Really, it's just a matter of time before Google's "DeepMind" artificial intelligence learns how to wreck us all.
Some gamers who've already picked up Nintendo's new-and-improved 3DS have discovered a wonderfully squee-inducing secret buried inside the console. If you tap out the beginning notes of Mario's iconic theme music when in the browser menu, the interface will turn into the classic block-breaking arcade game Breakout.
It's a dispiriting law of nature, but everything in pop culture eventually grows old and starts to lose its edge. Thankfully, corporate sponsors are always ready to step up and put a stop to this uncontrollable slide towards obsolescence. That, or just make it worse.
I knew about some of these Google tricks already… Atari Breakout, the Zerg Rush, "Do a barrel roll!" But I didn't know about all of them.
Playing a game embedded inside another game isn’t a new idea. But few games have done it as simply or as well as BRICK[bricksmash]SMASH. Alan Hazelden’s Breakout homage multiplies the action so that you’re playing 17 bouncing-ball-and-paddle games at once. The end result is hypnotic and brilliant.
Many of us have played some version of Breakout before—but probably not on this scale, and probably not to Daft Punk. The neat thing is, this game uses a Kinect so that you control the paddle by moving your body—and, more interestingly, snippets of the song are played depending on what you can hit with the ball.
Really that headline works with any game, even games that already have bunnies in them. Coming soon from Atari and Zynga (The A to Z of mobile games—that's free, marketing people), Super Bunny Breakout.
If you can steel yourself for a post-modern jumble of space exploration and robotic sing-song, Upside Down Cake's "Star Strike" offers a neat walk through Atari antiquity. Some of these games certainly deserve the homage.
This impromptu little piece of street performance involves a large building, Kinect, the cover of darkness, a copy of classic arcade game Breakout and some very interested bystanders.
YouTube user blankchip18 used ten pounds of Gummy Bears to make a stop motion tribute to Tetris, Breakout, Pac-Man and more.
Venerable arcade classic Breakout was a pretty simple game. You knock blocks away with a ball. Wizorb is kind of like Breakout, only it drops the game into a 16-bit fantasy landscape and adds in some adventuring. Oh, and it also features the work of Paul Robertson.
Meet Sony's RayModeler, an autostereoscopic platform that can display 3D content not just without the need for glasses, but without the need for a traditional TV screen.
Daedelic Entertainment's Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, voted "Best Adventure Game of 2008" at the German Game Developer Awards, is making the trip stateside courtesy of Merscom.
Sex-rated Xbox 360 community game Break One Out is a serviceable Breakout clone that rewards you with censored pictures of a naked woman. Video included.
Atari has fired off some stern letters to iPhone games developers, citing infringement of their Breakout intellectual property. Bootant has received a takedown for Break Classic and BreakTouch 3D and SpiffyWare was given a talking to for SuperPong 2 - citing both Breakout and Pong infringements. Thing is, while the…