September 5, 2014 – Are you one of those computer gaming addicts?
It’s not something I share a history with, except for a little Super Mario Brothers on the old Nintendo 64 system when my son would let me play back in the early 90s. Years later I found the defunct and much missed “Boxerjam” platform online that I could lose a few hours to here and there.
Facebook opened a Pandora’s Box for the enthusiastic gamer, offering such gems as Farmville and Pet Rescue, although I fail to see the fun in building virtual farms and planting virtual crops. I suppose that’s why there is a choice of chocolate, vanilla, and bubblegum ice cream.
I also went through a short phase and played (free) online casino games on Facebook, but I quickly lost interest. My parents, however, continue to amuse themselves with those games, just as they do with actual casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The first Facebook game to hold my interest was Angry Birds. Then came Words with Friends, and as a Scrabble fan, it hooked me immediately. It’s the one game I continue to play today.
I was late to the Candy Crush Saga party, and didn’t stay very long before I began to get frustrated by chocolate lakes and sugar bombs that interfered with my play. I stopped at level 100 (out of almost 1,000) a few months ago after convincing myself that the game is truly evil.
My latest interest, Quiz Up, is an entertaining multiple choice question game that you can play with friends or strangers. I play it on my phone to keep me occupied when I am waiting in line, for example, or am sitting in a conference room waiting for the meeting to begin. I like Quiz Up because I enjoy trivia games (a family tradition after holiday dinners), it offers a variety of interesting categories (from The Beatles to U.S. Law), and you can finish a game in about two minutes.
Here is a list of the most popular Facebook apps/games as of March 2014, which sadly shows that Candy Crush continues to rule. Compare that list to the most popular iphone games as of July 2014, where there is nary a Candy Crush Saga in sight.
These types of games barely scratch the surface of the computer gaming world, so I still can’t refer to myself as a gamer, but I demand extra credit for remembering Pong, the first game to be played on your television. It consisted of two straight white lines that pushed a white dot back and forth on a black screen. We thought that was simply amazing.