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House of Cards Against Humanity

On Monday we quietly announced and sold out of a little pack of cards we made for Netflix to promote the new season of House of Cards, which comes out on February 14th.

This was a weird project, even by our standards. Here’s how it happened.

Basically this entire post is amazing. They’re essentially giving Netflix the finger, but pretending they’re saying “you’re number one!”

And they apparently got paid an (undisclosed) obscene amount of money to do this — which they then used to make a donation of “more than $49,999 and less than $50,001” (since legal will not allow them to state specific terms).

Also interesting: apparently both HBO and Microsoft have tried to work with the Cards Against Humanity crew in the past, but pissed them off so much that the guys quit each time. Fucking love these guys.

Sarah Perez of TechCrunch on Samsung’s fake-turned-real “Unicorn Apocalpyse” ads:

And the whole point of the commercial series was that Samsung devices helped the Unicorn Apocalypse team work better together to make the game a success.

So is the lasting takeaway from the actual game’s launch, and subsequent suckiness is…what?

That maybe they should have used iPhones?

The ads are great — until reality hits.

thenextweb
thenextweb:

So far, MoMA has acquired the following games, all of which will be on display in the Museum’s Philip Johnson Galleries in March 2013: • Pac-Man (1980) • Tetris (1984) • Another World (1991) • Myst (1993) • SimCity 2000 (1994) • vib-ribbon (1999) • The Sims (2000) • Katamari Damacy (2004) • EVE Online (2003) • Dwarf Fortress (2006) • Portal (2007) • flOw (2006) • Passage (2008) • Canabalt (2009) (via Bam! Pac-Man, Tetris and 12 others land in The Museum of Modern Art’s new Video Game collection - The Next Web)

SimCity 2000? Sold.

thenextweb:

So far, MoMA has acquired the following games, all of which will be on display in the Museum’s Philip Johnson Galleries in March 2013: • Pac-Man (1980) • Tetris (1984) • Another World (1991) • Myst (1993) • SimCity 2000 (1994) • vib-ribbon (1999) • The Sims (2000) • Katamari Damacy (2004) • EVE Online (2003) • Dwarf Fortress (2006) • Portal (2007) • flOw (2006) • Passage (2008) • Canabalt (2009) (via Bam! Pac-Man, Tetris and 12 others land in The Museum of Modern Art’s new Video Game collection - The Next Web)

SimCity 2000? Sold.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

I had been worried that the Mac version would arrive much later than the PC version. But worry no more. Jordan Golson:

EA plans to release the next version of SimCity — the classic city-building game — on the Mac simultaneously with the PC release this February. EA will also be delivering Origin, its digital download service, at the same time. The game will be available for purchase and download via the service.

Cannot wait to see this game on a retina display.

(via @KielO)

Todd Bishop:

Apple sold 1.3 million Apple TV devices during the June quarter, an increase of 170 percent over the same quarter a year ago.

That still qualifies as a “hobby,” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who disclosed the number in response to an analyst’s question on the company’s earnings conference call. But here’s an interesting data point: Microsoft sold 1.1 million Xbox 360s worldwide during the same time period.

While Apple didn’t mention the Apple TV in their earnings release (and they have never broken it out into its own category), Cook did reveal the number when asked during the Q&A today. He was clearly pleased with the number, but also downplayed it quite a bit. But this context is pretty telling. Not only is it now outselling the Xbox 360, the Xbox 360 is the best-selling gaming console.

When — yes, when — Apple adds apps to this thing, wonder what will happen… If they added them tomorrow, the Apple TV would instantly be the number one gaming console. Think about that for a second.

(via John Gruber)

theatlantic
theatlantic:

Dystopia: What a Game of Civilization II Looks Like After 10 Years

Here’s what happened. Some human being kept playing the same game for a decade and then posted screenshots to Reddit along with a narrative explanation of where the gameworld stands. Lycerius, the user, begins his history of the future:


The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation.


There are 3 remaining super nations in the year 3991 A.D, each competing for the scant resources left on the planet after dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands.


Read more.

This is beyond epic.

theatlantic:

Dystopia: What a Game of Civilization II Looks Like After 10 Years

Here’s what happened. Some human being kept playing the same game for a decade and then posted screenshots to Reddit along with a narrative explanation of where the gameworld stands. Lycerius, the user, begins his history of the future:

  • The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation.

  • There are 3 remaining super nations in the year 3991 A.D, each competing for the scant resources left on the planet after dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands.

Read more.

This is beyond epic.