The debate on computer/video gaming + list of free games online

Two interesting articles about the current state of gaming:

Father develops cystic fibrosis game to help daughter

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The games that made me

Just read this exercept:

For example:

  • I leaned patience from rock-hard games like Impossible Mission, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Thrust (and from waiting for them to load via cassette).
  • I learned how to spell from text adventures like Zork, The Hobbit and Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy.
  • I learned social skills from multi-player games like Gauntlet, Pitstop 2 and Ballblazer.
  • I developed a love of all sports from simulations like Leaderboard, International Soccer and Summer Games
  • I learned to appreciate exotic animals from Jeff Minter’s Attack of the Mutant Camels, Metagalactic Llamas Battle at the Edge of Time and Sheep in Space.
  • I learned how to think strategically and quickly adapt to changing fortunes from Archon, Boulderdash and Super Pipeline 2.
  • And I learned the universe was a really, really big place from Elite.

What are the games that have made you?

Interesting gaming questions there, lol.

Meanwhile here is a list of free online games to kill time with:
(THESE GAMES SEEMS TO BE DOWN FOR THE MOMENT)

Online Games list

Adventure games:
Arcane Online Mystery Serial – The Stone Circle (Episode 7)
Huntsville
Pharaohs Tomb – Adventure Game
Uncover the secrets of the Ravenhearst Manor!
Snowy Treasure Hunter 2
Tradewinds 2

Platform games:
Diner Dash! (Hometown Hero) Free Online Version
Kids Next Door – Operation M.O.S.Q.U.I.T.T.O.H
Snowy Puzzle Islands
Funny old birds!

Board games:
Jewel Quest
The wisdom of China in a game
Flower Power

Puzzle games:
Bring back the colours!
Titanic – Hidden Expedition

Racing and Motor games:
Ho-pin Tung Racer Game
Rocky Monster Car Game

Simulator games:
Virtual Villagers: The Lost Children
Once upon a time in the far Far West

Quiz games:
Trivial Pursuit Online

Fairy games:
Plantasia

Sports games:
Gutterball – Free Online Bowling Game

Classics and others:
Moneybags!

 

 

Hooked on Trivial Pursuit online – Why are games so addictive on the net?

Seriously, why are games so addictive on computers and/or over the Internet? I’m even hooked on an online version of Trivial Pursuit now! http://free-games-list.blogspot.com/2011/03/trivial-pursuit-free-online-game-six.html

Trivial Pursuit online in a web version

Trivial Pursuit online in a web version



Have either of you ever played that particular version of Trivial Pursuit? I ask, not because of any weird rules or particularly tough questions in it, but because of the opponent – The Teddybear… Well, the teddy bear and it’s moves more precisely.
Who put that in there? Funny as hell though, and maybe that’s why I’ve become addicted to this game?

Audi Carbon Ski coming in 2011/2012

Does these skis look great or what? Seems that Audi is going to start production of a carbon fiber ski later this year, possibly in some sort of partnership with Head. Supposed to be both light weight and strong; all ski enthusiasts will be waiting eagerly for this one by Audi.

The Audi Carbon Ski Concept on Carbon Cover

The Audi Carbon Ski Concept on Carbon Cover

The Audi Carbon Ski Concept Illustration

The Audi Carbon Ski Concept Illustration

Don’t know anything about the price yet though. Read full article here: The Audi Carbon Ski Concept 

Topless avatar shows up in offical Tiger Woods golf computer game!

A woman playing golf at her Playstation was shocked to se her “self” tee off TOPLESS in a Tiger Woods golf game.

Tiger Woods PGA 11 Topless golf computer game

Tiger Woods PGA 11 Topless golf computer game

Jo Eley had “spent ages” creating an avatar to make it resemble herself using face-mapping technology.  But when she started playing, her avatar was topless and, wearing only white hotpants.

Eley, who will turn 27 shortly, said she believed a programmer put the hidden strip in as a prank after Tiger Woods famous screw around with pornstars that was covered broadly in the media. Jo, the mother of one likes to play the Tiger Woods PGA 11 golf game with her partner Nathan Oliver, where they live in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK.

