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Piece #28 - Puzzles

I realize autism is symbolized by a puzzles piece and I've noticed that some people have taken some offense to that, but this doesn't deal directly with that topic. This is a straight observation on puzzles and how they affect me and the twins. With the new age of electronic devices, it has changed to way we do pretty much everything! In this case I want to focus on puzzles because there are lots of computer game companies that are betting on us to buy their own special puzzle game, whether it is on the iPad, iTouch or smart phone.

I will say that I do own an iTouch and yes, I do love it! Unfortunately, I can get sucked into several good puzzle games. So far the top ones I love to play are Chuzzle, Bejeweled, Tiki Totems and of course...Angry Birds. To be honest, I also will go 'old school' and play Solitaire, Mahjong, Sudoku and even Tetris because they still have a place in my heart. Sometimes the simpler games I would rather play because they are quick and easier to play. Jaimee likes to play Scrabble and Mahjong herself.

So what's the big deal in talking about it? Well, for any normal person the puzzles can be addictive, but to those of us who are autistic with OCD, it can be very, very addictive! I guess for myself I really like the puzzles because I love finding the patterns in them. To be honest, I play them over in my mind when I'm not playing the game, the worst is Bejeweled. Just imagining the patterns in my mind almost get me to be a better player. I like to think it would help me problem solve, but I have no evidence to back that idea. NOW A NEW ONE...CANDY CRUSH!!! Darn you people!

As much as I enjoy puzzles, there can be a drawback...time. I can be a poor manager of time. As I already stated, puzzles can be very addictive and there are times when my mismanagement of the clock takes over. I try to be more aware of when time is up however; my internal clock is not always synchronized with real time. I can say overall that they do stimulate my mind and I think it helps to get me to think critically so I just need to find a balance between puzzles time and work time. {By the way, the newest game for me at this time is the Avenger's Alliance on Facebook and it has really drawn me in...Darn you Marvel!}

Song of Inspiration [Check it out on iTunes!]:

Song: "Brain Damage"

Artist: I Am Empire

Album: Kings

Instead of a picture, I thought it might be fun to put a game on this time! You'll need to use the arrow buttons to control the blocks (Tetris).


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