More weird Windows 8 apps? We found them

In late December we decided to find some Windows 8 apps that were, for want of a better word, weird. Well, we found some and the response we got was good enough that we decided to go out and find some more apps that are a little, or maybe a lot, left of center.

Crying Babe

Yes, this app is a picture of a baby and it generates the sound of a baby that's clearly not happy to be the center of a Windows 8 app. We are not sure what the point of this app is but, oddly, we can't seem to get enough of this baby's crying. We need help.

1990 Cartoon Series

Someone thinks the 1990s were a great period in animated TV shows. Someone also apparently thinks TV series such as Camp Candy (the late John Candy in a series of misadventures in a summer camp) and the Angry Beavers (insert your own joke here) needs some extra attention. If this is the kind of stuff you like, than you should like this.

Hollywood Valentine

This app is designed to see which big Hollywood celebrity will be compatible with you just by typing your name and then identifying yourself as a boy or a girl. I put in my name and got Amanda Seyfriend. Just for kicks, I then put in my name and identified myself as a girl, and got matched up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I could have done worse.

Foggy Glass

This app is simply but actually kind of cool. It makes your screen look liked a fogged up window. If you have a touchscreen PC or laptop you can take your finger to wipe off the moisture and make designs that you can save or send to friends. We could see this being used quite a bit to send fun messages.

Mocha TN5250

Now here's an app that will have a tiny, but extremely hardcore, computing audience. This is a terminal emulator which lets users access an IBM AS/400 server remotely. It's very cool but we can't imagine this being used by more than a few people in the whole world. However, we still think it's cool that someone made this app anyway.

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I really don't like being negative but it just feels like all the junk that was once on flash enabled websites back in 2001 is now an app. We could do all of the things that apps do already but we didn't.

Orange Battery said,
I really don't like being negative but it just feels like all the junk that was once on flash enabled websites back in 2001 is now an app. We could do all of the things that apps do already but we didn't.

I've yet to see a flash applet that connects to an old IBM mainframe if I'm honest. The rest I can see how though.
EDIT: AND WOW, it's $27!? That is insane. *loads up free putty*

Orange Battery said,
I really don't like being negative...

But you do it so well. Play to your strengths my friend.

Orange Battery said,
I really don't like being negative but it just feels like all the junk that was once on flash enabled websites back in 2001 is now an app. We could do all of the things that apps do already but we didn't.

Yes, but try making Skulls of the Shogun for flash. Or BlazBlue (the win8 version.) WinRT apps have a lot more capability than is shown off by random crap.
(Actually, Flash is fairly capable now but the having to have your own store/server setup would kinda defeat the purpose for most games.)

Edited by TheExperiment, Feb 2 2013, 2:47pm :

Sales numbers don't reflect a quality of an OS... it shows the trends of customers. Windows 8 is great once you get used to it, which doesn't take long since it's not that much different from Windows 7. Most people haven't upgraded yet because they're still fine with Windows 7. Most people don't really do OS upgrades until they need to (such as when buying a new computer), and since many people bought PCs and crappy netbooks with the awesome Windows 7, that'll last them a while. But when it comes time to upgrade their device, they'll get the next version which would be pre-installed on it. So sales numbers mean jack really, especially when the OS just came out a few months ago... it takes all OS's months/years before sales show drastic increases.

If one single thing will doom Windows 8 is the absolute garbage apps in the Windows store. They really need to hire some more people to do reviews and ramp up the bar of what an app should do at a very minimum before being released in the Store. Some might start screaming bloody murder or discrimination but those same people might as well go jump in a lake at the same time. Just because you can fire up Visual Studio and write few lines of (very bad) code, doesn't make you an app developer...

Right... have you seen the Apple and Android stores? It's full of even more (and worse) garbage apps. It's bound to happen with all App Stores.

j2006 said,
Right... have you seen the Apple and Android stores? It's full of even more (and worse) garbage apps. It's bound to happen with all App Stores.

I've seen the Android & Apple stores.. Lets see theyve got an official youtube tube, an official facebook app -- i'll stop there because there's no need to continue.

Darrah Ford said,

I've seen the Android & Apple stores.. Lets see theyve got an official youtube tube, an official facebook app -- i'll stop there because there's no need to continue.


Again with the youtube and facebook apps
Google is purposely blocking Windows apps from using their API's by continously changing the API so it breaks.
Facebook has not developed an app yet, however WP has a facebook app from Microsoft. Even tho it is lacking some functionality, its a decent app to use. Altho most app functions are build in to WP itself, so one hardly ever even needs the fb app.

Apps on a pc )) I thought just like you(UNTIL) I used win8,yes i did use a third party start button at first"got used to it that way" But I came to using the apps more and the charms so I got rid of the start button,it is so old fashion going to start and scrolling through the menu's

Surprise, surprise; I was expecting worse than crying babies...

I have had to install Bible, Koran, and Bhagavad Gita apps in order stiffen my resolve when it comes to not ditching the Metro side altogether. Microsoft have redeemed themselves a little in my eyes by providing a Klondike app, but even that suffers from the klunky graphics curse.

Ah well, narrow is the path!

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