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Editor’s Note:

Since we published this particular post, Online Clock has created its own series of Stopwatch Games, including a version of the 5 Second Stopwatch Game described below. Surely we got the idea by writing the blog post which you’re hopefully about to read!

If the game sounds interesting to you, please give our Online Stopwatch Games a try – we happen to think they’re a lot of fun. ;)

I think I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so…

At least, I’d like to, if the whole country continues to think up cool but extremely simple games such as the 5 Second Stadium Stopwatch Game, which was recently released by the Japanese Toy Company Bandai onto an unsuspecting public in the second half of 2008.

The 5 Second Stopwatch Game is extremely simple and no, it has nothing to do with my first date.

You have a Stopwatch.

You start it.

You then try to stop it…at exactly five seconds, on the dot!

That’s it – you snooze, you lose!

First, check out the marketing barrage to see how cool such a simple concept can be made to look, once marketing people have gotten their claws onto it:

They’re slimy, aren’t they, those marketing types?! (In additon to that, they wear funny suits and slick back their hair…ok, so some of my best friends happen to work in marketing.) They take something so simple even your dumb little brother could’ve thought it up and turn it into some huge genius idea by adding a few bright colors and a guy in a funny suit they call ‘Mr. Five Seconds Man’.

The deal with Mr. Five Seconds Man is that he’s supposed to praise you whenever you’ve managed to stop your stopwatch close to the five seconds mark. If you’re far away from having stopped on the five second marker, then Mr. Five Seconds Man insults you for being a girly-man, at least when it comes to stopwatch games. Yes indeed, the 5 Second Stopwatch Game from Bandai consists of a specially-constructed (and simplified!) stopwatch which actually hurls verbal insults your way when you’re far away from the five second point, and, conversely, compliments you when you’re close to the five seconds mark. Other than that, it appears to be a pretty normal stopwatch.

Now that you’ve seen the marketing hype, how about the facts and details? And how about a cookie and nice glass of milk, wouldn’t that be nice ? (Err, sorry – not enough sleep last night…)

Here’s a video with more information on the Stopwatch Game. (More than you need, want, or even deserve, as a matter of fact.) Be on the lookout for the mysterious masked figure of the 5 Second Man, who makes a fleeting appearance in his cape, mask, and Robin Hood-like tights in the background.

Oh Mr. 5 Seconds Man, please come and save us from the global financial crisis!

So what’s the moral of this story? Well, of course, it’s simply that the world continues to make no sense, this blog included.

What does make sense is that, instead of shelling out their school money and hard-earned cash for such crazy trinkets, kids everywhere, from 7 to 70 years old, can simply play the same 5 Seconds Game using OnlineClock.net.

Here are the official Game Rules:

  1. Visit our Online Stopwatch.
  2. Push Start.
  3. Keep your mouse cursor over the Start Button – you’ll need to use the same button to stop the stopwatch.
  4. Turn your head so you can’t see the numbers. No Peeking. Really.
  5. When you think EXACTLY 5 Seconds has elapsed, click the button to stop the stopwatch.
  6. Turn your head and look at the resulting time displayed on the stopwatch.
  7. Put on a funny mask and cape, then insult yourself if you’re far away from the 5 second mark. If you’re quite near the five second mark, go ahead and treat yourself to that cookie and glass of milk.
  8. Rinse and Repeat.

We’re still working on an online version of the guy in tights, so stay tuned.

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