Posts Tagged ‘discovery’

From Alpha To Omega: Discovery

By Adam Smith on October 26th, 2011.

I genuinely find that more interesting than an ultra-realistic picture of men with guns

I’m periodically amazed that there hasn’t been a modern update of Sim Earth, the genius of which was that it made me feel equal parts scientist and god, both of which are unattainable goals in my actual life as I have no aptitude for reality or divinity. Doesn’t matter because we’ll all be bald space marines within the next twenty years and I’m sure some sort of shaving implement and stick-to-wall training will be provided. Meanwhile, I’m still looking for the next great Science-God game and I’ve found Discovery, a free browser-based offering. It’s short and fairly simple, given that its scope is the creation and contemplation of a world, but it is an interesting little toy. Try it.

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Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm

By John Walker on February 27th, 2008.

I LOVE Deadliest Catch. And it seems I’ve made this reasonably public, as so far this morning three colleagues have linked me to stories about the ludicrous news that they’re going to make a game based on the show.

40 miles out of Dutch Harbour, the crew of John Walker are bracing themselves against the freezing Bering Sea.

In case you’re unitiated, Deadliest Catch is a phenomenal Discovery Channel documentary, where we follow the lives of six crews on six boats who take part in Alaskan king crab fishing. Indeed, it doesn’t sound so enticing, does it? Until you realise that this is the deadliest job in the world, where there’s a realistic chance that those who head out for the haul will not be coming home. 20ft seas when the conditions are calm, 40ft waves crashing over the deck, sweeping any who don’t hold onto something either into the barriers, or worse, into the deadly, freezing Bering Sea. It’s intense. (See at the bottom of the post for a clip of the show).

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Rise Of The Videogame – Discovery

By John Walker on November 24th, 2007.

For those lucky enough to be in the US (or indeed those who come by their television through mystical futuristic means), there’s a new Discovery documentary that should be on everyone’s TIVO/hard drive. Rise Of The Videogame.

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Unlike so many programmes about videogames, Rise Of demonstrates a depth of research and work that lifts it above the usually banal, patronising rubbish that television normally produces on the subject. It interviews all the right people, knows to show clips of all the right games, and makes the assumption that you’ve already a basic knowledge of the subject.

The first episode (of five hour-long documentaries) explores the birth of videogaming, and takes the Cold War as its allegorical guide. After discussing oscilloscopes being hacked to play a tennis game, it moves on to the enigmatic Steve Russell talking about how he created Spacewar!, comparing the original nature of gaming (shooting things, missiles, explosions, etc) with the American culture of fear surrounding the tensions with the USSR; how it was, “Born out of Cold War anxiety and nurtured in the era of counterculture.”

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