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Back in the early days of my blog I wrote about Glamour Age. I was not impressed. It followed the lines of most Facebook days back in the day: a webpage that had to refresh every time, and doing the same thing over and over and over. With the emergence of Flash into Facebook games have started changing for the better. The -ville games all have a bit of fun to offer, weather it’s putting together a farm, or making a zoo. But the game that truly caught my attention was one that appealed to my inner geek: Starfleet Commander.

At it’s core Starfleet Commander is a simple game. Like most other Facebook apps it has missions. You get things by going on missions, which let you do other things further down the road. The game goes deeper than that though, deeper than any of the old Facebook games. In addition to missions you get to build things. Ore Mines, Crystal Mines, Hydrogen Synthesizers, etc. Each building produces different resources which you need to build more buildings, and eventually to produce ships and defenses. But the game goes farther still, in addition to buildings you get to research things, and put together defenses. The game also has a good rating system, so you always know where you stand in your Galaxy. Add the fact that you can invite friends (like any Facebook app) and make alliances, and you have a Facebook game with a suprising amount of detail.

The next major improvement that Starfleet Commander adds is the timing system. In old games you had a set amount of energy, and at the end of it you were done. The end. Come back tomorrow. Starfleet Commander has timed missions. Sending a ship out for some ore takes about two minutes to accomplish, and about a minute for your ship to come back home. Once it’s back you can send it out again. As much as you want. You will never see a bar that says “you are out of energy.”

It’s not all roses though. The game still requires that you have friends before you can go out and do anything truly interesting, and the missions have you doing the same thing over and over. It’s the feel of the missions that really gets to me though. This is a game that has the name “Starfleet” in it. You know, the people with the prime directive, and the ones that won’t attack enemy ships unless pressed, even when they are in the Delta Quadrant? Why is it then that out of two of the first three missions I get, I’m going on raids? Instead of Starfleet I feel like I’m playing the Maquis or the Romulans. It definitely doesn’t leave me feeling like one of the good guys.

As far as Facebook games go I give the game four out of five stars. In real game rankings maybe a two out of five. It is fun for a free game, and if you insist on wasting time on Facebook apps like I seem to, than it is a good use of your time.

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I couldn’t believe this advertisement. It’s perfect! The real life mana potion is advertised as follows: “You know what this stuff is. With 160mg of caffeine and a good dose of vitamins, Each 50mL Mana Potion will add +160 to your MP and keep you going through epic battles. This 6-pack means you can either mana up your whole party or party up, um, your whole mana? 5-8 hours of smooth energy with a citrus taste and a 24-hour cool-down.”

I couldn’t describe the effects of a real life mana potion myself. Also featured on the sites web page are health potions as well. These are the most amazing drinks I have ever seen for a geek. I really want some.

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blue dragonThis stupid pixelated dragon has become the bane of my entire existence. It comes from the Lunar Subterane in Final Fantasy Four… as far as I can tell, the last dungeon to go through. When there is only one of them it’s a none problem. My characters keep attacking it… and eventually it dies. However, they have an extremely annoying tendency to pop up as a pair… and that spells death, destruction, and chaos for my party. It’s worse than having a monster cast Death Lvl 4 back in Final Fantasy 7.

Death to the Blue Dragons! Death to Ice! Death to Winter!

Take a moment out of your life to find out how gay tetris blocks have some fun!

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Wow. And now, I don’t mean the MMO. Not this time. In fact, now I speak of a different MMO.

Here is Ether Saga, a free MMO for all those who want to play. I know what you are thinking: “Free MMO! Those always suck!” And most of the time you’d be right. Before now I’ve never played a free MMO that I’ve even come close to appreciating.Ether Saga Character Page copy

But this one is a little bit different.  The plot for the game is not all that great, something about being some sort of Chinese God of the Zodiac trying to save the world. But who plays MMOs for plot? I spend hours on World of Warcraft… and that hardly has a plot at all!

From the second I started creating my character I knew Ether Saga Petthat this game would offer more than I would ever expect from a free game. First of all, it’s adorable. Sometimes people complain about WoW being to cartoony, and if you are one of those people then stop reading here. But if you like absolutely adorable graphics with pretty special effects and incredibly cute pets, then read on.

Ether Saga BattleThe game play is similar to WoW… although not quite as good. Monsters tend to stand around in clumps waiting for you to kill them, at least so far. But every moment of the game is full of cuteness… and the graphics are surprisingly good for free. Also… the dance emot is so much better than World of Warcraft’s. If you decide to find me I am on the East Coast server. Character name is Elizanora.

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This is an amazing toy, and I wish I had one. Who wouldn’t want to play games on this amazing game boy?

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actually, I don’t think it’s actually a game boy… but it is still an amazing piece of art.

This rust colored ice dragon is my new life mission… I hope I live a really, REALLY long life. I’ll need it.

BTW… I found this video here.