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Mindless Arcade Friday

Mindless Arcade Friday: Swarmation

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Today's game: Swarmation. It's hard out there for a pixel. You spend thousands of dollars on pixel graduate school, you work out every day to maintain your perfect square shape, and then you end up being part of a corner of a hole Mario falls into. All you've got is your pixel friends, and that's what this game is all about.

It took me a few minutes to figure out Swarmation. You're a pixel, surrounded by other pixels, trying to make shapes with them. What I didn't immediately realize is those other pixels are being moved around by other people sitting at computers around the world. It's a safe bet some of them don't know what's going on either.

You can name your pixel. If you play, look for me on there. I named mine "Jennifer."

Recommended for people who: have wondered what it's like to be pixels, are not easily frustrated. I wouldn't call this a fun game, exactly, but there's something nice about knowing other people are out there having as much non-fun as you are.



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