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Olympic-inspired games: What are you playing?

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Full-on Olympic-themed videogames abound, as do event-specific ones, like the ridiculously fun Shaun White Snowboarding. But nothing hits the pleasure receptors quite like a silly Flash game, which is why I’ve been addicted to Ski Maniacs the last few days. Race, jump, flip, pose — and make sure you earn enough points so you can play as different, better skiers. The game gets tough, fast, but that’s how you separate amateurs from champions. Hard work, kids.

Less silly but still strangely compelling is Championship Figure Skating, which attempts to capture the precision of the sport by asking you for combination of movements and clicks with your mouse. It’s not a perfect translation, but that has not stopped me for a second.

Have the Olympics inspired you to play winter sports video games, PopWatchers? Or have they inspired you to play, uh, actual winter sports?