I was just speaking with someone about how she had an addiction to Tetris and had to wean herself off it. This reminded me of the partner I used to work with who, in the midst of a long discussion, would turn his back to the other people in the room and start playing Minesweeper. Which reminded me of my addiction, in law school, to the game “Spider Solitaire.” (I got really good at it, and somehow did ok in my classes even though I played it obsessively during class.) (Pictured: Minesweeper, originally uploaded to Flickr by diwong.)
So I thought it might be interesting to have an open thread about this — do you view these games as harmless fun? When do you know you need to pull back and stop playing the game? (Does anyone still play games that used to be mindless fun, or have you had to give them up entirely, like I have?) And — I hesitate to ask this! — does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for fun, mindless games?
For my own $.02 — I just discovered the game Drawsome and am having a lot of fun with it, but I limit myself to playing with friends I know in real life, so it stops me from wasting too much time! Right now I limit myself to playing games on my iPad or phone — for some reason games I play on the computer are far more addictive. (I totally avoid games on Facebook.) The last game I got truly addicted to was Wedding Dash (when I was planning my wedding) — once I reached the highest level I had to delete the entire game off my computer to be truly done with it! I can have fun with some games, but when I start to get pathological about a game and feel an absolute need to play it, even when I know I shouldn’t — or when one “quick” game regularly turns into an hour and a half boondoggle — then I have to stop it entirely.