Tag Archive: Games

If you haven’t played a tower defense game before, now is your time to start. I just bought Plants vs. Zombies for the iPhone and thought it would be good to write something about this genre of games. If you like to play strategy type games, then tower defense (TD) games may be for you. What may look like a simple arcade game becomes more of a thinker man’s (or woman’s) type of game. You need to plan your moves, place your towers, and anticipate the next enemy who will try to break through your defenses.

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here. I need to explain tower defense games to you. The basic premise has you placing weapons, called towers, on a playing field. As the enemy tramps across the field, you want your towers to destroy them before they get to the goal. The goal may be a base on a planet they are trying to destroy, a fortress in a fantasy kingdom they want to take over, or just an exit that the enemy is trying to get through. Your towers perform different types of attacks which can be direct or area based. Some towers may affect the enemy in certain ways by slowing them down or freezing them. The enemies may be invulnerable to certain attacks, so you need to make sure you place a variety of towers on the playing field to take out what ever type of enemy may attack.

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Twitter’s Best Kept Secret

I’ve used Twitter for quite some time now and find it to be very useful. That wasn’t always the case though. The first time I went to Twitter.com, I was prompted with “What are you doing now?” and was asked to enter it using 140 characters or less. It didn’t really make sense. Why would I want to type in what I was doing, at that time, for thousands of people on Twitter to see in the main timeline? I’ve seen people post things about going to the movies, getting ready for work, drinking their morning coffee, and other tasks that we complete on a daily basis. Why was I going to join Twitter?

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Too Wrapped Up in Video Games

What is with some gamers online? I just finished a game of MAG (you could insert your own online game here) on the PS3. If you haven’t heard of MAG, it is basically a Call of Duty type game with up to 256 players in a match. Anyway, some of the players were really getting upset because of noobs (new players) in the game or others not following the objectives.

What really gets me is that this is just a game. It’s a video game! Some players really get too involved with the game. They get really upset when they are losing or when others aren’t playing up to their standards. They let foul words fly, they team kill others, or they just leave in the middle of the game.

What has this world come to when you can’t get online to play a “friendly” game with others who you may not know? Where is the courtesy that you see on the streets when you hear a friendly “hello” from a passerby? How do these people really act when they are in the everyday world?

I’ve put many players in their place. I put up with it for a little bit and then I turn on my mic and start giving it back to them… in an overly kind way. “You do know this is a video game, right?”; “Wow, you sure our letting this get to you.”; “Is your world going to end if you lose this game?”; “It’s just a game… It’s just a GAME… IT’S JUST A GAME!”

I’ve had a few actually calm down and apologize. Others shoot my character in the back and just keep on doing what they are doing. Some, like tonight, just leave the game in disgust.

Maybe we should all go back to playing more civil games like Uno, Scrabble, or Yahtzee! Nah, they would probably just toss the board on the floor after losing.