I used to be a hardcore gamer. I played games on the PC. I own a PS2 and an XBOX. I love adventure games, and when I had the time (oh, the time) I loved to play RPG games. From Final Fantasy (ALL OF THEM – I even played X-2!) to Baldursgate, Sam and Max to Nancy Drew, I played them all. But alas, life caught up to me.

Now a mother of a beautiful baby (who, thankfully, allows his mother her allowances of game time and even be entertained by them at times) with a part time job, time is limited. So I started playing casual games. Then I started playing some more. Having been the owner of a Palm Pilot since 1998, I’ve been playing them since the very beginning – Bejewelled was the first match-3 I played. So when the myriad of match-3s (There’s a whole genre full of this stuff now. Unbelievable.) I tried out invariably feels like bejewelled, I learned how to pick the gems from the chaff. So I thought I might as well share my experiences – what I like, what I hated, what my baby loved to watch and what he can’t stand. So far, he loves simulation games, and absolutely detest match-3’s. πŸ™‚

During the week I collect links from various sites that offer free games, and pick out the good ones. Then I pick the one with the least ads (most of the time, no ads) and post them on Fridays. To see them all, just go ahead and click on “free game friday” off the categories.

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10 Responses to “About”

  1. gil Says:

    Hi, you have a cute baby. I only play as far as Time Crisis. hehehe.
    But i need to learn on-line gaming as we have a client here who is into that business.

    Cheers.
    Gil

  2. DSvT Says:

    Wow…
    Is great to know you then…
    I love to play games too…
    I love the FF series, now on-going on FF12.

  3. Sally Says:

    FF12 – finished that a while back when the baby was brand new. πŸ™‚ Good game. Didn’t feel like an FF though. Then again FFX would always be definitive for me for the series.

  4. kstafford Says:

    Stumbled upon your website from browsing the “growing blogs” on wordpress. Just wanted to say a few things:

    1.) Totally awesome that you are so into gaming. I’m more of an RTS gamer myself, but I love games in general. It’s got to be challenging finding enough time to play while at the same time raising your son……speaking of which:

    2.) Beautiful child you have there. Is he a mixed child by chance? I’ve got a half european/half chinese son of my own and thought perhaps we might have that in common? Our little guy is 3 now and is what I affectionatley refer to as an “evil genious” already…..way too smart for his own good, but irresistably adorable nonetheless. It’s quite fascinating seeing which traits he’s picked up from me (stubborness) and which ones he’s picked up from his mother (such as being a finicky eater).

    3.) Similar to #2, please don’t take this the wrong way as I don’t really know how to say it properly and wish only to convey the utmost respect, but suffice to say your husband is a very, very lucky guy. πŸ™‚

    Keep up the good work – looks like your blog is getting a lot of attention on wordpress.

  5. Sally Says:

    1. I’m getting more and more selective nowadays. If I don’t like it in the first five minutes, I pick up the next one. But generally that doesn’t happen too often.

    I’ve mostly moved to minutegamer.org – sort of. That’s sort of my “toy” to put all sorts of things up, and this is the blog to put most of the content in. It grows (and shrinks) periodically, so you’d probably see it “growing” again next time a big game comes out.

    Curtis is English/Chinese. He walks and understands, but he doesn’t talk. He’s 14 months now and is a complete little rascal (if I say no, he understands…but he’d adamantly keep banging on the TV/hitting the piano with a block/whatever he’s not supposed to be doing) who likes to climb on everything.

    3) why, thank you. Thankfully, he thinks so too. πŸ˜‰

  6. kstafford Says:

    Rock on! English/Chinese – that’s pretty much our little guy too, except that I’ve got all kinds of other euro-ancestory on top of the English.

    Curtis sounds strikingly like a little tike I knew at the same age. No sooner was Randy (our boy)talking then he was attempting to rationalize his way out of trouble. One night in particular when he had just turned two I made him sit in his room for a few minutes for throwing food at the table. In his 2 year old way of reasoning, he essentially articulated “but daddy, we throw the balls around?” What could I do? It was just too cute not to let him off the hook. πŸ™‚

    Very nice meeting you! I’ll be sure and stop by from time to time to see what games you’re checking out.

  7. sandra bruce Says:

    Magic academy
    I remember a number of months ago when your baby was very little you had some picture of puzzles that were completed. one was the king and the other was a green dragon. I remember printing a copy of the dragon, now I can’t find it. Could you find it in your heart to help this 68 year old many times over grandmother??
    love and hugs sandy

  8. MiddleAged Says:

    I’m 61 and I started gaming when my youngest (of 7) was 4. He had migraines, 4 root canals, been tested for learning disablilties and asked if he could “get a Nintendo”. Who could say no after all he had been through. So we started Zelda – I could read and he could handle the controls. We would call the “hotline” and I would pretend it was me playing and finally admit it was my 4 year old. So I play the RPG’s – he was a good sport as a teenager coming home to “beat the boss” for his Mom. He is now 26 – played football in college – and I am still gaming. As Gemsweeper says “a game a day keeps Alzheimers away”. It is a way to put everything else that is stressfull in my life on hold for awhile. And, the people who “game” are lots of fun. Thanks, Sally. Your baby is too cute. Enjoy him while you can. They grow up so quickly. I now have 11 grandchildren and love them all. But my “baby” (26 remember) and I still have the Zelda bond. He got me the lastest one with the cube a year or so ago when I had foot surgery but it is too hard with him to help me. He works 80 plus hours a week so I can’t really ask him to help out anymore. Thanks again and enjoy these precious years. MA

  9. Marilyn Says:

    I had to write. Mostly to thank you for an occasional “If I try this puzzle ONE MORE TIME I’M GOING TO KILL SOMETHING’, but because I love your ‘about me’ page.

    I am also a hardcore gamer. I’m collecting Social Security and have my Medicare but nothing compares to a good game (grin). I started with Zelda on the first Nintendo, and one of my favorite moments is when I FINALLY finished the game and started again to see if I could do better and…

    THERE WAS ANOTHER GAME! different… new… I cannot explain my excitement.

    I’m an avid RPGer, but love the new Mystery Case games because they have puzzles in the puzzles. and I love some time management games, and I love the match three and I love…

    well, you get the idea.

    So thanks for all your help. It’s good to know that all the people I meet on gaming aren’t 12 year old boys !!

    Marilyn

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