Don't hate the players. Hate the games.
I like games. I like riddles. I like things which make me think, make me look at things differently, or let me gradually unravel some conundrum and stitch the pieces together until it all makes sense. Given my line of work, this is all very fortunate.
These are the most interesting stumpers I've run across, some of which I tried to puzzle through well before I received my current exhaustive training in the logical arts. It'll help if you can think logically, and a lot of the time you have to come up with a particularly clever solution. Check it out here.
After years spent invested in the field, I feel it's finally time to pass on my knowledge to future generations of gamers. What follows are the finest fruits I have plucked from the eternal orchard of gaming, to be harvested by you, gentle reader. Go forth and partake.
I've written a couple papers on adventure games and done some reviews in the area which are summed up here. I've written a stand-alone piece on video game music, and one on fairness and balance in games.
The dice game played in Pirates of the Caribbean 2. I wrote up an article on it a few days after seeing the movie, and transcribed the dice game not long after that. Thousands of people have been forced to turn to this very page to figure out what on earth was going on.
Puzzle Games with Myst-style gameplay: http://www.woolythinking.com/
- Spatial Puzzles: http://www.thatvideogamesite.com/play.php?id=392
- Graph puzzles: http://www.planarity.net/
- 3D Tetris: http://www.3dtris.de/ (it's rather unforgiving when you make mistakes, but an interesting extension of the main game)
- http://www.robmathiowetz.com/ This is a flash version of a classic riddle where you have to get multiple people across a river when you can't leave certain groups of them alone with each other. This link has the rules and a link to the game.
- http://www.gameshot.org/?id=408 Fun with magnetism. Hit "start" to kick it off, arrow keys to move.