Other Gratuitous Game Ideas

Every weekend I get an email from Stardock announcing what’s for sale, and last weekend it was “Gratuitous Space Battles”. This is brilliant: no story, no rhyme, no reason, just lots of shooting/exploding space hardware all over the screen. This brings us to the possibility of other “Gratuitous” games:

  • “Gratuitous Oral Sex”: You don’t go on a date, you don’t have a relationship, no money changes hands. Just lots of oral sex in 3D.
  • “Gratuitous Zombie Killing”: Developers have come close, but what I want is to just stand on a street corner and kill zombies as they walk by – maybe I would have a pick-up truck full of guns and ammo. But no running around, no driving, no going to the mall – the zombies just walk up and you kill them.
  • “Gratuitous World War Two”: Just mix-up all the German and Japanese soldiers on some generic terrain and march ’em my way.
  • “GratuitousSim”: A game that simulates nothing. Maybe someone just sitting in a room being very, very quiet and still.
  • “Gratuitous Fish Tank”: Just feed the fish. You don’t clean the tank, and you can’t even tap the glass. Fish show up, swim for a while until they die and float belly-up, then are replaced by new fish. And no matter how little you feed them the fish always eat too much and die.
  • “Gratuitous Salmonella Turtles”: Kind of like “Gratuitous Fish Tank”, except with turtles that are infected with salmonella. You can touch them if you want, but if you do you know you’ll probably die.
  • “Gratuitous Street Fighters”: You fight others for seemingly no reason at all. Actually I guess this is how street fighter games work, isn’t it.
  • “Gratuitous Monkey Killing”: Lots of monkeys, lots of guns, one banana.
  • “Gratuitous Car Racing”: The game starts in the middle of a race on a oval track. That’s it. You just drive around the track forever or until you shut it down. The race never ends.
  • “Gratuitous Pirate Game”: You’re a pirate because you like being a pirate. See “Gratuitous Street Fighter” above.
  • “Gratuitous Tetris”: No score, no winning. Just keep smoking weed and fitting the little puzzle pieces together.
  • “Gratuitous Pong”: You’re the only player. There’s only one paddle. It’s dull but it’s over quickly.
  • “Gratuitous Movie Tie-In”: A generic game that could be about anything happening anywhere to anyone, with the title of a current hit movie on the box.
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New Green Technologies

This Fox News item reports on a new printer that uses no ink or electricity. Instead, the RITI printer uses coffee grounds or tea dregs for ink, and it prints by manually cranking the topside “ink” tank left and right.

Manual printer with 1 heet/hour throughput

Manual printer with 1 sheet/hour throughput

This is opening-up an entire new realm of green consumer devices, for example the new iChurn manual butter maker:

The new iChurn butter maker from Apple

The new iChurn butter maker from Apple

And this even simpler manual printer:

The new HP Leadjet Green Printer

The new HP Leadjet Green Printer