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Web Browser Games

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I consider myself an extreme casual gamer (which is why I spent this weekend at home playing Web games instead of rubbing shoulders with stinky geeks at PAX across town). Not sure if you’d heard of these two in particular, but I’d be surprised if you had – unless you were following me on Twitter and Facebook, then you would have found out about these two and a helluva lot more long before this video was uploaded.

Scrabb.ly was created by a Seattle-area developer in less than twenty-four hours’ time. This is a very cool MMO word-game where you continue to build words on tiles.

Swarmation is another online multi-player game where each pixel is a person from somewhere in the world. The idea is to get everyone to work together to form the specified design within the time period allotted. You have to collaborate to score points.

Both of these games tie back into Node Knockout. The idea of this particular endeavor was to bring developers together to build on Node.JS to build things based on JavaScript. The list is seriously extensive if you scroll through to take a look. There are a ton of games and services.

If you have browsed the list at Node Knockout and have found something I might like that wasn’t reviewed in this video, leave me a link in the comments section. I’d hate to miss out on something else I can get addicted to.

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Solve Rubik's Cube

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This fun little toy was created way back in the early 1070s by a Hungarian sculpter. It was originally named the “Magic Cube” and was licensed by Rubik to be sold through Ideal Toy Corporation in 1980. That year, it was named as the Best Puzzle of the year. As of January, 2009, more than 350 million of these babies had sold around the world. This makes it the top-selling puzzle game of all time. The Rubik’s Cube is considered by many to be the top-selling TOY of all time, too.

In the original design, there are six faces. Each of those are covered by nine stickers comprised of six colors – white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow. A pivoting mechanism thingie made each face able to turn independently. This would mix up the colors in various ways. In order to solve the puzzle, each face must be a solid color – all the same, people! The original Cube celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

I have been trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube all of my life. Keep in mind this addictive puzzle was invented back in 1974.

Like many humans, I can spin the Rubik’s Cube in various directions all day long. After hours of studying the masters on YouTube, I finally figured out how to record myself solving the Rubik’s Cube:

  1. Walk into the store and buy a new Rubik’s Cube.
  2. Bring ‘er home and set up a video camera.
  3. Mess ‘er up again while recording.
  4. Bring the video into an editor and reverse playback.
  5. Export.

Yeah, it’s pretty obvious I suck at this. Still doesn’t take away from me accidentally solving the Pyraminx back in the day (that really DID happen).

Have you ever been able to solve a Rubik’s Cube or other puzzle?

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Are You A Word Game Fanatic?

I am addicted to yet another game. This time it’s Scrabb.ly. It’s a massively multi-player crossword game where you can lose lives by swapping tiles and build words until you become the king. Okay, so you won’t really become king. You will have bragging rights when you win, though!

Build onto any board tile to begin and continue building words from your own tiles. Each time you swap a tile you lose a life. The game ends once you run out of lives. Rack up as many points as you can, and don’t tell Hasbro about what you’re doing. (Yes, that’s actually in the game’s posted rules!)

I played this game for several hours with members of my community the other night. It’s addictive and educational, so why haven’t you tried it yet?

This is the Only Rubik's Puzzle I Can Solve

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I remember the first Rubik’s Cube I had many moons ago. It was given to me when I was in grade school. Much like every Rubik’s Cube I’ve owned over the years, I couldn’t solve it beyond the first couple of steps. I enjoy puzzles even if I’m not always very good at them. This new version of the popular cube is pretty cool, though. It appeals to my love of gadgetry and things that glow while giving me a better shot at actually beating the game. The Rubik’s Slide will keep you entertained – and puzzled – for hours.

The news slide is an excellent twist on the old concept. It uses changing lights on one side to emulate the movements of squares on the old cube. These moves are totally unique to the Slide, though, and add a whole new dimension of game play.

There are three levels of difficulty to make this toy perfect for people of all ages. Younger kids can master the easy level while learning even better hand-eye coordination. The hard level is honestly challenging for even the smartest of Geeks.

The Slide requires you to twist or push the top half of the toy to make lights move where you need them to go in order to solve the challenge. Each separate challenge starts with one pattern and continues to evolve until you get it wrong.

If you’re a puzzle fanatic, you should probably grab one of these for yourself. I have a feeling they’ll be sold out as we get closer to the holiday season.

What other puzzle games are you addicted to?

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Can You Solve a Rubik's Cube?

Have you ever tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube? There is a group of people who call themselves SpeedCubers. They attempt to beat each other by solving the Rubik’s Cube faster than anyone else. There are several videos on YouTube of people doing just that. It’s completely insane how fast they can solve one of these babies. I can only solve them by taking the stickers off and rearranging them.
Connor is a SpeedCuber, and sent in the following tips to help you solve a Rubik’s Cube in a short amount of time.

