GGF#41: Games for bored and busy people

[Gamer Girl Friday]

This week is Silly Mindless Games Week. Let’s devote half an hour each day to playing mindless, stress-relieving games, because your brain needs it.

Gamer Girl Friday recommends a few bite-size games for taking a quick break between work or studying.

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Table of Contents

  1. Kingdom of Loathing
  2. Time Wasters by Swordplay
  3. Blockbuster arcade games
  4. iPhone: True or False
  5. Guild Wars avatars are so sexy
  6. The five-word story
  7. Results of last week’s contest
  8. Win an Xbox 360 laser pointer LED keyring!!

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Kingdom of Loathing

If you’ve ever needed a short distraction, if you’ve ever felt bored, if you’ve ever needed to kill 30 minutes of time, I have one excellent recommendation:

Kingdom of Loathing

This is a comical web-based role-playing game where you do regular RPG stuff, like questing or killing mobs. Except that, in the game, you get only 40 turns a day.

That means you can’t get addicted to it. Once you’ve used up your number of turns, you can’t play anymore. You can still perform certain actions, but you can’t do anything significant until your turns get refreshed the next day.

Kingdom of Loathing

It’s perfect for casual gamers who want something fun to do for a while but don’t want games to control their lives.

But that’s not the best thing about this game. The best thing is that it’s very funny. The developers have an awesome sense of humour and they’re not afraid to exploit the heck out of it.

Kingdom of Loathing
Seen inside the Haiku Dungeon.

The illustrations are childish scrawls, which makes it very funny when coupled with sophisticated (although you might argue corny) humour.

For instance, as with all RPGs, you get to choose a class of character out of six possible classes. Some examples:

Kingdom of Loathing

The class types are all pretty funny.

During your adventures, you will pick up cool items to help you out.

Kingdom of Loathing

Kingdom of Loathing

To earn these items, you’ll have to battle unimaginable horrors.

Kingdom of Loathing

I’m a playing a Sauceror, you see. And my default weapon is a saucepan.

This game isn’t just about fighting monsters, either. You will often bump into random adventures that make you choose a path:

Kingdom of Loathing

You will visit dangerous zones such as:

Kingdom of Loathing

And you get to bring a pet to help you fight evil monsters.

Kingdom of Loathing

Pooka is my pet. (You can name your pet anything you want.)

You will level up and get stronger.

Kingdom of Loathing

Once in a while, Monty Python fans will thrill to references to The Holy Grail, scattered around the game.

Kingdom of Loathing

To any passer-by who sees you playing this game, you will look like a complete idiot.

But it will be worth it.

I actually played this game years ago. I can’t remember how many years. The game’s been around for a while. But I stopped playing for a reason I can’t remember and my account has gotten deleted since.

A few days ago, I suddenly remembered this game again so I made a new account and now I’m having as much fun with it as I had, years ago.

Well, give Kingdom of Loathing a try. It’s free and it’s entertaining and it’s addictive. Just that it won’t allow you to get addicted.

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Time Wasters by Swordplay

Swordplay is my pesky li’l bro who spends all his time playing time-wasting games. To make him a little bit more useful, I’m sitting on him and making him recommend one fun and simple web-based game each week.

Today, Swordplay recommends…

Don't Look Back

Don’t Look Back is a simple flash game with a deep storyline, although you will only get it upon completion of the game.

It’s a challenging action-platformer using minimalist graphics and will take only maybe 30 minutes to complete.

Don't Look Back

Some of the bosses can be quite tough but it doesn’t matter because you don’t perma-die in this game. If you get killed, you start over in the same place you got killed. No replaying stages!

If you have to take a break or close your browser suddenly, the game will remember where you last stopped and put you back a few frames before that.

You need some patience to get through some of the challenges but it feels great when you do!

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Blockbuster arcade games

If you’ve got an Xbox 360, rejoice!

The Days of Arcade campaign was launched two days ago, bringing you six weeks of blockbuster arcade titles that will make you drool.

This week, the campaign launches with Hasbro Family Game Night, which is a super-value-for-money package because it has many games in one!

Hasbro Family Game Night

Featuring favourite Hasbro games such as Connect 4, Battleship and Sorry! Sliders!, you can play the classic versions of the games or enjoy the revamped versions.

Note that you need to be signed up with Xbox LIVE to download this game. But Xbox LIVE is free to sign up, so that’s alright!

To find out what other titles are coming on Days of Arcade, click here.

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iPhone: True or False

For six months, since I bought my iPhone, there hasn’t been a single game in it. I never really believed in playing games on mobile phones.

