Posts Tagged ‘games’

Tofu Hunter – a short review

Posted 29 Sep 2012 — by cheersphilip
Category Games


This is Pop website

Tofu hunter on Adult Swim

Amusing petition against This Is Pop


Things to think about:

playability – fun, graspable, addictive

upgrades – enjoyment, obtainability

character/personality – tongue in cheek, ‘I get it’


Statement of intent

Posted 19 Sep 2012 — by cheersphilip
Category diary

Okay, pretty infrequent updates lately, but things have settled down now, so I ‘m going to look into writing some browser based game reviews!

I love BBG’s, and just want to write down how I feel about the ones I’ve played, so, there it is, coming up. Just as soon as I watch this playthrough of Shadow of the Colossuss


The Final Word on Games

Posted 31 Oct 2010 — by cheersphilip
Category Rant, thought

Okay, so I totally backed out of the promise I made to myself of writing a little piece about how computer games might be useful or even good for you.

What happened was, I got too involved in playing damn games. I try not to beat myself up about this, but the fact is that I have now spent an amount of time playing games that, in retrospect, I would rather have spent doing something else.

I have nothing to show for my game playing other than tiredness and a nagging feeling that I will never get that time back.

I enjoy games while I’m playing them. I think. But there are other things that I enjoy more, surely?

Whilst writing the last post, Notes on Addiction, I got to the point of talking about making games, so that’s what I did – i downloaded a couple of games creators – - and they were good.

However, and this is really the crux of the matter, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them.

I thought about doing something ‘educational’ or based around the school I work in, but that is just lazy thinking and does not stand up to scrutiny by the simple question ‘why?’ So I shelved that as well.

The final word is that, yes, games are interesting and, yes, they can be an amusing diversion for a while, but when you’ve got as many things to do as I have – and now that I look at them, I think ‘these are interesting, cool things that I’ve wanted to do for ages’ – then I’m probably best off doing them first.



Notes on Addiction

Posted 31 Oct 2010 — by cheersphilip
Category thought

In follow up to my post ‘Addicted to Trash’ I can now present my findings.

However, as during this period of time, according to my stated addiction, I have been mostly playing trashy computer games, this post will be fairly biased in this respect.

To be fair, I did get a lot of information from those nice people at Futurelab but, to be honest, their findings can broadly be summarised as follows:

Young people – Fairly interested in computer games

Adults – don’t really get what all the fuss is about.

So I think we can quite fairly leave all that and get back to what is, for me, the central question of why the hell do i find these games so compelling?

The way I see it, we can break this down into three separate areas:

  1. Need to understand
  2. Responsibility avoidance
  3. Relaxation paradox

1: Need to Understand

How do they work? How have people made them? What makes them tick? The same drive that drove me to be a technologist, taking apart anything and everything I could find applies to computer games too.

I know that games are made with ‘sprites’ and ‘pixels’   …

[Ok, this is now an old post that i am just puttin up to show how far I got before being distracted]


Addicted to Trash

Posted 29 Aug 2010 — by cheersphilip
Category diary, thought

I have a confession to make – I am addicted to free online Flash games.

I can’t stop playing them, every moment I get. I love playing them, but when I finish playing them I feel somehow lessened and unfulfilled, as if I’d just been stuck in traffic for hours.

This has not gone unnoticed by my ever-loving wife, who has pointed out that this may be some sort of diversion strategy. In fact, she has wisely pointed out that I may find myself being more fulfilled by, perhaps, cleaning the house or, just maybe, cooking us our dinner, or even – who knows? – doing some shopping.

Now, a couple of days ago my wife and I were musing over the possibility that we don’t have anything that stimulates us mentally. Having just completed her degree, and not considering herself an intellectual, she was surprised to find herself enjoying her dissertation. We decided to do a little essay each over the next fortnight. We will choose a topic, research it and write up our findings. The results will be presented to each other one evening over a bottle of wine.

So, having found this quirk in my character that enables me to eschew my responsibilities and focus only a 17″ screen for hours on end, I’ve chosen to investigate the psycho-physiological effects of video gaming.

Results will be, undoubtedly be posted here in a fortnight.

Game on!

PS: God only knows what my life would be like if I’d ever ventured into serious MMRPG games such as Halo, World of Warcraft and others… you would literally never hear from me again!