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  1. Mrrow: Wreck Your Human’s Night With My Garbage Cat Wakes Me Up At 3AM Every Day

    I'm huuuungry. It's coooold. Pet me. Don't pet me. Okay, pet me.

    Will Herring's My Garbage Cat Wakes Me Up At 3AM Every Day on itch.io is beautiful in its simplicity and hilarious in its execution. The objective is simple: wake your lazy human person thing up. Why? Who cares.

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  2. “We Screwed Up:” Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes To Parents and Young Girls

    A little hope for humanity for your Friday.

    About a week and a half ago we shared fantasy author Peter V. Brett's story of raising a geeky daughter in a world where girls and women are far too often excluded from superhero merch. Specifically, the subject was DC Comics' Justice League: Axis of Villains game, which Peter had to do some DIY on so his young daughter Cassie could play as a female character. Here, Peter shares game maker Wonder Forge's response to his criticism.

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  3. Dear DC Comics, This Is Why You Shouldn’t Leave Creative Little Girls Behind

    A geek dad reports.

    For my birthday a few months ago, my buddy Matt gave me Justice League: Axis of Villains, a superhero board game by DC Comics and game maker Wonder Forge. “It say ages 8 and up,” he tells me, “but I read the rules. Cassie’s smart. She can handle it if you play together.”

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  4. The Ministry of Silly Walks Is Now a Video Game and I Can’t Stop Playing It

    Looks like I'm not getting anything else done today. 

    Stop what you're doing. Grab your phone. Download The Ministry of Silly Walks. That's right, one of the best Monty Python sketches of all time is now a timesucking mobile sidescroller. Play as John Cleese (who voices the game!) and silly walk your way over and under obstacles to collect coins.

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  5. Five Bookish iPhone Games You Should Be Playing Right Now

    Run, Lola Lizzie, Run

    I play a lot of iPhone games. Sometimes, too many. I’m frequently kept up at night, filled with turmoil and wrestling with what game I should delete to make room on my iPhone for important things and… OMG. There’s a new Final Fantasy game out?! It takes up 1.2GB of space? WHAT DO I DO?!

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  6. Attention Internet: Vote on Which GIFS Best Express Emotion

    Can we vote on how GIF is pronounced already?

    Don't post that pic of Oprah giving side eyes! There may be a more effective way to convey your views on Crimea. Two MIT students have created a "GIF sorting" game that tackles assumptions about the universal emotional or cultural significance of certain images, reminding users that our screaming Walter White is someone else's laughing Squidward.

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  7. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Releases iOS App That Lets You Lose to Him at Any Age

    It's not worth losing if you can't lose big!

    If you're going to lose a game of chess, it might as well be against the greatest player in the world right now (and arguably ever.) World Champion Magnus Carlsen just released a free iOS app that lets you play simulated versions of himself from age five up to his current age of 23.

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  8. Fairy and Goblin Try to Make Rent in Action Packed Story War Animation

    Bloody Good Fun

    Story War is a pretty good game, and this Cartoon Hangover animation is similarly awesome.

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  9. This Chess Variant Gets Rid of Turns, Plays in Real Time, and Is Bananas

    It's the perfect game if you love chess but hate waiting.

    If you've been watching the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen, you know that chess isn't necessarily fast-paced. Programmer Sven Robbestad decided to change that by creating a version that eliminates turns, and lets players make moves as fast as they can. It's frenzied, hectic, and a lot of fun.

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  10. This Choose Your Own Adventure Freaks and Geeks YouTube Game

    Maybe it's like high school and you lose no matter what?

    Freaks and Geeks is a great show to watch if you want to focus on how awkward high school was and feel some feelings, and now there's a game version you can play on YouTube thanks to the Fine Bros. The game is a series of short videos, at the end of which you click one of two possible links. So far we keep losing. Just like in High School.

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  11. How Much is Monopoly Money Actually Worth?

    Fun with numbers! Fun with numbers! Fun with numbers!

    We tend to use the term "Monopoly Money" to imply something is worthless, but is it really? Does Monopoly money have any real value? Well, no, obviously. It's paper money from a board game, but it's still a thing people buy, so it has to be worth something, right? Let's figure out the exchange rate of dollars to Monopoly money. For reasons.

