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…World of Goo is giving away their soundtrack?

World Of Goo Soundtrack

World of Goo has been an indie gaming sensation, and now Kyle Gabler has made the soundtrack that he created for the game available as a free download.

The majority of the instruments you’ll hear are computer instruments, with a few live performances on top to add a bit of warmth. For the older music, I used one of those Sound Blaster cards that let you load samples into memory. More recently, I’ve been using the freeware sfz soundfont sampler. I have an m-audio keystation 49e midi keyboard for picking out melodies. Influences include Danny Elfman, Vangelis, Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, and all the big movie guys. I grew up listening to them, and they remain a big influence in everything I write.

Many of the songs were written specifically for the game, but a few were also salvaged from previous projects that he had worked on, but if you’re looking for some interesting music to get you through the day, then give the World of Goo Soundtrack a try.

[World of Goo Soundtrack]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Now?

Sprint Now

Sure, it’s just an ad for Sprint’s wireless data plans, but “Now” is also a fantastically imaginative take on what a start page can be.

The “Now” page is filled with widgets, and each one moves and changes to show some sort of interesting fact or figure when you visit the page. Then, when you mouse over a widget, you can begin to interact with it, either by updating the fact, playing a game, seeing more information, or a number of other unique actions that vary from widget to widget. Plus, if you want to see the data behind the widget, you can flip them over for added info on where each widget’s data comes from.

There’s also a futuristic sounding Now woman that guides you through the site, and gives you the occasional clever sound bite about what’s going on ‘Now’ (though they do get annoying after a short time) and a mechanical sounding noise that plays in the background (because apparently we still haven’t managed to make silent computers in the future), but it’s still a rather entertaining and informative experience that encourages you to play and learn at the same time.

[Now]

…It’s Website Wednesday: W/ Extra Duck?

W/ Extra Duck

W/ Extra Duck is a fantastically contagious collection of art pieces that have been given the addition of a little extra duck.

Some are hidden and some are plainly obvious, but it turns into a sort of game to try and locate them all, and you will probably find yourself rather amused by the little rubber guy after a while, so head on over to Flickr and appreciate art w/ a little extra duck.

[Flickr – W/ Extra Duck]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Baseball Boss?

Baseball Boss

Baseball Boss is like a Fantasy Baseballer’s dream come true.

Designed to be the ultimate interactive baseball game, users can create teams using real major league players from 1907 or 2007, and then test and tweak those teams until they’re the best that they can be.

Once a team has been assembled, players can then challenge other players in real games, and using a combination of chance and statistics, a computer determines the winner.

New features are constantly being added, and it’s made by Challenge Games, who also developed Duels, so you know it’s going to have some great support behind it.

Are you ready to step up to the plate?

[Baseball Boss]

…Doritos wants to send you on a quest?

The Quest

Doritos has released a mystery flavor that it calls simply “Quest”, and if you can guess the name of this mystery flavor, you may soon find yourself $100,000 richer.

By logging on to SnackStrongProductions.com, you can begin your quest by guessing the name of the mystery flavor. Once you solve that first mystery, you’ll unlock “the untold mysteries” where “great wealth awaits the bold and adventurous”. Apparently one of “the clever, swift and keen will rise to meet the challenges and compete for the golden ARTIFACT worth $100,000”.

The games are very Myst like, and it’s actually a pretty cool idea for a chip maker, so be sure to check out The Quest and see if you can figure out what the mysteries might be.

[SnackStrongProductions.com]