The Pirate Bay Bundle.

The wonderfully enthusiastic Steve Cook put together a compilation of over a hundred free games, and made me a part of it by including my game Runnerby. It’s called the Pirate Bay Bundle.

I recognize only a handful of the included titles. But knowing the kinds of games that he reviews, I’m sure they’re all good stuff. I’m currently in the process of downloading the torrent, so I’ll be sampling them later.

Spwords.

What happens when you combine sports and words? That’s right, the unholy portmanteau of this post’s title. Conceived as a last minute entry into the TIGSource Sports competition, Spwords is a player-versus-computer match that puts your (English) vocabulary, spelling, and typing speed to the test.

Play Spwords (web)

Maybe you didn’t understand the commentator’s quick explanation of the rules. That’s fine, that’s what this paragraph is for. You and computer take turns typing words during rounds, and each round has an assigned letter. Each word played must start with the round’s letter. Also, a word must contain the last played word’s last letter for it to count. In addition to all this, you have a time limit, and words may never be repeated. Win three rounds to win the match. Have a go!

This game was possible thanks to Keith Vertanen’s word lists.

Flower pattern.

Here’s an HTML5 drawing toy I’ve been working on for a few weeks. It’s been designed to work on touch devices in addition to the plebian mouse, although I only really have my iPad to try it on, so I’m not sure how it will work everywhere else. You can add it to the home screen on any iOS apparatus, and it’ll work more or less like a regular app, offline and all.

Play Flower pattern (web, touch devices)

For your phone or tablet, and for your convenience, I also set up a shorter URL: http://agj.cl/ip/fp . Caveat: based on one report, it doesn’t seem to work properly on older versions of iOS. […]

Game On.

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That there is the little sign that was put next to a computer with two of my games, Intervalo lúcido del individuo inconsciente, and Heart, at an exhibition called Game On! in Buenos Aires. Also, here’s a picture of an anonymous person using a personal computer. Both photos thanks to my official Buenos Aires correspondent and fellow game maker, Tembac.

I’m pretty happy that this happened, since it’s the first time my games have been featured in a non-virtual space, although putting them next to other frankly much more exciting and spectacular games, like Tembac’s Consecuencias and Daniel Benmergui’s Storyteller, makes me a bit self-conscious of the fact. Especially since I’m no longer very fond of Heart. Also, I’m sad that the Twitter-sourced bio I submitted wasn’t included there, because it’s awesome: […]

Games aggregate.

This was long overdue: a browser for all of my released games, including the terrible ones, and covering all the range up to the mediocre. I used a binary system for highlighting the ones I consider to be less unremarkable; they use up double the space of the others. There’s also a handy tag there called gamey that marks the games that are more traditional in scope, so you don’t have to bitch to me about how my games are not really games.

January.

January, the month named after the Roman god Janus. A god of thresholds between past and future, here and there, he is depicted as having a head bearing two faces staring simultaneously forward and back.

Play January in your browser

In my first collaboration with GregWS, we made a small text game about parallels. We each independently created a literary space by way of the description of places and situations, and then combined the two into a criss-crossing meandering. Fun for the whole family.

Viewpoints in Portuguese.

A Brazilian fellow who calls himself Douglas Mitsujii has a website in which he collects Flash games he finds particularly philosophical or emotive. He contacted me about translating my game Viewpoints a month ago, and guess what, it’s done already. The one upgrade I couldn’t resist was the audio quality (lower and more efficient compression), so now the Portuguese version has one slight advantage over the original.

Play the Portuguese Viewpoints

(Sin asunto.)

Una cosa poética epistolar, creo. En español esta vez, para variar un poco.

(Sin asunto) (web)

En verdad tiene su origen hace mucho, de cuando primero jugué hush de Increpare y me puse a desarrollar un par de ideas con esa base, de las cuales ninguna dio fruto. Esta en particular no funcionó porque no hallé la narrativa adecuada para el formato. Me pasa a menudo que tengo una idea formal que no sé solucionar en cuanto a su contenido. En fin, la retomé después de leer un tweet de Terry Cavanagh sobre Catherine (el juego) y su mecánica de escribir mensajes de texto que coincidía más o menos con mi idea.