2048. Not 16. Not 128. Not even 1024. But 2048. That's the number you've got to hit. That's the number you've got to work up to. That's the number that escapes my grasp! That's the number I dream about at night!
So...rewind...I've been playing this game called 2048. It's available in the App Store and you can even play an online clone of it here. You swipe left, right, up, and down to add the number tiles currently on your board. Only like numbers can be combined, so you've got to really work up to get the big numbers. Especially since each swipe adds a 2 or a 4 tile on the board. Also, once all the tile slots are filled, the game's over...so you've got to be really careful about where you place your tiles. It's easier to understand if you see it, so I completely recommend giving it a shot. Just be warned that this game is highly addictive!
I hope that one day I'll be able to get that 2048 number. *crosses fingers*
If you do play, what's your high score? Leave it in the comments and we'll compare!
First there was Angry Birds way back in 2010 (or a million years ago in app times), then there was Cut the Rope, Draw Something, and now comes Candy Crush Saga to ruin my life.
This has always been the case with me. A little puzzle or word game takes over my life and I find that I haven't seen or spoken to anyone for hours or days. When games started showing up on phones, starting with my super old Nokia that featured The Snake Game, this problem only became worse. Do I regret it? Was my time spent poorly? Maybe...I guess...probably.
But that doesn't mean that game apps on phones are completely a bad thing! I say...if you need a little break from your homework or are just bored out of your mind, go ahead and download the Candy Crush Saga app. It's a puzzle game that's similar to Bejeweled, but with candy and fun characters. To sum it up, this app is cute to look at, has a hilarious voiceover man, and is highly addictive. So as long as you don't fall into the same trap as I do for games like this, you'll be fine.
Any avid gamers out there? Well you may like to play video games and you may even boast a high score or two, but have you ever thought about how video games are made? Better yet, have you ever considered making one of your own?
At Saturday's DIY program, a group of teens had a chance to make their own video games using a software called Construct 2. We met up in the library's Training Center and created a simple game using the software together. Afterwards, the teens had time to make whatever modifications and additions they wanted — effectively creating some seriously bizarre and fun games that other attendees got to try out.
Want a shot at making your own video game? Download the software we used onto your Windows PC and take a look at this tutorial that'll go through the steps to get you started!
Below is a short clip of a teen playing the game he created. And yes, that's a unicorn shooting a laser out of its horn.
If you're really interested in making video games in the future (maybe even as a CAREER!), you might be interested in checking out this book from our collection!
This past Saturday, people all over the world celebrated International Gaming Day, and we had our own fun in the HUB. We had a mini-Mario Kart tournament and a passport guide that steered us through an insane amount of classic and modern board games. A big congratulations to Mason M., who won the Mario Kart tournament, and Rosy W., who won our prize drawing of completed passports. Check out all the fun bellow!
The HUB was hopping last Friday night for the Mario Kart Wii Tournament! We had several Wiis, TVs, and a lot of excited teens revved up and ready to show off their Mario Kart skills. They bounced their karts on the mushrooms of Mushroom Gorge, dodged as many blue shells as possible (a difficult task), and attempted to not fall off of the Rainbow Road.
Alas, there can only be one winner in a tournament and he was lucky enough to walk away with a sweet NES controller messenger bag AND bragging rights!
Our second place winner won a Mario costume - giant mustache and all!
Mario Karting isn't all we did at the program either. While many were competing to stay in the tournament, others were creating Mario-inspired sweets out of Airheads. They were colorful, very sticky, and delicious!
All in all, it was a great Friday night! I mean there was pizza, candy, games, and friends! What more can you ask for?
“I’m a gamer and I kick arse. No, seriously. I organize a guild online and I’m looking for a few of you chickens to join me.”
In Real Life is a coming-of-age graphic novel that opens with Anda’s birthday. She’s a gamer girl who just moved to a new town and is trying to figure out where she fits in. Enter Liza McCombs – she heads an all-girl guild in Coarsegold Online, a massive multiplayer roleplaying game. Not only does the game provide a place for Anda to explore her identity, but it also allows her to investigate socioeconomic issues around the world and close to home.
Cory Doctorow knocks it out of the park in his debut graphic novel! He highlights complex topics like gold farming, economic inequality, and labor rights all with a feminist message.
Jen Wang’s illustrations are stunning. Real life characters are juxtaposed with their online avatars and in some panels the lines are blurred. The characters’ expressions are exquisite – they convey feeling and humanize the drawings. Her art is dynamic with perfect coloring.
I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. It’s a page turner and will pique interest in “real-life” issues.
Think back on the year. In 2013/2014 what video game has made the biggest impact?
The arguable answer: Flappy Bird.
Sadly, it's no longer available in the App Store because the developer decided it was too addicting. But if you've never played before, you may be in luck. It looks like Flappy Bird may be coming back in an official way. Multiplayer Flappy Bird? WHAT?!
When Flappy Bird went away in February, there were a zillion (may be an overestimation) Flappy Bird clones made to fill the void. At the Use the Force: Code Your Own Video Game program, we created one of these clones and STAR WARS-ed it!
We created the game using a program called Construct 2 which you can download for free! The tutorial for making a Flappy Bird clone for Construct 2 can be found here.
We started out using an X-Wing in place of a bird, and Death Star pipes in place of Flappy Bird pipes.
And then we went Star Wars happy on all the different sprites....
Be careful, Boba Fett! Beware of the giant Chewies!
Want more Star Wars?
Come make a Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, C3PO and Jabba the Hutt finger puppet in The Hub's DIY area!
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