What is it about Facebook games that draws us in so badly? What did we do before these games? More importantly why do we waste so much time! How do we break the cycle?
Bejewelled Blitz is one that I enjoy playing on iPad. For those of you who are not familiar, the game is timed and the object is to create sets of 3 or more jewels of the same type in one minute. The more jewels you match, the more points you achieve, and thus the higher your score. Once you have enough points, you can buy helpers (such as a special jewel, or an extra 5 seconds) prior to the start of each game, to help you achieve a higher score. These purchases delete your points tally fairly quickly, and you have to play more games to build up more points. If you play the game connected to Facebook, your score is compared to that of your facebook friends.
I don’t score highly, but I love what the game teaches me about life in general.
1. Changing what you focus on allows you to see more options.
By moving my eyes left or right, or up just a little, I see many other jewels, just waiting to be matched. Approaching things from a different angle can give a totally new perspective.
2. Paying for all the extras does not guarantee success.
In the game, buying extra time is no guarantee of a higher score. Sometimes just keeping focussed is the best way to get a high score- as in life.
3. The closer you get to the deadline, the harder it is to keep momentum.
The music speeds up in the last 5 seconds of the game, to remind you to hurry. It doesn’t help me, I tend to wave my finger around aimlessly, looking harder and seeing less. Deadlines can be helpful sometimes, but they also cause us to lose our focus on the task, and focus on the clock instead.
4. Starting at the bottom and working your way up is not the only way to be successful.
I thought that if I matched jewels at the bottom of the screen, the top ones would fall down and make more matches. The problem is, I was missing better matches at the top of the screen. There are many ways to get where you want to go, from bottom to top is not the only option. (Some sock-knitters might disagree here!)
5. Sometimes, it is better not to try so hard; to conserve your focus for next time.
Some games are just duds, give up. The next game will be okay.
Some days are just duds too, tomorrow is a new day.
6. Everything starts with equal value, or equal circumstance.
All the games start with zero points, the value grows depending on how well it is played. And while our personal circumstances all differ, it is what we make of that circumstance that determines our value.
7. You are not responsible for answers to questions asked whilst playing this game.
Which is why I said yes to fishing. And why there were15 young adults camped in our back-yard for New Years Eve celebrations that I was ‘happy’ for Uni-son to invite!!
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