Platforms: Apple iOS (iPhone); Android (not yet released)
Unless youíre one of those freaks, running pretty much sucks. Itís hard and itís boring. While nothing but training can make it any easier, there are ways to make it more interesting.
Enter Zombies, Run!, an iOS app created by developer Six to Start and writer Naomi Alderman that turns your running routine into a game. Six to Start calls the app a ďRunning Game and Audio Adventure,Ē and as far as I know, itís the first of its kind.FULL ENTRY
Clammy with excitement
Hands fly across the face of the controller
Across the face of the board
Strange birds sit cross-legged in piles
Stations and booths hold wonder after wonder after wonder
Lines stretch out in right angles
Held up by concrete floors and expectations
What brings you here, Free Heart?
I hear only
A chorus of nerd farts
Most of us in 2012 have phones that are capable of playing games. Not all of these phones or games are equal, but whether you have an iPhone, an Android, a Windows Phone, or you are some poor silly bastard still stuck with a BlackBerry, chances are you can play Angry Birds on it. Hell, even if you have one of those crazy old phones with buttons on it, there are still games you can play that are entertaining enough to make you forget your train ride, your wait at the doctorís office, or those excruciating two minutes of boredom during commercials. Games like this may not be high art, but they are enough.FULL ENTRY
When Nintendo formally announced the Wii U, itís upcoming home console, at the 2011 E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), it gave me pause to think about my storied past with the video game colossus, what it has meant to me, and if our relationship is headed for a dead end.
When I was a little kid, I was in love with Nintendo. Iíd play my NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) until my thumbs were sore, and then Iíd keep playing. I didnít have very many games, and I wasnít particularly amazing at them, but that didnít stop me from attempting the the same level in Ninja Gaiden more times than I could possibly stand to now. Maybe Iíve lost my patience, maybe I just didnít know any better, but I was a machine.FULL ENTRY