As I’ve grown up, I learned that the reason my mom was so against me playing video games was because she herself was an avid video game player. When I started taking the train alone, she would warn me immensely to be careful to get off at my stop. I always thought she was crazy for being so concerned about me making this mistake, since the conductor announces the stop about 5 times before I would get to my town, I’ve never come close to not getting off the train. However, since my mom commutes to New York City everyday on the LIRR, I finally found out how she made such a terrible mistake to end up 45 minutes away from home. It was her addiction to her game boy that caused this.
I guess we could call it “back in the day” that Tetris was her favorite game to play on her game boy. However, to this day, Tetris is arguably one of the most addicting games ever created. This tile matching puzzle video game was most popularly used for the game boy itself and is recognized by many as the greatest game of all time.
When I got to college, I would often play this game on my computer in class since I do not own a game boy. When you start playing it, it is really quite fun since it is easy. For me, this is a game aspect that I love since I am generally very bad at games. However, as you get to higher levels in the game, the “tetrominoes” come down much faster which makes it very difficult to place them correctly. This often results in losing (especially for me since I have never actually beat the game) and thus makes one play a million more times to try and beat it. Hence, I believe the addiction comes the initial belief that you are good at the game, to the sudden speed that makes you lose. Therefore, you feel the need to keep trying.