‘A Brief History of Graphics’, A Five-Part Video Series Examining the History of Graphics in Video Games

A Brief History of Graphics

“A Brief History of Graphics” is a five-part video series by Stuart Brown of XboxAhoy that examines the history of graphics in video games from pixels to polygons and beyond.

Pixel Pioneers: A Brief History of Graphics, Part One

Sprite Supreme: A Brief History of Graphics, Part Two

Polygon Realm: A Brief History of Graphics, Part Three

Voodoo Bloom: A Brief History of Graphics, Part Four

Future Crisis: A Brief History of Graphics, Part Five

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‘Kingdom Rush: Origins’, A New Prequel to the Incredibly Popular ‘Kingdom Rush’ Tower Defense Game

Kingdom Rush: Origins is a new prequel tower defense game by Ironhide Game Studio that features new towers, troops, enemies, and upgrades. The game marks the third installment of the popular Kingdom Rush series. Kingdom Rush: Origins is currently available on iOS, Android, and via Amazon.

Kingdom Rush: Origins is the third installment of the award-winning Kingdom Rush saga, loved by millions and earning accolades from gamers and critics around the globe. Take a trip back to the beginning, before Vez’nan ever thought to threaten the kingdom with the gem of power, and experience even more of the lightning-fast, exceptionally captivating gameplay that made the franchise a cornerstone of essential tower defense games. In this exciting prequel, command your elven army and defend mystical lands from sea serpents, evil sorcerers, and wave after wave of gnoll tribesman, all with the help of brand-spankin’ new towers, heroes, and spells to fend off every last baddie.

Kingdom Rush: Origins

Kingdom Rush: Origins

Kingdom Rush: Origins

Kingdom Rush: Origins

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‘Crossy Road’, An Endless Hopper Video Game Featuring Voxel Artwork

Crossy Road is an endless hopper video game by developer Hipster Whale–composed of Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall–that features voxel artwork and a variety of characters. Crossy Road is currently available on iOS.

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Crossy Road Game Crossy Road Game

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‘Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series’, An Episodic Adventure Game Based on HBO’s Adaptation of the Book Series

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is an episodic adventure game by Telltale Games that’s based on the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The game specifically begins near the end of season three of the show and ends near the beginning of season five. According to Telltale, characters that appear in the game that have appeared in the show will be voiced by the same actors.

This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart.

In addition to the recently released teaser trailer, Telltale revealed several characters from the game to a variety of outlets. Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series currently has no hard release date beyond “soon.”

‘PBS Idea Channel’ Explores Whether ‘Too Many Cooks’ Says Something About the Meaning of Life

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores whether Adult Swim‘s popular parody “Too Many Cooks” says something about the meaning of life in the show’s latest episode. Specifically, Rugnetta turns to Albert Camus and absurdism to discuss the nature of such things.

Adult Swim’s “Too Many Cooks” is awesome, bizarre, and like so many other things on the internet, ABSURD. The video is perfectly suited for internet obsession, because the internet LOVES it some meaningless and irrational content. So how does this meaningless video connect to Sisyphus, Albert Camus, and Alex from Target?!?!

The Moon, A Topographically Accurate LED Light Based on the Supermoon

The Moon LED Light

The Moon is an LED light by Eisuke Tachikawa, founder of the design firm NOSIGNER, that is a topographically accurate representation of a supermoon occurrence on March 19, 2011. The light was created using data from the Japanese Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) lunar orbiter–which was nicknamed “Kaguya” in Japan after the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

The so called Supermoon – the lunar occurrence on March 19th, 2011 in which the moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter – shined down on the people of Japan, inspiring them to believe, and have hope for, rebuilding what they had lost just over a week ago.

The Moon LED Light

The Moon LED Light

The Moon LED Light

The Moon LED Light

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‘Thimbleweed Park’, A Classic Point-and-Click Adventure Game About Two Detectives by the Creators of ‘Maniac Mansion’

Thimbleweed Park is a classic point-and-click adventure game about two detectives by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. Gilbert and Winnick are perhaps best known for designing the 1987 graphic adventure game Maniac Mansion while part of Lucasfilm Games, which would later become LucasArts in 1990. Gilbert and Winnick are currently raising funds to develop Thimbleweed Park via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

The idea behind the game came during a discussion between the two about the good old days.

“Wouldn’t it be fun to make one of those again?”, Gary said.

“Yeah”, I replied as a small tear forming in the corner of my eye*.

A few seconds later I said “Let’s do a Kickstarter!”.

After a long pause, Gary said “OK”.

Thimbleweed Park Game

Thimbleweed Park Game

Thimbleweed Park Game

Thimbleweed Park Game

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