Category Archives: Games

Connect Four

Queen to Rook 4, what?...this isn't checkersThis was a great childhood game because it was competitive, skill based and quicker than monopoly.

It’s interesting to know that the game has been solved, meaning that computers have determined the first player to move can win every time if they play perfectly.

“There are some people who can play Connect Four perfectly. Wikipedia link for basic strategy. About Connect Four

When the first player goes in the middle column, the first player will always win if the first player is perfect, but the columns next to the middle column will result in a draw, and the other columns result in a second player win.”

Play Connect Four

I think the AI on this one is better, so when you dominate the first, try this Connect Four game.

Punch A Mole

No sir, I wasn't playing games, just practicing my data entry...I was never good at the punch a mole game. My excuse was that I was six and the wacking stick was too heavy. That same year I found out that you could pull out all the tickets from the skee-ball machine if you pull them slowly with constant pressure. That is really neither here nor there and I don’t remember any of the cool prizes I won, so there’s your brief glipse of me as a 6 year old.

In other news, this game is fun and will prepare you for your next career in data entry which starts shortly after your boss sees you playing this.
Play Tontie

Bracketology

We gotta show these suckas how to play THIS GAME!

Okay boys and girls, this one is going to require some audience participation.

I’m in the process of setting up the annual NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Brackets, and I’m looking for the best online solution. Ideally, this solution would have the following characteristics:

# Free, or inexpensive.
# Allow participants to enter brackets online.
# Automatically score and rank brackets.
# Allow participants to view standings online.
# Allow definition of points per round, including possibility of bonus points for upsets.

Not necessary, but wanted:

6) Allow participants to enter more than one bracket.
7) Be easy to sign up for.

Thus far, the solution offered by cbssportsline.com looks like the best, but it lacks the ability for users to input more than one bracket. Brackets2004 looks promising, but since it’s not up and running yet, I can’t draw any conclusions as to its functionality.

There may be additional features that I haven’t considered that would also be useful. It would be really nice if the system would sort teams by different stats (RPI, Games Won, Turnovers, Rebounds, etc). This might facilitate some bracket picks.

Additionally, I’d like to know what you think the best bracket scoring system is. I’m leaning towards a slightly unweighted system of 1/2/4/6/10/14 as opposed to the classic 1/2/4/8/16/32, to balance # correct picks vs deepest picks. Comments wanted.

I’m sure one of you out there knows of a great solution for online bracket management. Please post it. That means you Yahoo! crowd. I know you’re out there.

Cheers,
Sam

What the Elves do for fun

Santa's Little Elves Always Play Nice

Have you ever wondered what the elves do for fun when they aren’t making presents? Well here’s a good idea of how they get back at Santa with their time off.

Ok, it’s not terribly complicated, but it took me a few times to figure out exactly what I was supposed to do. The first mouse click starts things moving along. Click and hold to retract the catapult, and when you release the button Santa will fly.

Catapult Santa or local copy in case this link goes out.

Penguin Baseball

Rumor has it the birds are juiced.A penguin walks into a bar, and asks the bartender if he has any plums. The bartender, confused, tells the penguin that no, his bar doesn’t serve plums. The penguin thanks him and leaves.

The next day, the penguin returns, and again repeats his request for plums. Again, the bartender tells him that, no, the bar does not serve plums, has never served plums, and, furthermore, will never serve plums. The penguin, a little ruffled, thanks him and leaves.

The next day, the penguin returns, but before he can say anything, the bartender begins to yell: “Listen, penguin! This is a bar! We do not serve plums! If you ever ask for plums again, I will nail your stupid penguin beak to the bar!” The penguin is silent for a moment, and then asks, ”Do you have any nails?” Confused, the bartenders says “No.”

“Good!” says the penguin. “Then do you have any plums?”

——–

At which point the bartender wished he could play: Penguin Baseball

Longbow

That was close.

Shoot your Longbow…to maim badly.

Giving the Finger – Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous weapon was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as “plucking the yew” (or “pluck yew”).

Editor’s Note: You shouldn’t believe everything you read on the web.

Fishin’

Proud to run Linux, but now running OS XLittle Tim was in the garden filling in a hole when his neighbor peered over the fence. Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he politely asked, “Whatcha doing, Tim?”

“My goldfish died,” replied the boy tearfully, without looking up. “And I’ve just buried him.”

The neighbor was concerned. “That’s an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn’t it?”

Tim patted down the last heap of earth then replied, “That’s because he’s inside your cat.”


