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October 19, 2006 4:21 AM   Subscribe

Fun Motion - a blog dedicated to physics-simulating games, currently with 49 reviews (and counting) of well known favorites like Stair Dismount and Truck Dismount, Towers of Goo, Toribash and many, many more. (A follow up to my previous YouTube post.) Kiss your precious, fleeting motes of productivity goodbye, cube-farmers!
posted by loquacious (26 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
By all means, please do submit your favorites to directly Mr. Wegner, or simply post them here in-thread. I will compile any appropriate in-thread suggestions and submit them a few days from now.

Also, here's a Coral Cache link for the main game list as it'll probably get hammered.
posted by loquacious at 4:22 AM on October 19, 2006


Physics jumped the shark years ago.
posted by furtive at 4:30 AM on October 19, 2006 [1 favorite]


Physics is the shark, the pool, the waterskis, the motorcycle - and everything else except Fonzie's whack-a-mole approach to fixing jukeboxes and his secret-sauce hair pomade.

Physics wants nothing to do with that shit.
posted by loquacious at 4:38 AM on October 19, 2006 [2 favorites]


Definitely a great blog, and I look forward to to well implemented physics engines in all games. Wasn't ATI or Nvidia supposed to come out with the physics engine equivalent of a graphics processesor?

P.S. I had forgotten about Cat Sledding. weeee!
posted by furtive at 4:45 AM on October 19, 2006


Cat Sledding is all kinds of random fun. But I don't know how they get those cats wedged into those sleds, or why.
posted by loquacious at 5:18 AM on October 19, 2006


Something similar got dugg a few days back.
posted by ChasFile at 5:22 AM on October 19, 2006


This is a pretty comprehensive list, thanks for sharing it!

Shame there's no platform information mentioned, that's the only major omission.
posted by majick at 6:23 AM on October 19, 2006


Did anyone see the trampoline video from the front page of fun-motion? Its almost worth an FPP of its own.
posted by MetaMonkey at 6:27 AM on October 19, 2006


I am so glad Toribash is now Pay to Play. And I am grateful most of the games are PC only, since I use a Mac.

Productivity meltdown averted.

Thanks for the link loquacious.
posted by Dataphage at 6:54 AM on October 19, 2006


Sometimes, I doubt your commitment to Fun Motion.
posted by Afroblanco at 6:58 AM on October 19, 2006



Sometimes, I doubt your commitment to Fun Motion.
posted by Afroblanco at 9:58 AM EST on October 19 [+] [!]


Synchronicity. I just watched Donnie Darko again last night. Pleast get out of my head. It's crowded enough in there already.
posted by Pastabagel at 7:18 AM on October 19, 2006


I got dangerously addicted to a Trials Bike game a few years back and now I can't find it - I think it was similar, but not identical, to the one listed here (which seems to be inaccessible at the moment so I can't find out for sure)...which is also the one that comes up repeatedly on a Google search.

The game I knew was out of Scandinavia, and opened up with a monnnnnnster truck-type voice going 'sunday sunday sunday' or something like that, and the game was simple, but very fluid and physically realistic, and fun.

Does anyone remember it or have a link? Chances are it was on Metafilter that I found it, in fact
posted by Flashman at 7:23 AM on October 19, 2006


Flashman - I think this is the English version
posted by jontyjago at 7:35 AM on October 19, 2006


No, ignore me. I'm an idiot.
posted by jontyjago at 7:36 AM on October 19, 2006


Here you go, Flashman. I too was dangerously addicted at one time. Although I could never quite figure out why he was yelling MOOONNDAAY THE DRUG DAAAAY!
posted by afx237vi at 7:38 AM on October 19, 2006


jontyjago beat me to it...
posted by afx237vi at 7:39 AM on October 19, 2006


X-moto is fun.

Also, Neverball. (This is a self-link.)
posted by rlk at 7:40 AM on October 19, 2006


No not at all, thanks - I remember seeing that one at the time as well, the Finnish(?) one was similar, but better in some hard to define, but essential, way. I'm sure it was somebody's Friday Flash contribution, c. 2002, but a search turns up nowt.
posted by Flashman at 7:42 AM on October 19, 2006


(This is [not] a self-link)? :)

Link it, rlk. Topical self-links in comments are encouraged.

Especially if said self-links give me more sweet, sweet games.
posted by loquacious at 7:44 AM on October 19, 2006


Loquacious Kiss your precious, fleeting motes of productivity goodbye, cube-farmers!

I like to read that sentence with a bad french accent.
posted by Skygazer at 7:47 AM on October 19, 2006


Am I missing something, or its that Trial Bike game virtually unplayable?

I prefer this bike game from the last physics FPP. It kinda slow-motion or something, and the physics is quirky, but its plenty o' fun when you get the lay of the land.
posted by MetaMonkey at 7:53 AM on October 19, 2006


Clearly there were no physicists here.
posted by flabdablet at 8:00 AM on October 19, 2006


MetaMonkey: The review of that game basically agrees with you with the words "Trials by Red Lynx has to be the single most masochistic gaming experience of my young life. The game is hard. And not just hard, super superlative descriptor hard."

Personally I can't stand the games at TeaGames. Either they're painfully slow and excruciatingly unplayable or they're Flash-based monster resource hogs that bring my older machine to a crawl. In either case, they're loathsome to me because there's no reason for a simple Flash object - even a physics game - to be that complex and CPU-unfriendly.
posted by loquacious at 8:00 AM on October 19, 2006


Oh yeah jontyjago, that *is* the one I meant (now that I installed the plugins and tried it out) - thanks. MetaMonkey, just keep at it for a bit - the controls become very intuitive after a while, like flying a helicopter.
posted by Flashman at 8:03 AM on October 19, 2006


Clearly there were no physicists here.

The only thing wrong with that video is that it cuts out right before the mom of the house comes out and tears them both new gaping bungholes.

Other than that the, unbridled screams of two utter morons in stereo is quite lovely.
posted by loquacious at 8:04 AM on October 19, 2006


It's not *that* hard, if I can play it!
posted by Flashman at 8:05 AM on October 19, 2006


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