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Game 15: Neptunes Pride Game 16: Captain Forever

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by chachisays

Game 15: Neptune’s Pride.

Do you like Diplomacy, Trade, Resources, Combat, Industry, Economy, Science? or rather, Do you like controlling these things? Do you like playing Risk? Only in space, conquering stars?

Do you want a game to obsess about, constantly check to make moves knowing damn well that its not your turn yet?

God I love the smell of Conquest in the Morning! This is the game for you!

Pack your space suit, And hop in the space hoopty, hit the switches, and show your space colors it gang territory war time!

Neptune’s Pride is an online flash game that pits you up against 7 other players. The goal using diplomacy and battle. Be the first to conquer half the stars in this galaxy. You use science to increase your technology. this increases both battle techniques and ship power. Diplomacy helps you from getting destroyed quickly when you accident conquer a star in someone else’s unmarked section of the Universe! Hi, mind putting up a fence or something sheesh.  if you like civilization but don’t have 8 hours to spend on a marathon game of it, this game is for you. Set it and forget! you’ll get email updates telling you when a cycle has been completed and you can log back in and take a look.

Its not a bad game to play, but if you are looking for instant entertainment, this is not the game for you. Still decently fun.

Game 16: Captain Forever

As I said earlier both games are space related and as nerds we have a duty to at least try the game. Nerds are attracted to space like a mouse to cheese. Well this game is not graphics heavy. Also the only goal is to stay alive for as long as possible.   This is one of the best features of flash games on the internet.

You take a short break from what ever you’re working on and you start playing the game. If you last a while then you stop when you need to refocus, if you die after 10 mins, no big deal, You regain focus on whatever it is you’re working on. Win Win Win.

Captain forever is a game where you pilot a command center of a ship. The point? Destroy other ships and attach their parts to yours in order to create a better ship! Boom, win! Run and Gun, Run and Gun. Red 5, This is Red 6 prepare to engage the enemy.

The controls are simple to learn and you quickly learn how to balance the ship because failure to do so will mean that your ship will not stay on the planned course and you will find yourself veering to the heavier side.

Chachi Says: The internet is full of time wasters. in fact thats what the internet was made for. Ten minute time wasters. Great stuff.  So, its time for some feed back! Are you enjoying this? is there places i can improve on? looking for your thoughts on this!

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Game 13: Quadradius and Game 14: Desktop Tower defense.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by chachisays

Game 13: Quadradius and Game 14: Desktop Tower defense.

Hello again! I know it seems as if we are just chugging along through this journey, but I assure you they wont always be up this quick, its just easy to get a quick assessment on the last 14 games because of the types of games they are.

Game 13: Quadradius

This game is available over at http://www.quadradius.com. Two man team and they’ve gotten some pretty good reviews from some big sites in the 5 years they’ve been around.

Now, I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of an accurate description to tell you all what this game could be compared too or what it is. The only thing that I could think of for it was Futuristic Space Checkers!

Each player starts with 20 “checkers” on an 8 by 10 board. The object? Capture all of your opponents pieces. However, there is no diagonal moving, you can move forward backwards and side to side one square at a time. They also drop “powers” or power ups around the board to well obviously to give you powers to use to destroy your opponents pieces. There are no kings or anything equal to that so move where ever you have to, in order to straight pwn your opponents n00b a$$ and all that jazz. Now the game lets you play as a guest which lets you experience the full game, however you can also sign up for a subscription which takes away the name length limit and the GUEST it adds to whatever you type in. Just like all competitive web games you will have to deal with players that take their sweet ass time in hopes of boosting their stats with an easy win. Enjoyable for a while but I wouldnt pay for a subscription. However, I am only one person. Give it a shot.

Game 14: Desktop Tower Defense.

This game was launched in March of 07, and surprising made 100k off of 40 m loads in the first year. Makes me wish I was a game coder…. The game is so simple yet so addicting. You can get lost for a few hours.

Anyhow, The game goes as such, Desktop TD is a fun flash based puzzle / strategy game where you have to protect your desktop from invaders by spending money on attacking pieces and building a maze for them to follow. Strangely addictive yet stress relieving… how many levels can you survive?

Weapon placement and upgrading is key to longevity. This game was a huge influence on tower defense games to come. A game in which graphics really dont matter because people will play. This game still gets a pretty decent amount of hits on a per hour basis. You can go to http://www.handdrawngames.com/DesktopTD/News.asp and view the up to date stats for each hour.

Statastic Stats for the last hour Current Number of Players: 191 Games Played: 1071Scores Submited: 42 Towers built: 0.05 MillionCreeps killed: 0.9 Million, this is from the hour I was writing this. Noon, on 3-4-11.

Chachi Says: sometimes the simplest game can suck you in. You’ll keep trying and trying until you run out of time. Then you may come back, you may not. either way, these games served their purposes.

Game 8 and the end of the text adventure!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by chachisays

So here it is, the game 8. the ocho if you will. The finale of the text adventure section of this journey!

Game 8: Eamon

Now this game, this game was epic for its time. This was the social media of Text adventures. Dont follow me? Dont worry, ill explain soon enough.

