30 December 2009

My top seven Timepass games on the internet - 2009 :)

This is a strange list. This will not include your Call of Duty, nor will it be about FIFA 09. This list is about the games I got introduced to and played in 2009 on the internet.

Note: The list does not include Farmville simply because I didn't use that app.




7. Stick cricket at stickcricket.com
The flash game just got better. Not sure how long the site has been in existence, but I loved the feel of stick cricket / stick tennis and enjoyed every minute of it this year. Very avid fans can register on the site and unlock some exclusive features. It didn't impress me enough to do that, though.

There are several modes of play on the site. The biggest timepass is the world domination which includes twenty over slog to beat sixteen teams from Bermuda to India. Next to that, we have the T2 tournament, where you strive to meet 2-over targets to lift the cup. We have this site at Position 7.

6. Kings of chaos ( kingsofchaos.com )
This is by far one of the coolest MMORPG games on the internet. Most people cannot understand how you can play a game with only textboxes and buttons on the screen. All I can say is, try it out. Humans, Dwarves, Elves, Orcs or the Undead...which one will you be?



5. Gravity Master 
Law of Gravity couldn't be taught in a better way. Learnt more about shapes, lines and physics in general from this game. Completed this game in a little over two hours but played this about ten times this year and referred this to all my friends.

Say hello to scientific gaming! :)

4. Mafia wars
This facebook/myspace app was the advanced version of kings of chaos. Winner of 2009 Webby awards, this game, along with Farmville/Yoville/Poker, has firmly established Zynga as a leader / pioneer in the industry of sorts.

Well, I was addicted enough to this to reach Level 158 in this. Got bored of it finally in December and it's just there now. I don't play this anymore.



3. Galacticos Football on Facebook
I've been on this for twelve days now and I think this is enough of a genius to get to number three. This game answers all my longterm queries on how to create a simple yet effective Football Manager game. It will get boring in a matter of days though, but till then, kick on.

Questions arise on how Maxi Rodriguez could possibly be called the worst Striker and on some other decisions taken by the dev team, but heck, who cares?

2. Chesscube (chesscube.com)

Probably the best site to play chess online. Nothing more, nothing less. The Checkmate post will tell you how much I'm loving it! A facebook app is also coming up. Things are getting a lot more interesting in 2010.

I hereby announce that the 2009 Aswin's award for the best 'free' online game goes to Chess Cube! But wait, there's still position one, no?

1. The Battle for Wesnoth from wesnoth.org
 The best thing about Linux is that most of the games on it are free! Battle for Wesnoth is one of the coolest turn based strategy games in recent gaming history. Playing it online with or against fellow humans is a dream-come-true for people like me. This is the best PC game that I played in 2009. Elven brethren, Dwarves of the mountains, Humans of Wesnoth, Orcs of everywhere and the Undead make turn based games a lot cooler than before. The last game I played in this genre that got any close was Pericles (a demo) that dates back to 1999, me thinks. If there's a downside to this game, well, it needs Linux and you have to install this game while the rest of the games in this list are all playable online. Hence, BoW does not get the award for this year, though it does rank at the very top in the poll conducted among 23 year old Software engineers.




The king of all free games


Whew, Here's 2010 and I wish I spend some more time without my PC / TP on weekends. :)

Antigonish

"Antigonish" is a poem by American educator and poet Hughes Mearns, used in the neat thriller, Identity. The first four lines of Antigonish haunted me for days. Came across these lines again yesterday in a blog and couldn't resist putting them here.


Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away...



Yea, I know. Awesome's the word.

Check mate

I will always be proud of this win :)




20 December 2009

The book that might not be published

I watched Fulham beat ManU three goals to zero and ran around the room in delight at the six point lead Chelsea can now have if they don't do anything silly against the Hammers. The bigger lead it is now, the more points we can afford to give away during the African Cup of nations. Chelsea without Essien or Drogba...*Shudders*

Wait a minute. That was for the other blog.

This is about one of the 'book-things' I write which no lab-rat-reader seems to understand. "The first two chapters were very funny, dude. After that, ...er... I didn't get most of what's written. It was kind of sad and exhaustive. Maybe you should lighten it up a little. That's where the stage is set for a thriller, right?"

Normal feedback, no?
No.

The first two chapters were not supposed to be funny. The rest of them were.


Sigh.
( Locks himself in room and thinks about his future as an author. *Shudders* )