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Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Secret Obsession
Hey, all - Trash was kind enough to come up with a guest entry for tonight. After I made her. Bright lights may have been involved, but a confession is a confession. Enjoy.
My secret obsession? I love stupid computer games. No, no shoot-em-ups or role playing. No, I love these ridiculous time management games you can buy from Big Fish games where you pretend to be a waitress or a daycare worker or a hotel manager, and then you spend increasingly frantic hours trying to serve your customers and make them happy despite idiotic obstacles that in reality no self-respecting person would ever endure. I know, I make it sound so appealing.
And I do understand that the average person wouldn't want to spend several hours - or in my case days, since I don't have much time - managing a fake ranch or building new towns, but I am obsessed. I am happy to fork over my hard-earned cash to escape into a world that requires me to be far more organized about my time than I get to be in real life. I excitedly spend hours determining the order to complete office tasks in The Office (with actual characters from the show) or the best order to serve my coffee house clients. No, the games aren't all the same (so shut it, Mr. Giant head). The Diner Dash series (now on its fifth version!) is far superior to the boring Cake Mania offerings (yawn).
M. Giant would argue that I am making them sound more fun than they actually are, but he is stubborn and blind and wrong. For some reason, they are actually fun - and not just to me, as is supported by the ever-lengthening list of available games. There is something deeply satisfying about a job where you have specific goals and activities, and when you screw up you simply start over.
You could argue that it seems as though being a research librarian would offer the same satisfaction of a job well done, not to mention an incredible amount of organizational skills, and you would be correct, but it's different. I can't explain it, but nothing brings a stressful day to a close better than a quick round of Diner Dash. And no, they aren't paying me to say any of this.
You don't think they would, do you?
Labels: trash talkin'posted by M. Giant 7:28 PM 15 comments
I love Diner Dash, and am too cheap to buy it. But I love it. You are awesome.
I too am addicted to these games. I think it's because I'm a control freak and I can decide how many pigs to raise or who gets served first. But I could easily spend HOURS in one of these "clicky clicky" games. I figured it was me and a bunch of retirees playing them. I get really mad when I download one and it's super boring or poorly programmed.
I knew I wasn't the only one who's addicted to games like these or else they wouldn't be releasing new versions of Diner Dash so often. I'm addicted to time management games like these too.
I lurve those kinds of games! If you go to friv.com, there's a pizza making game that I was obsessed with for several weeks that I think you might like. Long live stupid gaming!
Yep, I'm addicted to these, too! Diner Dash is great--I must be behind, though, I didn't know we were only version 5! I actually like Cake Mania, also, for some inexplicable reason.
I enjoy the hidden object games, such as the Mystery Case Files. I really wish the new one was available for the PC. I also like the ones that require you to solve a puzzle, like Mushroom Age (which is wonderfully silly-I love it!) and Escape from the Museum. Great way to relax in the evening while semi-listening to the TV.
My name is Jennifer and I am a Big Fish Game Addict.
Oh! Don't forget Farm Frenzy - I can spend hours trying to save poor chickens from bears. I am also a slave to Big Fish.
Interesting "secret obsession", Trash, thanks for sharing. (Although a tad tame, I must say; are you immune to bright white confession-inducing lights?)
Ohhhh - I am going to love these games. I had never heard of them!
Count me in on the "Farm Frenzy" love. I especially am tickled when the "AAAARRRRRRRnnnnHHHH, AAAARRRRRRRRnnnnnHHHHH, AAAARRRRRRRRnnnnnHHHHH" sound of the invading bear comes in and I have to run to the rescue!
Yay! Trash wrote an entry!!!
I'm going to start inventing games for people like you. Watching Paint Dry! Extreme Standing! Pinwheel Holding! Rocking Chair Championships! Competitive Staring!
I LOVE Diner Dash! Yeah Trash!
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