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I prefer both, playing simple, time management games on the PC, Backgammon with my husband, etc. BUT, my favorite, favorite game is chess. I love chess with an embarrassing passion, especially as I'm terrible at it. LOL
My adult son and I love playing chess together, especially variants (like "fairy chess"), which involves different pieces that move in non-traditional ways. My favorite of these is "Gothic Chess," which uses, in addition to the standard pieces, a Princess (which moves like a Bishop and a Knight) and an Empress (which moves like a Rook and a Knight). These are what's called compound pieces, but not all non-standard pieces are compounds.
Anyway, I almost always lose, such that when I win, my son is gracious enough to let me take a picture of the board. 🙂 lol
My son tells me that I have a good offensive game, but my problem is with my king... and keeping it out of checkmate. lol
In fact, we both really enjoy the game so much that we are giving each other more chess pieces and a new board for Christmas.
Chess is an amazing game of war that evokes so many emotions: fear, anger, blood-lust, panic, crushing sadness (usually at the loss of a Rook, for my son), etc.
People will stop asking you questions if you answer back in interpretive dance. - Meme
When it comes to video gaming, definitely strategy is my thing. Halo Wars, FrostPunk 2, definitely Tomb Raider for PS1.. Omg, played that a few weeks ago on my PS3 after many, many years and I was so frustrated throughout the game yet felt so great that I finally beat it. Lol
Once again, I thought I'd try playing Blackjack this quiet Sunday morning. After several hands of losing to the house, I reaffirmed the game to be a total loss of precious time, in my opinion. Obviously I could be doing something else way more productive. My intention is to eventually quit AARP Blackjack altogether in favor of more interesting activities.😀👍 Have a great day everyone!!!
As "gryphon53" shared at 10:07pm on 2-22-2021, I prefer games with fair scores among ALL players. There's hardly any chance for fair competition among people trying to play the majority of games on AARP. It didn't take me long to realize I'd have to play by myself and try to improve my own personal score on whatever game I select. For instance, how in the world can the same people get daily, weekly and monthly Blackjack scores in the MILLIONS when average everyday players are lucky if they can win 3 hands in a row before losing to the house? It's very frustrating and not even the least bit fun, in my opinion. I'm giving serious thought to giving up playing AARP games altogether. At this point, I play a couple games of Lumeno almost daily only because it helps me to relax a little; and I'm not trying to compete with anyone else. Yes, more ALONE time, as if we didn't already have enough of THAT in our senior years. Okay, so thanks for "listening" 😀👍
Online I play chess with the USCF.
IRL I like to throw things. Footballs, baseballs, Frisbees, skip stones, make my dog fetch, just keep moving.
At the casino I play roulette. Worst odds of any game in the house but I will not stare at slot machines, boring.
Blackjack, if you don't do what's expected the player who gets the next card gets grumpy.
Craps, can get rowdy and there are too many betting options.
Roulette I just bet on red and watch the players at the table. Many interesting facial expressions to see. 😒
-- Anna Kendrick
Oh, man, games of strategy and skill and knowledge, every single time! No exceptions!
...Well, except when I'm in Vegas and for some reason I play slots. That's chance, all right — a good chance I'm going to be hitch-hiking back home after losing all my money!
I love Poker on Facebook! I play with people from all over the world, and yes, it’s a game of change, strategy and downright biting the nails, when you place a bet of All In, to win 10 million. It’s totally mind blowing!
I like Lumeno, and Pyramid Solitaire, because the right brain and the left brain always think differently so, which way to go, instinct, or thinking, but if your on a time factor, then it’s a spur of the moment.
I love puzzles, because it reminds me of my Mom, we always played puzzles. I asked her how do you find pieces, she said pick up the piece, look at the shape of it, try to find other colors that blend with it, maybe lines, pictures, and then build around that piece and oh, what an idea! It made me Love it even more. I do 100 pieces, and I have run into hard puzzles but it’s the hunt of the Picture!
I also love Grand Theft Auto, because it makes me laugh so much, smashing into other vehicles or when the police chase you, can you outwit them?! Plus, you have to read a map, know where you have to go, avoid gangsters, which are calling you all the time!
I also Love Modern Warfare 2, who doesn’t like to shoot off 🚀 Rockets, blow up tanks, and hear a Sargent yelling in your ear- private, where the hell are you? Because of course, I’m running far away from anything, laughing so hard!
I do Love Phase 10 on Facebook, because my brain gets turned around so many times, and I always say, Hey, look at what needs to be done, not what you want. You play against a computer, with 3 others, now that can be 😁 funny.
The main thing in games, is to keep laughing, no stressful ones, just HAVE FUN and redirect your Brain!
Hi, @ddstil, thanks for the suggestion! Currently we don't have any games in the problem solving space like The Room and House of Da Vinci which wrap more than one puzzle in a storyline. The games that we have as a part of Staying Sharp are more casual in general but have some of the same elements found in the games you're referring to. Here are a few suggestions for your consideration:
- https://stayingsharp.aarp.org/games-play/daily-puzzle: Play a puzzle a day, be sure to check out the previous puzzles. The puzzles vary each day but would include some of the same type of problems found in the games above.
- https://stayingsharp.aarp.org/games-play/path-finder/: Path Finder asks the user to complete a path by rotation tiles, seems like it might be a good suggestion for the member as well.
- https://stayingsharp.aarp.org/games-play/double-up/: Double Up is more of a memory game that we have launched recently that has quickly become top 5 on Staying Sharp.
We're also working on adding categories for our games on Staying Sharp and allowing users to filter by them to find the types of games they are looking for. We would love to have a game as immersive as the examples that aligns with the Staying Sharp product in the future. Thanks again!
I run the gambit. I do all of the NY Times daily games (only mini crossword), the dictionary.com crossword plus a mosiac (pattern recognition) and a hidden object - everyday before I try to accomplish anything else. Get's the brain moving in all directions. Love it!