My Latest Addiction Is Line Rider

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Not too long ago, Jeff Atwood lowered the overall productivity of software developers everywhere when he wrote about Desktop Tower Defense, a game that he calls fiendishly addictive.

I chose not to play the game as I had too much going on. But now I have family visiting and my brother (Hey Brian!) introduced me to yet another fiendishly addictive flash game, Line Rider. Damn you brother!

It’s not even really a game in the sense that there’s no objective other than to build really cool courses. It’s quite similar to a physics drawing tool. You simply start drawing lines and hit play to watch a some little dude with a red scarf sled down your course.

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The tools themselves are simple. You have a free-hand pencil tool and a line tool. There are 3 colors of lines you can draw.

  • Blue - Draws a line where the sledder can sled at a normal pace.
  • Red - Draws a line that accelerates the sledder.
  • Green - Draws a line that doesn’t affect the sledder.

Using this simple set of tools, you can create some very interesting courses across a limitless canvas.

I was quite pleased with myself for executing a loop-de-loop until my brother showed me some of the amazing stuff that people have put together on YouTube like these two videos:

Sadly, I am completely hooked.

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  1. Avatar for Rob Conery
    Rob Conery August 19th, 2007

    OK I just wasted 30 minutes... You suck!
    Hey why is your MVP pic so big? Tryin to say somethin there?

  2. Avatar for Mike Minutillo
    Mike Minutillo August 19th, 2007

    Alas, the Line Rider craze must've hit before I started with my current employer as the url is blocked by IT. Given the fact that there's only 5 minutes left of my lunch break that is probably a really good thing. us.icio.del.add( linerider );

  3. Avatar for Steven Harman
    Steven Harman August 19th, 2007

    The new black hole of geek productivity has arrived! My favorite so far might be Line Rider + Super Mario Bros. It brings back such great memories... I need to go did my NES out of the attic and waste some more time!

  4. Avatar for engtech
    engtech August 20th, 2007

    Line Rider should be coming out for the Nintendo Wii (or was it Nintendo DS?)

  5. Avatar for Sara
    Sara August 25th, 2007

    That is hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Avatar for kevin
    kevin September 5th, 2007

    I guess there could be worse things to be addicted to ;)

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    Casey December 17th, 2007

    why is it that with all programs now uasing quicktime, i am getting a big "Q" with a question mark? Never did that before? New version lately?

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