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A Solitaire-y Life

Trictrac_DefranceDo you play computer games?

My current favorite is backgammon, which I play against the computer from an ap on my iPad–endless games of backgammon.

Backgammon isn’t the only game I play. I also play Words With Friends with friends and family members and my toughest competition is a friend in Australia who beats me royally 99 percent of the time. This is the only interactive game I play.

Other games are Yahoo’s daily crossword (not always daily), Klondike solitaire, whist and piquet. Playing whist and piquet is considered research, though. At least that’s what I tell myself. I used to play Spell Tower but I burned out on that one. I also played Jewel Quest Solitaire for a time.

Girl_Playing_Solitaire_oil_1909_Frank_Weston_BensonI’m convinced the creators of this particular backgammon program have studied behavioral psychology. I win most of the time, but on a variable schedule, I lose. Winning often enough rewards me; losing occasionally keeps me playing to get to the next win. I don’t think there is anything random about this version of backgammon.

I usually play games while watching TV. Just watching TV doesn’t keep my mind occupied enough–I have to be doing something else. This is a long-standing habit of mine. Before computer games I used to play endless games of solitaire with a real deck of cards! There is a genetic component to this, too. My sister does the same thing, while my dh doesn’t understand the appeal of games at all.

What about you? Do you play games on the computer or otherwise? What’s your favorite?

1 Comment

  1. I do play Free Cell on my computer and Minesweeper. Minesweeper is strictly to make certain I am not losing my memory. LOL I have felt as if I am in a fog the last couple of years and memory games have helped me to believe it is only a temporary side effect of menopause! I love crossword puzzles and any sort of word games, but I don’t have them on my computer or phone as I would become so addicted I wouldn’t get anything else done. One of the older gentlemen at work always buys the morning paper. He reads it before his shift begins and then does as much of the crossword puzzle as he can. He leaves the paper in the employee lounge and it is understood I will finish the puzzle for him. We do it in different colored ink so the rest of our coworkers can see who complete what. We have been doing this for years and we are both surprised at the interest of our coworkers in who gets the most answers right!

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