Monday, 3 October 2011

Bejeweled Blitz wrecks lives



Bejeweled Blitz is an innocent puzzle game available from Facebook. You need to make rows of 3 gems and each game lasts only 1 minute. 60 seconds. Plenty of time for a game between sips of tea.

You need to understand, though, that this game is made by PopCap who have been making simple and addicting games for over 10 years. I still shudder to think of the lost year of 2003 when I did nothing but play "Big Money" all night and all day. At the time I was a development programmer and spent many hours on conference calls. I managed to keep it together by learning to say "Uhuh" while clicking like a demon on areas of matching colour.

But that was nothing compared to my current Bejeweled problem. They have integrated it with Facebook so well that it has added an element of cut-throat competition. In 2003, we could play at a leisurely pace, competing only with ourselves. Now, my friends appear on my screen with ridiculously high scores that one feels can only be achieved by cheating. In a stroke of brilliance, the scores are reset every week, so every week you must prove yourself all over again.

Just one more game... it only takes a minute.

Don't touch Bejeweled. Before long it becomes your career. A career with no pay and lousy prospects.

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