YetAnotherWasteOfTime: But in a good way, of course!

But in a good way, of course!

I hopped over to http://widgets.opera.com to see if there’s anything up there to revise my opinion that Opera Widgets are more than just a clever little trick. Y’see, a widget, according to Opera, is a small app which runs while Opera up, and it can be – literally – anything. This means there’s a whole slew of clocks, weather apps (look out the window, dammit!), cute kittens and the like. They’re easy to code (javascript and the like), and consequently there’s a lot of rubbish out there.

That was my impression last time I looked, anyhow.

What I saw up there now impressed me. There’s a lot of great quality stuff out there – it’s well worth checking out yourself – but the one that caught my eye is, unashamedly, a waste of time. SimAquarium is a virtual fishtank that runs in a small window on your desktop. No surprises there, then. What’s so impressive is that it’s just so well done. There’s loads of fish to grow and breed, scenery, lighting and the rest. There’s no goal as such, but it’s generally taken that you’ve ‘made it’ when you’ve got a dolphin in your tank. I kid you not. It’s more than that though; it’s a brilliant resource management game where there’s a real trick to getting cash through sales of your fish to get newer stock and scenery.

You can even take snapshots of your fishtank to show off your prize collection. Here’s my fairly new tank:

http://home.greywulf.net/images/fishtank.png

It’s fun and surprisingly relaxing to keep the tank on top of all the other windows in the bottom right of the screen, watching the fish’s movements and occassionally breaking up fights. Pirhana’s don’t like company :)

To ‘play’, you need Opera up and running, then go to the SimAquarium page and download the widget.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you though!

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