Friday Recommends – What The Cool Kids Like

First, I have a short story up at the #amwriting web site today. It’s the seed for my next Spadena Street novel, NONE of which are completed yet.

My cool Second-Oldest Grandson likes to play on the computer when he comes to visit, and his go-to site is Physics Games which is, you know, “online physics-based games”. He got Youngest Grandson playing it, too. They were particularly taken with Dummy Never Fails, which seemed to consist of dropping things on crash-test dummies and making them bounce. The dummies, as well as the dropped things. But perhaps I don’t understand the game. My personal favorite physics game is bumper pool, but that’s just me.

Here are some more game sites they like:


FOG (Free Online Games)

Free Games


Tomorrow, Youngest Grandson is coming over. We might play online, but he also said he’s going to make up a two-player game for us. I went out and bought receiving media for my digital image enhancers (coloring books for my crayons). Because I’ve played with this kid before, I know two things: (1) This game of his will be structured so that he will always win and (2) Whatever picture I want to color, that’s the one he’ll want to color. So I (1) am prepared to lose graciously as an object lesson for him and (2) bought two copies of the same coloring book.

Speaking of coloring books, here’s a link to the Google search for online coloring pages.

And here’s a link to a cool thing called Crayon Physics Deluxe. The game costs, but you can download a demo.

So have some fun. All the cool kids are.

WRITING PROMPT: What would your main character build–or try to build–with Lego?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Friday Recommends – What The Cool Kids Like

  1. Enid Wilson

    July 15, 2011 at 8:05am

    Just watched a documentary about India. Some children there are addicted to online game and they even skip school to play games. Ah, video games and I don’t fit very well.

    Chemical Fusion

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      Marian Allen

      July 15, 2011 at 8:36am

      I know it can certainly be a problem! Parents (and grandparents) need to monitor video games just as they need to do television. Good to see you, Enid! I always relish your comments. 🙂

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  2. damyanti

    July 16, 2011 at 9:26am

    So different from our favorite pastimes…sigh. But having your grandsons around must be nice all the same 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      July 16, 2011 at 9:59am

      It’s very nice! I don’t get to spend the day with them too often, so I relish it. I like to sit with them while they play the video games and have them show me how the controls and rules work. For one thing, it breaks the hypnotic spell. For another thing, it’s good for them to practice explaining how things work. It also makes them think about what’s going on if Grandmar says, “Oh, poor dummy! That hurt it.” Then they can say, “It’s only a game, Grandmar.”

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