Games for a laugh

As the communications century closes, Netropolitan notes a steady decline in employee productivity (Get on with it—Ed). Christmas shopping, however, has got nothing to do with it. The culprit is at large on the Net, clogging up mail servers and computers until eventually it is impossible to get anything done. No, it’s nothing to do with the millennium bug. It’s the flood of small but addictive computer games that seem to come with every e-mail. • Just in case you missed out on all this free fun for your computer—or need to escape the relatives over the holiday break—here’s where to go. Make sure your virus checker is up to date and start with the brilliant moorhen shooting game at, where you try to bag moorhens with your virtual shotgun. A fly on the wall in many an office this festive season will witness countless moorhens meeting their Maker. They would also see elves “mooning” Santa before he bowls them over, or frogs being catapulted to their fate in Frogapult, both at, or even the now infamous gerbil in the microwave ( • Broadcasters force all sorts of Hollywood tat onto the airwaves at this time of year, so why not get your revenge on the glitterati? At the “If They Mated” website ( you can see for yourself what offspring of various celebrities might look like if they chose to mate. • Here’s a strange thing: if these games keep you glued to your screen, the prospect of a Y2K electricity blackout might seem bleak. Fear not. An altruistic bunch of activists, calling themselves the Solar Guerrillas (, are doing their bit by feeding solar or wind-generated electricity onto the US electricity grid “with or without permission from utilities or governments”. Exactly how this will help in the event of a total Y2K utility breakdown is anybody’s guess. More on these topics:
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