March 29, 2013

No Phoney

I always vowed that I would never get drawn in by active technology entertainment.  The last time I played a video game was Pacman in 1984.  And I was shit!  Since that rudimentary games night, the only time I've held a control pad is to flick through Netflix and even that is effing well confusing to me.


 My sons can spend a fortune downloading and forever ogling 'apps' for their mobile phones, you know the games, puzzles, roulette wheels, photo editing and such codswallop as the bus slips laughingly by.  Unlike them, I don't own a mobile phone.  Go on, gasp with horror. Worry about me as you lay in bed. How on earth will I cope?  How can I possibly feel loved or organised without a text every two minutes?!  What will the consequence of me not letting someone know that it's fish for tea tonight?  Yeah, yeah, they're alright for emergencies, but my survival instincts would be no more beneficial with Stevie Wonder ringtoning to tell me he loves me. I do though, respect the imperativeness to certain lifestyles but I have fun with the looks I get when I announce to members of the public I don't have, need or want one. Moving on........



One afternoon as the family had a rare cuppa together, PrettyBoy asks if I fancied a game from his iPhone 5ivey thing called Akinator.  A lot of you may have this, or heard of this, but for those as fiddly-button challenged as me, it's basically a game involving a Genie who tries to predict any character (real, fictitious, dead, alive, from novels, comics, animated, puppet ect )  you think of and from a series of elimination questions so tries to read your mind in under 30 tries.  It's quite spooky how accurately quick it can come up with the answer.  The more you play, the more you kinda cotton on how this game's train of probability works.  Addictive at first and soon on to determination to think harder for rare characters to beat the Genie.  Good, sweet, bad, evil, it caters for the lot. You normally get a picture of your choice at the end of each probable guess.

Of course, it hasn't prompted me to buy a phone for public pocket play but it has turned me to the online version every now then. It's fun, it really is, and the more you play the more you understand how things interlink. The game's at its best in company.  Now where's that phone book and receiver? I've the intricate job of letting folk know I'm having a few drinks this weekend.  RSVP?

And if you've a spare 5 hours minutes why not give it a go? Akinator

Good Luck! 

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3 comments:

Rei Kobi said...

Haha, I love you for your staunch refusal to cave into a mobile phone.

That said, Akinator does sound interesting...

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I held out for a LONG time before finally getting a mobile phone a few years back. But I eventually caved :)

Rob From Amersfoort said...

Amazing! It took him 32 turns to guess a rather obscure Belgium comic character, but he guessed it in the end! You'll be glad you don't have such a mobile thingy 'cause these games are very addictive. And lethal if you play them while driving...