I have a weakness: computer games. No, not those computer games, where the world is meticulously constructed and the storylines evolve and devolve and extend for decades. The ones I cannot resist are those little junky ones, with cruddy graphics and a very simple, repetitive premise. In fact, the more repetitive the better. Maybe it's like meditation? I don't know. What I know is, if you sit me down in front of a game where I have to run around beating blobs in my quest to collect chips, or come up with anagrams against the clock, or match three or more jewels in a row to get a pretty explosion, I am utterly transfixed. It's like crack. I actually think I would go without food.
Last night, while exploring the iPhone, I came across some little junket game. The premise was that you tilted the phone this way and that to direct a spherical (smiling — they're always ludicrously happy)1 bee through some kind of flower-filled maze… Two seconds in, and I was considering going without food to keep playing. Luckily, it was cold enough, and the lure of a hot cup of tea was tempting enough to pull me away, thereby narrowly averting a future of starving to death while giggling madly as I tilt the phone up, down, back and forth and mutter Just one last flower….
- My brother had a game on his phone or ipod once, which involved sheep. I'm not entirely sure what the sheep was supposed to be doing, but I do remember if you steered the little black sheep near other little sheep, he got a little…er…randy. See? Ludicrously happy. [↩]