When the game Pac-Man was introduced back in the late ’70s from time to time I would go into a restaurant and play the game while I was waiting for my lunch. It was fun, I liked the sights and sounds of the game and of course racking up points is also exciting. I never got into any of the other games like Atari or PlayStation. Frankly, I thought they were the demise of our youth and often wondered how people could spend time playing a game when they could be doing something so much more productive.
Fast forward to the present, I now have a smart phone that has all kinds of bells and whistles. One of those bells is the ability to download free “apps.” I guess that is short for applications that allow me to play games on my phone. When I saw other friends doing this I was stunned. They were actually playing a game on their phone instead of engaging in conversation with the people they were with.
I don’t know when it happened but a friend or maybe it was a “phone game pusher” introduced me to a game called the Logo Quiz. It has all kinds of categories and different kinds of logos to identify, like Chanel, Gucci and Mercedes Benz. Wow right up my alley. This was actually fun I felt like I was on a game show quickly identifying the logos and moving on to the next level. The only thing that was missing was the lights, the cameras and the prize money.
My pusher/dealer told me if I liked that game I’m sure to enjoy playing Candy Crush, so I gave it a try. At first I didn’t understand how the game worked, I was earning points purely by accident and then I caught on. I’ve moved up 23 levels, I’ve filled the lake full of lemonade and I’m running down my batteries playing these mindless games. I may have to check into rehab.