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Monday, March 29, 2010

Life Lessons from Video Games

I'm not much of a gamer. I rarely play video games, especially the newer ones. It's normally a one-way trip to motion sickness and migraine territory. Some titles are just irresistible though, Plants vs. Zombies being the prime exception. For years, I was a Tetris addict. I just couldn't get enough of the game. I was good, too. My kids still haven't wiped my high scores off the board.

Tetris taught me important life skills. Ha! you say. Let me prove it. What is Tetris, really? Visual manipulation of objects. I use that skill every week at the grocery store. I can pack a cart so full, it requires two carts to get the bagged groceries out of the store. And you should see me at Costco where almost everything comes in a nice, 90 degree corner box. Unfortunately, it's not a skill in high demand.

I can pack ten people and all their gear for a week-long trip into a 15 passenger van and still have room to breathe. Another life skill I blame on Tetris. (Why would you do that? you ask. Are you a tour guide or travel planner? Nope. I have eight kids. We do go on vacation occasionally but not often. It requires too much logistics. Troop movements, except my troops don't follow orders very often.)

I can also protect my brains from zombies using frozen watermelons, but that doesn't seem to be a high demand skill either. Not until the zombie apocalypse.