Category Archives: Fun

Some things that have nothing to do with games

This blog post has nothing to do with games, just with some things I found fun to read or listen to. Patton Oswalt has written about his experiences with KFC’s ‘Famous Bowl’. I know neither Mr. Oswald nor this bowl, but this is some darn funny writing, starting off and ending in authentic H.P. Lovecraft […]

Best Buy Bodhisattva

If you read the same kind of blogs I do, it’s highly likely that at the end of last year you read a blog post over at Gamers With Jobs where Julian “rabbit” Murdoch described an amazing Guitar Hero 3 performance he witnessed in his local Best Buy. Just in case you didn’t read it, […]

Minority Kart

This is a pretty funny YTMND animation. Tom Cruise has never looked as pathetic as here. (Via… ummm… forgot.)

Physics fun in Crysis

Here is a nice video of people having fun with physics – specifically, exploding barrels – in Crysis. Exercise: Come up with a fun game based on this. You have the engine and the assets, or something equivalent, and you don’t care about realism at all, just about wildly outrageous physics situations. (Via Ben Mattes.)

Happy new year

I wish you all courage and wisdom in 2008. Coming up on Intelligent Artifice: a new design, and more posts. As a last little joke for 2007: here is a website of a German WoW guild with an awesome name. The name doesn’t work that well in English, but basically it translates to ‘Minion of […]

A little musical fun

If you’re under 30 you may not get this. (Via Scalzi.)

Three hundred mechanics, with comics on the side

Surprisingly, Three Hundred Mechanics has nothing to do with Seven Hundred Hoboes, although I see no good reason why not. It is a web site by Sean Howard listing 300 game mechanics (well, currently about 60). I like them. It’s like the ideas one occasionally has about game design, only with a neat formal twist, […]

Pac-Man as interactive fiction

This is probably really old but I am not really keeping up to date with the Interactive Fiction world: Pac-Man as a text adventure. Pac-Man was a junkie, eyes oozing pus, haunted by the ghosts of those he’d killed. They called him Pac-Man because he was always packing heat, lightning-quick on the draw with a […]

A royal welcome for the king of Saudi Arabia

The king of Saudi Arabia recently visited the UK, which was a historic occasion. Guess what music was played to welcome him? Watch the first 40 seconds of this video. (Via James and the Blue Cat.)

Ricky Jay, master magician

I just came across a ton of videos of Ricky Jay performances on YouTube. Ricky Jay is one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand artists, as well as an expert on the history of magic and author of several books. I highly recommend this New Yorker article. A small excerpt: Deborah Baron, a screenwriter in Los […]