Friday, March 25, 2011
In the shadowy evening hours as the day unwinds, people all over the world hunch over their computers/iphones/electronic devices...playing Solitaire, 5 Roll, Angry Birds or some other game of their choice.
Solitaire is the first computer game new users learn. It's the game that unites us all from the youngest to the oldest. And from there we branch out, some going on to sophisticated, multi-layered games that take hours or days or months to play.
All have one thing in common. They're played alone. By their very nature, they isolate us in our lonely game caves.
No, I'm not against computer games. For the aging population, most of whom live in solitary splendor, I believe games can keep the mind agile and alive. For the young, such games help them develop cognitive skills and motor skills as they zip the mouse around on the screen.
But I wonder if the games-playing also reveals something about us as a culture. We're tired. Playing a game requires very little input from us. At the exhausted end of the day we don't want to interact with people, we don't want to read a book or watch a movie. At that point we simply want to veg out and fill an hour or two until it's time to go to bed.
In the end, we all become Solitairey animals... :-)