Are you an old school arcade game fan? If so, you may be interested in checking out Michael Birkin’s stop motion homage to Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.
A pumpkin you can play! And the peduncle’s a joystick!
One of my habits is to write down all the crazy, fleeting ideas I have, then go back to review later rather than judging right off the bat, or even worse, forgetting them. Earlier in the month I was looking through that idea notepad and found “Make Tetris Pumpkins” from sometime last year. My original plan had been to make forms to shape pumpkins into Tetris pieces as they grew, then stack them together for Halloween. Since Halloween was only a few weeks away and it was too late to start growing pumpkins, I thought “Why not make a pumpkin you can play Tetris on instead?”
Why not, indeed?
Read more to see exactly how he did it, step by step (Hint: It involves wires, LEDs, mad programming skill and more patience than I’ll ever know.)
You might as well face it, you’re addicted to games.
According to press release issued by Gamasutra in partnership with GamePress, 63% of gamers surveyed said they feel “addicted” to gaming, 42% admitted they often missed out on social events in the name of leveling up and 82% said they regularly missed out on sleep because of video games.
There are, admittedly, worse things to lose sleep over than enjoying a favourite pastime, but as someone whose been stood up for a date because of Everquest, I beg of you, don’t do that. It’s douchey.
Here are the 10 console games respondents said they were most addicted to. I’m a bit bummed that machine-gun toting bros beat out dragon-slaying nerds for the top spot, but it warms the cockles of my heart to learn that Tetris is still ruining people’s friendships and health after 27 years.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 73% of gamers who said they’d played said they felt ‘addicted’ to it
- Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V – 70%
- Halo 3 – 68%
- Final Fantasy VII – 63%
- Grand Theft Auto IV – 58%
- Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls IV – 56%
- The Sims – 55%
- Red Dead Redemption – 46%
- FIFA 2012 – 42%
- Tetris – 39%
So what games can’t you live without?
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