We stayed up until midnight last night trying to solve the adventure puzzles of Lego Indy. The advantage of that particular title is the cooperative play mode that not only allows two player action, but lets one progress through the game in two player mode — a feature sorely lacking on many games. This particular feature appeals to casual gamers like Karin who won’t play by herself and won’t play unless she’s making headway in the game. So, a title such as the latest Lego release — recently acquired from the nearby Best Buy — means she’ll be the one asking if I want to play. And that’s cool by me.
I feel pretty foolish admitting that amidst the flurry of a few years of great games and that steady acquisition of modern entrapments built of cardboard, wood, metal, and plastic bits with which we’ve fallen in love, I’ve neglected picking up so much as a pawn to play a game of chess in (count them) three years. I was flipping aimlessly though the iTunes store the other night, perusing new music and podcasts, wondering how it was that my name is now search-able there, and came across an iPod chess game for the mere price of three Monday morning double-doubles. I downloaded, installed, and promptly had my ass handed to me by a machine the size of a deck of cards. Some practice is required, methinks. Sigh.
I’m a sucker for online jigsaw puzzles. In fact, way long ago when I was still in university, I spent some time and energy teaching myself C++ and I coded a (rather crude) bit of software that took a JPG and turned it into a (very blocky) on-screen jigsaw. It sucked. But I’ve since found a few replacements. 1) If you have not tried PuzzleBee on Facebook, it rocks. 2) Before PuzzleBee, I was a regular user of Jigzone 3) And my reason for writing this particular article is to point you towards this little one-off jigsaw app.
Slashdot posted an article about some LEGO.nut who just happens to work at the University of Alberta. There must be something in the water. Dad, do you know this guy? He teaches in the faculty of agriculture…??? Speaking of… I think THIS is going on the wedding registry. Or at least the next poll I have on this website.