Out2 : Out Of File
For now I'm going to guess that the goal of Out2 : Out Of File (the sequel to Out File #01) is to use your point'n'click skills to escape the evil underground lair as a). The English version isn't out for a while and I don't understand Japanese, b). I haven't finished it yet, c). That's really what it looks like, d). It makes me feel like I'm James Bond [subbed by Mantari].

Entry 2116, Tuesday, September 5th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(57%)Comments(231)

Dona Room 2
Dona Room 2 is an escape the room style point'n'click game, which at first glance might appear easy, even if you don't understand the language, since the door is open! No number of keys to find here. Unfortunately though you cannot leave until you've had something to eat, which proves to be a little more difficult than opening the door. Doh! [subbed by Mantari, MsInterpret, Nicop, Sweety, Gerri & Pablo].

Entry 2115, Tuesday, September 5th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(51%)Comments(84)

Odd World
So you think you've played some point'n'click games that have an irritating ending? Well try playing Odd World, I bet it would beat them in an irritating ending contest. Warning: not one for the kids, no matter how much you want to irritate them, there's some adult language at the end, both in the game, and as you swear at the computer screen [subbed by MsInterpret].

Entry 2114, Tuesday, September 5th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(39%)Comments(29)

Leaving Your Room 5
Prepare to loose your point'n'click sanity as it's time for Leaving Your Room 5, the latest game in the Leaving Your Room series. To summarise the game involves finding keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys, keys... etc. [subbed and created by Renegade].

Entry 2113, Monday, September 4th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(60%)Comments(546)

Engaging News
Lazylaces regulars will remember back in June that I told the start of the Lazylaces love story, and how I met the beautiful Jennifer (read the story so far if you missed it). Well...

After I left Jennifer back in Washington I returned to the UK for many years (well ok... many months... alright then two months, but being apart feels like an eternity), during which we made a million phone calls, sent a million e-mails and Google chatted for days, before Jennifer finally flew over to the UK, fresh new passport in hand, at the begining of last month to visit me here for two weeks.

Now obviously with only two weeks together after being apart for so long, not to mention Jennifer never having been to the UK before, the schedule was somewhat packed. However I don't go under the banner Lazylaces without good reason, so obviously the first few days I managed to schedule with nothing to do under the heading "jet lag recovery".

In fact I think I met, or even exceeded, everyone's expectations, especially Jennifer's, when I had her in an English pub drinking T.E.A. (not the hot beverage - check the link) within an hour of her flight arriving. Quickly followed over the next couple of days with a trip around the local area, obviously a visit to a traditional English curry house (no visit is complete without one), and a whirlwind tour of the sites of central London in the lazylaces-mobile (you haven't almost died lived until I've whizzed you around Piccadilly Circus). Highlight of the time, apparently (!), was seeing Bridget Jones' flat in Borough Market, but more of this soon when I get all the pictures from the trip organised.

After this we headed north to Stoke-on-Trent to see Mr & Mrs Lazylaces Senior, where we stayed in a superb hotel, The Upper House at Barlaston, a fine ex-country house on the Wedgwood estate. And it is here, in their finely manicured gardens, that my main news occurred, the reason for this post. Did you spot it in the picture of Jennifer (above)? She normally sparkles for me, but she is looking even sparklier than before now....

Yes that's right, in those scenic gardens, I got down on one knee and asked if Jennifer would do me the honour of marrying me. Fortunately for me she said yes, and I slipped the sparkly ring on her finger. We were, and are, both so happy it's insane. I can't say much more than that without sounding incredibly smug, because it is, quite frankly, the best thing that has ever happened to me. Plans are already afoot for the wedding next year and soon (but not soon enough) we'll be together forever.

So that's our news for now. Obviously there is more of the trip to talk about, and I have some pictures (actually quite a few pictures) to post which I'll do soon, but we wanted to share our main news with the lazylaces community without waiting for me to get those organised. Right. I need to go smile some more right now...

