If you’re in or near New York City, you should go check out this Friday’s tournament centered on Killer Queen—the action/strategy multiplayer game that debuted in a spiffy arcade cabinet at New York University’s No Quarter exhibition. New sprites and a new map will be debuting at the event. » 7/01/13 3:20pm 7/01/13 3:20pm

Watch a Room Full of People Cheer on a Giant Video Game Snail

Listen: when you’re watching two teams go to war in Killer Queen, you don’t have to join in the crowds yelling for an oversized cephalopod gastropod to make it to one side of the screen. But you want to. “SNAIL! SNAIL! SNAIL!” It just comes out of you. » 6/04/13 12:15pm 6/04/13 12:15pm

This Weird Game Makes Two Players Share—and Argue Over—One Controller

Some game-makers want you to feel empowered when you play their creations. Other would love it if you felt wonderment. Matt Lopresti gets excited if the people playing his experimental puzzle game Split Tree argue with each other or get embarrassed. » 5/15/13 7:00pm 5/15/13 7:00pm

You Have This Guy to Thank for a Game About Jetpacks and Lancing

Of all the games that I played at New York University’s No Quarter exhibition, the one I most wanted to take home and play with a friend was There Shall Be Lancing. Granted, Killer Queen and Bennet Foddy's Speed Chess are a little too unwieldy to play in my small New York City apartment, But, the combat game by Sophie … » 5/14/13 3:00pm 5/14/13 3:00pm

Nobody Makes Awesome Arcade Machines Anymore. But These Guys Did.

Whether it’s a PC monitor or a smartphone display, indie game-makers tend to thrive on smaller screens. But when Josh DeBonis and Nik Mikros worked up the idea for their co-operative strategy/platformer hybrid Killer Queen, they went really big. So big they had to make their own unique stand-up machine for it. But,… » 5/13/13 9:40am 5/13/13 9:40am

The New Way to Play Chess Is Insane

It seems like the ideal game of chess is supposed to take hours, right? I seem to remember hearing stories of matches between grandmasters taking days. But indie game designer Bennett Foddy—best known the fun, impossible-to-play running simulator QWOPdoesn’t have time for all of that. His video game remix of the… » 5/09/13 2:00pm 5/09/13 2:00pm

When Super Smash Bros. Meets Soccer, Barabariball Happens

E3's said and done and Nintendo didn't even offer up so much as a teaser for a new Smash Bros. game. And, Sony, well, they've got their All-Stars Battle Royale thing coming soon. But one indie creator's taking the multi-tiered madness of the mash-up fighting series into an intriguing sports-tinged direction. » 6/08/12 10:00am 6/08/12 10:00am

Here's a Game That Will Throw You into B-Boy Style Dance Battles

Maybe you're like me. You like music enough to want to dance to it but the thought of showing off your lack of co-ordination to the world keep you off the dance floor. And yeah, there are dance games that have you mimicking all kinds of choreography but the human element that would make those games more social can be… » 5/28/12 9:00pm 5/28/12 9:00pm

For One Night Only, a Game You Need to Get Drunk to Play

Video games took over New York University last week and a whole bunch of people got drunk to celebrate. Well, that's not entirely accurate. NYU's Game Center held its third annual No Quarter exhibition last week, a yearly event where they showcase work that they commission from inventive game designers. » 5/25/12 3:30pm 5/25/12 3:30pm

To-Do in New York: Play the Next Indie Sensations Before Anyone Else

Indie games that capture your imagination like Canabalt, Sword & Sworcery and Beat Sneak Bandit seem to come out of nowhere sometimes. But, in the case of other ambitious titles, like Mark Essen's Nidhogg or Terry Cavanaugh's At a Distance actually get commissioned by New York University's Game Center for their yearly… » 4/27/12 3:30pm 4/27/12 3:30pm