When I have time to kill outside, I’m either playing on my DS or reading a book.

But last week, horror of horrors, I forgot to bring out my DS and my book! So I was stuck outside with nothing to do but surf the net on my phone. Which gets old because I’m not really into random net-surfing.

That led me to changing my attitude towards mobile phone gaming. Now I need games on my iPhone for future times of forgetfulness.

One of the notable games I found was True or False Trivia. It’s not exactly a game; more a quiz application.

True or False Trivia

You get hundreds of weird facts for which you have to guess “true” or “false”. I learnt many interesting things through this. For example:

The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

Every time you sneeze, some of your brain cells die.

Interesting, no?

There’s a free version of this application, which gives you 110 questions. The paid version (USD1.99) gives you a lot more but I don’t know how much because I haven’t bought it yet.

lol.

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Guild Wars avatars are so sexy

Still playing Guild Wars.

I created a new character this week. A ranger. Because Kerrendor has a masterplan for us to play the ranger team build, which means an entire party made up of only rangers and their pets.

Eight rangers + eight pets = massive damage.

Guild Wars ranger

Guild Wars ranger

I took the longest time to decide which hairstyle to choose (see above). I’m such a bimbo. Sometimes, I spend up to an hour just customising a character, especially for those games with fully-customisable facial features.

I finally went with the second one because I like the leaf in the hair.

Guild Wars ranger

And the twin pigtails.

Guild Wars ranger

Guild Wars ranger

The game world is really beautiful and the quests can be quite creative and entertaining. Best thing is that it’s not as demanding as other games of its genre. I can actually do something worthwhile in just half an hour.

I guess I’ll be playing Guild Wars for a while.

Guild Wars ranger
My pet tiger.

Guild Wars
A lopsided zone.

Guild Wars
Surrounded by a necromancer’s pets.

I think my elementalist is cuter.

Guild Wars

But I don’t have time to play so many characters!

The ranger team build had better be worth it! =P

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The five-word story

As part of last week’s contest, contestants had to collectively tell a story, with each contribution limited to five words.

I’ve put together the story in full for your reading pleasure. (Assuming you can even make sense of it.)

(Typos have been corrected, punctuation added and tenses standardised. Other than that, the content is verbatim.)

Zombicidal Maniacs

Authors: Lindy, Ben!, Yoi, ahtiong, Aicee, terboo, nigel, quar, Jerry, Sn, Peaches Mode, RN1209, amd

One day, in the village, there were zombies running amok, causing the villagers to flee. And the local priest started praying to the gods for holy lightning, thunder and fart.

Zombies also began to pray to Sheylara, their goth goddess, for some juicy human flesh and lots of chilli sauce.

Packets of Mac chilli appeared, but some wanted ketchup, instead, so they fought among themselves. Soon, three police cars arrived. Two female zombies stepped out and the zombies stopped fighting.

And the zombie king appeared in his diapers and pyjamas, carrying a banana and a bottle of milk for zombies, from the mammary glands of zombie cow across the street, where Yoi lived.

Then, Yoi whipped out his miniguns and shot RN. RN evaded, then fell into a drain nearby where he twitched in pain, scrambling to find his intestines because he wanted to eat Peaches’ pink shirt for dinner. (Kajang satay with soy sauce.)

Soon, the zombies started puking out RN’s intestines. After that, it was Peaches’ pink shirt’s turn. Amd saw RN eating cow dung with dog piss but remembered his intestine was still in the zombie’s puke.

Then he thought, “I need to kill Peaches and Yoi.”

But, suddenly, Yoi unleashed his zombie doggies from Resident Evil and quickly sent them to find Sheylara, who’s in Kuching, bishing Yoi through her iPhone.

Soon, Peaches Mode also appeared aristocratically from the horizon. Then RN bushed ALL. So there.

He was bushing everyone. Then PeachMeister showed up. Ruined everything by bravely shielding the innocent.

“No innocents here. All guilty,” he said.

Then RN quickly went to the law firm to get Justice CG to help RN bush everyone again.

While both bushed, Yoi began to disintegrate, discombobulate and metamorphose because he had diarrhea. So amd recommended him charcoal pills to ease the diarrhea, but that’s not how diarrhoea’s spelt.

“That’s correct,” Peachy pointed out and so the madness continued… or so we thought.

Once…

Well.

The story started to not make sense after around Peaches’ pink shirt. So I have no idea how you guys are going to continue the madness.

But knock yourselves out and thanks to all contributors!

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Results of last week’s contest

And the winner of this awesome Xbox 360 laser pointer LED light keyring is…

Xbox 360 laser pointer LED light keyring

Nigel!

