Noby Noby Girl reaches Neptune; earthbound Boys rejoice

Around March 9th, 2014, GIRL became the first worm-like quadrupedal videogame character launched from Earth to reach Neptune. She did this thanks to the untold hours of hard work by players of Noby Noby Boy, Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi’s game about stretching, which allowed players to submit their “total amount of stretching” points to a global pool. This pool determined how far the spacefaring GIRL, in turn, had traveled, unlocking new levels as she reached each planet. Despite developer estimates of one to two weeks, players collected enough points for GIRL to reach the moon within four days. The last milestone was…


The dream of virtual foosball is alive and well…in Jordan

Stateside, a good game of foosball can be hard to come by. If you manage to find a table, it’ll probably be tucked in the corner of a dive bar, in a sad state of disuse, the miniature wooden ballers suspended at diagonal angles, the football lost. The only footzy action I’ve witnessed so far this year was the other night between a mom and her kid who was barely old enough to reach the handles. They were imagining playing. That was until I came across Pro Foosball, the Pan-Arabian developed virtual foosball game (to be released for PlayStation Network…