Dr. Pippin Barr is the External Lecturer and Visiting Researcher at the Center for Computer Game Research, at IT University of Copenhagen. He has created a fascinating collection of games, all of them based on ancient Greek stories of never-ending punishment. Amongst his Danish habitat, Barr has been writing about media consumption for awhile now, with a particular emphasis on video games. He is also a freelance editor, specializing in "academic writing and offering services including developmental editing, copy editing, and proof-reading."

Anyway, the game is called Ancient Greek Punishment, and it is composed of five frustrating mini-games, turning these ancients into twenty-first-century game characters. You will experience the consequences first hand, playing as Sisyphus, Tantalus, Prometheus, Danaids (the daughters of Danaus), and even Zeno himself (do you see where this is going?). The experience of playing is worth having, for when I played through this game I was surprised by my delight, having found myself repeating the events ad infinitum.

Zeno's paradox is especially enjoyable to play through and never finish. Ever.

platform utilized: browser
genre: paradox
where to find: You can play through Ancient Greek Punishment right here. Be sure and check out some of the other titles Dr. Barr has created.

Paradoxical gameplay: Ancient Greek Punishment

Posted on

Jan 13, 2012

  1. I'm glad to see this blog lives! Those games were surprisingly addictive. How did you stumble upon them?

  2. I know! They are addictive, however, futile. Oh, I came across them in one of the video game blogs I follow. This guy (the creator) is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to trying more of his games in the future.