Here is the story:

Eamon casts the player in the role of a free-wheeling fantasy adventurer who undertakes dangerous quests against numerous enemies in order to earn riches and experience. Home base is the Guild of Free Adventurers, an association of heroes on the mystical world of Eamon, a vaguely Medieval place awash in magic and populated with strange creatures. Most adventures take place in the dungeons, castles and forests of Eamon, though some occur on other worlds or in different eras.

Though influenced by such fantasy environments as The Lord of the Rings and Dungeons & Dragons, Eamon generally avoids stories, situations or other game elements that are particularly serious or complex, instead seeking to create an engaging, genial mood through quick play and in-jokes. Individual adventures, created by a wide range of authors, vary from the artful to the campy.

So this story gave you the settings. Place environment. etc. You gave it a character. Created by you customized by you. it was yours. To put it simply this game was the computer version of D&D. If your character died, gone. there were tools to ressurect it but you couldnt always count on that. there were general storys on the main disk called the  “Main Hall” used to manage your characters and play preloaded stories. Here is where the social media part came in. Others could give you adventures to run with your character. there are over 260 documented authors for these adventures and probably more that werent public. Innovation at its greatest. Released in 1980 forthe Apple II and atari.  Developed by Donald Brown and is and always was Free Domain.

This game was redone in 1999 for windows and is available on the iphone through ibasic.

Chachi Says: Thus endeth the Text adventures part of this journey. You ahve to know where youve been before you can figure out where we are going. Great fun. and the next section will be Online games. Which will be games 9-20! stay tuned! Tell me what you think so far! im interested in your thoughts and experiences with these games!

Games three, four, and Five.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2011 by chachisays

And we are back! More games that i’ve played with more history and reports to lay out for you!

As i stated i would group together so here are games 3-5. No particular order.

Game 3: The Hobbit.

As you guessed this game is based upon the classic novel by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Released in 1982 by Sinclair sold 100,000 in the first 2 years of release and went on to sell over a million copies by the late 80s. This was huge in those days. This game i found to be more innovative then most of the genre at the time. It allowed you to type in complex sentences with multiple commands that it was able to understand. Not only that but in the event of a  no command or interaction, the game would update itself. telling you that “Time passes, you wait.”.  Also, offering up a Pause command that would stop everything until a key was pressed. Not being a big fan of the Rings books or most of what Tolkien did, i can still respect the story and the game playing enjoyment it brought to the table. Not only that but check out these colors!

So bright and pretty.

Game 4: PlanetFall

Each of the games in this category provided something unseen in the others at the time in release. This time once again released by Infocom in 1983. The game required the player to follow natural actions. Sleeping and eating were necessary imposing a semblance of advancing time and not ignoring the day/night eating/sleeping aspects of real life.

The story for this one was as such:

“The game starts with the user assuming the role of a lowly Ensign Seventh Class on the S.P.S. Feinstein, a starship of the Stellar Patrol. Overbearing superior Ensign First Class Blather assigns the player to mop decks, not exactly the glorious adventures promised by the recruiters on Gallium. But a sudden series of explosions aboard the ship sends the player scrambling for an escape pod, which eventually crash-lands on a nearby planet. There are signs of civilization, but curiously no traces of the beings that once lived there. Eventually encountering a helpful but childlike robot named Floyd, the player must unravel the mysteries of the single deserted structure on the planet, Resida, and find a way to get back home. As the fate of the planet’s former inhabitants becomes clearer, a time limit also imposes itself.”

No screenshot of this one as it was just the white text on a black background. But not only did it implement new aspects as the rest of them did but imposing a time limit to complete the goal is innovative and new.

Game 5: MUD

Multi-User Dungeon. i could probably do an entire post on this game. i wont. it would be repetitive and boring after a while. However it deserves one. Let me break it down for you. If you play or have played an MMORPG or Multiplayer online Role playing game of any type, shelling out money to a company for high graphics and a never ending story due to upgrades and enhancements, You can thank this game. Hands down. This is the game that caused it all. This game is the godfather of the MMORPG. Programmed in 1978 by Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle in england this game was the game to be played in its time. No subscription fees, no cost to play. Essex University limited the play time though. It was only available to play on the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network between 2 am and 7 am. At first it was a highly popular best kept secret then it exploded. Players from all over the world would connect and interact with each other, the game and the environment, basically getting together to play an online version of D&D. Nerds of the world unite!  Once again no need for a screen shot. White on Black once again. However you can still telnet…. Yes i said Telnet into the game right here for your playing pleasure.  http://www.british-legends.com/otherplay.html

Chachi Says: unless you sit down and analyze all these games separately they will seem like yet another boring text adventure. appreciation takes experience.  Stay tuned for two more posts with games 6,7, and 8 and the conclusion of the text based adventure posts!

Game 2: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by chachisays

Hiya folks!

Back with a another game review for you! That makes 2 of 1001. woo progress!!!!

