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Best Flash Games From the 2010 Global Game Jam

The Global Game Jam is a LAN party for game developers coordinated for the same weekend in 138 locations spread across 23 countries. Developers work in small groups to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed 48 hours. The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games. Here are our picks for the best flash games developed in the 2010 GGJ:


Official project page
Game Jam site: Hilversum, Netherlands

A game that uses music as the key ingredient for solving puzzles and will challenge you to think beyond the obvious. A game that is not all that it seems to be. Puzzle your way through the wonderful ambience of Resonance.

Play Resonance

Sheep Sheep Wolf

Sheep Sheep Wolf
Official project page
Game Jam site: Calgary, Canada

If Sonic and the Chain Saw Massacre had a baby and it was a flash game, this would be it! Run around as a wolf dressed like a sheep, avoiding the ever watchful farmer. Use your oh so clever disguise to sneak up on the sheep, then pounce and slaughter the helpless beasts.

Play Sheep Sheep Wolf

R.O.O.M (Rodent Oriented Obstacle Manipulation)

Official project page
Game Jam site: Tel Aviv, Israel

A short level-based puzzle game, based on the idea that “what you can’t see won’t hurt you”. Meet Hamlet the hamster. He is trained to ignore what he cannot see.
Deceive him by covering obstacles in his path. An innovative puzzle game, inspired by the classic’s “Lemmings” and “The Incredible Machine”.

Play R.O.O.M

A Rainy Night

A Rainy Day
Official project page
Game Jam site: Rochester, USA

The rain and fog obscures the true form of things. Use your flashlight to illuminate their true forms as you travel through a ghostly cityscape. Defend yourself with your umbrella as you traverse this puzzling world.

Play A Rainy Night

Blow The Monkey

blow monkey
Official project page
Game Jam site: Antwerpen, Belgium

A seductively named game…Place explosives in the setup stage, then trick the monkey by luring it through the level with a banana, triggering your bombs as he advances. Essentially, hurt the monkey as much as possible without killing it.

Play Blow The Monkey

Eaty Guys and the Operator

Official project page
Game Jam site: Calgary, Canada

A fast-paced party game where two players, the Eaty Guys, must duke it out in an arena to out-eat one another. The twist? Enter player 3, Operator. The arenas are full of deceiving tricks and perils, and only the Operator knows what these are, resulting in a psychological (and laughable) triangle of trust and deceit to the last eat! Played locally on one computer, one keyboard, no gimmicks required. Live a day in the short life of Eaty Mans.

Play Eaty Guys and the Operator

Think we missed something? Let us know in the comments!

5 Biggest Earners in Competitive Gaming

Playing video games for a living, having your name featured in gaming publications, MTV, thousands of websites, having fans and groupies sounds like the dream job. Here’s a list of video gaming over-achievers that succeeded in this industry and are making serious money too.

Dennis “Thresh” Fong

Dennis Thresh Fong

No list of most accomplished world class gamers should ignore Dennis Fong, the Ferrari Tournament guy. His claim to fame is winning the famed Red Annihilation tournament in 1997 and subsequently John Carmack’s Ferrari 328 which became solid evidence that there’s a future in this to all non-believers back in the early days of professional gaming competitions. The 32 year old Hong Kong born gaming celebrity Fong has been hailed as the Michael Jordan of video games receiving numerous awards and mentions in mainstream media. He played his game right and he invested the approximately $100.000 he’s made as a professional gamer into online media and social platforms and today he is regarded as the most financially fulfilled player-turned-businessman in the competitive gaming scene.

Games he’s most famous for: Doom I and II, Quake I, II and III and StarCraft

Platform he’s most played on : PC (exclusively)

Thresh in figures:

102 million – The amount of US Dollars Dennis Fong’s Xfire, an instant messenger and social networking site for gamers was sold to Viacom for;

14 – The number of games Thresh won out of a total of 15 in the final against Entropy for the Ferrari Tournament. In fact, the one game he lost was the only official FPS round he’s ever lost;

32 – Dennis Fong’s current age that makes him the oldest professional gamer on this list.

Tom “Tsquared” Taylor

Tom T2 Taylor

The high-profile head of Str8 Rippin, one of the most respected teams in the Halo scene, Tsquared’s innovative approach has shaped the trajectory of the game itself . Named Stuff Magazine’s ‘Most Influential Person Under 30′ and appearing on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Tom Taylor elevates the public’s awareness of pro gamers through his cool demeanor and confidence. As a player, ‘T2′ has been a force in the league from the beginning, dominating the North American Major League Gaming scene. He’s currently under a three year contract with the gaming platform giant worth a total of $250,000, but manages to earn between $120,000 and $150,000 each year in prize money and endorsement deals. His most recent claim to fame was appearing on a new Dr. Pepper publicity campaign.

