Hand farting with Volleys – never fails to make me laugh

January 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Comedy, fun, games | Leave a comment
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There are some TVCs playing in Australia at the moment for Dunlop Volleys and they to me are hilarious. I don’t know why, they appeal to my inner child, and make me giggle and laugh everytime I watch it. It also reminds me of useless talents. Everyone seems to have them, but you can’t really do anything about them. They won’t bring you critical acclaim, you can’t really make any money off it and generally it’s as the term suggests … useless. Well this is where Volleys comes in. A middle aged man, dressed pretty averagely displays incredible skill in playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D, The Can Can and the Mexican hat dance.

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

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Care for a game of Chair Jousting?

November 22, 2007 at 8:20 am | Posted in Comedy, games | Leave a comment
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I listen to the Russell Howard and Jon Richardson show quite a lot to take my mind off things, and one of their segments is called Bored Games. Which is pretty self-explanatory. They are games that you either invent or play when you are bored. One such game came up that I found hilarious, as they attempted to do it on radio, and being such a visual game you had to rely on the sounds instead (and your imagination).

So what is it? Well, you need office chairs, the ones with wheels. You need to find either two walls, or two corners opposite each other. One opponent to go in one corner, the other opponent in the other, backs facing each other. Then the adjudicator will blow the whistle, and both players are to push off their corners and zoom towards each other and hit the backs of their chairs in the middle. The winner is the one who does not spiral out of control.

I would like to get this up and running at our work, as I believe we have the perfect chairs, but since it is an open plan office it might be slightly difficult (not many walls/corners opposite each other). I think Health & Safety might also have something to say about it.

I do know there is a more hardcore version, which is when you actually get brooms and use them as Joust sticks but not sure if I really want to do this one … a bit too much in the flavour of Jackass.

DIY LEGO to celebrate building blocks for 75 years

August 14, 2007 at 2:06 pm | Posted in fun, games | 1 Comment

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LEGO celebrates it’s 75th anniversary, can you believe it? Something so simple as building blocks has remained in the market and remained memorable for that long. Well what a better way to celebrate it’s versatility and ability to spark the imagination than to build a whole range of different products that use LEGO. DIY Life have taken this to a new level. They have built 23 items that ALL WORK including:

1. LEGO Guitar Hero controller
2. LEGO real guitar
3. LEGO USB flash drive
4. LEGO dog treat dispenser via IM message
5. LEGO trebuchet
6. LEGO USB crank charger
7. LEGO air conditioner
8. LEGO barcode scanner
9. LEGO ultrasonic sonar
10. LEGO Rubik’s cube
11. LEGO difference engine
12. LEGO yarn winder
13. LEGO NES case mod
14. LEGO SNEX mod
15. LEGO Han Solo in carbonite
16. LEGO desk
17. LEGO MP3 player docks
18. LEGO MP3 player
19. LEGO salt and pepper shakers
20. LEGO rubber band gun
21. LEGO computer case
22. LEGO stop-action music videos
23. LEGO construction software

Gamer Revolution

June 28, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Posted in games | Leave a comment

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I have been neglecting my blog because I’ve been busy, and have been focusing my attention to facebook. My Bad! However, I am currently watching a program on the ABC called Gamer Revolution which essentially discusses all of the trends that are emerging in the digital game market.

They focused on one game that was developed by the US army. It’s called America’s Army. The army approached game developers to make this game rather than employing a creative or digital agency. Their aim was to recruit the youth market, particularly deliberately attracting the digital gamers/youth to the army through the creation of a digital game with direct link to recruitment. So the people are playing the game, and enjoying the experience, and they are one click away from finding more information/registering interest.

The game is available through free download at the site. I suppose the concern is the fact that people are playing these games, and people are signing up for the army without possibly conceiving how different the virtual experience is to the realities of real life and the consequences associated with all of the actions that are made. If you die you can’t restart the level…unless of course there’s something people aren’t telling me.

From a brand perspective, this game development is a natural fit between the army and “shooting/simulation” based games. I was actually surprised that it hadn’t been done before, or that it hadn’t been implemented by other military forces. It just seemed like an obvious link to attract a younger market. It was noted that the America’s Army game has been downloaded more than 7 mil times, resulting in the US army meeting their recruitment goals. Out of all brands that have been involved in games development and partnership, the US army is the single biggest partner in the game industry in US.

Interesting…

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