I picked up a copy of Pop Cap Games’ Bookworm Heroes this weekend, and uninstalled it after less than five minutes. I’m pretty sure that’s a record for me with any game; I at least try to play a couple of rounds before giving up on something.
So, what was the problem?
There’s no solo option. None. A player either has to play with Facebook friends (of which I have none, since I’m not on Facebook), or “random opponents”. Yeeeeeah. Look, if I want to play with other people, I’ll play with other people. I do play games with other people. I have even played games with total strangers; once upon a time, @bhoneydew was just this stranger who also happened to be King of Chaos and I outsmarted him in the way a freight train can outsmart somebody who’s tied to the tracks and dragged his kingdom into a war, but he forgave me for it eventually…
…I think. It’s also possible that the past eighteen years together have all been part of a clever revenge plot.
But, yeah, as I was saying, if I want to play with other people, I’ll play with other people. I don’t want to be forced into playing with other people, especially if all I want from a game is five-twenty minutes of entertainment while I’m waiting for the Monster’s bus to arrive.
On a semi-related topic, the amount of the internet I can no longer access because I’m not on Facebook is getting somewhat alarming. I can no longer even tell myself that I’m not missing anything important, either, because the Monster’s school has a Facebook page, as does his swim school, as do other organizations and individuals I care about, and there’s no way to be assured that things posted on Facebook get mirrored to the outside one hundred percent of the time … unless one joins Facebook.
And why don’t I want to join Facebook? The same reason I don’t want to drive a mini-van or watch The Real Housewives of [Insert City Here]. I don’t wanna. If I have to, I will, but if I don’t have to, I won’t. Look, I finally joined LinkedIn, and I have the occasional mental struggle with that (My profile sucks … What? You mean I also have to figure out what I want to do when I grow up? And why are all these complete strangers wanting to link with me without at least saying hi first? Good grief! They should at least find out if I’m a terrible person to link to!).
I’ll note that I don’t have a problem with Twitter. I don’t have a problem with Google+. Goodreads … er, yeah, I’ve talked about my love/hate/self-loathing relationship I have with Goodreads in a previous post, so I won’t go into that here, though I will say that Pinterest will likely be an experience I’ll never be repeating.
I don’t know why I don’t have a problem with Twitter and Google+, when I do with other forms of social media. It might have something to do with the (likely false) perception of greater degree of control over the infospigot, but I’m not a psychologist, nor did I stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.