Category Archives: games

Central Perk LEGO too mainstream for you?

How about a Jean-Michel Basquiat themed UNO set? A collectible 112-card collaboration between Mattel and global artists’ agency Artestar available online from Macy’s (but only shipping to addresses in the US).

Destined for the resale market at multiples of the RRP.


A Rubik’s Cube solving robot built by MIT mechanical engineering student Ben Katz and electrical engineering student Jared Di Carlo of MIT.

Don’t blink as the machine solves the puzzle in a world record beating 0.38 seconds: first in real time, then at 0.25x speed, in case you missed it, then 0.003x speed, in case you missed that.


Moving pieces in a race toward a goal along a path overlaid with your choice of social, moral and nationalistic ideals – the classic boardgame format – going strong since the 18th century.

Above (from top): Round the World With Nellie Bly (New York, 1890); Jeu de la Révolution Française (Paris, c.1792); El juego de la Oca (Barcelona, 19th century); Neueste Nordpol-Expedition (Vienna, c.1875); Stoombots Spel (Rotterdam, early19th century) and The Pyramid of History (London, c.1860).

MORE: Progress in Play: Board Games and the Meaning of History (the Public Domain Review)