Entry 2112, Monday, September 4th 2006, Filed In Diary
Comments(256)

Slaria
I'm not totally sure how to describe Slaria. Well to be honest I can describe it, I just don't believe what I'm saying, it's all far to surreal, especially for first thing on a Monday morning... In the game you play a little angel traversing the digestive tract of a young lady and I believe the goal is to settle her stomach using your point'n'click skills. Well possibly anyway. Searching for enlightenment I checked out the site home page which offered this gem:

I promise you RESET & REBIRTH.
Say goodbye to unhealthy insides, hello to bright'n'clear body & refreshing new mind.

Which I think you'll agree clears everything up. Say goodbye to unhealthy insides everyone [subbed by MsInterpret].

Entry 2111, Monday, September 4th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(45%)Comments(29)

Goodbye Lenin
As Goodbye Lenin is a point'n'click game that features lots of text, which is all in German, I don't have a scooby what is going on, but that's never stopping me point and clicking anything before... If you understand some German please tell the rest of us what on earth is going on... [subbed by MsInterpret].

Entry 2110, Monday, September 4th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(47%)Comments(20)

Exploding Finger Man
Exploding Finger Man is a point'n'click game with a difference, well I don't remember anything quite the same anyway. In each level you have to recover an object by clearing away everything else in the room by pointing (and of course clicking) your exploding finger at it. Who knows why your finger explodes, this is the sort of question I find is best left unanswered, but with a time limit on each level, things become quite manic and exacerbate a condition I have come to know as "point'n'click finger", to the level that it feels like your finger really is going to explode [subbed by winniethepooh].

Entry 2109, Monday, September 4th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(45%)Comments(22)

And We're Back....Apologies for the un-intentional downtime over the last few days, but re-introducing the full site comments the other day didn't go nearly as smoothly as I had hoped, in fact it was a bit of a disaster. All the extra database accessing totally locked up the MSAccess database I was running the site off of, which in turn locked all the site pages, which then in turn caused the web server to lock up, meaning my web host and no choice other than to switch LL off as the site runs on a shared server.

Anyway after a couple of days furious coding I have now exported the whole database into MS SQL Server, and updated the site where required to use this instead. The up-side of this is that, not only is the site working again, but also everything seems to be running so much faster which you should see in the faster load times for all the site pages and hopefully fewer/no system error messages, not to mention the fact that I have been able to re-introduce features like the 'popular posts'.

As always let me know if you encounter any problems, or if something isn't working how you think it should, but cross fingers all will be well now.

Cheers
G :o)

Entry 2108, Saturday, September 2nd 2006, Filed In Diary
Comments(58)

TSOTFKITOO
The point'n'click key hunting adventures continue in TSOTFKITOO, aka The Story of the Freaky Kid in the Orange Outfit, aka Tweety, aka Leaving Your Room 4 (the latest episode in the Leaving Your Room series) which possibly has more alternate names than it does keys to find. Or maybe not. You'll probably recognise some of the backgrounds from previous adventures, but the objects have changed, and this time there is an inventory to play with as well as the keys [subbed and created by Renegade].

Entry 2107, Tuesday, August 29th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(49%)Comments(182)

You Are Mighty
If you are feeling a bit down and/or have low self esteem try picking yourself up with a bit of You Are Mighty. Simply swap the "lazylaces" in the URL for your own name for some positive mental attitude [subbed by nick b the hamster].

Entry 2106, Tuesday, August 29th 2006, Filed In Stuff
Comments(18)

Forbidden Siren
Never one to be constrained by something dull like numerical order I'm posting Forbidden Siren 1 quite a while after I posted Forbidden Siren 2 (such a rebel). Anyway, the original "game" is much the same as the sequel, being more of a point'n'click thing, rather than a game, with things for you to find and watch, rather than there being a definite goal [subbed by MsInterpret].

Entry 2105, Tuesday, August 29th 2006, Filed In Games
Rating(39%)Comments(11)

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