Save the colors of Quur’s painterly world from disappearing

The students that made Quur say it’s a game about the impact of violence. But it’s not full of blood sloshing around the dirty concrete of some decrepit virtual city. Quur has the look of a game so innocent that you’d think it doesn’t even know what violence is outside of a kid stealing its lunch money. It’s a pretty little thing but don’t discredit it for its looks. Sure, Quur doesn’t have the dynamism of say, Dishonored (2012) and Undertale (2015)—which also offer the choice of violence and non-violence, and change their worlds in huge ways depending on the approach you take—but…

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Hue is here to make you appreciate colors again

The sky is blue. That much we can agree on. Or can we? I mean, where I reside in San Francisco, it’s typically an ominous shade of grey (because, fog). In the clever new platformer Hue, from Fiddlesticks Games, the sky doesn’t have to be blue. Not always at least. The sky can be crimson red, fuchsia, purple, orange, lime green, and a couple of other tones. And it’s necessary to change—that’s at the heart of this game’s challenge. As you trek through its base-grey world, you must manipulate the sky to different colors to make various objects both appear…

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Dark Souls III and the color purple

You first encounter them in the Undead Settlement. It’s a moment of incongruous reprieve: having rolled and dashed your way through a hail of human-sized arrows and swarms of rake-wielding peasants, you come up a hill and into a dark, somber cathedral that all but invites you to stop and smell its flowers. With their violet hue and soft yellow centers, these delicate beauties scattered around the building seem more unlikely than any of the monstrosities you’ve been busy butchering. Dark Souls III’s kingdom of Lothric has, up to this point, largely displayed the same taste for earth tones favored…


What the NFL could learn about colorblindness from videogames

One might reasonably suspect that the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and New York Jets (which fans reliably inform me is spelled J-E-T-S) are fundamentally interchangeable, but last Thursday the league took this theory a bit too far.  The Jets played in their customary green while the Bills wore red—or, as colorblind viewers saw it, both teams wore indistinguishable shades. To those suffering from red-green colorblindness, a population the National Eye Institute estimates as “8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women with Northern European ancestry,” the whole thing was a vision in brown. If you are not red-green colorblind, Deadspin…


Specimen wants to give you the color perception skills of a veteran painter

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Specimen (iOS)  BY PepRally If your passion involves mixing paint to attain specific tones, then Specimen should come easy to you. The game involves picking out the floating blob of color (in a dish containing many) that matches the tone in the background. It’s a task that encourages thorough use of the squint, which isn’t actually helping you at all, but it feels like it is. For this is a test of your perception under the clock. Is it that shade of purple you’re after? Or…


A new app lets you explore the world with a child’s eyes once again

Somewhere, between childhood and adulthood, we start to look at the world differently. Over time we forget what it’s like to experience the world as a place filled with color and music the way we did as children. It’s a transition that can only be described as a shame. “an instrument for exploring”  There are some who have not given up on adults’ ability to appreciate the world around them: Developer Linked by Air is trying to recapture this synesthesia of our youth through their new app, Bug, which reads colors from the world around you and translates them into…


Sature proves that painting and turn-based strategy can get along

Ian Sundstrom has managed the impossible. At least, in my mind he has. He has found a connection between painting and turn-based strategy. My mental landscape positions these two concepts at polar opposites: painting is joyous and expressive, while turn-based strategy is stern and composed. One is a child’s dance across a grassy field, the other is an old man brushing a speck of dust from his pristine military uniform. a “chess-like dance”  A former painter and artist, Sundstrom says that when it came to forming the idea for his first game, he drew from the process of mixing colors on…