Posted August 27, 2013on:
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my refrigerator gets pretty full! Currently I have a myriad of leftovers, lunch-making materials, and random things I saw displayed in the grocery store that I wrongly assumed I could make something out of. While cleaning out the old, and unusable items does offer some relief, inevitably I need to fit something super awkward like a pizza box and I spend far too much time trying to tetris it into the refrigerator.
Related side note: Tetris is a fantastic game. It challenges your button pushing speed along with your mind. Not only are you absolutely required to make the right decision, but you must do so extremely quickly under quite a bit of pressure. Nerd or not, being able to brag about a high score in Tetris is always impressive. Now that I am older I have come to realize that the skills I have gained and honed through all of my years of game-play have actually proven to be extremely useful out in the real world. Let me count the ways:
1. Moving: This is a process which requires much of the same tactics used in successful tetris play. You must pack as many small items as possible into packaging materials that rarely come in the most desirable of shapes. You must then pack those boxes into a moving vehicle along with other oddly-shaped larger items, such as furniture, in order to make the most out of your trips. It doesn’t end there! Once you get to your new abode, you must then unpack and find new places for all of the things to fit.
2. Suitcases: Packing a suitcase always requires tetris skills. You need to get everything you need into the one bag and one carry-on allowed on the plane. Especially for women, ‘nough said.
3. Bookcases and DVD/CD racks: These require the particular ability to fit as many things as possible onto the apparatus while still displaying them at all times for easy identification, access, removal and return.
4. Refrigerators: If you missed the whole introduction, now would be a good time to reread it.
….and more…what can you come up with?
Obviously these abilities are so important! This is why I would argue that the Tetris-makers would do very well to create games that are thematically based on the aforementioned real-life scenarios. I.e. they should create a “Refrigerator Tetris” in which the object is to jimmy as many items of food into the virtual refrigerator. Not only would it be an exciting twist on a classic game, but I bet I would also start to get a little quicker when I revisit the actual refrigerator. I would probably also begin to make more efficient use of the space inside of it. Clearly this can also be easily applied to more real-life situations thus making us all more competent in our skills as well as better-equipped in such situations when there is a time-crunch and much pressure involved.
How many levels of Refrigerator Tetris could you survive?