Posted by: Shell | July 9, 2008

Mindless fun

It is no secret in my house that I don’t care for video games. Huge time sucks, in my not so humble opinion.

However, I do recognize that people like them – even my children. So, here are some that I can “tolerate” that my children play:

Portal is one that I can tolerate. It does require logical thinking. No first person shootings, carjackings, or pimps. It’s a maze game. Don’t let that fool you, though. This game is also on the verge of being anti-government. It’s messages are clear. GlaDOS wants you to finish your “test”. When you do, there’ll be cake.

Little by little, you see messages on the wall, “The cake is a lie.” and you realize this game is something more sinister.

It’s not often that a video game spurs such a creative following but even the likes of one of our personal favorites, Jonathon Coulton, had his talents enlisted to write the theme song for this game.

As an aside, it is my personal goal to have JoCo (as he’s known to his fans) play here. He’s a great guy (as well as talented) and even helped Jake earn his Communications merit badge. His songs are so creative – so fun. Think “Weird Al Yankovich” meets “Yanni”. Many of his songs remind me of School House Rock but for adults. And speaking of the “adult” aspect. Be sure to preview his songs first. While 95% are fine for the whole family. There are that 5% that may make you cringe.

Where else can you hear a song about a half-pony/half-monkey monster? (Hapomomo as JoCo calls it.) Or zombie office politics? The creative mind behind this is enticingly sick and welcoming. It fits quite well with my odd sense of humor. Take a moment, enjoy the following:

(“Well technically, I am.” That’s just hilarious!)

I just love him. “I Feel Fantastic” is a poke in the eye to the pharmaceutical companies who promote “Better Life Through Chemistry”. And there’s not a mother in the world who wouldn’t fall in love with the song, “Stroller Town”. I smile just thinking about it.

Taking a step away from JoCo, even the toddlers have sites. Kneebouncers is a fun site for babies and toddlers to play and press keys to find out the cause and effect.

If you want something tame, beautiful, and even poetic, Orisinal:Morning Sunshine is the site for you.

The thing is, there’s a whole world outside. Go outside and play! I don’t want to see you until the streetlights come on.

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