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The Demoscene, as it currently stands

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Remember those whacky demo groups back in the late 80s-early 90s? If not, they basically wrote art pieces for the computing systems they had at hand (Amiga, Mac, Win95 etc.).
Write art? That’s a weird choice of words! But yes, they basically code as efficiently as they can, to create audio-visual demos in the tiniest space possible.

I’ll leave it up to you to read more about it, but yours truly is mainly interested in the 64k category. That is, the entries have to be within 64 kiB. This includes the video engine, the audio engine, the audio score, shaders, everything.

So, summing up, the above video is a direct capture of what a 64 kiB binary does. No hidden libraries (well, except for standard ones that are on your machine already). To put it in a neat perspective, that latest Mortal Kombat game comes at a whopping 60 GiB, and it’s basically a 2D game with mostly non-pre-rendered cutscenes.

More entries here.

 

Not necessarily gaming-related, but certainly artsy!

MTG Deck Builder Opening & Building First Deck

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Don’t know about others but for me opening the boosters to find out what you got and building the deck is sometimes even more fun than playing the game. That’s because building a good deck and then balancing it requires a lot of thought and intuition about probabilities and/or testing. It’s nice to have the power of chance under your control :D

steamgifts.com

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Hey, it’s only a few days until we enter december and we’ll start getting ready for another very excited artsy secret santa event, but until then I wanted to let you know about something out there cool that is also based on nice spirited giving: steamgifts.com. I was told about it by our very own Radu, and I’m very thankful about that. I have only been testing it out for a few days, but I must say it seems pretty cool. As far as I can tell the basic idea is this: the site is made for people who want to gift away games they liked or are not playing and are just sitting around in their inventory. What you do is create a gift, then everybody who’s interested in that game enters to win it, and at the expiration time of your choice one of the people who entered will be randomly picked out to get the game you offered. It’s a very cool way to gift stuff/share a game you liked/promote a game you find worthy… The giving process is quite smooth generally and so far 2 of the 3 games we’ve gifted there on behalf of the Artsygamer project have gone super smooth and got to their destination, with the last one ongoing (probably just somebody responding slower?).

Looking at things from the receiver’s point of view I would say you have to consider interests and odds. This is because each game ‘costs’ points to enter. The points you get in fact free automatically, whenever somebody gifts a game you get a few points (i think up to a max of 200-300), meaning you probably get at least 200 a day. The flipside is that probably for every game you might want you will be competing with hundreds of other people so it’s worth playing an odds game, eg choosing titles which you know are good but are either cheaper or you happened to get lucky and less people are interested in them. With this kind of thinking you can probably win about a game or two a month if you’re active, though if you pick the right ones you could go higher, I got 3 so far, though admittedly smaller niche/cheaper games and what I can only assume was a company promotional, meaning that i’m assuming the producers of games occasionally enter the site and they gift not one or two but hundreds or even a thousand games sometimes, thus increasing your odds. Anyway, it’s a fun little way of playing with odds and interests if you just wanna experiment with such things while at the same time being against gambling where your lose money, as I am. Also this was my first time experimenting with a public bidding system so it was quite fun for me. Oh, before I forget, I believe you must have a steam account with a minimum value of games to create an account on the site as it syncs, but you probably already do, don’t you? Also you can’t enter to win games which you already own in your steam account.

Anyway, thought I’d share this as in case anybody else might be interested. Check it out, maybe you’ll have fun, and it’s yet another chance for you to fill up your santa’s bag of steam gifts ready to be deployed for fun making on christmas (besides the mindblowing sales of mega cool games that have been happening in the last week). A nod and a wink to all the happy santas out there!

Reading into costumes & tattoos

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        What does it mean when grown men dress up as game characters and have wedding cakes and tattoos with game themes? Here’s my guess: it means either that gaming has become such a big cultural thing that people expect others to know the references, or, maybe even better for the game community, that people have enjoyed the experiences they’ve had through their games so much that they feel the need to spread the word and show others too. Exciting times we are living…
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What’s in a name

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Bored of your Nintendo Wii console? These accesories will keep you going a while longer. Wait… did I say Wii?

Via Engadget

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