Awesome Websites

Free: World Golf Tour

Free: World Golf Tour

World Golf Tour is a beautifully rendered golfing sim, all the more amazing that it’s free and playable online. Based on the Bali Hai course in Vegas, it uses Google Earth-like tech.

Website: City Creator

Website: City Creator

Despite an often maddening interface, City Creator gets addictive; create pixel cities from one of three tile sets, and save or send them as an e-card. Above: view our misguided creations.

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Flash Gear Solid VR

Flash Gear Solid VR

MGS fans will love Flash Gear Solid VR Trainer; it not only includes the much-beloved cardboard box but it can be played both top-down and from a first person view. Thanks, Ray!

Website: Elbow Wars

Website: Elbow Wars

An epic soundtrack and a color commentator? Nope, it’s not the latest football flick: this is Elbow Wars, an interactive two-player movie theater slugfest with no-holds (or elbows) barred.

Website: WrongCards.com

Website: WrongCards.com

As a rule of thumb, we aren’t into the whole Hallmark thing. WrongCards.com just might work, with cards that are a bit sarcastic and mostly blunt–just like most guys we know.

Art From Asian Fonts

Art From Asian Fonts

Good artists can create even with simple tools; Font Park’s website has a gallery of pretty sweet art made using only Asian brush strokes. Hint: click “View List” in the upper right.

Website: OfficeGuns.com

Website: OfficeGuns.com

Using office supplies such as clips and rubber bands to make guns, OfficeGuns.com is simultaneously cool and dangerous: you really *will* shoot your eye out with these beasties.

Website: Map of Shanghai

Website: Map of Shanghai

We have to say this Shanghai map is even better than Onion Maps; it’s a heavily detailed map of the booming metropolis, with graphics that are on par with something you’d see in SimCity.

Website: Wordle.net

Website: Wordle.net

Want to create trendy word clouds like the one above? Wordle.net automatically creates a cloud for you from either your website or your own words, with your choice of colors and fonts.

Website: MinimalSites.com

Website: MinimalSites.com

Design minimalists will love MinimalSites.com: it collects websites with simple and clean layouts, and then allows visitors to vote and comment on them; you can sort by date or rating.

Website: Goon City

Website: Goon City

We’ve seen pixel cities before, but Ryan Allen’s Google-maps based Goon City is special because Something Awful forum members are helping out, ensuring plenty of wackiness.

Causecast.org

Causecast.org

Causecast.org is like YouTube for social causes, with videos and pitches for everything from human rights to the environment; above is Jenny McCarthy speaking for autism.

Website: BigMan

Website: BigMan

Ad agency BigMan’s website is one of coolest we’ve seen; the interface is dominated by a Big Man (of course) and lots of flashing, sliding bits of text: kinda like Times Square on crack.

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Flash Game: Boxhead

Flash Game: Boxhead

Sean Cooper’s addictive Boxhead is a free flash game with clean, crisp artwork and waves of zombies; if that wasn’t enough, they also have co-op and death match modes.

Free Sunday Night Football

Free Sunday Night Football

It’s not quite Monday Night, but you can catch Sunday Night Football with Madden and Co. for free online; now if they could only get Frank Caliendo in on the action, we’d be good.

Website: Stormpulse

Website: Stormpulse

Stormpulse is a visual web app that lets you keep track of storms and hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic. It forecasts direction and wind speed, but also shows historical storms.

Deckpeck Skateboards

Deckpeck Skateboards
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This is one deck you won’t thrash: DolceQ’s sexy skateboards are actually printed by Deckpeck. They allow artists to create their own custom decks and wheels as well as sell them.

Flash Game: Canyon Defense

Flash Game: Canyon Defense

Canyon Defense isn’t the only Tower Defense-style game, but it’s quite fun, with good graphics and futuristic weapons. Our only complaint is that it is a bit easy; more levels, por favor.

Website: Onion Maps

Website: Onion Maps

Onion Maps initially reminds us of Google Earth, minus many features — but its simplicity and focus on isometric views works, especially for tourists who just want landmarks.

Flash Game: Sonny

Flash Game: Sonny

Sonny is a fun and free Flash-based RPG a-la Final Fantasy; you start off as an amnesiac zombie armed with an iron pipe. The production values are surprisingly high.

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Google Chrome Browser

Google Chrome Browser

Just launched: Google’s brand-new browser, Google Chrome. It aims to minimize memory bloat (you can selectively shut down tasks) and is lightweight, with a 500KB install file.

Photos: Symmetry Explorer

Photos: Symmetry Explorer

Symmetry Explorer is a Flickr mashup that takes images (based on any search term) and arbitrarily reflects them on the fly. Above is our super bendy MacBook Air.

Website: Shapeways.com

Website: Shapeways.com

3D printing is here: Philips’ Shapeways site will take just about any 3D model you submit and “print” it using one of four materials; they charge by the cubic centimeter.

PatternTap.com

PatternTap.com

PatternTap.com is a boon to web designers; it compiles examples of common website parts (borders, comments, backgrounds). It’s a great place to get ideas and inspiration.

Simpsons-style Superheroes

Simpsons-style Superheroes

Springfield Punx is a pet project of artist Dean Fraser; he does an amazing job creating Simpsons styled versions of popular superheroes and celebs. Our fave: The Dark Knight‘s Joker.

Star Trek Online Trailer

Star Trek Online Trailer

Star Trek Online has a trailer up, and man are we excited: lots of stuff gets blowed up real good. Note: download the hi-res trailer if you can; the YouTube trailer just doesn’t do it justice.

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