Category Archives: Computers and IT

Jackbox Games

In these special times during the COVID-19 pandemic and while staying at home and practicing social distancing day and night, I thought about having an online game night with friends and remembered the good old classic You Don’t Know Jack game I had on my PC ages ago.

Turns out, I actually bought a few Jackbox Party Packs and some other Jackbox Games via HumbleBundle over the years and I just completed my Steam collection via a special offer on Green Man Gaming.

So I wanted to give a quick run-down on which games there are, which one I/we like most and what worked well for us.

Jackbox Games actually released a tutorial page on how to play their games with remote friends. Somehow Twitch and Youtube don’t (yet) work well for me, but both Skype and Zoom did a fine job (despite the sound coming through the mic together with my speech).
Also they have some games on sale, or even for free, right now on Steam and elsewhere.

For all games you need one computer running the games and a (mobile) device with a browser for each player. That’s it. And while the number of players is limited, many of the games allow for an almost unlimited number of spectators (audience), which can still take part as an extended jury.

If you feel like playing a bit, just ping me directly on Steam or elsewhere ;)

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FEZ

Looks like I actually had some vacation during and between the holidays :)
I got my new 16″ MacBook just before Christmas and finally some time to play a (computer) game I had on my list for ages: FEZ.
It’s a beautiful, multifaceted, tricky, creative, crazy fantastic puzzle skill game done by Polytron I bought in a Humble Bundle quite some time ago.
Certainly one of the best games I have played so far ..
and I’ve played quite a a few (in the past).

Finally having a graphics card again (was broken on my 2010 MacBook), I might try a few more games from my (waiting) list .

Darts

Given the broken electronic dart board in my students’ office, I spent some time and reworked the interface of my RaspuinoDart implementation to run on my web server. So now you can play (calculate) your dart matches at dartboard.mehlhase.info. At some point I might connect it RaspuinoDart, so one doesn’t have to enter the darts manually.

Enjoy and send comments/remarks … and as usual statistics requests ;)