Monday, November 22, 2010

Math Blaster!

Question, how do you know how hardcore a game is? The amount of violence? The number of polygons? No! You judge it by what the highest difficulty setting is.  Now, normally a game would stop at 10.  The band Spinal Tap was daring enough to go up to 11.  But MATH BLASTER?  Well, Math Blaster goes up to Mother F***ing 12! TWELVE!

You control Blasternaut, whose friend Spot gets kidnapped by the Trash Alien! And there's only one possible way to rescue him: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing your way across the galaxy!  (And cleaning up litter along the way...stupid trash aliens always dirtying up the cosmos with their garbage).

Math Blaster is every bit as educational as it is a fun game.  Two thumbs up!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lite Brite


Lite-Brite is an electric toy introduced by Hasbro that allows lit pictures to be created.

Lite-Brite allows the artist to create a "glowing" picture by placing multi-colored translucent plastic pegs through opaque black paper. The light from an illuminated light bulb  is blocked by the black paper except where the pegs conduct the light. When lit, the pegs have an appearance similar to that of LEDs. Most Lite-Brite toys come with a series of pre-prepared patterns. Classic patterns include the "Wizard of Light" (a picture of a wizard with the "Lite-Brite" name above), and the clown. In the last few years, the Lite-Brite has gone through a major make-over into a sleeker, flat-screen version of its classic self.

P.S. It now comes in an iPhone App.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crazy Bones

Crazy Bones

GoGo's Crazy Bones (also referred to as Crazy Bones or GoGo's) are small, collectible figurines that became popular fad during the 1990s.

Crazy Bones was inspired by a children's game played in Ancient Greece and Rome called 'Astragal' (Knucklebones), where children played a similar game using sheep's knucklebones. This ancient pastime is also known as Tabas. Games played are reminiscent of marbles and jacks. Crazy Bones is a modern version of this game, played with characters molded from plastic. There are hundreds of individual characters, each character having a unique face and name. Each series has a number of 'rare' pieces that are sought after by collectors and are sold on numerous websites for many times their original value.

A small company at the time of inception, Crazy Bones became a popular fad in the late 90s. The product was aggressively marketed to children, and promotional events took place in scout meetings, club groups, fairs, and shows, where free sample packs were distributed. Toy demos have also taken place in SkyDome, where children were given free packs and taught how to play Crazy Bones. Nearly four million free packs have been distributed. Crazy Bones secured a number of high-profile partners, including McDonald's, which included the product as Happy Meal toys nationwide. These Crazy Bones were significantly larger than the normal toys, possibly to reduce risk of choking among young children.