  • Learn to solve a cube. Perhaps the hardest sounding step you’ve heard, but it really is simple once you watch a tutorial and memorize the algorithms (algorithms being a sequence of moves that you use to move pieces around ) There are many tutorials out on the net some are videos some are text based, the one I learned is the first result on YouTube when I searched.
  • Prepare a cube for speed. If you watch videos on YouTube, you will see people moving the cube extraordinarily fast. There are two reasons for this, they learn to push the layers with their fingers and the other reason, is the reason they can push the layers with their fingers, they have a good cube. There are two ways of having a good cube. You can order a cube online, or make a store-bought cube (no knockoffs, Rubik’s brand) fast. If you want a cube that is instantly good, you can order a type of cube called a “DIY Cube” on eBay. The reason it’s called a DIY cube, is because you have to assemble it yourself. It is really easy and there are tutorials on how to assemble these. Another thing to make a cube fast (DIY cube or store-bought) is to use silicone lubricant. Most cubers use either Jig-A-Loo or CRC Heavy duty Silicone.
  • Learn fingertricks. Fingertricks are when you push the layers with your fingers. Doing this can achieve great turning speeds. I have calculated doing about 600 moves in one minute, and people have done 900 in a minute. Fingertricks to come natural to a lot of cubers. Some people, however, need guidance. A simple way to do this is by practicing pushing the bottom face with your ring fingers, as well as the back face, use your index fingers to turn the top face and for the left and right just turn as you normally would. For the front face, depending on how you are holding the cube, it can be easily turned with your index fingers or your thumbs.
  • Learn an advanced method. Most likely, the first method you learn is pretty easy, but slow. Once you get your times down to somewhere between 1 minute and 30 seconds to a minute, you should move to a new method. The reason you learn a slow method first is so that you understand the cube more and then its easier to understand a new method. The “best” (and by best, I mean most popular and fastest) are the Petrus method, and the Fridrich method. Both were created by Lars Petrus and Jessica Fridrich.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice. I know a lot of people might now want to hear this, but this is the most important thing to gain speed. Without loads of practice and determination, you wont get too far. I practice daily. I have been speedsolving Rubik’s Cubes and variations for about seven months, and I currently average about 20 seconds. The reason for that is lots of practice. Once you learn to solve the cube, it’s addicting, and you want to keep solving and solving and solving….. so this isn’t bad at all if you enjoy speedcubing.

Can you solve a Rubik’s Cube? How fast are you? Show us your YouTube videos, and let’s compare!

Am I the Only Player Addicted to Crosswords?

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I’m addicted to both crossword puzzles and my Nintendo DS. So you can imagine how addicted I am to the Crosswords DS game made specifically for my DS! The game only cost me about $20.00. With this game, you can choose from more than 1000 crossword puzzles, or choose to do an Anagram or WordSearch.

Crosswords DS is designed for all players—just select your difficulty level and start off with a basic four-by-four puzzle. As you progress, the game will increase in difficulty and puzzle size. Use the DS stylus like a pencil to write or circle your answers on the touch-control screen. Erasing mistakes is as simple as writing the new answer over the old one. A hint system is also included in case you need some friendly assistance.

In Crosswords DS, you’ll find puzzles perfect for everyone regardless of age or experience. Exercise your word skills in more than a thousand touch-control word puzzles to challenge every skill level.

If you’re a casual gamer like me, or even if you just love word games… you should definitely check out Crosswords DS. It’s my newest addiction!

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Sudoku Games Online

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I’m more of a letters guy than a numbers guy. I hated math in school, and I just don’t want to play a game that involves math. However, I do know that many of you are hooked on Sudoku, so I wanted to pass this great site along to you.

If you’re into Sudoku, check out SudokuJunction. SudokuJunction is abosolutely free. You can register for an account, meet other players with similar interest, play Sudoku and even submit your own puzzles.

When playing the game itself, you can choose from several different options to pick a puzzle. There are sort options such as grid size, solution or not, difficulty and rating by other players. You can choose to give yourself a time limit or not. And as an added bonus, there’s a built-in math checker to help you when you’re stuck.

You can also meet others, send them messages, build a profile, and “favorite” your friends. You can browse other players by their country, gender, age and relationship status. What an easy fun way to meet new friends!

Do you Sudoku? What sites other than SudokuJunction do you find your puzzles at? Email me with more suggestions for Sudoku… or any other… game sites that I might want to pass along to the rest of the world. You can always leave a follow-up comment to this video, as well.

I received this followup email the other day:

I generally play on this site: http://www.websudoku.com

I learned the rules from these sites and many more:

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