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    Teach a Child to Code

    Posted February 25, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    Children learn by playing. Smart people have known this for eons. Plato suggested that in order to teach, we should “Not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” So if you want to teach a child to grow up and become a coder, the best way – according to some mighty philosophers – would be to play a game that teaches the concept. Later, when their minds are ready to sit down and work, they can learn the details. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The child amidst his baubles is learning the action of light, motion, gravity, muscular force.” That is the sneaky plan behind a new game, Robot Turtles, from ThinkFun.
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    Browser-based games you can win without losing your job

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:25 am

    We all strive for focus at work, but sometimes a bit of distraction is a good way to become unstuck or gain a new perspective on some problem. Here are a few great games that you can play for free, from the comfort of your browser, without installing anything (except Flash, which you probably already have). Though they may not contribute directly to getting those TPS reports done to spec, they don't carry an "NSFW" label, either. After a few minutes of decompression, you'll be refreshed and ready to work again.
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    The Button - A Social Experiment for iPhone

    Posted June 8, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    If you're the kind of person who likes to waste their iPhone battery by mindlessly tapping the screen over...and over...and over again, then I cannot think of a better way for you to do that but with StuckPixel's The Button-- A Social Experiment. It's everything you'd want in a game--social features, leaderboards, etc.-- except without any of that annoying "gameplay" stuff.
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    Halloween games for the iPhone

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    There's more to Halloween than just picking out a costume and making spooky noises--there's also the not-insignificant matter of fun and games. Continuing our look at some of the Halloween-themed iPhone apps filling up the App Store's virtual shelves, we turn our attention to a handful of games with a decidedly sinister spin.
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    First look: Madden NFL 10 for the iPhone

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Madden NFL 10 iPhone features real teams, real players, and every NFL stadium. If you want to see Drew Brees battle the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park, this is your game. If you want to draw your own plays, master the nickel defense, and make a strategic quarterback change, you only need to make a few taps and you're ready to go.
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    The five best (and worst) iPhone games

    Posted July 15, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Picking out the five best/worst games for iPhone is a subjective process to be sure. But you've got to agree that de Blob, Tornado Mania, and Zen Bound deserve their spots on the best list, while Mega Man 2, Metal-Angel, and Worms are among the worst. And, hey, if you don't agree, by all means, let me know.
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    iPhone trivia apps

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:19 am

    One of the great things about rounding up a group of like-applications is that after a while it often becomes obvious which is the best among those apps -- it's the one you keep returning to, to "test" some more
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    Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero, Round 2

    Posted October 31, 2008 - 12:16 pm

    You wanna rock. Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour battle of the bands.
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    Madden NFL 09: The best Madden yet

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 1:59 pm

    Madden NFL 09 is not a revolution in football gaming. It doesn't deliver the best conceivable rendering of hulking frames lugging a rawhide-laced pigskin up and down a floodlit or sunlit field (though it is as close as you'll get outside a pro jersey and cleats). It doesn't present a radically different way to play the game either. Fullbacks and safeties and wide receivers do not fly on broomsticks with paddles, swatting footballs with wings. This is American football, not American Gladiators, and the basics haven't changed much over the years. Got all that? Expectations back on earth? Good. Now relax: Madden NFL 09 delivers a triumphant celebration of armchair quarterbacking, with a clever new adaptive difficulty mode, vital procedural animations, online league and franchise updates, and a battery of analytical tools.
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    Pac-Man for iPod

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 11:32 am

    Namco has brought its classic coin-op arcade game Pac-Man to the iPod, so it's fitting that one of its first iPhone offerings is another version of Pac-Man. This new release for the iPhone and iPod touch is easier to see than the original iPod game, that's for sure. It also has some innovative control options, though it comes up short on the game play side.
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