The Solo Option

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.

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