Archive for the 'Video Games' Category

Play Vidicule! Today Only!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


I worked on a little mini-game for YouTube called “Vidicule” that’s on their home page today — and today only.  Still, more people will probably see our game on YouTube’s homepage in one day than will see our games that have been up for years.  The Internet’s funny that way.

Perhaps after playing the game you should go visit one of the web’s more obscure sites.

If you don’t know where to find YouTube’s homepage, first of all, REALLY?  It’s the #4 site on the Internet!  Second of all, it’s here:

We Can Still Go On Adventures

Saturday, January 24th, 2009


Shama’s off to Ireland for 5 months.  

When Arnie’s girlfriend movied to Boston, I suggested that they should play World of Warcraft so they could still do things together, even if those things involve beheading orcs. 

I made the same suggestion to Shama and she seemed up for it, but after some research it turned out the game wouldn’t run on her computer.

Shama: Thank God.

Maybe we’ll play Puzzle Pirates instead.

If You Need Someone To Inflate An Alligator Until It Explodes, I’m Your Guy

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Our family has a Betamax video taken at a public swimming pool on a beautiful summer day.  Everyone is outside swimming and having a good time, but my brother Aric and I are notably absent. Later, two pale tweens stumble onto the bright patio, squinting at the bright sun. We were in the game room for who knows how many hours. Aric was probably playing Zaxxon, which he could do indefinitely on a single quarter. I was probably watching him, Tempest having relieved me of all my change long ago.

I was in the lower-middle class of video gamers — nothing to get excited about. I could maybe get to level 4. Last weekend, however, I found myself at an arcade filled with classic games and I owned Dig Dug like I never have before. It was beautiful.

And while I’m on the subject, didn’t old games have the best plot lines? So there’s this guy, “Dig Dug,” and he has to dig holes because there are tomatoes wearing goggles and fire-breathing alligators he has to exterminate by inflating them with a bicycle pump. Kids will love it!

Don’t Tread On Me

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

I saw this water stain guy in the sidewalk on Sheffield today.  He looks like he belongs in Loco Roco.  It’s no Virgin Mary, but I like him.  I hope he’s still there tomorrow.

Cheer For Cherry Pie

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

My cousins from the Bay Area have been coming into town for the last couple thanksgivings. Like many families, we spend the weekend eating non stop, catching up, and playing games.  Last year I happened to have an XBox with Dance Dance Revolution on it so I brought it up to my parents’ house where we all could play. After my brothers and cousins and I sufficiently humiliated ourselves, we tried to get our grandma to give it a try. And wouldn’t you know it, she did.

I don’t think she really knew what was going on, but she had a big smile on her face as she poked the buttons randomly with her cane. I think she did better than my dad.

This thanksgiving, Guitar Hero was the game of choice.  All three of my living grandparents were there.  They weren’t big fans of the music, complaining that it was too noisy and they couldn’t understand the words.  They complained, that is, until Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” came on.  For some reason they all liked that song.

GRANDMA JANET: This one’s pretty.
GRANDMA BEVERLY: Cheer for cherry pie, Jerold!