Video games have grown in popularity and acceptance by the masses over the last couple decades, the industry has made billions of dollars off of their aging original consumer base, at one point video games were seen as toys for children but eventually those kids grew up and continued playing. (forbes) Maybe part of it’s nostalgia, maybe part of it is just that we’ve been playing so long that we’re just not ready to give up on games, whatever the obsession, video games continue to grow in popularity every year with some titles competing back and forth for the crown of highest selling of all time. (gamesradar) Certain games have earned that wonderful distinction of becoming timeless, from the likes of Mario to Link, Samus Aran to the Madden series, there are games that people just can’t get enough of and as a result they continue to keep our attention so many years after their release. (gamespot) We can’t help going back to old favorites, this explains the proliferation of video game emulators on the internet allowing us to play the old Nintendo, Sega, or Super Nintendo games that helped form our childhood, I’ve spent countless hours playing Super Mario 3 online it’s an incredibly wonderful thing. (lifehacker)
One of the more popular games of all time is the little puzzler that could, a game we all loved from the days of the green and black screened Gameboy hand held video game system, a game that is so iconic that even the music itself is burned into our minds, the beloved game of Tetris. (wikipedia) Tetris is a wonderful game, so much so that I’ve downloaded it to my phone and can spend time playing it anywhere I choose, you can easily get yourself addicted to the game and if you’re not careful you could spend hours playing without ever realizing. (dailymail) Recently a study found that playing Tetris could be used as a substitute for different cravings in humans, if you’re a smoker then the game could actually help you quit, or if you have a problem with overeating you can use the game to help you lose weight, at least in theory. (theguardian) The sign of a timeless game is the longevity of it and staying popular far beyond the original release date, Tetris has reached the ripe old video game age of thirty, and it’s still loved, I would say that counts as being part of the “timeless” category. (gamespot) Here’s hoping I’m still around in thirty more years to reflect on Tetris’ sixtieth anniversary of the game, if I am I’ll be better off for playing it since puzzling your mind keeps it from degrading, Tetris could be the ultimate cure for aging as well as addiction, crazy, right?