Folsom Lake College's Online Newspaper
by Viki Papadakis
We’ve all been there. We see someone playing a game on their phone and, intrigued, watch them play for a few seconds. After realizing we don’t understand it, we brush the game off as complicated--stupid even. Soon thereafter, though, we see everyone playing this game. As people hustle between classes, we see them focused on their phones, swiping the phone screen vigorously and cussing. We exactly know what they’re doing.
Alright, after all this, we have to see what all the hype is about. We check to see if the app is free, download the game if it is, and bam—we’re hooked.
I believe the first iPhone game I became obsessed with was Unblock Me. I kid you not, as I closed my eyes after a long day of moving pesky tan blocks to free the red block, I would see games play out in my mind. After this unfortunate period of my life, I became obsessed with the Family Feud game. Then there was Candy Crush. Then QuizUp. Then Flappy Bird. Now 2048. Why do I constantly get so obsessed?
Well, these games were designed to be addicting. It’s not our fault—right?
Right. Well, that’s what I’m choosing to believe, at least. One thing I do know is that we can’t let these applications control our lives. Sometimes, looking up high scores to phone games is absolutely appalling. How is someone able to get a score of 509 on Flappy Bird when I spent a lot of time working my way up to a solid 34? Perhaps it was natural skill. More likely than that option, however, is that someone spent a lot of time learning the perfect Flappy Bird technique. And by a lot of time, I mean a lot.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t play iPhone games. I love them and would feel utterly lost without them, trust me. However, I think that, as college students, it is very important for us to learn to balance our time efficiently. As finals near, be sure to prioritize. Even if you haven’t beaten 2048 yet, delete the application and study for your Spanish test. Summer’s near, and you’ll have a lot of time to get a high score then.
FLC Main: FR-108