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  • Games, Internet, Prudence

    Online Gaming

    28.02.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Online Gaming

    Free Realms is an MMO (massive multiplayer online game) that is due out later in the year. It’s free in that you don’t need to pay to play it (like you would with World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, and others) and that you are free to do just about anything you want; you can race cars, raise pets, be a wizard, or whatever. It’s kid-friendly and intended for all ages.

    Open beta begins in April, and you can sign up for it now.

    Another MMO on its way is Star Wars : The Old Republic; an online webcomic set in the Old Republic, with new issues popping up twice a month, is available here.


  • Games, Grimm, Internet

    Googlewhack: An Idle Google Game Part 2

    13.02.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Googlewhack: An Idle Google Game Part 2

    An oldie but a goodie for wasting time.

    Googlewhack is a game where you type two words into a Google search to yield only one result (it even has its own website). It’s pretty difficult but infinitely rewarding (as all time wasters are). In a few minutes of trying the best I got was two results for “shwar aardvark”. You have to spell things correctly of course or else you’re cheating (even with spelling errors it’s still hard since lots of people can’t spell).

    The first rule of Googlewhack: don’t brag about your Googlewhack find on the internet; you’ll unGooglewhack yourself. So if you get one we’ll just have to take your word for it.


  • Games, Grimm, Internet

    An Idle Google Game

    09.02.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on An Idle Google Game

    If you’re bored try this, courtesy of John Green’s blog (and here, Hank is his brother) via Marshall County Library’s Young Adult Blog:

    Type your name into Google followed by a verb then hit ‘search’ to make all sorts of discoveries.

    Example number 1:
    Grimm says…
    … he is ready for Steelers’ top coaching job.

    I sure am, yes siree, let me at them! The Steelers, they play American football right?

    Example number 2:
    Grimm does… 
    … not need to hide behind some absurd mask

    Actually yes I do – it’s much easier to write with mask firmly intact.

    Other verbs to consider: eats, loves, needs, wants, wears, loves… basically anything you can think of.

    This really is totally a great way of looking like you’re doing important work.


  • Flash games, Games, Internet, Simon

    Flash 3

    28.11.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Flash 3

    It will probably be sunny all weekend, but that’s no reason not to stay indoors and play these great online flash games.

    Fold – you’re an ant with the ability to create gravity wells so as to avoid … well, death. It’s a bit tricky to get the hang of it, but not too difficult.
    99 Bricks – It’s the opposite of Tetris. Frustrating!
    QWOP – I was terrible at this incredibly difficult racing game.
    Run – Great fun! And addictive too, in the good way that some games are.
    Amorphous Plus – Kill the gloobies with a big sword! (Not as violent as that sounds.) We liked this one – it’s very satisfying.
    Physics Invader – Old-school Invader, but with physics!
    Wooden Paths – Build wooden bridges across rivers – curiously engaging and relaxing.
    Aether – once you’re sorted (it’s quite hard to get off the planet) this game is kind of serene.

    See these earlier posts (here and here) for more games!


  • Flash games, Games, Sci Fi, Simon

    Flash 2

    12.09.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Flash 2

    Here’s a new list of online Flash games. Perfect for a rainy weekend. Or a sunny weekend – either way. A previous list may be found here.

    Maze Stopper 2 – you must reach the flag before the computer. You can stop time! And build obstacles!
    Switch – your magnetic ball must collect all the balls of the same colour – you can change colour whenever you like, but don’t touch the other colour. Or else it’s all over.
    Defender – you need to protect the planet from aliens. I think (I haven’t played this one yet).
    Foolyu – you must fight weird three-eyed monsters. It’s really cool! It’s all in Japanese (apart for ‘game over!’), but pretty easy to work out.
    SWFRoads – pilot your spaceship (?) at mad speeds through am obstacle course – in space! Highly addictive.
    Samorast – this is a puzzle. Quite a hard puzzle! Very atmospheric.


  • Games, Science!, Simon

    Jump, spider, jump

    04.09.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Jump, spider, jump

    Play with spider! You can feed it, make it jump (if you turn on user control) and grow freakishly large – and then drag it around by one of its creepy, hairy legs. I’m screaming with terror as I type this!


  • Fantasy, Games, Prudence

    I put a spell on you

    03.09.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on I put a spell on you

    The previously-mentioned online game, Wizard101, is now up and running. Your character is studying to be a wizard at Ravenwood School of Magical Arts. You can level your character, choose a school of magic and cast spells, duel other wizards, explore far-off worlds, and collect magic cards. The trial is free (and doesn’t expire); otherwise, the monthly subscription is US$9.99.


  • Games, Simon

    Bond. Young Bond.

    28.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Bond. Young Bond.

    Young Bond is a free online game that will run until the 8th of October. It was started by Charlie Higson, the author of the Young Bond books (they’re in the children’s fiction section, but are also good for teens), to encourage reading. You can choose to be a British spy or a Soviet agent – although I think we know how that turned out. And the site has free downloads!


  • Games, Simon, Sport

    NZ wins gold – /grats

    14.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on NZ wins gold – /grats

    Our Olympic medal tally mightn’t be too wonderful, but NZ has done very well at the World Cyber Games Asian Championship in Singapore, winning a gold medal in Guitar Hero III and a silver medal in DotA All Stars – and so earning them the Asian Championship Trophy. NZ’s top gamers are represented by the eBlacks (you can listen to an interview with an eBlack that aired on National Radio this morning here). Nice one!


  • Games, Internet, Simon

    Do you know all of the words?

    07.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Do you know all of the words?

    The 100 most common words in the English language – how many do you think you know? You have five minutes to find out! I got 44/100, which was quite reasonable. (There are some words that are more common than you‘d think.)

    A few clues for you.


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