A quick chuckle, now try to make your fish bigger than all the rest by eating everything smaller than you.

Post your scores in the comments below.

US Online Driver’s Licence Database

Look up your DL and the picture of you is there and everything! ScarySo, I just had an email forwarded to me that casually mentions that you can look up people’s driver’s licence on-line with picture and everything! Jesus!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want this information out there available for anyone to see, so help me let people know what’s going on so we can get a petition started to shut this site down.

For now, jump on here as quickly as you can, look up your own driver’s licence and when it comes up click the ‘Please remove me from this database’ button on the bottom right.

Driver’s Licence Database

Pearls of Wisdom

Get enough and you can make a pearl necklace with them.Think you’re pretty smart huh? Got the car out of the driveway, turned off the lightbulbs on the first five levels (I couldn’t get any further either), you even found out how to move around blocks of diminishing size…nice job.

Next up, take some pearls from this guy. Seems simple, it isn’t. When you’ve done that, try this one, with a fourth row of pearls.
Level 1 Solution: 543 – 541 – 531 – 231 – 221 – 22 – 21 – 1
Pearls of Wisdom to prime the intellectual pump:

* “Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.” – Vito Carleone
* “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Hangman and Flash Fun

L, R, S, P, E
In the spirit of 30-second time wasters, I submit the original childhood guess-the-word game: Hangman. Nothing gruesome, naughty, or even the slightest bit titilating. If it’s too much for some of you, we’ll move it to the indecorum section. For the rest of you, start tying your noose, you’ve got some spaces to fill.

For more assorted fun, see if you can discover the magic behind the Mind Reading Crystal Ball. It’s pretty standard really, but interesting nonetheless.

And finally, my last contribution of the day is this series of optical illusions that are always fun. The “Liar” took me a while.

If you don’t have flash installed on your computer, you need to dig it up from Macromedia.

Enjoy!

Turn Out

Turn Betty on
Freeing cars? Any fool with a drivers license or lax parents can get a car out of the garage…but this test is better.

Now you have to turn out lights, all of them. The last game had 40 levels, this one has 52. As usual, the solve button is for cheaters, but it is interesting to try and discover the algorithm which they use to solve the puzzle from any state.

Game on?

Traffic

Ponch and Jon got all the ladies.Three minute distractions, that’s what I need when I’m waiting for a meeting to start, and someone has to finish up an IM conversation.

I’ve found a good puzzle, called Gridlock, that will fill a few minutes here and there, and shed some light on how the guys in my garage manage to put my car in the way back corner every time. That might not have made sense, but Sara got me a very similar board game where your goal was to free the little car.

CurveBall

Nice curves are a gift from GodAlmost like 3D Pong, but you play against the computer on the other end of the courth and there are no blocks to knock out. OK, so not much like Pong at all, maybe more like tennis, but CurveBall is one tough game.

Remember to take a screen shot of your high scores and post away!

Towers of Hanoi

I loved this as a youth, now I play with donutsAt first I wanted to put this in ‘Indecorum’ which is doubling as a ‘Fun and Games’ section, but this is a great followup to the IQ Test.

Towers of Hanoi is a game of recursion or the skill and logic to find patterns if you don’t know what recursion is. Don’t place a big layer on a small layer or you’ll crush the cake.

Number of moves = 2 ^ (number of layers) – 1 :: 3 layers : 2 ^ 3 – 1 = 7 moves

LaserTag

Lasers don't kill people ... Driving 40 in the fast lane kills people. This is a little dorkier (sic) than most of what…check that, I guess it fits right in with the rest of the content. LaserTag (open a center) was the original real life first person shooter game. Instead, this game uses lasers to turn on lightbulbs….

They aren’t the same thing, but this game of bending lasers with smoke, mirrors and prisms is pretty addictive.

“I sense the urge to cheat is strong in you, resist using the ‘hint’ button.”

Up down click

Apache pilots train here.I think the great graphics are what really draw you into this game. Either that or the complex controls that let you fly a copter over some pretty varied terain. This game has some of the same addictiveness as miniputt, so consider yourself warned.

Highest Scores I’ve seen:
ASP – 3992
Cara – 3800
Thad – 3230
The Dane – 2280

Editor’s Note: I added ASP’s score because we were impressed he (or she) went to the trouble of finding a free hosting site to link it from (since mirrored on b.com). This is a special exception. In general, after the post leaves the front page, high scores will only be maintained in the comments section as they happen. Happy flying!