I am very blessed to have a guest blogger fill in for me as I focus on a couple of papers for seminary. I would like to introduce you to Ellie Loring, my mother and one of my best friends. I helped her get her first computer back around the year 2000. I knew it wouldn’t take her long to enjoy the world of email, Facebook, and of course – some games. Think video games are for the young? They are for the young at heart, that’s for sure. I asked her to write about some of her favorite games. Enjoy!
I have been told that I am a faithful fan of Wild Man Ted. Faithful in that I wade through paragraphs of video equipment descriptions and gaming skills information to find the spiritual gems that Ted gleans from his life outside of and often including his love of video games. let it be known before I go any further, that I am seventy-six years young, and do not kindle or text or own a smart phone.
However, I have always loved to play games whether it be cards, board games, or crossword puzzles. When Ted set me up with my own computer, it wasn’t too long before he introduced me to the never ending fun of computer games. He then gave me a gift card to BIG FISH and I became hooked. (Editor’s Note: Big Fish is one of many flash-based gaming websites. They are inexpensive and fun, but be wary of getting inadvertently signed up for a monthly commitment) I soon found through trial and error that I prefer the matching games that can keep me challenged because of increasingly difficult levels and fascinating story lines.
My favorite game is Around the World in Eighty Days. It follows the Jules Verne classic book and I travel for eighty days to different countries. The graphics are exceptional and the games are challenging. I visited Ted one weekend and I introduced him to this game. Needless to say, I spent our time together watching him play. I have taken the journey at least seven times. The only change in successive games is the intrusion of ominous clouds that get in the way of an easier win.
There is a series of Jewel Quest games of which I have tried two. My favorite is Jewel Quest Heritage. Beginning with a girl in 1940 you trace her lineage through members of her family tree culminating in ancient “Moctezuma.” It becomes a mock history lesson while you work your way through some fascinating games. This game allows you to increase your time as needed. However, I have yet to complete the more challenging game when you do not have that opportunity.
Last night I went to bed late trying to get to Olympus in the game Cradle of Rome. In this game I build an empire by earning enough money to add to my city. Soon the games add other rewards like hatchets, lightning bolts, and bombs. There are additional games in the series which I am ready to try.
There are two other games I must mention that are great fun, but frustrating because I can’t beat them. Zuma is a popular game of speed and flashing marbles zooming out at me at such a speed that when I go to bed at night, I still see them when I close my eyes. I have never been able to get past level nine.
The other game is Mah Jongg Dimension Deluxe in which speed and accuracy are also important. I may never get through the hard level of the game.
I have not progressed beyond a mouse controlled computer game. My kids find my ability to use anything more complex to be a source of annoyance and laughter. Perhaps Wild Man Ted will ask me to write again when he tries to advance me to a new level. But don’t hold your breath.
Mom, I think you are doing great right where you are – Wild Man Ted