Joystick Division


Press A to jump. Press the right trigger to shoot. Press X to reload. The standard button mapping for most video games is just so… so… boring.
Video games are all about doing amazing, epic, over-the-top stuff, bt too often you have to press a whole mess of buttons or execute a long string of commands to get that awesome stuff to happen. Where are the controller commands that put epic awesomeness at your fingertips? Where are the games that make doing amazing stuff as simple as pressing a button?
Well, actually, they’re right here after the break.

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There’s something about the physics or Mario games that has been hard-wired into our collective gaming brains. At this point, every gamer just kind of knows how Mario is supposed to act, given the physics of his world. So when rushed programming of sloppy edge cases change those physics, the result is a little surreal — like seeing a childhood friend all grown up, or watching pornography starring favorite cartoon characters from your youth. Not that we’ve ever done either of those things.
Anyway, enjoy the videos…

So, you think you’re hot stuff because you can beat the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 without warping or continuing? You think finding all the chaos emeralds in Sonic 3 and Knuckles means you can take any platforming challenge out there? You think your no-deaths run of Battletoads means you’ve got mad platforming skillz?
Kid, you ain’t nothing unless you’ve conquered these incredibly punishing indie platformers. Without the constraints of a mass market audience, these downloadable or browser-based PC titles are free to present unreasonably tough run-and-jump challenges without fear of pissing off scaring away the lowest-common-denominator players. Good luck… you’ll need it.

So, you think you’re hot stuff because you can beat the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 without warping or continuing? You think finding all the chaos emeralds in Sonic 3 and Knuckles means you can take any platforming challenge out there? You think your no-deaths run of Battletoads means you’ve got mad platforming skillz?

Kid, you ain’t nothing unless you’ve conquered these incredibly punishing indie platformers. Without the constraints of a mass market audience, these downloadable or browser-based PC titles are free to present unreasonably tough run-and-jump challenges without fear of pissing off scaring away the lowest-common-denominator players. Good luck… you’ll need it.

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Music has “Weird Al” Yankovic. Pop culture has Saturday Night Live. Saturday Night Live has 30 Rock. And gaming has… these games, which call attention to some of the more ridiculous aspects of our favorite hobby by emulating them all too perfectly.
Get ready to have your mind blown!
(Note: I stuck with free-to-play PC and web-based games for this list, which leaves off a lot of worthy console satires like Half-Minute Hero, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Retro Game Challenge, Work Time Fun, Takeshi’s Challenge, and even more traditional games like WarioWare Inc. and Eternal Darkness. Check them all out, satire fans)

Surprisingly, the Snake game Easter Egg that was revealed on YouTube this week isn’t the first example of a playable game on the online video service. On the contrary, for the last two years YouTube’s video annotation feature has let users add a measure of interactivity to their videos, in the form of clickable buttons that lead down different paths.
While a lot of the “interactive videos” to be uploaded in that time come across as lazy, cheesy or generally unwatchable, there are a few that actually take the idea in some interesting directions.

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