Games

Entanglement – a great use of 10 minutes

Google wants everything from me, including my time, apparently. I found a link to a quick, fun puzzle game called Entanglement in Chrome when I opened it up today. It’s a fun game, Google, but you should know it takes away from the time I spend actually Googling things.


KineWoW

Mashable found a great video – “World of Warcraft” + Xbox Kinect = Magic. Granted, you can’t use Kinect for most of the controls you need to play WoW, but for gesture-based computing, it’s a great start. Are we finally seeing the end of the mouse (and maybe keyboard)?


It’s a SLYT kind of day

I don’t really need a new vacuum, but I’ve always kind of wanted a Roomba to chase the cats. It would provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. But I like this idea even better – use the Roombas to create a live-action Pacman game(video).

Via GeekPress


Don’t make me not like you

I’m a late comer to computer games. I played a few arcade games as a kid, but didn’t have my own console until we got an X-Box . I’ve been a Mac user since 1987, and as any PC gamer knows, there are very few games for the Mac. I’ve seen Seth play many, many games, and some look like they are really fun. But when I try them out, it’s hard to figure out how to do anything and I don’t have the reflexes of a 16 year old. I find that I have to repeat stuff over and over and I generally get bored before I learn how to get past wherever I’m stuck. I thought it was just me, but expert gamer Shamus wonders: Do you need a game to punish you for failure in order to enjoy victory? Or could more novice gamers be won over if games let them learn without endless repetition, especially endless repetition of skills we’ve already learned. Turns out, there’s a game on the already on the market to test this theory.

A present for you

Did you find 95 classic video games under the tree this year? If not, here you go.

Lazy link post

From my open tabs in Flock:

The Hero Factory – an improved costume maker.

Achievement Unlocked – when you only have 1/2 hour to play a game but want to feel like you’re making progress

One way to pay bonuses – “Want your bonus to be worth something? Work for it.”

I had that. And that. And that. And now I have those. – SLYT

Too many tabs – my annoyance, your gain!

I have too many tabs open, so I’ll share them with you so I can get rid of some:

12-Year-Old’s a Food Critic via Metafilter. Look for him on Top Chef in a few seasons.
Guidelines for Cats via Presurfer. Because there’s not enough funny cat stuff on the Internet.
Sithborg, you want this tshirt (there’s also I’ll kill you with my brain!) via CtrlAltTabby.
Incredibots – more Flash meets physics.
Give a laptop/get a laptop is back. But it’s $399. I’ll have to think about that one.
Will Obama make the greatest sacrifice yet – giving up his BlackBerry?
Google SketchUp, a 3D modeler for Macs and PCs, looks like fun.
I’ve blogged them once, but the Shiba Inu puppies are growing up so you’d better watch them while you can.
On second thought, I think I’ll keep the puppy tab open.

It’s the weekend – of course you have time on your hands

Need something to do on the net? Why not play around with Neave.com or read some manga?

Need to get away from the political stuff for a bit?

If you need a break from polls, polls, and more polls after that, go play Factory Balls 2. 30 more levels of creating strange and unusual balls for shipping, now with grass and fish.

The lastest Wii time waster

I’ve been trying to get this: Wiimote Whiteboard for the Mac to work. I’ve kludged a light pen of sorts, and can get the Wiimote to talk to my Mac, but I can’t quite get the Wiimote to clearly see the pen. Anyone had any luck with this? I suspect my light pen is too weak.