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I Know You Don’t Know Jack, But Have You Met Seth?

Topics: Editorial & Opinion | Add A CommentBy admin | April 20, 2009

An attempt to bring a little intelligence back to our Monday time-wasters…

I had never noticed until yesterday the remarkable resemblance between the animated host of the web version of You Don’t Know Jack and the byline photo on marketing guru Seth Godin’s blog. Which is our odd segue into this week’s slightly brainier edition of our Monday Demotivators. We received a complaint last week that our little Monday tradition had “devolved from a thought-provoking Monday diversion into a desperate Flash game linkfest“. While that’s a fair observation, I feel obligated to point out that I’m pretty sure that that’s the whole idea here! All the same, I’m willing to consider the possibility that maybe we’re reaching the point that marketing guru Seth Godin calls The Dip, wherein it’s hard to tell if we’re just not pushing ourselves hard enough, or maybe it’s time to throw in the towel. Guess you’ll have to come back next Monday to find out. In the meantime, if You Don’t Know Jack, get to know him. It’s a simple game, but it requires a little intelligence to score well. Although popular as a computer game for over a decade, the TV version with Paul Reubens only lasted six episodes. For those who like a little word challenge to get the day rolling, try DeepLeap, “The Fast-Paced Time-Wasting Word Game!“. Kind of like Scrabble, except someone’s constantly shoving new letters at you. And kind of bridging (heh) the gap between using your mind and Flash game brain death, we have BridgeCraft, a cute, cute, cute little game in which you help little creatures called “Euwins” build bridges to help them rebuild their world. I find games like this rather annoying, so I think I derived more pleasure from just letting the Euwins drown by building faulty bridges. And lastly, for those of you who actually do enjoy Flash game brain death, we have Power Golf. Happy sandtraps, and Happy Monday!