When I got the iPhone, the thing I was most excited about was being able to check e-mail on the phone, being able to get on the Internet, and learning about apps. I loved the idea of apps and was thrilled at how many were out there. I do have one basic rule which is “find a free app.” So far, I have not paid for one, although some look tempting. Needless to say, the WordPress app is one I adore…being able to check my stats from my phone where before I had to wait till I came home and go through the labor of turning on my computer/getting on the Internet/logging onto WordPress…(to be fair, my laptop is pretty old!)….not my favorite.
The one category that mr. strivingcynic and his daughter were into that I didn’t care about was games. Fruit Ninja, Office Jerk, Floodit, and of course, Angry Birds. Not one of them made its way onto my phone.
On another note, thank heavens for 14-year-olds…I wish I were kidding when I say sc teen has taught us a lot about how our phones work…we’d still be stumbling around trying to figure out how to take pictures on it if it weren’t for her.
But now, things have changed.
You see, I can’t help poking around the app store and seeing what’s out there. I found one called PopWords, which is like Boggle (sort of)…a word find game. Then there was Unblock Me, where you try to solve a puzzle and move a block off the screen by moving other blocks. I thought that one would be good for unwinding. And then, Words with Friends was brought to my attention. I love Scrabble and word games, so how could I resist? I couldn’t.
And then there’s the fourth and final game. Something I saw during the Christmas break called Temple Run. Basically, it’s like the first scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark (well, the second scene). You’ve just grabbed the idol from the temple and you’re making a break for it…running outside on the walls of the temple…being chased by these monster things, jumping over stuff, sliding under stuff, making whip turns. Dying, dying, dying (run into stuff instead of jumping/sliding, falling off the walls, being eaten by the monster things, you name it). I play once…I die. Well, I say, I’m going to run again. And again, and again. By day three my stats told me I’d run 150 times! To be fair, sometimes I die pretty quickly, but all the same. The other day, I found myself Googling Temple Run cheats (sc teen already knows them, by the way). I’ve become…appdicted.
And that is my sad confession. (No, I’m not trying to finish this post so that I can play another round of Temple Run. Why do you ask!?)
Are you addicted to any apps/games/Web sites? When did you realize you might have a problem?