London’s Now Play This Festival of Games

In its fourth year, an exhibition of physical and digital game design and artistry

For gamers, the sense of constant discovery is one of the most pleasant aspects of playing. There’s plenty of that at Now Play This, the festival of experimental game design that takes place at Somerset House in London this weekend. The multi-faceted event looks at how artists in a variety of fields work within the context of play and game design, all with joyful results. …

Philips Lighting Will Make Video Games More Immersive

Razer and Philips just announced a partnership that plans to make gaming experiences so immersive that the room in which they’re played come to life. Philips Hue globes will connect with all Razer Chroma-enabled devices, and reactive lighting will match up with games. Whether enabling several lights or just one, this clever system is bound to make at-home gaming feel a little more otherworldly. Read …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Colette's swan song, mining in space, the worst sex scenes in literature and more

1. Classes on Mining in Space At the Colorado School of Mines’ Center for Space Resources, a new class called Space Resources Fundamentals is underway, the first-ever academic program specializing in space mining. Christopher Dreyer teaches the course, which is presently in a test run, though potentially slated again for summer 2018. The class covers things like the Outer Space Treaty, which was developed by …

Joy Manufacturing Co’s “Ambition: A Minuet in Power” Game

Play the role of a woman of fashion in pre-revolutionary France, on PC and Mac

Undeniably, some of the best storytelling shared today occurs in the world of independent video games. A testament to this, “Ambition: A Minuet in Power,” allows players to enter the world of pre-revolutionary France, where parties are battlefields, information is power and a central heroine named Yvette Decaux navigates it all. Beyond a meticulous, layered realization, the game also iterates a different world every time …

Video Game That Teaches People Not to Touch WOC’s Hair

Created by Momo Pixel, “Hair Nah” is a retro-style video game that teaches people not to touch black women’s hair. Players select their character’s skin tone, hairstyle and location and then have to swat away invasive and prying hands. For those who finish the game, there’s an important message: “The game is over, but this is an issue black women face daily. So a note …