Bejeweled: Why Losing Is Better Than Winning

Hansel was wild-eyed and high-pitched when I came home from dinner. ” I can’t lose” he shouted, gesturing with the IPad. ” It won’t stop”

I could see he was playing Bejeweled, a highly addictive game we have discussed here before. He was on level 14. In hours of dedicated play I have only ever once scaled the heights of level 11.

“Give it to me” I said, eager to find out how it was to compete at such dizzying heights.

A couple of hours later, Hansel came into my room ” I knew it” he said “She’s still playing” .

I was on level 20 and my fingers were sore. He took back the IPad and continued to fight for the family, determined to see how many hundreds of thousands of points we could accumulate against the evil machine.

He was up before me this morning and when I emerged from my boudoir his first words were ” I fell asleep doing it and it reset itself. Must have knocked it in the night”

“What level did you get to?” I asked ” 24 and I can’t remember the score”

He has started again and is already on level 13. We have both agreed that it is actually more fun when it beats us. Winning, as Charlie Sheen can probably tell you, is a time-consuming and spirit-draining pursuit.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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One Response to Bejeweled: Why Losing Is Better Than Winning

  1. merewoman says:

    Ha! I don’t have an iPad (poor me) but am utterly addicted to Angry Birds on the iPod touch. I play for about three hours every day. I’ve conquered all levels, and am now working to get three stars for each game. Almost there – just the die-hard bastards that I cannot get no matter how many times I try. It’s a wicked waste of time, but so what. 🙂

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