Christmas Games and working morals.
Remember this from several months ago?
Well I too have been thinking long and hard about it (two months of long and hard, in fact). I have consulted impartial professionals. I have asked my employers. I have discussed the issue over and over again. I have lost nights of sleep. I think on Christmas eve it's about the right time to set the record straight on my stand on this matter enabling me to put it to bed once and for all. I too work in areas which are very sensitive. I work with the elderly, the homeless, the drug dependent, members of the general public, the disabled, mental care patients, the list goes on and on. I can assure my readers, my clients and my employers that I will never publish anything at all about my work that may involve any of these vulnerable (oops, sorry, not a politically correct word anymore)... any of these people, my workmates or my employers themselves in any way, despite the incredibly good reading it would make. It's not right. There is an unspoken understanding of trust that I feel would be a betrayal if I were to behave in any other way than above reproach at all times because of the highly sensitive areas in which I work. That includes posting any information about them in any public area of the web, whatever the law might say on the matter. I cannot apply my moral understanding to another person however, that being ultimately their choice. I can choose to be offended by it, at the time it made me very uncomfortable to say nothing of the soul - searching. I considered withdrawing from the blogosphere altogether over it. I'm very glad that Yaeli has considered this matter to the degree she has and I feel that it's appropriate to finally discuss it here. It may seem an over-reaction to some, but to me it's a massive issue. How in the world can I work in this area if I feel that I can't be trusted? How therefore can I read another's writing about it and fail to comment? How do I react when that comment goes awry? Well, I've been privileged to learn the answers to these questions, despite how slow I've been to announce it. So, no hard feelings, but in best Bill & Ted styley a most excellent Christmas wish going out a little early to Yaeli and all my readers.
Right, now that that's out of the way, let's see what I can find to interest you for a few minutes in a roundup of Christmas games. First up on the Google list is PrimaryGames.com (beware pop-up ads) who offer us a wide selection of Christmas themed games including Attack of the Mutant Artificial Trees (shockwave) which is another one where you shoot the trees that rise from boxes and avoid hitting the elves. It's a nice example of it's kind and is well done. Another well done one they have is Adventure Elf (shockwave) which is a platform game in the best traditions of manic minor. Extremely addictive and easily playable. Remember, don't step on yellow snow. I found these two games and more though at freeworldgroup.com (beware popups, popunders and LOUD jingley bells) where there is also the hilarious Spank The Frank (shockwave) and the brilliantly frenetic Pengapop (shockwave)which brings a whole new idea to the old breakout games. I urge you to play it - it's great. Right, that's enough for now. Hopefully, I'll be posting tomorrow at some point to wish you all a more timely season's greeting,, but right now I should go and get all those presents I've been too busy to buy. Have a good Christmas, all, and enjoy the games.