Throughout the year it's inevitable that a couple of games will run afoul of the Australian Classification Board, but rarely do we see the true scope of what goes through their doors. Here's a little look at a year's worth of games for the good ol' classification board.
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If you need a really last minute gift, try this nerdy card game you can print on card stock and play today. Gut Check, designed by microbiome researcher David Coil, pits your microbes against opponents': you can contract infections, take probiotics and watch antibiotic resistant genes spread through the population.
About ten years ago, I went to a New Year's Day brunch party. Frankly, I hadn't really wanted to go. That particular time in my life was a low point; I'd just gone through a breakup and was feeling unusually forlorn, and I wanted to wallow at home. But the hostess was a good friend and she had invited other interesting, cool people to a good restaurant... so I dragged my feeble, mildly hungover self downtown.
Six days left in your vacation and you're running out of Lifehacker posts to read. The only games at your parents' house are Sorry and Monopoly. Try Eurogames, the European style of tabletop game that isn't so competitive or chance-driven. The site Happy Meeple replicates the board and card games Finito, Hanamikoji, Lost Cities, Level X, Glastonbury, Migrate, Keltis, and Siberia.
Today I spent one hour playing the game called Whamageddon. Which is tragic, since the game lasts almost a month. The rules are simple: From December 1 to December 24, avoid hearing the Die Hard of Christmas songs, the song that isn't really a Christmas song but still gets played over every shopping centre sound system all December: Wham's "Last Christmas".
Board games are a safe place to play out conflicts with your family and friends, with the understanding that once the game is over, everyone is on good terms again. That also makes them the perfect place to take out all your petty frustrations and revenge fantasies, under the guise of good fun. Here's how to destroy your opponents with dick moves that will feel like cheats, but are all sanctioned by the rule book.
Inspired by games from the 2016 Self-Care Jam (which Kotaku mined for favourites), MetaFilter users recently named their favourite calming video games. Some will be familiar, but others are deep cuts by independent developers. Most aren't for winning or losing, just exploring, interacting and existing. None of them force you to battle other players in a tense show-down. Try these out if you're too stressed out for Overwatch or Plague Inc.
Video: If you've ever tried to win that super big stuffed animal for your sweetheart at the ring toss and just ended up embarrassing yourself, it's possible that you've long suspected that carnival games are rigged. It won't win you any prizes, but this video explains the mechanics of exactly how you're taken for a ride.
Nearly every Nintendo Switch owner I've spoken to has professed their love for the portable console. And while its slick design allows for convenient local multiplayer using the pint-sized, removable Joy-Con controllers attached to either side, they aren't exactly comfortable to hold. Luckily, Nintendo's latest 4.00 software update for the Switch lets you use one of the most beloved controllers of consoles past: The Gamecube controller.
Did your parents ever encourage you to play less video games while growing up? Ours too. Doubtlessly, they thought it was a waste of time that could be better spent playing and learning outdoors. After all, what can jumping on Goombas and firing hadoukens possibly teach you about the real world?
As it turns out, quite a lot. Here are the real-life skills and lessons we've picked up during a lifetime of gaming: from telling left from right to understanding the importance of imagination.
The best video game of the year might just be Universal Paperclips, a browser-based clicker that explores the dangers of unchecked artificial intelligence. It's kind of like FarmVille, but instead of growing vegetables you're making paperclips - and (spoiler alert) you might just end up destroying the world in the process.