Topless golfer found hidden in Tiger Woods PGA Golf Game for Playstation

Topless golfer found hidden in Tiger Woods PGA Golf Game for Playstation

She told a tabloid: “We couldn’t stop laughing. Now I can’t get rid of it. It could have been worse, she looks quite good and has bigger boobs than me.”

PG Electronic Arts responded by saing: “We have extensively investigated and have determined that this situation is not possible through a retail copy of the game. The player model is clearly modified as a result of hacking.”

It is not know if Tiger Woods have shown any interest in switching to Playstation golf following these topless news.

Mammoth cloning possible in 4 years – Mammoth babies coming

The woolly mammoth, extinct for thousands of years, could be brought back to life in as little as four years because of bored self-involved scientists looking for something to do that will make them rich and famous.

Mammoth cloning possible in 4 years

Mammoth cloning possible in 4 years

Previous efforts in the 1990s to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue from mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost failed because they had been too badly damaged by the extreme cold.

But a technique pioneered in 2008 by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama, of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, was successful in cloning a mouse from the cells of another mouse that had been frozen for 16 years.

Now that hurdle has been overcome, Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University, is reactivating his campaign to resurrect the species that died out 5,000 years ago.

“Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

He intends to use Dr Wakayama’s technique to identify the nuclei of viable mammoth cells before extracting the healthy ones.

The nuclei will then be inserted into the egg cells of an African elephant, which will act as the surrogate mother for the mammoth.

Professor Iritani said he estimates that another two years will be needed before the elephant can be impregnated, followed by the approximately 600-day gestation period.

He has announced plans to travel to Siberia in the summer to search for mammoths in the permafrost and to recover a sample of skin or tissue that can be as small as 3cm square. If he is unsuccessful, the professor said, he will ask Russian scientists to provide a sample from one of their finds.

“The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently but now stands at about 30 per cent,” he said. “I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years.”

Motivational and Demotivational posters: porn parrot, weird cat, skeptical dog, and monkey prostitutes.

Skeptical dog - is skeptical

Skeptical dog - is skeptical

 

The longer you look - the weirder the two legged cat gets

The longer you look - the weirder the two legged cat gets

 

Monkey prostitutes

Monkey prostitutes

 

Porn blocker parrot: Blockatiel

Porn blocker parrot: Blockatiel

Facebook Bloopers, Part 3. The lol continues

Boob reduction - Facebook Blooper

Boob reduction - Facebook Blooper

More Facebook bloopers added today, thanks to some of my clever readers.

24 hour Walmart Facebook Blooper

24 hour Walmart Facebook Blooper

 

Boob job vs hand job - Facebook Blooper

Boob job vs hand job - Facebook Blooper

 

Cats and Balls Facebook Blooper

Cats and Balls Facebook Blooper

 

Facebook Banana Hammock Blooper

Facebook Banana Hammock Blooper

 

Facebook Moobs - Man boobs

Facebook Moobs - Man boobs

 

High and losing your mind - Facebook Blooper

High and losing your mind - Facebook Blooper

 

Jersey Shore - Facebook Blooper

Jersey Shore - Facebook Blooper

 

Lisa Freeboobing on Facebook

Lisa Freeboobing on Facebook

 

Masturbating to Metallica with dads response - Facebook Blooper

Masturbating to Metallica with dads response - Facebook Blooper

Having the family on Facebook makes for awkward situations sometimes.
Previous Facebook bloopers:
Tracey’s little sex blunder on Facebook!
Facebook Bloopers, Part 2 (More than Tracey’s ‘Love Cave’)

Cheech and Chong guy appears in Tiger Woods photo – reaches fame.

