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I have had so many dreams like this. The world is being destroyed — sucked into the sky by some kind of Vogon Constructor Fleet Analogue — and all you have to do is survive. For 6 minutes. Well, that and not drown (by staying away from the proliferating holes in the disintegrating world) or starve (by not picking up enough of the Green Food Cubes).

This is an utterly simple prototype, but I find it mesmerizing. And (like so many cool, free, tiny games appearing these days) it makes me want to learn Unity. Free download for Win/Mac/Linux.

Things To Play

I Have Had Dreams Like This

News

Defending The Bait-and-Switch

We didn’t design this as a “pay to play” or “pay to win” game. It is designed as a free-to-play title where players can commit time or money towards their play experience, and every piece of content in the game is accessible without having to spend a dime.

So what could you pay for in the game, then? If you’d like, you can pay to expedite wait times, dig times, unit production and upgrades, cosmetic enhancements, and bolster defenses for a period of time.

Jeff Skalski, senior producer of the execrable bait-and-switch, pay-to-play new iOS version of the venerable Dungeon Keeper, valiantly attempts to defend the indefensible.

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This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get

Games and Gaming, Gaming Culture

“Do you hate children, stav?” folks have been known to ask me, all quizzical-like, expecting me to demur, because come on, what kind of monster could hate children?

I tend to respond, as Mickey Rourke did, playing Charles Bukowski in the underappreciated 1987 movie Barfly, when asked about people in general: “I don’t hate children, I just feel better when they’re not around.”

But the truth is, at least in the limited time I have available for playing video games on my computer machine, that I actually do hate children and I wish they would just go away. With one small addendum: the children that raise my ire range in age, I suspect, from maybe 13 to, say, 33. So technically, I guess, they’re not children at all, except in one important way: like all humans with underdeveloped emotional intelligence, they can be complete assholes.

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The Landscape Photographers of Los Santos — 2862 (at the moment) photos from Grand Theft Auto 5. See also Street Photo V and Dear Mom and Dad.

Games and Gaming

Landscapes of Los Santos

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Favorites and Tops and Bests Oh My

Games and Gaming, News

The votes are in, the dust has settled, the payola and freebies have been distributed, the whistleblowers have been silenced, and it’s time to look at the Best Of 2013. Not the best games, exactly, but the Best Roundups of Best Games. Because being relentlessly meta is what we’re all about here at LevelsOfDetail. Or maybe we’re not, and I just want you to think that we are. Which I have messed up by telling you so. OR HAVE I.

Look, let’s begin again, before I get off on another tangent. Without more ado, then: here are some of the most interesting, attractive, amusing, insightful, excessive or obviously bullshit lists of the Best Games of 2013, gathered together in one place for your perusing pleasure.

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Freebie: Permutation Racer

Games and Gaming, Things To Play

Permutation Racer is a procedurally-generated prototype freebie from the developers of Sir, You Are Being Hunted, for Windows and Mac computer machines. It is fun and pretty and sounds quite lovely with its gently encouraging pings and background techno warffling. I couldn’t figure out how to make it respond to gamepad input despite their suggestions that I do so, but you can’t have everything for free, can you?

Avoid stuff, collect stars to power up your charge bar, boost FOR MORE FASTNESS OF SPEED, get more stars, avoid pink glowy things, pass checkpoints, get more time, lather rinse repeat.

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Feel like going on a walk on another actual planet? The whole planet? Voxel Mars is a very Minecraft-esque, global-scale reproduction of Mars in voxel.js, using topographic data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

The Bucket

Voxel Mars