Games that Teach – Tetris and Addiction Management

Tetris is an addiction. Of this there is no doubt in my mind. You just have to keep playing. It drives you to keep playing it. You can’t quit Tetris. But you must. Eventually everyone stops playing Tetris, even the best. Eventually you have to put the controller down. It’s when to put the controller down that Tetris helps with.

Some people don’t know when to stop. And Tetris is a way you can learn when to stop without any major consequences. I mean, you could end up playing Tetris all the time and doing nothing else, but that’s the case with almost any video game.

He saw the colors and was never heard from again.

He saw the colors and was never heard from again.

The real reason Tetris is so good is two reasons, really. First it has nothing that could be considered objectionable. It’s just organizing falling blocks. The second is that the game ends every ten minutes or so. Even if you’re super good, a game of more than 20 minutes is insane. The point is that the game ends, which gives you time to decide whether or not to continue.

Learning to quit earlier and earlier will teach you how to moderate and break your habit (and if you don’t, at least you get wicked awesome at Tetris). I know that’s not the most descriptive advise, but it is true. At least it works for some people. Even if you don’t quit, getting addicted to Tetris is one of the best addictions you can have, it won’t hurt your body directly and can probably improve your brain strength in some areas. And if you have friends they can always drink a beer and watch you play Tetris as your social activities.

Games that Teach – Poker and Managment

How good are you at managing your assets? If you’re not, there is a way to improve your skill for only a few bucks. That is by playing the game known as Texas Hold ’em (perhaps five-card draw if you’re not as original). How? Well, perhaps I will be able to explain to you. (I should note I’m very bad at poker and this is not written on how to win, but on how to manage money so you don’t lose as hard.)

Though we go pretty hard

Though we go pretty hard

I’m going to be explaining this from my point of view, as it is more simple for me to explain (or at least I think it is). The first obstacle you learn to overcome in poker is how to not throw all your money into one pot (if that’s your poker technique you should really not be playing poker anymore). Ideally you should have put aside the amount of money you are willing to lose and use that to play the poker game. If you have not done that you should stop playing and go do that. To learn how to manage one’s money properly you first need to learn how to establish a fallback. Once you have your fallback of cash that will hopefully get you out of the bad situation you got into in Vegas, you can begin playing the game with the money you think you can lose.

The third thing you’ll learn is that bluffing works best with a hint of truth. If your opponents can’t gauge when you’re dumping your money into something good or bad they’ll usually back off. That has very little to do with managing money, but it is kinda important in poker. The third management thing you’ll learn is how to handle your winnings. Many people continue to bet heavily after they’ve won a big round and end up bleeding cash until they’re down to a bare minimum. But if one uses their winnings to gain a few smaller victories and not one big one they’ll quickly find themselves farther ahead.


This is literally the first photo I took on my phone


But the real trick with poker is to lose sustainably. You, as a player of poker, are going to lose. If you’re in a four player game you’re gonna lose about one out of every four rounds played, maybe more, maybe less. What one learns if one wants to continue playing poker is how to take advantage of their winnings and stall their losses enough to, at the very least, break even. This usually involves never going all in. But the most important thing is that you quit when you’ve lost. If you lose the money you set aside, don’t bring anymore into the game. Cooling off and restarting from a different angle is valuable in money, time, and overall life management. Poker is a great way to learn this, if one isn’t a habitual gambler, in which case you’re probably to far gone by now anyway.

I’m not really good at winning poker, but I’ve stubbornly stayed in the game as others have lost all their money. Some days I break even and some days I’m even up. But knowing your limits and how to manage your money keeps you in the game.