Mark Pain shoots Tiger Woods and Cheech and Chong man in Golf Picture as Ball Hits Camera

Mark Pain shoots Tiger Woods and Cheech and Chong man in Golf Picture as Ball Hits Camera

When Tiger Woods duffed a shot at the Ryder Cup, the ball zipped directly toward photographer Mark Pain of the Daily Mail. Pain managed to snap an incredible picture, but his good timing isn’t getting nearly as much attention as a bystander in a funny-looking mustache and wig. Yes, that’s all it takes now to become a celebrity.

The “Cigar Guy” has quickly become the new Chuck Norris, inspiring amateur Photoshop junkies everywhere. The Daily Mail says he dressed in tribute to Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez, but who knew Cigar Guy also appeared in Donnie Darko? Or knocked out Sonny Liston? Or watched Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald? Got an idea of your own? The website knowyourmeme.com posted a Cigar Guy template.

But who is he? Time pleads on its Newsfeed blog for the man behind the mustache to identify himself. That would probably be pointless, because he’ll never be known by anything but Cigar Guy for the rest of his life. Or at least for the rest of the month, and then a new funny-looking bystander will dominate the Internets.

Mark Pain shoots Tiger Woods and Cheech and Chong man in Golf Picture as Ball Hits Camera 2

Mark Pain shoots Tiger Woods and Cheech and Chong man in Golf Picture as Ball Hits Camera 2

Interview with photographer Mark Pain:

 Harry Smith: Instead of [the golf ball] going high up into the air and over your head, what happened?

Mark Pain: Normally — 99 times out of 100, or for Tiger 99,000 times out of 100,000 — he would just chip that to within two or three inches of the hole. When we’re working with Tiger we’ve never had any problems getting that near to him because we know that it’s never going to be an issue.

But all the grass had been trampled by the spectators and he just seemed to catch it really wrong, and it just dinked out to his right and it just headed straight towards me, hit my camera and then hit me, and then landed at my feet. And Tiger’s face — he almost couldn’t believe it. He couldn’t believe he played such a bad shot, really.

Smith: Did Tiger or his caddie say anything to you like, “You’re really too close, you need to move back a little bit”?

Pain: They did … and then we all moved back. Tiger’s caddie Steve [Williams], he’s got a reputation for being very very strict with us photographers … but no, we were all in a perfect position, and the marshalls had agreed where we were. … There was a very wide angle for him to play a shot into towards the green.

Smith: Was it just instinct that made you click the shot?

Pain: It’s pretty much instinct. … You totally focusing on Tiger’s expression because once the ball goes past you there are still moments there to capture. He can throw his club away, celebrate, do whatever he does.

Smith: And the camera’s okay?

Pain: Camera’s fine. It’s a Nikon D3S, it’s taken a bit of a knock here but it’s absolutely perfect. … And it’s only a month old.

Cigar turban guy at Tiger Woods Ryders Cup play

Cigar turban guy at Tiger Woods Ryders Cup play

Land a robot on the moon and win $30m

Dozens of entrepreneurs and space engineers will gather on the Isle of Man tomorrow to finalise plans for one of the world’s most technologically ambitious and financially lucrative competitions: the Lunar X prize.

Google Lunar X Prize

Google Lunar X Prize

The  $30m award, which is being backed by Google, will be given to the first company that builds a robot rover craft, lands it safely on the moon, and directs it on a journey of more than 500m across the lunar surface. In doing so, the competition organisers hope to galvanise the exploration of the moon by opening it up to private industry. A deadline of 2012 has been set for all attempts to win the full prize.

“Nasa currently puts the cost of landing a robot rover on the moon at more than US$1 billion,” said Julian Ranger, the UK financier who is raising cash for Astrobotic, one of the prize’s key competitors. “We believe we can get that cost down to less than US$50 million, a price tag that will transform lunar exploration and make the moon a target for all sorts of commercial operations,” he said.

Apart from being able to manoeuvre around the lunar surface, the little Astrobotic rover – which resembles a traffic cone on wheels – has been designed to carry people’s cremated ashes to the moon as well as a variety of small experiments. In addition, it is intended to land the probe near the 1969 landing site of Apollo 11 in the Sea of Tranquillity.

