The hardest part of an addiction is admitting you have a problem, right? Well…I’m BBBG and I have an addiction…to GAMES!! I blame my parents, of course. I grew up in a game playing family…training for this grown up level of addiction to games of all varieties. Which games I’m addicted to may come in waves, but currently, it’s bad. It’s very bad! I currently can’t stop playing…
Words With Friends on my iPhone and iPad. A friend of mine had been telling me about this one for a while, and for my birthday she got me an iTunes gift card so I had no choice. (So…I guess she’s like a dealer, feeding my addiction.) I am HOOKED! I play with probably 8 people that I know – and probably 4 people that I don’t know. Yes…I went out to the WWF Facebook page and found other addicts to commiserate with. I chose “normal looking” females so as not to inadvertently pick up a stalker or anything, and so far I’ve been lucky. Whew – addictions cause you to take risks that you might not normally take. Oh yeah, and this addiction is so bad, when I wake up in the morning, before I even get out of bed…I reach over and pick up my iPad and see how many games I have where it’s my turn. Usually about 8. Yeah…before I even get up.
Bejeweled Blitz (iPhone, iPad and via Facebook). Okay – been playing this one for a year or so I guess. If you like those games where you swap pieces to match 3 or more, this is the ultimate game! The Blitz version gives you only 1 minute to score as many points as you can. At first, I was thrilled when I could get over 100,000. Yep – one hundred thousand points in one minute! And, because it’s played through Facebook, you can see how you rank with your friends. Pulling out all the competitiveness in me! I have a friend in Dallas who consistently is besting me, and that just causes me to spend additional hours playing each week (scores reset each week) to try and top her. Another friend in California is recently the top of my charts. Umm…how to get 500,000 points??? There is a cheat out there, isn’t there? Some secret way to trick the game in to pouring out extra points for you! Since I am only able to consistently get in the 300s, occasionally (maybe only once) over 400k, you must be cheating!
Then there are the “time management” games. You know the “Dash” games like Diner Dash, Wedding Dash, Babysitting Dash (I think I made that one up, but I played a game once where I was a babysitter). Then there’s the Sally games…Sally’s Spa, Sally’s Salon. All those games where you have to perform a series of steps for a set of “clients” before they lose their happy hearts and go away. Multi-tasking at its best! I’ve played so many of these now that my goal is to complete them all with Expert scores. Basically requiring you to keep all your guests super happy to maximize the amount of tip they leave you. Yes I am even competitive with myself.
Modern Warfare 2 for PS3. Yeah, this one may surprise some people, but I am a girl and I like to play first person shooter games with my husband. In fact, I look forward to playing a little bit with him each night. I’ve actually been getting better with all that practice. I’m best with a sniper rifle – I think that’s because I’m not so good at up close combat. I get flustered and freaked out easily. My trigger finger gets all trigger happy and I just start shooting like a crazy person. But we’ve had some really great games lately – for those that play, we finally unlocked Echo – and I’m just too scared to try any of those! But this is great fun, bonding time. That is until my husband refuses to communicate where he’s at, and I get flanked, and blame it on him and have to stop. Oh, the competitiveness in this one runs deep.
Offline…I love to play Bunco and Bingo with friends. Bunco is a great way to get a group of friends together to laugh, have fun, and win a little money. Seriously, no skill involved in this. As I say, if you can roll and count, you’re good. And if you can’t count, the other people at the table can count for you.
Bingo is the only way I can gamble in Texas. There are no casinos here. Not a single one. You have to go to Louisiana or Oklahoma to find an Indian reservation with casinos on it. (I so enjoy fun table games. Bring on the Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, or any other novelty game they can think of to play with cards.) So…instead, every few weeks, I head to the bingo hall with some friends. (OOOhhhhh tonight is one of those nights!!)
Despite my love of game playing, I actually don’t gamble all that often. Thankfully my game playing addiction is not a gambling addiction. I enjoy the fun of just playing, whether I win or lose. (Although winning is way more fun!)
You’re probably wondering how I do anything else except play all these games. I wonder that too sometimes. Because while these games are the ones I play most regularly, there are others. They just haven’t hooked me yet to the point where I can’t stop thinking about them. But I love games (have I mentioned that yet?) and I truly do thank my parents for instilling that in me. Many fond memories of Saturday night game nights, in front of the fireplace, all sitting/laying on the floor playing Scrabble or Monopoly or Sorry (I love Sorry! So much so, there is an incident once where my husband wouldn’t play with me and I played a game by myself…against myself…this is how big my problem is.) or Risk. And I learned no matter win or lose, you can have fun just playing the game.