Of all the movies out there, Andrei Tarkovsky’s maddeningly oblique masterpiece Stalker (1979) doesn’t seem like a likely choice to be adapted into a video game. Yet it was.
The movie, Tarkovsky’s last in the USSR, is dense and enigmatic with none of the narrative pay-offs that you see in most films.
Had I known as a grade-schooler that the day would come when I could play all the computer games I then wanted to, anywhere I wanted to, without paying for them, installing them, or even waiting any significant amount of time for them, I would have simply put myself into cryogenic sleep, setting the year of awakening to 2015.[...]
By this point in history, many of us grown-ups did our growing up while playing video games. Most memorably, we did it while playing the colorful, pixelated video games of the mid 1980s through the early 1990s, the heyday of the “eight-bit” consoles.[...]
Blade Runner‘s vision of a thoroughly Japanified Los Angeles in the year 2019 reflects the western economic anxieties of the early 1980s.[...]
Space, choose Atari; sports, choose Intellivision.[...]
You thought video games were a waste of time? Well, think again. These 8-bit video games can teach you philosophy. Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, Derrida and the rest. Created by Napkin Note Productions, 8-Bit Philosophy attempts to “communicate even the most complex of philosophical concepts in a fun, easy-to-understand way.[...]
A year ago, Colin Marshall told you all about the Internet Archive’s Historical Software Archive, which lets nostalgic web users play vintage computer games in their web browser — games like Namco’s Pac-Man, or a 1982 version of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.[...]
Archive.org continues adding to its Historical Software collection. Last year, they made available Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Frogger & other video games from the Golden Age, not to mention some classic software programs like WordStar and Visi-Calc. Now, they present “Space War!”, a game that came out of MIT back in 1962.[...]
Chess has been experiencing a surprising revival as of late, with the World Championships making headlines for the first time in years. As it was during the days of Bobby Fischer and later Garry Kasparov, the resurgence is largely the doing of one man: Norway’s 23-year-old chess phenom, Magnus Carlsen.[...]