Never Too Old to Play

For as long as I can remember, I've been a video game fanatic. In fact, having grown up in Japan, it would be stranger if I were not one. But since moving to America, my Playstation has grown dusty, my thumbs no longer able to pull off the "Thunder Godfist" combo in Tekken. As my friends jumped on the mobile gaming bandwagon, I just couldn't see the appeal. Until recently. Well, now that I think about it, it wasn't that recent at all...

About a year ago, my younger brother introduced me to a little game called "Clash of Clans". You may have seen it in Liam Neeson's commercial during the Superbowl a few weeks ago. Regardless, I must confess: this game has invaded my life.

As a self-proclaimed (and girlfriend-verified) video gameoholic, it's ironic that what I see as the true beauty of the game is in how much it isn't like a traditional video game. Video games are great in many ways, but I have always felt terrifically unproductive after sinking 2+ hours into a single sitting. Clash of Clans, on the other hand, is succint, requiring as little as 30-seconds for continued growth and progression through the game. It is, I have found, the perfect “break-time” game. Combine this low-demand time requirement with a Digimon-esque, continually slow, nurturing, rewarding process and BOOM!... Supercell (creators of Clash of Clans), you've created a new mass addiction.

To top it off, like all modern software products, it's social. I get to team up with friends and fight other clans, meaning it's had quite an impact on my conversations with friends and even family (my girlfriend, brother and mother all play as well). We currently have 13 people in what has become quite an international clan - with players from across the US, Japan, and Australia. We use a chat application solely for communicating around the game and are in constant communication in a way we definitely would not be without the game.

I could go on about Clash of Clans but for now, the end of war is approaching and I must leave to put the team on my back. Thank you for reading and join our clan (it's free!): 4WD4LIFE.

  • Japanther