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Game addictions [Apr. 27th, 2005|03:32 am]
Arvind Narayanan
I manage to get hopelessly addicted to the simplest of games, so I never play shooters or RPGs.

The following (in no particular order) are all games I've been addicted to at some point, typically defined as playing all through the night and not being able to stop.

  • Chess (Free Internet Chess Server). I love 1 minute games. Its really crazy extreme fun. This is one of the 2 that I will never quit.

    I consider bughouse chess the most fun game ever. Imagine 4 pre-teen kids on a train, at night, two pairs sitting on opposing top bunks throwing chess pieces across to each other and shouting at the top of their lungs (that's how its played). I'm really lucky I never got thrown out of a train.

  • Arimaa. This is a really cool strategy game. Its a pity so few people play it. I quit because their flash based interface is buggy and often crashes.
  • Text twist. I'm quite good at this, my highest score was about 70000. Gave it up when I started exhausting all the words in the database :)
  • Stick cricket. Its amazing you can make such an entertaining game with just two keys. My roomie is a god at this. Definitely top 5 in the world, probably top 3.
  • Frozen bubble. Every self respecting linux user should have been addicted to it at some point :)
  • Konquest - gets boring pretty soon because the computer AI is not very good
  • Empire XP (windows) - same concept as konquest. AI is better than that of konquest, but you can still beat it after a few days.
  • Samegame. I once scored 6600 after getting an amazingly skewed starting position.
  • Breakout - I was addicted to breakout when I was about 6 (on an ancient console) at my cousins' place. I didn't quit naturally, so for more than a decade I had a craving for breakout. The first thing I did after install linux was play xboing for hours and hours. The level editor killed it for me. Later I was addicted to lbreakout2 for a while.
  • Rubik's cube. This is the other one that I'll never quit. I'm quite good at this, my average time is less than a minute. Takes several months to learn, though. I use Victor Ortega's sequences with some modifications.
  • Pacman - there was an old MD-DOS implementation called MS-PAC that was really good. I haven't found anything else that's decent. All the X-Window implementations suck big time. They're really astonishingly mind-bogglingly bad.
  • Gtali. My highest score was 430. I got 3 yahtzee's in that game.
  • Tetris. I was never very good though.
  • Minesweeper. (I probably have the worst highscores ever. small - 5 seconds, medium - 40 seconds, large - 3 minutes).
  • Maelstrom. Asteroids clone. This is one of the few games I was addicted for so long that I had to uninstall it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-04-27 11:27 am (UTC)

try this !

try www.mousebreaker.com

--anonymous cowardly grad student
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-04-27 02:06 pm (UTC)

Re: try this !

Thanks, stranger. I'm guessing you're at CMU?
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[User Picture]From: skthewimp
2005-04-28 12:27 am (UTC)

Re: try this !

ah! cupping dog????

those days in TCS Lab when i used linux and was addicted to frozen bubble! so much so my BTP became frauded out... and once maami caught me playing in the lab!

do you know if frozen bubble has a windows version?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-04-28 06:32 pm (UTC)

Re: try this !

Your getting caught that day was real fun. I also seem to remember a time when someone (was it you again?) was looking at pictures of Aishwarya Rai and Mami saw it from a distance and thought you were looking at porn.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-04-28 03:43 pm (UTC)

Re: try this !

"Notice! This user has turned on the option that logs IP addresses of anonymous posters."

Sucks :-(

-- same old anonymous cowardly grad student a.k.a stranger
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-04-28 06:27 pm (UTC)

Re: try this !

So, was I right?
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-04-29 10:14 pm (UTC)

Re: try this !

Case1: U didnt have the IP addr and u guessed CMU -- In which case you should sell your pre-cog services in Vegas!
Case2: U had the IP and you successfully did a reverse DNS lookup -- In which case your reply that you were right is a mere confirmation ?
Case3: U had the IP but r-DNS failed since the bloody thing was a wireless DHCP-ed connection but you could guess from the /16 ?

Which one??

P.S: This is prompted by your surprise that you were right !

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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-04-30 12:22 am (UTC)

Re: try this !

Ha ha.

Its case 3, but I didn't have guess: hostip.info gave me Pittsburgh, PA.

SK was right about your identity, wasn't he? Not that I hadn't guessed, but the word frequency distribution of your last post pretty much confirms it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-04-30 02:48 pm (UTC)

Re: try this !

choice of post/words was very intentional :-)
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2005-04-28 03:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, Text twist used to be great- other word games I was addicted to were Scrabout and Hangman (but Hangman became a drag after a few months).
There was this game called Bow and Arrow and another called Jacks (both were DOS implementations)which helped me lot with dexterity- they're the sole reason I'm able to use the mouse with my right hand ( I'm basically a leftie).
The first ever game I got seriously hooked to was a weird Cat and Mouse (actually!)- with the usual cat chases mouse routine ( in a green background or something)- I jus' remember that it was an old DOS implementation and I used to fight with mom for the comp when I was around 5 years old. I can't remember the name- and I haven't seen it since we left SA- for more than a decade- I wonder why!
During one period, the only games I used to play were Alchemy (yeah,I know it's dumb!), mahjong and Collapse (I use to find the Billy-Bob Square pants version real funny).
Then there were the usual Dave/Mario hang-up.
Chess was/is an all-time fav.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-04-28 06:30 pm (UTC)
Lucky you had a comp when you were 5. Even luckier your mom knows how to use a computer.
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2005-04-29 01:28 am (UTC)
Frozen Bubble-is it the game where you've got to burst bubbles that keep moving (usually up or down)?-if it's the same, then,yeah, it's available on Windows!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-04-30 06:30 am (UTC)

Pacman

The best pacman variant i played was a flash based.

http://www.neave.com/games/pacman/

But he had to take it down because of some copyright problems.If you search
the for "neave pacman" you should be able to get a standalone .exe
(works using wine :) ).

Btw has anyone been able to make TextTwist work with wine?
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-04-30 06:32 am (UTC)

Re: Pacman

ahh...should have used preview.So many mistakes :(

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From: playnow
2005-05-04 07:45 am (UTC)
аффтор жжет
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