Monday, March 14, 2011

A Review of a Flash Game

redThere are a few things to know about me. You should probably know them already.

We are no longer friends.

Anyway, I like playing video games. A lot. Some people could (and would) probably say that I waste too much time playing video games. To them, I could (and would) point out all the other people who waste way more time than me.


Innocence through the substantially larger guilt of others.

The other thing you should know about me is my love of minimalist design. Less is usually more, especially in the web-based flash world.

Regular readers of my first blog may remember a review of another flash game, Robot and the Cities That Built Him. My love for that game is rooted in similar soil. Artfully done games are a rarity, and when one is found, it needs to be shared.

The actual game I’d like to talk about right now is called Red. It is sort of a callback to the old paratrooper/missile defense games. I remember my dad staying up late at night, playing Paratrooper on the first computer we had (the one with the velcro-on monitor glare shield).

It takes that basic game, though, and remakes it in a very classy, inviting way. The design is simple, the controls are basic, and the soundtrack is killer. Easy way to make a game – looks great, plays intuitively, and doesn’t clutter up the screen with too much. How enjoyable. Go play it.


There are a couple of other games I’d like to link to, but I can’t remember what they’re called. I know I’ve liked them on Stumbleupon, but since I’ve liked around 900 pages, I’m not about to go back through and look at each one.

In one of the games, you play a small 2-or-3 pixel figure that jumps around an equally pixelated series of worlds collecting glowing dots. It’s very artistic and satisfying.
In the other, your mission is to fly around to onlookers during the World Trade Center attacks and read their thoughts. The soundtrack makes the whole thing a very ethereal experience.
IF you know either of those games, please tell me where I can find them again. Thanks!

Monday, March 7, 2011

On The Up And Up

Holy cow, it has been a while. A whole month! And maybe a day more than that. I am the worst blogger.

I haven’t cooked in a while. I mean, I haven’t cooked anything new in a while. I promise to remedy that soon. Not saying how soon makes that a very easy promise to keep.

I’m also going to write a blog about cast iron cooking, because it is awesome. A few weeks ago, my friend Andrew and I deep fried some curly fries in a cast iron dutch oven, and a good time was had by all. It was during 24-hour blog day, actually.

I mostly wanted to crack my blogging block I’ve had ever since I spent an entire day at it. Maybe that’s the downside. Maybe I’ve been busy (I have been a bit busy).

Ad Liberation had auditions last month, and they went really well. Only three people came, but they were three pretty talented people to whom we decided to extend the offer of membership. Unfortunately one has since moved to Tucson, Arizona (actually he is currently in the process – might be in Texas by now though) to work for TI, so that’s a bummer, but at least he has a job – not always a given thing.

We had our first practice yesterday with the new guys, and it went pretty well. Things are still a bit rough around the edges, but we are getting there. We have another show lined up – in April at the Monticello Public Library. Check the website for more deets.

Well, at least the giant long February bloglist is finally cleared from the left side to make room for March. Mission accomplished. Sorry for the boring post – I’ll do better next time.