“Part of our business plan will be to get our rover to move round the site and take a 3D high-definition film of it,” said Ranger, a former engineer, software developer and self-confessed spaceflight fanatic who raised the initial investment that was needed to set up Astrobotic Technology.

“This [footage] would be shown on television around the world. If nothing else, it should prove to the doubters that the Apollo missions really took place.”

The Google Lunar X prize has been created following the success of the Ansari X prize. This was established in 1996 to inspire private investment in manned space travel and the US$10 million prize, backed by a number of US foundations, was won by aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan.

His SpaceShipOne craft was flown twice within a month to the edge of space in 2004. That technology is now being used to build Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic fleet of spaceships, which are scheduled to start carrying tourists to space by 2012. Tickets are priced at US$200,000 each.

One of the first customers to fly on the Virgin Galactic will be Ranger.

He said that Astrobotic Technology hopes to build its lander for US$15 million to US$20 million. The company is in negotiation with SpaceX – a private US launch company controlled by the software billionaire Elon Musk – which was recently awarded a US$1 billion contract by Nasa to ferry supplies to the International Space Station.

The deadline for a team to make an attempt to win the full US$20 million Lunar X prize has been set for December 2012. After that, the prize money will drop to US$15 million.

If no project has succeeded by December 2014, the competition will be scrapped – though there is a prospect of an extension, say the organisers. Bonus awards have been added to the prize.

If a rover cannot only travel half a kilometre over the lunar terrain, but survives the cold of a 14-day-long lunar night, an extra US$4 million will be awarded. Another bonus, of US$2 million, will be given if the craft is launched from Florida.

A total of 22 teams have put their names down as competitors for the prize.

Eurovision 2010 – Eurocraze in Oslo Norway

Eurovision is upon us once again. Lot’s of craze about, well, what? Let’s face it, the music from the Eurovision Song Contest is always 99% rubbish. It’s one giant freakshow of so-called European nations, worse even than MTV these days. However, we can’t dismiss the Eurovision SC completly, for one good reason: it’s comical value.

There are some funny videos here I will admit, Eurovision Videos

Lena Meyer-Landrut (SKL Show 'Tag Des Gluecks')

Lena Meyer-Landrut (SKL Show 'Tag Des Gluecks')

“Oi don’t give a shit,” Germany’s newest pop star sings in her odd accent, Der Spiegel

Even BBC agrees to Eurovision being a cliche, Eurovision 2010: How to write the winning lyric

Let the show begin! Now who will win? Oi don’t give a shit. 🙂

Facebook Bloopers, Part 2 (More than Tracey’s ‘Love Cave’)

Facebook Bloopers

Joshua, Monica, Bob, Cousin, Sister, typical Facebook Blooper

Joshua, Monica, Bob, Cousin, Sister, typical Facebook Blooper

Laptop is Back, Porn Industry Relieved - Facebook Blooper

Laptop is Back, Porn Industry Relieved - Facebook Blooper

Glow Sticks, Sperm Face - Facebook Blooper

Glow Sticks, Sperm Face - Facebook Blooper

Firealarm and Christmas Puke, but Mom won't have it - Facebook Blooper

Firealarm and Christmas Puke, but Mom won't have it - Facebook Blooper

Eyal and Travis, Swallow - Another Facebook Goodie

Eyal and Travis, Swallow - Another Facebook Goodie

For Tracey’s ultimate Facebook blunder, look to previous post

Google Street View car chased by frogmen in Bergen, Norway

Google Street View was finally launched in Norway this week, and some surprises were expected. But perhaps not any expectations to see the Google Street View car chased by fully dressed frogmen on the streets of Bergen Norway?
Nevertheless, there they are.

Rugdeveien 39 Bergen Norway - Google Street View Maps

Rugdeveien 39 Bergen Norway - Google Street View Maps

Norwegian Frogmen on Google Maps Street View in Bergen

Norwegian Frogmen on Google Maps Street View in Bergen