Here is the setting: Midterms have left you brain dead. You are trying not to beat yourself over the head with your Econ textbook. You underestimated the proximity of your next paper. Winter is dragging on and weather reports about an impending snowstorm make you want to laugh, cry and never leave your bed. ResLife has succeeded in propelling you into a dark abyss of self-pity, bitterness and frustration (If it hasn’t, don’t tell me). You’re just feeling kind of blah. So, how does one cope? Procrastination.
It is times like these when we turn to Facebook stalking people we don’t even know, taking Buzzfeed quizzes that tell us what Mystical Creature we are (for the record, I’m the Kraken), watching random Netflix shows and reading riveting Gavel articles. If those forms of procrastination aren’t doing it for you and you simply need a brain-melting, complete waste of time, immediately rewarding, Flappy Bird-esque type of distraction, never fear, the latest game craze is here!
This time-sucking, black hole inducing, guilty pleasure is called 2048. It’s a game of simple numbers. Like Candy Crush, it’s a game of matching. In 2048, the goal is to match numbered tiles with the same number. As you slide tiles to combine 2s, 4s, 8s, and so on, the numbers condense to one square of the sum of the two matching numbers.
“But that sounds like a math game!” Think again my sad, unknowing friend whose social and academic life are still intact. Do not be deterred by the number speak. In reality, it is a matching game…and boy is it addicting. The goal is to add up enough like squares that you add all the way to 2048. Challenge accepted. This game should have a disclaimer, “Warning: This game may cause hand cramps, lack of sleep, an exponential decline in grade point average and irritation from neglected friends.” To recap, you should definitely download it.
The best and worst part about 2048 is that you can feel yourself improving, which only further encourages your newly found obsession. It is the perfect game for any constantly over-achieving, competitive BC student- so really most BC students. Step into the cutthroat world of 2048.
What evil mastermind engineered this procrastinator’s haven? You might begin questioning your life choices when you realize that a 19 year-old Italian programmer named Gabriele Cirulli has managed to hack your life. You win this time, Gabriele.
One of the best parts about 2048 is that it’s free. Cirulli is not trying to make money off of it. Wholesome. I don’t know about you, but if I were capable of designing highly addictive applications that go viral, I would absolutely sell them, drop out of school and become the richest teenager ever. Kidding, sort of.
Originally, Cirulli released 2048 as a web-based game on March 9; Apple and Google turned it into applications for smartphones. C|net News reported that Cirulli estimated that one week later a total of 520 years had collectively been spent playing 2048. 520 YEARS. Talk about a time warp. That’s 520 years of manpower spent pushing tiles across a screen. Not to mention the amount of time we already spend texting, tweeting, checking Facebook and posting #gassongrams.
Because the Internet is the Internet and we can never have one version of anything, new versions of 2048 have already begun to emerge. You can now play Doge2048, 3D 2048, Tetris 2048, and even Flappy Bird 2048 (Tech2).
Like the majority of these addictive and frustratingly simple games, we love to hate them and love to hate that we love them. Let’s face it, the craze will burn out and we will return to our regular sources of distraction. Until then, I’ll be holed up in a corner pretending to do work and not communicating with anyone.
Born and bred New York City girl. Sassy small person. Vainly admits she was a precious Asian baby. Accepting suggestions for DJ name and seeking method to resurrect Robb Stark. Greatly enjoys bad puns and the term ‘derpy'.