Meet Google's New Gaming Platform: YouTube

Meet Google's New Gaming Platform: YouTube

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Search engines, social networks and now intensely addictive casual games; is there anything Google can't do?

The game is called Nexus Contraptions, and it's completely sucking my will to type any of these words.

In essence, the game tasks players with crafting a Rube Goldberg-style array of devices capable of moving a ball into a funnel. It seems simple (and thanks to a drag-and-drop interface it is) but the later levels offer really devious construction possibilities. Don't blame me if you spend the rest of the day strategically arranging rubber bands.

It should be noted that this game is something of an advertisement for Google's Nexus S Android phone, though the marketing push is very subtle. Yes, the thing is branded with the phone's logo, and in theory the end goal is to construct one of the gadgets, but it's less intrusive than any of the spam email you'll see today.

Also, I should point out that Nexus Connections is built on top of YouTube, somehow. My coding wizardry begins and ends at HTML bold tags, so don't ask me how it's done, but apparently someone at Google thought the challenge of constructing a wildly addictive game on top of a video sharing site would be entertaining.

If your interest is suddenly piqued, or you really hate being gainfully employed, you can find the game on YouTube.

If I can editorialize for a moment, this game makes me wonder why we don't see more of its type these days. Remember The Incredible Machine? Those games were both incredibly fun and instilled an interest in physics and engineering in even the youngest children. It's a rare formula that is entertaining and educational, and given the detailed physics simulations and gorgeous graphics tech in modern consoles and computers, it's a shame we don't see developers tapping it more often.

Sure, I like the Diablo formula. Picking up tons of color-coded loot never gets old, but sometimes I just wanna throw conveyer belts at a problem until a solution appears.

Source: GameSetWatch

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"is there anything Google can't do?"

Hire someone to fix Youtube's awful interface?

People have already cheated the leaderboards to death. I find it highly unlikely anyone could complete the first level in negative time.

Woodsey:
"is there anything Google can't do?"

Hire someone to fix Youtube's awful interface?

They fixed it.

http://www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda

It's lovely.

I was planning on getting work done on my video game concepts today, but oh well...

Joshimodo:
People have already cheated the leaderboards to death. I find it highly unlikely anyone could complete the first level in negative time.

maybe by breaking the laws of physics, you know to some these are just suggestions...

Day officially wasted. Thanks, Mr. Cavalli! <3

Gave up p fast. But that is the coolest marketing gimmick I've seen in some time

Earnest Cavalli:
Remember The Incredible Machine?

Did you just refer to The Incredible Machine?

You're now my friend.

Is it just me, or were each of those levels more intrinsically easy than the last? For example, the very last one? I used two items to complete it, and none of that crazy upside-down or teleportation crap. This didn't really waste my day at all, more like around ten minutes of it... They tried to make the levels more complicated than they actually are. Lame.

redmarine:

They fixed it.

http://www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda

It's lovely.

Damn. That IS an improvement.

Grey background might take a little getting used to, but it's all very pretty. I like.

22 Minutes! Awesome way to spend some time. Thanks.

It was ok, but not really my thing. Now if I had an Epad like my dad or if I had a phone, that might be a different story.

It's okay, way too short and easy. I'd actually love to make a game like this, but lack the knowledge.

13 minutes so it's not really day wasting material.

redmarine:

Woodsey:
"is there anything Google can't do?"

Hire someone to fix Youtube's awful interface?

They fixed it.

http://www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda

It's lovely.

They removed the option have your subscribers and subscriptions show up on your profile, and then needlessly segregated the comments and the uploaded videos into separate pages, 'cause why keep them both on the same page.

Yeah, I'm not seeing the improvement.

Woodsey:
"is there anything Google can't do?"

Hire someone to fix Youtube's awful interface?

Ninjas. Damn.

redmarine:

They fixed it.

http://www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda

It's lovely.

Damn that's actually pretty good.It's gonna take me awhile to get used to the new channel design but overall I'm proud of them,they did a good job.Thanks for telling about it btw.

So they bought a company who made a flash game, alrighty then.
It's pretty fun but really short, luckily there are thousands if not millions of these on the net.

pretty short...
too bad i didn't beat the best time of -40000 minutes

vivster:
pretty short...
too bad i didn't beat the best time of -40000 minutes

Yeah, finishing almost a month before you started? I suspect a certain Time Lord (who shall remain nameless) of playing around with this.

Raiyan 1.0:

Earnest Cavalli:
Remember The Incredible Machine?

Did you just refer to The Incredible Machine?

You're now my friend.

so....much...... nostalgia......
my schools computers had 2 and 3 and the public library had contraptions and more contraptions
my school only had 5 comps with 3 though and it was quite literly a brawl to get one of them,lord help you if you had to go to the washroom, and every time i went to the library i used to get both contraptions.

im still able to play contraptions and more contraptions due to my library still has them and makes "backup copies" in-case someone breaks a disk.hmmmmmm mebby i should make myself a backup copy too so i can play it any time

redmarine:

Woodsey:
"is there anything Google can't do?"

Hire someone to fix Youtube's awful interface?

They fixed it.

http://www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda

It's lovely.

Damn they made it even worse!

Needs to go back to ~2008 or so. Get the controls out of the video frame, they don't belong there.

 

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