2/10/2008

Bloxorz and Experience (addiction warning)

Filed under: — Bravus @ 6:57 am

Been spending a little bit of time playing a new online game called Bloxorz. It’s very addictive and fun, so perhaps don’t click on the link if you’re at work or have an assignment due…

The game involves rolling a little rectangular prism, one unit square and two units tall, along a variety of platforms to reach a goal. There are buttons and levers and bridges and weak areas in the platforms, and it’s quite challenging.

My point here, though, is that I suspect different people have quite different internal experiences of playing the game, even though what they’re doing at the visible level is exactly the same.

I tend to use quite a lot of trial-and-error: I know where I have to get, so I’ll try things until something works. It’s a little less random than that, but not much. But I can easily imagine other people who are very good at mentally imagining rotations and spatial relationships who could mentally work out exactly the moves they need to make ahead of time, then just make them.

I guess it would be possible to detect the difference between styles, since the game does keep a running total of the number of moves taken, and you’d assume those ‘mental rotators’ would take a lot less moves to succeed than me, since they’d be doing most of the moves in their heads rather than in the game.

3 responses to “Bloxorz and Experience (addiction warning)”

  1. Dawn says:

    Interesting observations, and I believe quite true as we have different learning styles. I am not partial to computer games but likely that would suit my fancy as it is not one where I am trying to do something before being annihilated. For the most part, I dont’ take the time. I am not sure how I would do, but I tend to do well in spatial imagining;-). My mom used to send me into a space to organize the boxes as I would be able to put them in such a way there would be no gaps. I could see automatically which box I had seen before would fit into the available space.

  2. Mark says:

    Curse you, Dave! I had more important things to do with my time!

    😀 Thanks for the nice game. The boys love it too.

  3. Sirdar says:

    I played for a bit….too long. Good game!!

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