Saturday, November 21, 2009

191 - Games that take over my life

I have recently discovered the Wikipedia Game. If you've never played, you basically are given the titles of two different Wikipedia articles, and your challenge is to get from, say, "Vaseline," to, let's say, "Barack Obama", in the fewest number of clicks you can. You can create an account to keep a record of your wins, and when you're one of the best players, you get your username displayed on the left-hand side. You will all be glad to know that I'm not one of the Top Five players (yet). But I did just spend about an hour playing it.

The thing is, if a game is a game I come to like, then I'm hooked for hours on end. When I first discovered and learned how to play Pinball, Solitaire, Minesweeper, Freecell, Hearts, and Spider Solitaire, I could not stop. Whether it was Snake on my phone, or Pokémon on my GameBoy, or the thousands of pointless games on Miniclip, Mousebreaker and AddictingGames, there have been many, many, many hours, days at a time, that have been just completely wasted on the severe pointlessness of games.

If you haven't been on Sporcle before, I recommend it. It's stimulating and fun on an intellectual level, and doesn't require you do much other than type. However, I warn you - you might get addicted. Just look at my Sporcle stats, you can see how much time I spend on these quizzes that serve no other purpose than to show off about and have false pride in.

Why do games have to be so damn addicting? 
I mean, they're consuming my life!
Do you hate it too?


Chrissy said...

I'm the same way when I get hooked on these games. I have freecell open at pretty much all times when I'm on my computer. I just like to have it there to play whenever I get bored.

When I was in middle school, I was addicted to pinball. I picked it up again one day and I ended up playing for a good hour and a half. Its like these games just grab onto your mind and won't let go.

Lets not forget Tetris. You see blocks even when your finished playing. lol.

Marcy said...

Spider Solitaire and Tetris. I can play both for hours.

I have to avoid even starting each of them or else I won't get anything done.