Monday, October 31, 2005
Dig This: It's midweek. You've worked yourself silly for the last two days and now you're ready for some recreation before thinking about the weekend. Try Hyper Frame, a simple little Shockwave game:
Brace your mind for an addictive puzzle game unlike any other! Click squares on the cube to connect same-colored markers. It sounds simple, but it's a super challenge and once you start you won't be able to stop!
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Googler insights into product and technology news and our culture.
Guess what just turned 34?
10/21/2005 03:19:00 PM
Posted by Paul Buchheit, Gmail Engineer
It's difficult to pin down the exact origin of email, but in October 1971, an engineer named Ray Tomlinson chose the '@' symbol for email addresses and wrote software to send the first network email.
At the time, it must not have seemed very important – nobody bothered to save that first message or even record the exact date. I've always thought that it would be fun to witness a little bit of history like that – to be there when something important happened. That's part of what drove me to join a little no-name startup named Google, and it's why I was excited when I was given a chance to create a new email product, now called Gmail.
Read on and when you get to the end you will find an invite to join the Gmail fun and Games (Well Fun Anyway)
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Would . . .you . . . like . . . to . . . play . . . a . . . game?”
The famous line from the 80’s classic film War Games said a lot about human nature. Twenty-something years later, what do we do with our computers? Play games, of course!
Its name says it all. There are hundreds of games here available for you to play online absolutely free! You’ll need Flash, but other than that, most any OS or browser should work. I’m an avid FireFox user, and everything I tried performed flawlessly with it.
The site is well organized according to game genres. For instance, if you like flying games of various flavors, these are grouped. They range from fighter planes to bone-dropping birds to landing balloons safely.
Perhaps adventure games are more your flavor? Then try any of the dozens of Batman games, including Batman Crime Wave, Batman in Cobblebot Caper, or Batman’s Gotham Dark Night. There are more heroes here than the Caped Crusader, though. For instance, try getting Space Dude past the monsters and get him back to his home planet.
I know, I know, you love arcade games. Never fear! You have your choice of 135 arcade games like Atomic Pong, Cannon Commander, Homer’s Beer Run, Monkey Cliff Diving, etc. etc.
Personally, I prefer the puzzle games. In fact, I’m a mah-jongg addict! I could spend hours on Flash Tile alone. It’s way cool! As you defeat layouts, it moves you on to tougher and tougher ones.
Monday, October 17, 2005
This clone of Nintendo's flagship title Super Mario Brothers faithfully reconstructs the classic gameplay that made this such a massive hit in the 1980s.
You play Mario, the mustachioed plumber and unlikely hero, whose mission is to save the life of his long lost love.
The rules are simple: progress through the increasingly difficult and bizarre levels, collecting as many coins as you can while killing any turtles or malicious mushrooms that get in your way.
This kind of 2D platform gaming is never going to be ground-breaking, but the classic gameplay still prevails.
With gaming now placing a heavier emphasis on beautifully rendered landscapes and jaw-dropping graphics, Mario Forever at least reminds us that classic gameplay was once a necessity rather than an afterthought.