So surprisingly, There are actually 8 different text based adventure games in this book of 1001. The original plan was to do a post for all 1001 games, however i think it would be repetitive and unnecessary to do 8 posts on these games at this point. Unless they stand out in some knock your socks off kind of way games 3-8 will be covered in one post. So stay tuned.

Game Number 2 is one that you will all recognize but probably never played.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Ready for a mind blowing screen shot? Brace yourself!

BOOM! MIND BLOWN!

Well as you have guessed its based on the series of books. Released in 1984 by ready for this? Boom, Infocom.  (notice a pattern here?) It was released for the Apple II, Macintosh, Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST and the IBM PC.

Your goal for this game? Follow the story line. This game seldomly gives the player no actual goals. You are there mainly to react to situations.  Although, if you pay attention to the inventory, you’ll notice one lingering problem. You are constantly plagued by a line that says “No Tea”. Get Arthur some fricking tea!

Now, this game however was a pain in the ass that required constant new beginnings. Devious were the coders on this one. There are certain points in the game that if you do not complete correctly, you cannot beat the game. You will not die from these, and the game will continue but you will not win. Period.

Here is one of the parts: “Perhaps the most notorious of these involved getting a Babel Fish out of a dispenser in the hold of the Vogon ship. This extremely tricky puzzle appeared very early in the game, required the player to use a variety of obscure items in a very specific fashion, and had to be “solved” within a limited number of turns. Failure to “solve” the Babel Fish puzzle did not kill the player, but rendered the remainder of the game unwinnable. That particular puzzle became so notorious for its difficulty that Infocom wound up selling T-shirts bearing the legend, “I got the Babel Fish!” ”

So yeah, if the company releases t-shirts celebrating the completion, you know it had to be a pain in the ass.

Also back then Infocom used to release novelty items to make the game seem more real and gave you something to laugh at. For this game they gave out the following:

  • A pin-on button with “Don’t Panic!” printed in large, friendly letters
  • A small plastic packet containing “pocket fluff” (a cottonball)
  • Order for destruction of Arthur Dent’s house
  • Order for destruction of Earth written in “Vogon” (actually an English cryptogram written in a thinly-disguised Cyrillic alphabet. The text was nearly identical to that of the English Order for Destruction, so it was not hard to solve.)
  • Official Microscopic Space Fleet (an empty plastic bag)
  • “Peril Sensitive Sunglasses” (a pair of opaque black cardboard “sunglasses”)
  • How Many Times Has This Happened to You?, an advertising brochure for the fictional guidebook/encyclopediaThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • No tea

This game was later released with some graphics by the bbc for the 20th anniversary and to this day is still available for your playing pleasure over at Douglas Adams website right here enjoy!

Also, A new Chachi Says the vidcast celebrating the 25th birthday of The Legend of Zelda is up for your viewing pleasure!

so enjoy!

Chachi Says: Regardless of the repetitiveness of text adventures its still fun to play one you havent played for a half hour or so. Gives you a chance to appreciate the storyline for yourself. Wow, sometimes when i put my mind to it i can be a real blogger!

Daddys got a brand new bag….Er phone… or something.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by chachisays

New CHACHI SAYS THE VIDCAST! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

In this weeks episode i talk about my new G2 and show it off a bit.


everybody loves new toys! and every body loves Fun and Games!

On thursday if you recall people on twitter started guessing as to what im up too and then just started making up rumors. With the hash tag #chachirumors

I egged them on and well i ended up trending in pittsburgh for a short time.

Here are some of the good ones.

Here are some of the good ones.

Jenana37 The city of Pittsburgh will ask @chachisays to implode the Mellon Arena with the buttons on his Nintendo belt buckle. #chachirumors

chilla @ChachiSays wrote the code behind BOTH Facebook and Twitter along with the MP3 compression algorithm #Chachirumors #FatherOfTechnology

RizzIUP It was @chachisays who beat up those Sheetz paper towel dispensers, Jeff Reed just had to take a piss #chachirumors

 

MadMike4883 @chachisays doesn’t have to do-ooh-ooh a damn thing for a Klondike Bar #chachirumors

RT redacted @chachisays was Doink The Clown in WWF. #chachirumors

 

RT redacted The French word for “Chachi” is the same as the Aramaic word for “Atomic Elbow off of the third rope” #chachirumors @chachisays

 

daboftech_pub I heard @chachisays has the entire internet downloaded onto a floppy. #chachiRumors

Chachi Says: if you missed it, go back and search the hash tag and prepare to pee yourself laughing. Great Fun. Thanks everyone for an awesome game. Pew Pew Pew *finger guns*  Go be Awesome. and Tune in Monday. You dont want to miss it.

Exploration Expedition…..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2010 by chachisays

Ha! bet you thought i couldn’t spell those words? Boom done!

So i know its wednesday, and i know the video is supposed to be posted on monday. i apologize for being tardy.

But its worth it!

Here is this weeks video on location in downtown pittsburgh.

I cover the location, and FAN REQUESTS! i also request more destruction suggestions!

You can also check it out here on the blip page, or subscribe to us on itunes!!!!

Chachi Says: Wqed is probably one of the greatest tv stations ever. Check them and all their stuff out here