Since you never actually leave your living room, the OVO-4 home flight simulator lets you skip all the unpleasantness of modern air travel, while still enjoying the mind numbing boredom of being inside a commercial aircraft for hours at a time.
Here's some news that may trigger a schizoid embolism in the brains of Total Recall fans -- publisher SEE Games has signed a deal to create a "browser-based MMO" around the forthcoming reboot of the sci-fi classic.
The other week we were playing Scrabble in the pub. We got our arses totally kicked to seven shades of Sunday. We tried to save face and moaned that the board had been sabotaged because of the suspiciously large number of "x"s in the bag, but the honest truth of the matter was this: we were crap.
Just like the rendering from last year, the now completed ArcelorMittal Orbit looks like a brain-liquifying roller coaster. Or a metal spaghetti monster twice the size of the Eiffel Tower, stranded in the rainy city, sad and confused.
Sony filed a series of patents recently that would add biometric sensors to PlayStation 3 controllers and to a handheld resembling the Playstation Vita. How will gaming change when your console knows how you feel?
You wouldn't think an online game that has players painstakingly adjusting bezier handles to reshape letters from various fonts would be remotely interesting. But even if you're not a font designer or graphically inclined, I guarantee your years of sub-consciously staring at well crafted magazines, newspapers and ads will help you play, and even enjoy, Shape Type.
It's WAR! Tiny, adorable forces are amassing to do battle for honour, territory and whatever the Generalissimo thinks you should be fighting about today. Grunts, snipers, tanks and gunboats are locking and loading in preparation for the mother of all battles and you, yes YOU, are in command.
The original Contract Killer was a fun game but the whole 'you are a hired killer' aspect didn't sit well with many people. Yes, the game glossed over it somewhat by claiming you were taking out 'bad' people but it lent a certain amorality to proceedings. It felt a bit...murder-y.
Boxes and crates have a long and storied history in gaming. From the store-room shuffling of Sokoban to Solid Snake's portable cardboard hideaway with enough crates of ammo and supplies in between to fill a Big Yellow Storage depot, a strong case can be made that boxes ARE gaming.
The US or UK versions of Nintendo's reward program, Club Nintendo, never seem to have quite the same calibre of awesome schwag as the original Japanese version. And now there's this pixelated 8-bit Super Mario throw cushion.
The public's fascination with cartoonish birds flying through the air in non-standard ways continues apace with Air Penguin -- a bouncy top-down platformer that nods towards some classic games of yesteryear.
Whale Trail is a collaboration between UK developer ustwo and Super Furry Animals singer Gruff Rhys, who contributed to the soundtrack. Willow the Whale has escaped the clutches of the evil Baron Von Barry and is flying away to freedom through a strange and wonderful world of rainbows, rainclouds and multi-coloured whimsy.
This is NOT Angry Birds. Yes, you do fling avians in graceful arcs towards a target and yes, you get a star rating at the end of each level and -- again, yes -- the graphics are cut from the same cartoonish cloth. But these are mere coincidences! For a start, there is only one bird. He even seems quite content.