Last weekend I went home and decided to clean out my old toy chest (anything to procrastinate me from studying! haha). As I was looking through my old toys, I came across a Rubik’s Cube. I started remembering how obsessed I was with it and how I used to get so frustrated with it and how when I would get 2 sides I thought I was the coolest and raddest kid in town. The feeling of accomplishing two of the six sides motivated me to continue on and solve the whole puzzle. I’ll never forget the day I finally got it. I was sitting in my room just playing around with it and then when I got, I jumped up with the greatest excitement and ran around my house yelling ‘I GOT IT! I GOT! I SOLVED THE RUBIK’S CUBE!! MOM! DAD! LOOK LOOK!!!” I even took it to school the next day to show everyone! I remember feeling like nothing could beat this moment and that anything was possible, which especially to a young child is an amazing feeling to have. Then, I started thinking how was the Rubik’s Cube created? And what made it so addicting and popular?!
The Rubik’s Cube is the most popular puzzle in history. There is only one right answer and a million wrong ones. Erno Rubik, the creator of the cube, said, “”It was wonderful, to see how, after only a few turns, the colors became mixed, apparently in random fashion. It was tremendously satisfying to watch this color parade. Like after a nice walk when you have seen many lovely sights you decide to go home, after a while I decided it was time to go home, let us put the cubes back in order. And it was at that moment that I came face to face with the Big Challenge: What is the way home?” This was how the puzzle was invented. He realized the difficulty of realigning the colors and it took him a month to finally figure out the puzzle. This became a huge success. Erno Rubik became the first self-made millionaire from the communist block. Cube fans were called Cubic Rubes, and they formed clubs to play and study solutions. Competitions arose from it and today some people can solve the cube in about 24 to 28 moves. Erno did not only stop at the cube, he later produced the Rubik’s Snake and is now working on computer games. This idea became a phenomenon and the popularity of the game is ever-lasting.
The reasons for its popularity are its iconic factor. It challenges people intellectually and it’s accessible to people from a around the world. People from different backgrounds and cultures are able to play with it and having that universal factor is powerful. Also, some believe that it provides as sense of order and stability in an uncertain world. No matter how long it take you to solve it, or how difficult it is, there is indeed a solution. Erno says that the main reason why 350 million cubes have been sold since 1980 is that, “People like its beauty, simplicity and form. It’s really not a puzzle or a toy. It’s a piece of art.” I agree with this. The colors and simplicity of the architectural design is indeed intriguing and nice to look at. It sort of has the same power as the Cube in Ann Arbor. Another thing to note is that the cube itself is not expensive, and even in times of recession, people can stay occupied and have fun playing with this toy. The Rubik’s Cube also attracts an array of age groups! From 5 year olds to 80 year olds, everyone can play it, which is another factor for its popularity. The game also generates a lot of emotions. From stress, to anger, to frustration to excitement and happiness, it has it all! This game has all the makings of a great game-strategy, competition, emotional factor, worldwide acceptance, and more!