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World of Goo

For the past couple of months my default, “let’s kill 20 minutes” game has been 2D Boy’s World of Goo.

World of Goo

WoG, for the uninitiated, is a physics based puzzle game involving little blobs of goo.  The object is to get as many goo balls as possible into a feeder pipe that takes them all away.  Of course, getting the goo balls to these pipes is something of a challenge.  The player must use the goo balls to build bridges, towers, chains, etc. all while trying to get a minimum number of goo balls to the pipe in order to complete a level.

Along the way, new forms of goo balls are introduced including red, explosive ones, clear, water-like ones that always hang down in drips, and green, “connector” goo balls that can be re-used several times.  Many of the puzzles and challenges involve using a specific type of goo ball to reach the pipe.

There is a story too, but it is secondary to the main action of playing the game.  It mainly unfolds in the cut scenes at the end of a level or between stages, although there are signs left by “The Signpainter” in all the worlds that offer bits of philosophy, warnings, or just observations.

World of Goo is a beautiful game.  The design of the goo balls and the worlds they inhabit is just spectacular.  The artists and designers found the sweet spot between cartoonish and childish that brings back reminiscences of Saturday mornings and sugary cereal.  Further, the soundtrack is equally beautiful.  The designers at 2D Boy created several loops that blend together and play back in almost transcendent harmonies and pieces that are so good, the soundtrack by itself is almost as much fun as the game.

WoG is available for Mac, PC, Linux, and Wii and costs 15 to 20 bucks.  It's worth every penny.

Other reviews:

Kotaku

IGN

GameSpot

Rock Paper Shotgun

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Blogging

The previous, rather anemic, very tardy post was the last post in my attempt at NaBloPoMo for February, 2009.  I don't think I'll be participating in the March edition.  I think I'll be saving up my words for my attempt at Script Frenzy 2009 next month.

The other thing I was thinking about though, is that I just don't have the compulsion to blog that I did several years ago and a big reason behind that is that there are other outlets now.  I don't post fiction online anymore because I have gotten to a level where I am submitting it to magazines (although still getting rejected) rather than posting it online for feedback.  And I don't post the personal stuff too much anymore as I tend to vent through Twitter and keep people updated via Facebook.
So I don't think I'll be deleting my Vox account anytime soon, but I think I am going to back burner it.  When and if I have something to write about, I will, but I don't think I'm going to try to maintain a post a day or even a post a week.  
It doesn't help that I can't use Vox like I can Tumblr, reposting FB Status Updates and Twitter posts to it.  Anyway.  This is all a long way of saying, if you have been reading along with me, then thank you.  Thank you very much.

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ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union is another favorite organization.  They are dedicated to protecting and defending an individual's civil rights.  If you are American, they are an organization well worth belonging to.

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EFF

EFF

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned the Electronic Frontier Foundation many, many times on this blog. They're one of my favorite causes / organizations to support.  They provide legal representation and counsel in cases where freedom of speech, especially online, is being threatened.  Please check them out.

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The Smartest Orgs Online

I'm a big believer in giving to charities.  Maybe because I was raised in a church that placed a strong emphasis on tithing, maybe it's just because it has always upset me that the world is not fair.  At any rate, this is an older post but still has a lot of valuable info about which charities and non-profits are using the web to their best advantage.

I don't think it's entirely necessary for organizations to use the web these days but it makes a lot of sense and my own politics dictate that I support the ones who are using information technology to help themselves make the best use of resources so that they can help others.

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Robots and Monsters

Robots and Monsters is exactly the sort of charity I like to donate to.  From their website:

RobotsAndMonsters.org is a charitable art project that matches goodwill and charitable giving with custom-made commissioned cartoon and pop art.

Although they don't seem to have anyone special on their Supported Cause list right now, last quarter, proceeds from sales / donations went to the EFF, one of my favorite causes.  They have supported several other worthy organizations in the past, but orders made in between support sessions go directly towards RobotsandMonsters.org, which is worthwhile in and of itself.

They have also recently added a storefront and generally cleaned up the website a bit.  If you're of a giving frame of mind and have been looking for that perfect recipient for your hard won cash, let me suggest this group.  You'll get some quirky, quality art, and you'll be supporting something very worthwhile.

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I Want a Sequel to Master and Commander

I love this movie.  I love the books.  I want more movies.  That is all.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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