Games he’s most famous for: Halo: CE, Halo 3 bust mostly Halo 2

Platform he’s most played on: XBOX although he’s also admittedly played XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii, “for fun”

Tsquared in figures:

175 million – Dr. Pepper bottles issued across the United States with his face on them;

250,000 – US Dollars for a three year contract, officially the most financially significant contract a pro gamer has ever had in North America;

19 – Tom’s number of mainstream media appearences including an MTV documentary about pro gaming life.

Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen


World Cyber Games victories have led him to be included in the tournament’s hall of fame and during his seven year career of gaming at the highest level he reportedly raised more than $200,000 in prize money which makes the the 24 year old Dutch player the most successful European to star on the international gaming scene. Nicknamed the “King of Orcs” by his large fan base, Manuel Grubby Schenkhuizen is regarded as the world’s best Warcraft III player. After being a part of two other prestigious teams, Grubby has joined the North American clan Evil Geniuses with his fiance Cassandra “Cassandra” Ng.

Games he’s most famous for: Warcraft III and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

Platform he’s most played on: PC

Grubby in figures:

2009 – The year when Manuel proposed to his fiancee Cassandra, a Singaporean ex-model turned pro gamer at Blizzcon;
5 – The number of WC3L Most Valuable Player awards that Manuel has won in a row;
12 – Is the number of countries where Grubby won 1 vs. 1 tournaments over LAN.

Lee Jae-Dong

Lee Jaedong

Well known for his intense and focused demeanor during play and his tendency to excel under pressure, “The Lord of Destruction” is a legend in the StarCraft: Brood War obsessed South Korea, being hailed as the best Zerg player in the world if not simply the best StarCraft player ever. Currently under a $110,000 per year contract with team Hwaseung Oz, he’s one of the honored gamers that got to “immortalize” their gaming hand by printing it into a piece of clay which is regarded as being the South Korean Hall of Fame.

Games he’s most famous for: StarCraft: Brood War (exclusively)

Platform he’s most played on: PC (exclusively)

Lee Jae-Dong in figures:

2809 – His December 2009 rating which makes him the current top player in South Korea according to the Korean e-Sports Players Association;

1990 – Jaedong’s birth year which makes him the youngest player to be competing with the top earners in the business;

257 – Wins and 117 losses; his official career track.

Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel

Johnathan Wendel

One of the most accomplished cyber athletes on the planet, Johnathan Fatal1ty Wendel is probably the first name that comes to mind when it comes to outstanding achievements in the e-sports world. It can be easily said that his contribution to the professional gaming scene has shaped the competition to what it is today. The 28 year old Missouri born gaming icon has successfully marketed his fame, now owning and managing multiple gaming related businesses, the most prominent being his brand name professional gear online store.

Games he’s most famous for: Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament 2003 or Painkiller (although he fragged in many other one-versus-one death match games)

Platform he’s most played on: PC. In fact, he uses his own brand name equipment, developed by Creative Labs, Intel and other famed manufacturers and he swears by its quality

Fatal1ty in figures:

500,000 – US dollars won in cash and prizes from professional competitions;

672 – Number of frags he got in 60 minutes, landing him a position in the Guinness Book of World Records;

13 – The number of games that Wendel mastered and played at competitive levels, including the very first Quake and finishing up with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2;

5 – That is how many championship titles he won during his career as a professional gamer, including four with the Cyber athlete Professional League and one with the World Cyber Games.

Tetris Holding LLC denied rights to by ICANN panel

Long story short:

  • On December 30th, 2005 Smashing Conceptions, a London-based company, registers using
  • During 2006 becomes grabs the #1 Google ranking for the search “Tetris” using a free flash version of Tetris which grabs the attention of Tetris Holdings LLC – the owners of the Tetris trademark.
  • In 2007, Tetris Holdings LLC files a complaint with GoDaddy. All GoDaddy customers agree to resolve domain disputes using the National Arbitration Forum and as such a one-man panel is created to resolve the issue and Peter L. Michaelson is appointed to resolve the dispute.
  • At this time is a “non-profit” with seemingly no commercial agenda.
  • On September 2007, Peter DENIES the transfer request, claiming that Smashing Conceptions has “Rights or Legitimate Interests”. Full details can be found  here
  • Sometime during 2009, without anyone noticing, Smashing Conceptions fills with, you guessed it, Google ads! They don’t show up the first time you go there. But the second time, you are redirected to a “welcome.html” page that contains all the ads. If you show up a third time, you are asked to input your e-mail address! still holds the #1 Google ranking for the search “Tetris”, which is searched for 5,000,000 per month according to Google keyword tool. Typically the #1 result on Google gets ~40% of the searches to click which means the site enjoys 2,000,000 visitors per month from Google alone!

I guess a lawsuit is on its way?