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), goads the player, pushing and prodding him or her along with an ever-present narcissistic, sarcastic, sinister wit voiced by Ellen McLain reading a script written by the legendary Erik Wolpaw. Wheatley, the enthusiastic sidekick in single-player mode, offers a light-hearted alternative to GlaDOS's dour musings. The pair combine to create a game that is exceptionally funny at times.

Portal 2, however, is not a comedy. The plot is dark and melodramatic, occasionally interspersed with moments of levity. But the video game, [...]

Kenny Powers Home Run Fiesta Now Available for Your iPhone

Kenny Powers is now the star of his very own iPhone/iPod Touch game: Kenny Powers Home Run Fiesta: "His game also is desirable because it is not for those under 17, which means bad language and implied sex (but no nudity). You play as the batter against the cornrowed badass Powers. Tap the screen to call for a pitch, tilt it forward to whack it. You're not gonna get much in gameplay; the payoff's in one liners."