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Webgame Wednesday: Neonball

In the arcade puzzler Neonball you must bounce the titular object through a maze toward an exit point, while avoiding lasers and other obstacles. Apparently passing the test gives you the right to live in Neoncity ... or something to that effect. What are you waiting for, citizen? Get to bouncing.

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Webgame Wednesday: That's My Moon

That's My Moon has you defending a tiny ball of rock that's being constantly bombarded by meteors and missiles. Sort of a stationary version of Asteroids, the colorful game has you blasting shots, nonstop, into space in an attempt to survive just a little bit longer. Hit the missiles and you can grab up some coinage as well. That's valuable when you want to upgrade your weapons and even your moon itself. An ever-increasing selection of powers keeps this arcade-style shooter evolving and involving.

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Webgame Wednesday. Snowden's Leaks: The Game

Last time we checked NSA leaker Edward Snowden was still hunkered down in Russia doing the political asylum thing. No matter what your political bent on this particular story, I'm sure we can all agree it would be more digestible in video game form. Snowden's Leaks: The Game may not teach us all that much about our government's use of secret internet searches, but it does offer some nifty, Elevator Action-style arcade fun. Download the secrets, avoid the CIA men, toss stuff out windows: Now that's some good whistleblowing.

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Webgame Wednesday on Friday: Day of the Dead

Halloween is over, but Day of the Dead is still on the horizon. Celebrate the occasion with Day of the Dead. This puzzle shooter is obviously inspired by the classic arcader Puzzle Bobbleonly the bubbles have been replaced with colorful sugar skulls. Paint your face and get to shooting!

NEWS

Daily Word 5.15.11: death of the arcade; Eurotras... er vision; Tim Horton expansion

Dolores Fuller, once Ed Wood's wife, died.

British woman beheaded in supermarket.

Eurovision contest winner AND links to all the other countries' performances. Woah, what's that smell?

George W.Bush was eating souffle when he got the call about Bin Laden's death.

Lady Gaga's penis shoes.

Penis-related Cannes update.

Switzerland seeks to stopper suicide tourism.

Bin Laden compound porn stash.

The head of the International Monetary Foundation and potential French presidential candidate charged with rape in NYC. He denies everything.

Deny Everything.

A Bitchin' Camaro stolen in 1975 was finally recovered

Meltdown at Fukushima.

Canada's Tim Horton's Donuts plans on taking over America.

Blackwater (now known as "Xe") hired by U.A.E. to put together a battalion of foreign troops.

Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway to ease swollen Mississippi river.

Review of awesomely bad film "Priest," with trailer.

Death of the arcade.

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Arcade Ambience Project

As a teenager I spent waaaay too much time in my home town's arcade; my best friend would lift the keys from his brother-in-law who ran the place, and we would sneak in after hours to gorge ourselves on games. The exact details of those days have mostly faded from my mind, but after stumbling across Andy Hofle's Arcade Ambience Project, a lot of the memories came rushing back. Andy misses the classic arcade as well, and has created a series of soundscapes designed to evoke those good old days. Most of the audio was sampled from playthroughs of dozens of (MAME emulated) classic arcade games, but he's also mixed in recordings of the coin changers and background hum from his local arcade to fill out the picture. To my ear, the full-tilt cacophony he winds up with goes super-enthusiastically beyond what's necessary to deliver that arcade flavor (if I was running some off the books CIA prison I might want this in my crazy-making toolkit), but just hearing the likes of Defender, Galaga, Joust, etc. in the noise-storm has set me off on the hunt for ROMs to emulate. Enjoy.

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