I’m joining in today on the It’s All Fun and Games Blog Fest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh to tell you about my three most favorite games. So here we go….
First I love word games. Maybe it’s the writer in me but my son will whip out the Up Words box and I get a big smile. The idea is similar to scrabble you have a grid to place letter tiles. Only here you stack them up to five high to make your words. Not always an easy task. I also love Boggle. You can even play Boggle on line at Pogo.com. It’s really amazing some of the words people come up with on the puzzles. I’m always saying… I didn’t see that one!
I also have to admit to a new addiction to Hidden Object games. I’ve found quite a few that I’ve enjoyed solving the puzzles and seeking out the objects hidden in the scene. You can get hundreds of them for free at FreeRideGames.com. They have other types of games as well all the full versions for free but these happen to be my favorites.
Lastly I must say I do have a bit of a violent side. I love shooters. Yes, as in Half Life, Doom 3D, Painkiller in the beginning. Now I can’t get enough to f the Call of Duty games and Medal of Honor series. I just saw the new Duke Nukem game in the store and have started my penny jar saving for a copy. (Hey, I’m a writer.. .I’m poor :P) I can’t wait to blast away and laugh at Duke’s smartass taunts to the enemy.
Believe it or not some of these games can actually inspire writing. Okay so hunting monsters in the halls of a Maritain space station is more stress relief than story building. But word games build your vocabulary or give you a word list to play with in a story. Most Hidden Object games will have a story to them that you follow as you solve the puzzles and unlock each chapter. There may be something in that story that sparks one of your own.
So go ahead and play guilt free. All work and no play makes for a grumpy writer J