Congratulations, Nigel! I will contact you by e-mail regarding your prize if I can remember to. Alternatively, you can e-mail me, which would be a lot faster!

Now, wasn’t that fun?

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Win an Xbox 360 laser pointer LED keyring!!

Wow. Guess what.

Déjà vu!

I have another Xbox 360 laser pointer LED keyring to give away! So, if you really want one of these and you’re not Nigel, here’s another chance for you!

Alright. You need to do some work for this. I would like for you guys to write a haiku-style verse! Yarrhh!

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of three lines, the most common of which comes in the pattern of 5-7-5.

First line: 5 syllables
Second line: 7 syllables
Third line: 5 syllables.

Example:

I am a contest
attracting lots of people
because I am leet

Your Mission
Write a piece of haiku about me in the 5-7-5 format. You don’t have to use my name but you can if you want to.

Judging Criteria
LOL Factor – 50%
Poetic Quality – 30%
Creativity – 20%

Closing Date
March 26, 2009, 11:59 pm.

You may submit up to two entries each. May the best entry win!

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You have reached the end;
Congratulations, gamer,
but there is no loot.

[Gamer Girl Friday]

24 thoughts on “GGF#41: Games for bored and busy people

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    Gamer Sheylara
    Ingenious and Whimsical
    Silly Boys- It’s Game Time.

    Wow. That was a haiku FAIL.

    Okay, attempt #2:

    Goonfather’s Chum
    Blogger-ess Extrordinaire
    The Cake is a Lie

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    -=}{oT~dEv1L 666=-: Nope, I haven’t. Thanks for reminding me about it. I’ll try and get it! But argh, I don’t know if I’ll ever have time to play. :P

    Yoi: What do you mean no games?

    tiger4: Lol…. cos it was the first charmable animal I came across after receiving my charm animal skill.

    Ana Beaverhausen: Haha, that’s pretty cool! Thanks for your entries!

    Minou: You seem to like buns. Your monk also got buns. :P

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    @Sheylara: Wah, I didn’t drop by over the weekend and now the social bar’s gone! Anyway, its another kickass GGF, my “goth-goddess-cum-ranger-whose-pet’s-name-sounds-strangely-familiar”:) Nice work compiling the 5-word story as well!

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    @Sheylara: Here’s my haiku just for kicks –

    No loot, you say, girl?
    I suppose that’s no surprise…
    Sneaky you are, yes?;)

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    Haha guys, very funny.

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    By the way, to everyone taking part in the Haiku contest, please note that the Haiku has to be in the format of 5-7-5 as demonstrated in the contest writeup.

    Sorry if I wasn’t clear enoguh. If you didn’t get it right the first time, you may re-submit.

    Cheers. :)

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    Let me try some:

    Hey, it’s Grand Theft Auto
    Chinatown Wars out now the Nintendo DS
    What are you waiting for?

    Huang Lee is my name
    I’m on a Manhunt, my mentality’s malicious
    Gotta avenge my father’s death

    My life is very complicated
    I killed people, smuggled people, sold people
    Perhaps things will be different

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    Sheylara, time to go some Capture skill hunting. U got the last expansion? it’s great those dungeons! green and gold loot! BTW, what’s your nick? Mine is Lycan Valance. Add each other so when online, maybe can help u cap skills. hee

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    Um… I’m not even level 20 yet. :P Almost there, though. Just reached level 18 today. Yes, I got the last expansion but I don’t think I can even travel there yet. I just finished newbie island in Factions today. Haha.

    My nick is Sheyli Winter / Sheylara Winter.

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    Hey Sheylara… is there space in your Guild for a newbie … I wanna play with active players : )

    Just gave up on Warhammer due to bugs so I am trying out Guild Wars.

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    ok…let me try.

    Pretty Sheylara,
    Too much games, too little time.
    Life too short, ya?

    The Queen of Gamers,
    Wii, Playstation and Xbox
    She gonna pawn assess.

    Lol. And yes, i love the calender. Thanks! :)

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    Hey Olinko, my guild is really small… we only have 7 active members cos we made the guild not for pwnage but just for friends and chatting, haha. But we welcome you to join if you don’t mind our senseless chatter. :P Send me a tell any time.

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    Hi, Sheylara, i just bought guild wars upon reading your blog on it.
    Can i join ur guild as well?

    Olinko, have you joined?

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    Sure, but I haven’t actually played the game for about 2 weeks (too busy). My friends are still playing though.

    Lemme know what’s your game name and when you’ll be in the game. I’ll log in to invite you. :)

    Olinko joined but quit the game cos he got bored with it. lol.

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