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What's your personal story? Behind the Leaderboard™ Discussion 7

Over the past several weeks, you've met a few of your fellow gamers through our articles and forum discussions. You've seen how Jeffrey A. @Jfree69 uses gaming to stay busy, and how Regan C. @bayartist uses it to help with a brain aneurysm recovery, while Donna R. @DonnaR904722, Bob J. @BobJ685852, and Dinata M. @Dinata use it for fun and relaxation. Did you see any of your own story in the things they shared? Does knowing the people behind the leaderboard help you feel more connected to the AARP Games community?

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Hi Gamers! Here's one more question as we head into the weekend. 

 

What offline games do you most frequently play?

 

 

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The variations on solitaire games are fun and so are the mahjongs.

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What's the deal...  I have never lost a game here in backgammon and I have never won a game here.  I can't even use the doubling cube...  What's up with that!!!

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This backgammon game sucks.

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Agree, haven't lost here yet.

Where's the doubling cube?

Can you play against other humans or only against AI?

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need mind challenge says my neurologist

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In the winter of 2018, I fell twice and each fall was preceded by my fainting.  But when I was in the emergency room on the first fall, I neglected to tell the treating doctor that I had passed out.  I didn't remember than I had been unconscious until that evening, and realized that I had crossed a minor street to get to my mailbox.  So they did an MRI 3 days later, which showed nothing.  I developed vertigo a day or two after than and began stuttering.  I went to a neurologist, who could find nothing other than possibly some brain imjury due to the hard falls, and she felt on a follow-up visit that I was slowly recovering from the brain injury.  It is now 2020, and I still have verbal problems, but not as severe as stuttering.  I can't remember simple, everyday vocabulary, but have an extensive vocabulary and retained the memory of my more complex vocabulary.  I found that playing solitaire is something my brain remembers very well, and it is slowly improving my memory, as well as my card skills.  My verbal problems may be complicated by something else I am suffering, but my memory is returning.  I also do crosswords and read extensively.

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That must've been scary and frustrating!  Glad you're better!

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Hi Gamers! Here's one more question as we head into the weekend. 

 

How have games helped you work through challenges?

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Trizzle appeals to the girly side of me because: (a) I happen to adore nesting Russian dolls; (b) I am encouraged by their smiles, cheers, and bouncing; and (c) my daily top scores are decent sometimes close to half that day's top scores. The tomboy in me likes Ballistic because it's so fast-moving, with all those little balls bouncing around like an old pinball machine. Even though my Ballistic scores sink, I loooooooove that crashing sound when I lose all the tiles bite the dust. Muhahaha!

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Yes! I love how you've written this out. Ballistic is a good way to get out a little aggression! 

 


@ReneeG815462 wrote:

Trizzle appeals to the girly side of me because: (a) I happen to adore nesting Russian dolls; (b) I am encouraged by their smiles, cheers, and bouncing; and (c) my daily top scores are decent sometimes close to half that day's top scores. The tomboy in me likes Ballistic because it's so fast-moving, with all those little balls bouncing around like an old pinball machine. Even though my Ballistic scores sink, I loooooooove that crashing sound when I lose all the tiles bite the dust. Muhahaha!


 

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last year,i had a stroke, i like to play these games because they help me to concentrate and use my brains to figer them out

 

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I love slots and would go to the casino's everyday if I had the money. I like playing Hollywood Dreams

slot game because it uses up my spare time and does not cost anything. Today was the first time I received the Daily Top Score.

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I primarily play Solitaire Games on my phone because it is the once piece of electronic equipment I can put down or pick up on a moment's notice. I like Solitaire because it is a one person game. I don't particularily like interacting with people because I have no patience with fools and I tend to answer those fools rudely and dismissively (and people who appear to be fools to me might not necessarily be fools, so there is that). Better Solitaire than rudeness. The phone also keeps track of how many steps I take per day which is important to my health and mobility, so another reason for carrying the phone. I also carry a Samsung Tablet with about a 2,000 books stored on it, because I really enjoy reading and this gives me lots of reading material so I'll have no excuse to complain of boredom (although if someone interrupts me, there is no guarantee of my polite reception). This personal story is not totally about "games" but it it is my answer.

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I hear ya Spunshine. I dont suffer fools & buffoons very well at all either. I also dont have any use for cheaters and hackers. Here is the highest hacked/cheat score I have ever seen on Scramble Words. Ive included a screen shot. What a loser......Bogus scores 3.png

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Hi Everyone My story goes back a long long time. It started out west when I first laid eyes on him a young crooked player who never seemed to lose. We played poker, 3 card monte but his really suspicious playing was black jack. That he could never lose and kept fleecing everyone he played made him a wanted man.  I knew someday our paths would cross. So one day in DeadWood  we were playing in the number 10 saloon and it happened .....we met. At first things were going relatively simple  I won quite a few times and then it happened I couldn't win if I put the cards in my own hand so another player called him out he took all the money and iou's and split town. I vowed that I would get back all the money he took from me. A group of us got together searching all the big towns Abilene, Santa Fe and Dodge only to find out he was run out of town and other groups were searching for him. This maniac needed to be captured.  Time passed   and the trail grew cold it was beginning to look like we were out of luck when I read something about a black jack dealer at a website  it was him the greedy thief  that I was searching for.  I signed up to play watching his every move he hadn't changed just got more people from allot more communities across the U.S. to fall into his trap.  I know I will never find him he could be operating anywhere  I can only hope that some day I am lucky enough to break even

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Seriously, I play to beat my highest score. Simple!  I'm learning the games, so know that I can't beat the high score person/s. And besides, the games I play are fun and I can turn off the sound and just play. Great life.

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Sounds like a lot of you agree with @mlou58 that games can help distract us from our surroundings at least for time. Thanks so much to @sc19114831@suttonnh, @Dinata and  @ps81339067 for weighing in!

 

And here's another question for the group. 

Does gaming ever give you a sense of accomplishment?

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Good day, bad day, in-between day. All good! Any day you have a few spare minutes to burn, might as well get in a game or two. 

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i like to play the games after i eat supper,just before i go to bed because it helps me to relax so i can sleep good.

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That is funny. I suspect that my game playing just before bedtime keeps me awake.

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I have always enjoyed the games but only competing against myself.  I have had several severe head injuries and my neurologist encourages me to play these.  Depending on my stage of recovery depends what I'll take on. 

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Hello! Here's a question for the group: 

 

Do you play different games depending on whether you're having a good day or a bad day?

 

 

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Playing games while listening to political news can keep me more ''even,'' and help me focus on remaining calm.

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Wow, @zoolady, what an interesting reason to play games. I've seen people reveal plenty of different reasons why they play games, but I've yet to see anyone else say it was to help stay calm while listening to political news. 

 

Does anyone else out there play games for the same reason?

 


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Playing games while listening to political news can keep me more ''even,'' and help me focus on remaining calm.


 

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I like to do the same. Listening to what's going on in the news & especially the impeachment trial always keeps me awake so I enjoy playing my games.

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Glad to know I'm not the only one!

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Hi Gamers! 

 

I'd love to hear from you all, so don't be afraid to speak up! 

 

I totally agree with Mary Louise H. about gaming being transportive. Sometimes if I'm stressed about something in work or life, I'll play a game just to take a mental break. I don't have to think about my surrounding and can focus on something fun for a bit. It helps even if just for a few minutes. 

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Thanks @JessicaB128523 and @BobJ685852 for mentioning AARP Staying Sharp Games. For anyone who may be interested, please click here to find out more information about this Member benefit (activation required).