Saturday, January 28, 2012

Distractions, Distractions


I like playing video games. I also like the internet because it’s full of people who make great games. They’re innovators who can see past the recycled concepts of the industry and make something actually unique.

One of my favorite things is being able to exploit a concept to create something new. What’s one of the reasons everyone plays video games? To earn achievements and feel validated for 8.2 seconds. Achievement Unlockedexploits the hell out of that. The only purpose is to do things. Walk? Achievement. Die? Achievement. Do nothing? Achievement. It’s a bit of a puzzle in that you have to figure out what to do to obtain that glorious Achievement Unlocked, and you “win” by collecting them all. The sequelis twice as full of meaningless validation. Plus coins to collect, the other reason people play video games.

This Is The Only Levelis made by the same guy, and is a different experience. As the title implies, it’s the same level over and over, but you must beat it another way each time. Some are straightforward (hit the button to open the exit). Some you have to rack your brain (nope, no spoilers; the only clue is in the stage’s title). There is also twosequels if you want more adventures in singularity.

Go! Play meaningless games and rejoice!

9 comments:

  1. I love video games. Last week me and the hubby were discussing the point of trophies. It would be nice if say PSN had a reward system for trophies. I'm just thankful when I actually beat a game.

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  2. So true. We learned about this concept in my psychology class and I loved it. The validation of completing things and moving on to new things is so cool. Gotta love it. Can't help but being addicted to it. :)

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  3. I promised myself not to log on to World of Warcraft again until I'm done with my current project... but I made no promises prohibiting from your recommendation. :) Yay for procrastination!

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  4. I too love video games, but I try not to play them 'cause I can easily get sucked in! But sometimes I will go through periods of being rather obsessed with the games you can play on Neopets. haha

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  5. That is a crazy game. At one point I just fashrolled to see if I could get the elephant to move. Had to stop.

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  6. *facerolled, not fashrolled. :(

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  7. It's so easy for me to get sucked in that I try to avoid video games. My current obsession is Solitaire: Gaps. Yesterday I played it for three hours straight. Instead of writing. Bad, bad, bad.

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  8. This Is The Only Level sounds right up my significant other's alley. He loves games like that. I tend to limit myself to massive amounts of Solitaire and Minesweeper.

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  9. I try not to play video games myself... it's very easy to lose lots of time that way.

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