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Play ‘Pac-Man’ on Google Maps

- March 31st, 2015

Getting bored while trying to figure out where the nearest post office or massage parlour is on Google Maps?

Well, now you can play Pac-Man instead.

Playing "Pac-Man" on Google Maps

Playing “Pac-Man” on Google Maps. (Website screenshot)

It’s simple enough, just go to Google Maps and just look up an address or general location so it zooms in close enough to show streets. Then you click on the Pac-Man thumbnail on the left side and the maps morphs into the game.

I tested it out on the streets around the Toronto Sun building – and it plays like the original, which is to say, it’s fun for about three minutes.

Now, if they could, get it to work on Street View, that would a really fun time-waster.

‘Ridiculous amount of genitalia’ buried in ‘State of Decay’

- March 13th, 2015

If you’ve played Undead Lab’s 2013 zombie game State of Decay, then you’ve encountered a lot of penises. But you probably didn’t know it.

Undead Labs senior designer Geoffrey Card told the XBLA Fans website: “Some of our contractors worked a ridiculous amount of genitalia into the background” -  as a joke one would assume.

Mobile users click here for a video on a trailer for State of Decay.

Because of its small size, Seattle-based indie game company hired outside developers to help with the Xbox 360 title. And some of these people drew penises into the environment. But Undead Labs, supposedly was unaware of the additions because of the resolution of the game and quality of the texture of the backgrounds.

It wasn’t until the company started working on the 1080p State of Decay: Year-One Edition that the penises came into focus.

A Microsoft representative told Game Informer: “Undead Labs was not aware of the textures in question until they began the process of exporting textures for State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, and they are not visible in the original edition of State of Decay.”

(Year-One Edition is an HD update of the game includes some new material and both pieces of downloadable content Breakdown and Lifeline.)

Mobile users click here for a video on State of Decay: Year-One Survival for Xbox One.

“Undead Labs is no longer working with the contractor in question, and this material will not be present in State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition,” the Microsoft employee added.

But maybe they’ll eventually release an uncensored version of the game – complete with genitalia vegetation.

‘Cards Against Humanity’ comes to the web

- March 12th, 2015

Tired of cleaning up after a drunken game of Cards Against Humanity with your friends?

Well now you can play from the comfort of your computer with an unofficial browser-based version of the game.

Developed by Toronto web developer Dawson Whitfield, it is called Cards Against Originality  and is playable either on the desktop or mobile devices.

Cards Against Originality

“Cards Against Originality.” (Website Screenshot)

As CNET points out, Whitfield was able to make this online version, as Cards Against Humanity is offered for free via a Creative Commons license. (This is also why you can download a PDF of all the cards from the Cards Against Humanity website to make your own decks. Only buying the physical decks costs money.)

Cards Against Originality comes with the original deck of cards as well as all five expansion packs and the rules are the same. But playing it can be a bit of a challenge as it’s not really the type of game you can play against a computer. Someone needs to create a game and then send out a custom link to other people so they can join in.  So you need to be able to get a group of people to play at the same time, which might be a little difficult if you want to play sporadically while at work.

And if you’re able to get a group of players together in the evening, you may prefer to do it in person because it’s more fun to mock each others’ answers face-to-face.

Cards Against Originality is free but Whitfield is accepting donations to cover hosting fees for the site.

 

‘Uncharted 4′ not coming until spring 2016

- March 11th, 2015

Sorry, Nathan Drake fans. It looks like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End won’t be coming until spring 2016.

While originally expected to be released this fall, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann and Bruce Staley say in a post on PlayStation’s official blog that the game turned out to be “more ambitious” than the company expected it to be:

“After spending so many years with Nathan Drake, he means a lot to the team, and telling the climactic chapter of his adventures is a task we don’t take lightly — this game deserves every bit of the attention to detail, precise pacing, and nuanced storytelling Naughty Dog is known for. So we’ve made the difficult choice of pushing the game’s release date.”

“Thank you for your patience,” the post continues, “we know the extra wait will be excruciating, but you’ll see it will be worth it as we reveal more about Uncharted 4 over the next year.”

As Mashable points out, this could mess up Sony’s holiday plans as the game would have been the big PlayStation 4 exclusive. (The game won’t be available for Xbox One or Windows.)  But I’m sure Sony will figure something out.

To get an idea of what Uncharted 4 will look like, the blog includes a video of gameplay it first revealed back in December.

3D designer builds playable BMO

- March 3rd, 2015

Designer Mike Barretta built an actual, functioning version of Adventure Time‘s anthropomorphic video game console BMO out of 3D-printed pieces and old Super Nintendo controllers. Here he is playing Donkey Kong on it.

And if you’re feeling crafty, you can make your own. Barretta has posted the full specs and instructions on his Thingverse page.

via Nerds & Gamers FTW.