first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!What makes video games so cool and unique as a art form is their singular ability to convey meaning through gameplay mechanics. Other mediums can use written words or crafted images to make a statement, and games can do that, too. But only games can use the way a player interacts with the game itself as a means for saying something through the game, whether that’s physically trying to prevent a toxic relationship between mutual friends or taking selfies in an increasingly wild party.Hair Nah, a free browser game from Momo Pixel, is a tiny game about tiny interactions that over time add up to a big problem for Black people and, specifically, Black women. The lesson is simple. Don’t touch my hair.So I made a game cause I got tired of women putting their hands in my hair. https://t.co/q0M3i4Pwoh #donttouchmyhair #hairnah pic.twitter.com/9wsvIHbEMe— Momo Pixel (@MomoUhOh) November 15, 2017In Hair Nah players control a Black woman who, know you, has natural afro-textured hair. You can choose between different skin tones and hair styles. But no matter what hairdo you go with, from short curls to elaborate braids, soon enough white people won’t be able to keep their hands to themselves. They’ll want to start touching your hair. And it’s up to you to say, “Nah.”Each level is presented as a trip to a different destination: Osaka, Havana, and Santa Monica Pier. All of the potential touching happens while you’re traveling, walking down streets and riding in cars and going through airport security. During each leg of your journey, endless white hands come for you from every edge of the screen. To stop the touching, simply click on each intruder to swat them away.There’s a little bit more depth to this system beyond its obvious social statement. The hands come in so fast and furious you basically have to become a martial arts master to bat away all of them. But you can’t just click randomly either. You only pass a stage by filling up a meter before time runs out. The meter decreases when hands touch you and when you click on nothing. So you have to be both fast and deliberate when protecting your head.But yeah the real point of Hair Nah is to make an interactive explanation of a very common, very annoying, very dehumanizing thing that happens to Black women all the time. Just because part of someone’s body looks cool or “exotic” doesn’t mean you can touch them without permission! The game’s contrasting art style also plays into this attempt to be a lighthearted depiction of a real problem. Your character and the hands assaulting her are pixelated but look fairly realistic. However, you’re cheered on by adorable chibi sprite and vibrant colors.Hair Nah is a quick, fun, and funny way to learn a good lesson. Maybe some VR headset manufacturers should take its hair messages to heart.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Do you own a Fitbit? If so, your calories, sleep, and wellness data can be used to advance precision science.On Wednesday, Fitbit and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) introduced the Fitbit Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) project, the first digital health technology effort of the All of Us Research Program, in a press release.A step toward changing the future of health! All of Us participants can now link their @fitbit data with the program to help drive health + research breakthroughs. Read more: https://t.co/qMlGjoY6K2 #JoinAllofUs pic.twitter.com/bqVZ75au8K— AllofUsResearch (@AllofUsResearch) January 16, 2019Fitbit users who opt for the program can sync their Fitbit accounts to help researchers learn more about health indicators and help build one of the world’s largest health data sets.Established last year, the All of Us program aims to have one million or more participants. With the program, Fitbit users will be able to disclose health information through biosamples, electronic health records, surveys, and digital health technologies. Fitbit is the first wearable device to be included in the All of Us program.Even though Fitbit users can sync their health stats with Fitbits, they can also share data through their Fitbit accounts. This method will enable them to manually enter health information, including meals, water intake, and weight. Signing up is easy: Log into the All of Us participant portal and visit the Sync Apps & Devices page to get started. Plus, you can find additional information on All of Us program’s website.“This is a tremendous opportunity for Fitbit users who choose to participate, to further contribute to one of the world’s largest research efforts,” Adam Pellegrini, Fitbit Health Solutions’ general manager, said in the press release. “Every day we learn more about the potential for wearable data to inform personalized healthcare and through All of Us, the research community will gain an even better understanding of the role wearable data can play in helping to prevent and treat disease.”More on Geek.com:Stop & Shop Is Piloting ‘Self-Driving Grocery Stores’ for CustomersThe LG G8 Might Feature a Clip-On Second ScreenStudy: Majority of Facebook Users Don’t Understand Targeted Ads SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more