I found a fun article a couple of days ago that tries to compare Tetris to life over Chess as the appropriate gaming analog. As a former addict to Tetris DS as well as a founder of my high school’s chess club, this comparison resonated on a number of levels:
Though shallow insights on Tetris are not hard to find, the author does make draw good parallels to how the simple structure of a single-player, repetitive puzzle game builds on some of what I call “zen” characteristics.
- The ideal to just compete with one’s past and future selves
- The readiness to adapt to changing and often unpredictable environments
- The mindfulness to continuously set self-imposed goals
There are worse things in life than to learn from timeless, ageless Tetris.