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An online chatroom isn’t where you’d expect to find a platformer

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Walkie Talkie (Windows) BY DANIEL LINSSEN Daniel Linssen must see platformers everywhere. He’s already made one inside a computer interface and one that works in tandem with a separate game. Now he’s made a platformer inside an online chatroom. It also doubles up as one of the most easy-to-use level creators ever conceived. Called Walkie Talkie, the game is a fully-functioning online chatroom where people can talk to each other by typing into a box. You can scroll through the entire conversation and, at…

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A game idea hidden right in front of you

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. windowframe (PC) BY DANIEL LINSSEN You’re reading this inside a window. Practically every interaction with a piece of software takes place inside one. This has been the norm for computer use since around 1990, which is when Microsoft’s Windows 3.0 arrived and engulfed all other graphical interfaces. It’s reasonable to say, then, that having us reconsider the windows we peer into our computer files and the internet with every day isn’t an easy task. But, in only 48 hours, game designer Daniel Linssen has managed exactly…

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The hope and hopelessness of finding a new planet to call home

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Planetarium (PC)  BY DANIEL LINSSEN  Since the beginning of time, human beings have looked up at the stars and wondered about the possibilities. With Planetarium, Daniel Linssen has taken this dream a step further—maintaining the mystery of the unknowable universe while also giving us glances beyond it. You visit different planets by entering certain words or letter combinations into a planet-generator. There’s over a hundred and fifty possibilities, each planet telling its own tale as it spins on outside your control or even influence. An entire subreddit has been sparked…

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Chill out with an astronaut’s view of the world in Planetarium

Send a person to the Moon and they’ll come back with stories about the Earth. Why is that? All the scientific guff aside, the Moon isn’t all that interesting; it’s a rock with hardly anything on it besides large, dark, basaltic plains. But what the Moon does offer is a brilliant view of the Earth and it’s one that only a handful of people have been able to consume so far. all that’s left is the beauty  One of those is Frank Borman, the Commander of Apollo 8, and one of the first humans to see Earthrise from the Moon, back on…