July 23rd, 2007


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As seen on http://www.penny-arcade.com :

Chore Wars, a role playing (?) fantasy (sort of?) game (um?). It's a website you sign into, and create a "party" of adventurers, which is a thin abstraction over the folks you live with and share household responsibilities with. You get to create a list of "adventures", a fictional wrapper around common household tasks. (I set up laundry tasks and doing the dishes, for example.)

As your character goes on these "adventures", you fight monsters (which don't seem to be related to anything, just there to make the narrative vaguely compelling), collect gold and treasure (conceivably could be used as extra rewards for doing chores - maybe 100 gold could be traded in for an extra dollar's worth of allowance next week, or the Cryptic Codex of Recycling could be traded away for reprieve from garbage duty one week).

If I had a bunch of roommates who were more excited about leveling up than taking out the trash, this might be a spoonful of sugar, making the humdrum a little more exciting.

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A while ago, the Cattlemen's Beef Board had a website aimed at educating young girls about the role of beef in a healthy diet. (Healthy for the girls or healthy for the Beef Board is a matter of discussion.)

The site was titled "Cool 2B Real", and I don't know how easily 10 year old girls pick out heavy handed marketing efforts, but I can't imagine it was terribly successful. I suspect that most of the site's hits were from folks like myself that had a hard time believing that someone would make such a site.

Well, the site's come and gone, which saddens me. It was one of those odd landmarks in cyberspace that I liked to have around, like some peculiar statue.

You can go to http://www.zip4tweens.com/ which seems to be a companion site, with a similar flavor. Mmm, beefy.