Intermission: miraculous healing/jumping power

This dude blew up his achilles tendon. A year later, he’s jumping all over the place.

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How to play outside: just move

Rochester Parkour‘s Charles Moreland explains parkour (for the sane), human movement, and play.

Watch it, get inspired, and try taking a different path. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a city with a parkour gym, try a class. If not, there are still a ton of ways to get started that don’t involve jumping off buildings.

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Receiver, the game

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receiver: /ɹəˈsivɚ/, noun, 9. (firearms) The part of a firearm containing the action. (img by Shooting Illustrated)

Wolfire Games, developer of the highly-anticipated (for an indie title) Overgrowth, put together a neat little game for the 7 day FPS challenge called Receiver ($5). This game is unique for a whole bunch of reasons not the least of which your in-game avatar is essentially a 1911. More to the point, it’s a real (imaginary) 1911, in that it is modeled off the actual gun, and lets you operate the pistol in the same ways that you could in real life.

I wonder if they made it picky about hollowpoints.

They get into some of the game theory behind Receiver in this video, and have made a trailer to go with it.  (more…)

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Parkour for the sane

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He's yelling "parkour!" but you can't hear it. (img by Beth Jusino)

If you go Youtubing for parkour, you’re going to see some incredible things: muscular shirtless young guys climbing buildings, jumping from rooftop to rooftop, and doing triple flips off 20′ drops. You’ll see lots of fail videos, lots of parodies, and lots of Red Bull commercials.

I’ve got some great news for you: parkour does not have a roof-gap, side flip, or “parkour!” yelling requirement. Parkour is fast efficient movement from one place to another using just your body and the environment. The best part is that “the environment” is what you make it. If you’re at the local playground, the ground may morph into lava when you’re not looking, forcing you to climb around on top of stuff. Or there might be blacktop-swimming crocodiles on the road, forcing you to balance on the curb.

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Sometimes crocodiles look like cherry blossoms. (img by Beth Jusino)

What you may have missed is that parkour is just like any other activity: there are lots of different levels of practice. You wouldn’t forsake pickup football games after watching an NFL game or decide to stay far away from bicycles, snowboards, or skis after watching the X Games.

Parkour is like buildering: you can practice it at low-risk levels that are well within your reach, no matter what your age or physical condition, gradually improve over years, and maybe when you’re 70 you’ll be immune to Danny Glover syndrome and be able to get to your keys if you need them.

I want to show you who else does parkour, and to do so, I invoke the power of Youtube… (more…)

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What can we learn from FPS campers?

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He's right there behind the bush. (img by Steve Wilson)

I played woodsball with my brothers and father one summer a couple of years ago. It was the second time I’d ever played any sort of paintball game, and I learned a hell of a lot.

I’ve always sucked at FPS type games. I have a weird spatial-awareness retardation when it comes to representation on the screen. It takes me forever to memorize maps that my brothers seem to pick up instantly, and I die a lot. I’ve begun to suspect that they’re good at learning maps because they’ve spent thousands of hours playing FPS games, where I’ve spent probably less than 40, but I like playing outside too much right now to dedicate time to killing dudes on screen.

I’ve always liked playing in the woods, love things like flashlight tag and capture the flag, and now play outside under the totally legit auspices of parkour.

But it turns out that parkour experience translates really well to moving around in the woods, but it translates really badly to the objective mission of paintball: shooting other people and avoiding being shot.

I expected my paintball debut to look like this: (more…)

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