Category Archives: game

YoungNow challenge

I am liking the new Colorwars (sic) challenge of YoungNow. You have to recreate an image of you when you were little.

There is a gallery and prizes.

Kind of reminds me of Robbie Cooper’s Alter Ego.

Upstaged and YouTube teams

Now this is exactly what I want to be seeing. *This* is participative entertainment. Check out BBC’s Upstaged.

Flirt in 23 characters. (That *was* 23 characters!)

So I have been having some free fun on iilwy. That’s I’m In Like With You. It is a kind of social network but you make contact by playing games with each other, which basically amounts to Q&As thrown at each other in 23 characters.

It’s a competition, a chase, a game – where you make up the rules of attraction, and you choose the winner. And if you’re playing someone else’s game, send charming messages, photos and video their way – and then bid to show you’re really interested. You have a limited number of points, so the more you bid, the more you’re in like. When the game is over, one lucky winner is chosen. Only then can you trade messages.

It fun! I have a fine collection on my “watch” list. Leave a comment if you want an invite – I think I still have some left.

Games consoles in pictures

What a great pictoral history of videogames. Not much in the way of handhelds, but very interesting nonetheless.

My parents bought us an Atari with Pong and other games to help me exercise my lazy eyes. Loved it. Via Boing Boing.

Firebox and Mind Candy – rockin!

I just came back, not at all drunk, (seriously – I drank 4 glasses of free wine and don’t feel AT ALL pissed. Really.) with goody bag in hand, from the Ignite Firebox party. I was informed that it had “something special in it (innit?) for the ladies” or something to that effect by the lovely PR gals. But I had no idea until I looked at it on the bus.*

Gosh what a lovely goody bag- air stuff, Stuff, T3, Perplex City cards.** Annnd a Magic Bullet (um – couldn’t find a link to it on Firebox?) and a naughty catalogue! Hehehe. Nice. Just what I need.
Met some good people tonight. Feel rather daft that I did not know or clicked before now that Michael Smith, CEO of Mind Candy (makers of Perspex – rather, Perplex City) also set up Firebox. I have met him at a couple of, well let’s say something silly like web 3.0 type gatherings, over the last year. I like the company’s thinking a lot.

I am in fact quite a loyal and long-time customer of theirs – as in Firebox. They now beat for me in terms of where I turn first to get those gifts for difficult people and those who you don’t really know very well, but who you feel you should “gift”.

Now I feel even more loyalty to Firebox in a way, because I like what Mind Candy does a lot.
Now, where did that goody bag go…

*Why is it you never see a taxi when you actually make a decision to spoil yourself by getting a taxi instead of the bus??

*Or, Perspex City which I always call it completely accidentally a lot of the time.


“Five years from now a social networking site without a 3D universe will look like a dinosaur.”
– Mark Kern, president of Red 5 Studios.

Game 3.0

I like this. Via Crys’ jollies.

Fujitsu’s “magic ink” picture technology

This is interesting (even if it took me a while to get my head around the story). This could add some fun into ARGs (alternate reality games) in the future, if it became pervasive enough. Clues could be everywhere and anywhere. Essentially, the technology encodes information and data into images in the way that can’t be seen well by the human eye – they can be seen by cameraphones however.

All sorts of unintended consequences from uses we would never imagine right now, I suspect.

Samorost 2

This is the most amazing thing I have seen all year. Via Lev Grossman.

Samorost 2 is in beautiful Flash – and I am not usually someone who has the patience to work out game puzzles. But here, it is so compellingly stunning, it just hooks you in and you want to click on everything. Magical.