Tag Archives: electronic games

Game Bandit—Memories of Play Edition

The Strong National Museum of Play is collecting video recollections of playing with friends. The top videos, as chosen by a panel of experts and by public voting, will win Flip video cameras and Amazon gift certificates. Starlit Citadel of Canada , and a Purple Pawn advertiser, is running a 4th Anniversary Sale with discounts of up to 70%. For 20% off at…

Penn’s Year of Games

As millions of students eagerly await word on their college applications, those hoping for acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania now have an extra reason for excitement. Penn (my alma mater) has declared the 2011-2012 school year to be the Year of Games: Body and Mind . As part of the Penn Reading Project, all incoming freshmen will be sent a copy of Jane McGonigal’s book, Reality is Broken , and …

March Board and Card Game Patents

Board game – The game “Enlightenment” by Norman Vail. Chakras, deadly sins, and spiritual enlightenment, etc. Funny, but to me the game looks a lot like Hustler’s adult 7 Deadly Sins game, whose object is not enlightenment. Next we have seven design patents for card game tables from Marcus Katz: -1- -2- -3- -4- -5- -6- -7- Yes, 7 complete design patents, thousands of dollars each, for tables that, to the untrained eye, all…

Arduino Nim Game By Mike Cook

Here’s another Arduino Maker project: a NIM game where the allowable moves are set and restricted by rotating a die. Dice Game from Mike Cook on Vimeo . ( source , via , via )

Big Grips: A Child’s iPad Frame

Big Grips is a $35 thick rubber frame for your iPad, so you can hand it over to your kids when they want to play board games. Stand sold separately.

TopTime from Basic Concepts

TopTime is yet another spinning toy, this one from Basic Concepts. In this one, you launch the top, catch it on a disk in which a maze is embedded, and must navigate through certain points in the maze as fast as possible by tilting the disk. Electronics track the top as it passes through the points and also keep score; it is intended to be played competitively. Bandai …

March Kickstarter Game Projects

I looked on some other crowdsourcing site and wasn’t impressed. So I’m sticking to Kickstarter only until someone convinces me otherwise. Remember that a “funded” campaign will still give out listed rewards to its contributors. Project Description Required Raised Ends Periodic Table of Elements Dice Andrew Inaba Dice with both numbers and elements $2,000 $1,065 20 days Rolling Freight Board Game APE Games Train game with special …

Chatterback, Backwards Speaking Game

Chatterback , from the eponymous sggc, is a party game of trying to guess what a word or phrase is when spoken backwards. The game comes with a recorder whose entire function is to record something and then play it backwards, which seems to me to have much utility in everyday situations. The game should be available “soon”.

Bastion Back in Business

A new investor has brought Bastion Studios back to life: Bastion 2.0 is born, with a new investor. There will be quite a lot of changes, but it can only be for the good of Ex illis! We will be finalizing our battle plans and we will come back to you on thursday about what will be Bastion 2.0 ( source ) This is good…

Time’s 100 Greatest Toys Includes Only 1 Analog Game

Earlier this month,Time Magazine posted their list of the 100 greatest toys from the last 87.5 years (yeah, me neither). Leaving aside the usual bickering over this or that toy that should have made it to the list (we have Mattel Electronic Football but not the PSP or Atari ?), as well as the rather odd items on the list ( Little Golden Books…

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

Catan GmbH Takes Down Island Settlers Android App

A guy named Neil has taken down his Android game with the same game play as Settlers of Catan after facing a legal threat from Catan GmbH. ( source ) The legal threat explicitly notes that game rules cannot be copyrighted, but, since the game of Catan also embodies a storyline (“Players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan.&#…

Game Bandit—David’s at the NY Toy Fair Edition

While David’s away at the NY Toy Fair gathering several thousand future posts, I think I’ll co-opt his feature title. Days of Wonder will award $10,000 to someone who draws them a map. ( source ) Bandai will award some collectible Naruto cards to a few entrants who answer five trivia questions. ( source ) TOG Entertainment will…

Hasbro’s Motion Vision Play: Monopoly and Battleship Live

Hasbro will be adding an infrared motion detection and control system (“Motion Vision Play”) to various board games this year, including Monopoly and Battleship. [1] The tower not only tracks player resources, such as money and piece position, but also prompts players to play, rolls the dice, announces results, checks for cheating, prevents house rules, makes sound effects, introduces random events, does your homework…

Wireless Dominoes

Yeah, I thought dominoes were already wireless, but apparently I didn’t realize that Dominoes should a) be of variable value, changeable by shaking them, and b) fall down in numerical sequence, even when they are not touching each other. Esper Dominoes ( source , via , via )

Rap Battles, the Game

Rap Battles from Spinning Hat is a game of competitive improvisational rap. The game comes with a faux boombox, some dice to select the beat, some cards whose purpose is indecipherable to me, and some money to keep score. You have twenty seconds to rap to the beat, after which you are judged by your fellow players and/or the judge. ( source )

Purple Pawn’s 2010 Game Industry Survey

Purple Pawn has conducted a survey of over 7,000 companies around the world who made money from analog, tabletop games. You can download the 14 page report for free here [PDF]. Summary Of the companies surveyed, those that did not close reported good results, with 85% reporting that they had done at least as well or better in 2010 than they had done in 2009. Single-game game companies (sggc’s) make …

Guardians of Graxia DLC Now Available

Of course I’m talking about he PC version of Guardians of Graxia , otherwise I’d be calling it an expansion. For those unfamiliar with the term DLC, it stands for Downloadable Content. Basically a game expansion for digital titles. The Elves & Dwarves expansion sells for $5.99 on Steam , a popular content delivery service for computer games, and contains 2 new guardians, 14 new units, and 6 new maps. Of …

Mattel Games Divisions up 27% in 2010

Mattel reported an increase in 2010 sales for their games divisions, including Radica electronic games and other games and puzzles. Sales were up 12% worldwide in Q4 2010, and 27% for all of 2010. ( info )