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  12. What Did the Mythbusters Invent for Chris Hadfield in Space?

    Remember that scene in Apollo 13 where the NASA engineers had to come up with a way for the astronauts to fit a square filter in a round hole using only things already on board the craft? The Mythbusters did that for Chris Hadfield when he was still on the International Space Station. They weren't fixing an air filter, but they took care of an important problem

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  13. Nintendo Desperately Clambers For Smartphone Game Ports

    Nintendo is reportedly sending developers of smartphone games conversion software to encourage game designers to port their products to the Wii U. Considering the touchpad nature of the Wii U's GamePad controller, this is a logical if not desperate move. Sure, you could probably play games like Angry Birds on the GamePad, but will that be enough to save the Wii U?

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  14. Designing Your Own Character Makes Virtual Environments Seem More Daunting

    If game designers want us to really be able to relate to their characters, there may be one easy solution -- let us design them ourselves. A new study being presented today at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems suggests that designing your own digital avatar makes you more connected with it, a bond that can influence how you see and interact with the virtual landscape,  and makes the hardships that character experiences seem more real to its controller. 

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  15. We Love Playing Games, But Why Do Humans Play At All?

      Here at Geekosystem we love games. Video games, board games, card games, really any way we can assert our dominance over each other here at headquarters. We haven't thought much about what makes a game, but thankfully Vsauce has. Their new video looks at what separates games from other forms of entertainment and challenges, and they even explain why soccer is football and football is soccer.

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  16. 11 Card Games You Should Play on International TableTop Day

    International TableTop Day is still on the way (March 30th), and you know what deals out really well on a good, hard tabletop surface? Cards, and there are some really good card games out there. No, of course I'm not going to be talk about poker, cribbage, Texas hold 'em, rummy, or bridge. I'm not even talking about Go Fish. Leave that old deck of 52 standard playing cards right where it is in that junk drawer of yours. It's time to try out some newer cards with this list of 11 card games you need to know about -- some of which you absolutely must try for yourself.

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  17. 10 Board Games You Should Play on International TableTop Day

    International TableTop Day is March 30th. If you're a gamer -- board, card, video, role-playing, whatever -- then rock on, friend. Keep on fighting the good fight by recruiting new gamers! If you're not, and the last board game you played was years ago and it was Risk (meh), Monopoly (OMG boring), or Battleship (may God have mercy on your soul), then you really need to take this opportunity to try something else. For everyone's sake. The 30th, okay? Here is a list of 10 board games which you should know about. Consider trying at least one of them.

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  18. Boy Scouts of America Announces the Game Design Merit Badge

    As an Eagle Scout, I remember fondly -- and sure, sometimes cringingly -- my years as an teenager trying to be "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." The camping and hiking were great. I wasn't so wild about earning merit badges, though -- and you had to if you wanted to keep climbing the ranks and not get left behind -- but boys today now have a new merit badge I never had the chance to even try for. At the SXSW (South by Southwest) Conference, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced a long-overdue badge: The Game Design Merit Badge.

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  19. INCONCEIVABLE! There’s Going To Be A Princess Bride Board Game

    Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

    This is just concept art right now, the final design is TBD but Game Salute is currently developing a Princess Bride board game. They write, "In order to do justice to the entire story, The Princess Bride: The Board Game is comprised of individual scenes, with each scene presenting a mini-game that advances players through the central story.  This allows players looking for a quick, fun visit to a beloved classic to play a game that lasts under an hour, while players who want to experience the entire Princess Bride story in one sitting can enjoy an epic day of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles." They also say they have the rights to create other types of games which could tie into the board game and are accepting ideas for scenes you'd like to have playable. The battle of wits has begun! (via Nerd Approved) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  20. What Will Geeks Make Of The New Roleplaying Game Comedy, Zero Charisma? [VIDEO]

    +2 Cha -2 Str

    Troll 2 actor and director of Best Worst Movie, a documentary about Troll 2, Michael Paul Stephenson, has produced a South by Southwest comedy entry called Zero Charisma. Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, with a script by Matthews, the trailer seems to have a stereotypical view of a game master and his roleplaying crew. But will the film turn into something more? Give it a watch and let us know your first impressions. (via /Film)

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