Now that I’ve officially finished all of my classes (except for this class, because I’m writing this as my final blog post), I’ve re-downloaded Instagram on my phone, started watching funny Youtube videos again, and binged Netflix. Most importantly, I started playing Tetris Battle on Facebook again.
I used to be an avid Tetris player, but switched to playing Tetris Battle 2P, which was a 2 player version where the goal was to clear lines faster than the other player. Naturally, I got hooked, and rose the ranks after hours and hours of play. So hooked, in fact, that I began experiencing the Tetris Effect, a.k.a. Tetris Syndrome. Tetris Syndrome “occurs when people devote so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts, mental images, and dreams.” I was so immersed in the game that I saw attributes of Tetris everywhere: I saw cars in traffic as Tetris blocks, I visualized imaginary Tetris games while falling asleep at night. The Tetris Effect is known to occur with other video games, and non video games as well. Have you ever experienced it?
Reflecting on this experience, it’s crazy to me that a game can be so immersive that it pervades your everyday thoughts.