Mainstream media keeps picking up stories on serious games–mainly on games for health or games in relation to politics (including the ever-popular video games and violence issues). And, now mainstream game journalism has entered the mix. The CMP Game Group has released Serious Games Source. While Serious Games Source went live in March 2006, it looks like the bulk of the content has been added just recently.
The new feature stories and news are really useful. One of the stories is about a law professor who teaches game law, and uses games to teach law, and others are more generally on games and education, games and health, and games and advertising. The site has a lot of good content and will hopefully be a useful source in the future. And, more importantly, it shows that serious games are popular enough to warrant focused mass gaming media attention. I’m looking forward to more good things from Serious Games Source.
Plasma Pong is a completely tripped-out version of regular Pong that incorporates fluid dynamics. In addition to deflecting the ball with your paddle, you can now use jets and vortices of fluid pressure to help guide the ball. And all of this is rendered in a super-colorful “plasma” style. If you love the visual style of games like Geometry Wars, Mutant Storm, and Darwinia, then you need to check this one out. Click here to download Plasma Pong, free for Windows PCs.
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