Links for April 7, 2019

‘No console required’: Google unveils streaming game platform, ‘Stadia’

At GDC 2019 this morning, Google detailed its long-awaited streaming game platform, dubbed Stadia.

The Unexpected Philosophical Depths of the Clicker Game Universal Paperclips

Neima Jahromi writes about Universal Paperclips, created by Frank Lantz, and other clicker games, like Cookie Clicker and Candy Box!, which represent how our actions are constantly mediated by screens.

The James Bond Corkscrew Jump Was The First Computer-Modeled Stunt

I’m a little surprised that we haven’t covered this in detail before, because it’s so crammed full of Jalop-bait: jumping and flipping cars, AMCs, James Bond, frustrated backwoods law enforcement, and lots of secret math and early computers. The jump is the famous corkscrew from The Man with the Golden Gun.