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Ludology featured in Wired’s JargonWatch

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Wired’s monthly Jargon Watch feature has listed ludology as new bit jargon alongside fratire, chassis (in a non-automotive sense) and social jet lag. According to Jonathon Keats of Wired, ludology (from the latin word ludus, meaning “games”) is the academic study of videogames. Intellectual sites such as Jesper Juul’s The Ludologist and Gonzalo Frasca’s consistently provide us with thought-provoking material on our favorite entertainment medium.
via Joystiq

Mash up spotlight on dj RikH aka KlaSh-E

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Check his MySpace account for free downloads of other great mashed up tracks.

Monday, January 29th, 2007

This web site is about making new creative works out of old ones, whether it be fine art or pop culture. If you’d like, read our original manifesto.


Tor Torches Online Tracking

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Kim Zetter

Privacy tools can sometimes create strange bedfellows.

That’s what has happened with an anonymizer system that was originally developed and funded by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to help government employees shield their identity online. It is now being co-funded and promoted by the civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The system, called Tor, allows users to surf the internet, chat and send instant messages anonymously. It works by transferring traffic three times through random servers, or nodes, on its way from sender to recipient to make it difficult for anyone to trace the data back to its source.


Easy Firefox hacks to improve anonymity

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

These updates are hacks to the “about:config” menu to
improve anonymity and the anonymity set by increasing
the scope of the Tor HTTP/S Header template.


Creative Commons Search!

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Search 23,500 CC tracks via audio similarity or keyword

Mike Linksvayer, January 24th, 2007

Owl Multimedia has more than doubled the number of CC licensed tracks you can search via audio similarity (sounds like a mp3 you already have) or keywords. How? By adding over 10,000 tracks from Jamendo.

You can find CC music through music via the CC Search Portal or directly at Owl Multimedia.

via link

Download Earthbound Trilogy for Free

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Nykkyo Kyhana is a native of a planet formed when a future Earth space mission fell into a black hole and emerged thousands of years in the past. He finds himself on present-day Earth, sent on a mission to gather plants for his people’s food and fibre supplies. There he befriends Sukiko, a lecturer at the university where he is assigned. As their friendship blossoms into a deep love, Nyk learns she is his own distant ancestor, as well as an ancestor to the man who founded his world. He realizes his love for her risks disrupting future events and jeopardizes his own existence and that of his people.

Nyk blames himself for such a disruption when Sukiko attempts suicide. After intervening to save her life, he decides he must disengage from her, to prevent further interference. But, by now it is too late. Events have been set into motion and Nyk is compelled to intervene again on her behalf — or face temporal annihilation.

Seen exclusively through the eyes of a visitor from another world, Earthbound unfolds as Nyk’s journey of discovery, as he learns of his past, his purpose and finds the love of his life.


Wizball theme by Martin Galway on electric guitar

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

via nettime

It is, as the sinologist and computer poet John Cayley writes, “difficult
to say anything hard and fast in terms of more-or-less conventional
criticism about a site which is hardly ever the same on successive
visits.”{1} At the time of this writing, transferred
all its visitors to the download page of “Untitled Game”. The rest of
the web site could be found via World Wide Web search engines, pointing to
critical writing about which in turn pointed to its sections
hidden from the front page - or by using the pirate mirror of
on Thus undermining the
corporate identity contained in its catchy web address, requires
its readers to invest net-work on their own. This strategy of withdrawal
also reminds of Gnosticist writings from the late antiquity which, for a
long time, had only survived through citations in the writings of
Christian theologists who sought to refute them.

launch untitled-game

paul slocum

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

This guy totally Pwns! Trust me

from his website

“Obviously everyone’s always wanted to write their own music for the 2600. So here it is: a sort of Atari 2600 tracker. You edit music data in a text file where patterns are created and sequenced into a song. Then you assemble the music data into an Atari 2600 ROM which will play on 2600 emulators or on a real Atari 2600 using a Supercharger or Cuttle Cart.

You can use it to write backing beats or tracks for your music, or develop music for 2600 homebrew games. The driver uses a very small amount of 2600 resources so it can easily be placed into game code. There is a growing demand for 2600 homebrew music so it would be great to have more 2600 music programmers.

I’ve recently released version 2 of the music kit with a much more advanced driver and player. Grab the latest version below.

And 2600 music programming can be a bit difficult, so I’ve written a new 2600 sound and music programmer’s guide which covers almost everything I know about 2600 sound and music and includes three useful sets of in-tune notes to help overcome the 2600’s very limited pitch. Download below.

Note that since I only have the DOS version of DASM tested and set up, currently the kit is only set up to run out of the box on PCs. However I know that it does work on Macs using the Mactari tools and it can probably be set up on Linux too.

If you are a musician and develop songs or backing tracks using the sequencer, you will be able to have an actual cartridge made of your sequences by sending the ROM image to Atariage.”


Music Kit 2.0

2600 Sound And Music Programming Guide
Old Music Kit 1.0

Mac users check this

Linux homies check this

sample track 01
sample track