I truly LO-VED this article because society games have long been part of my life, and I have often made analogies between society games and my own life. But you push it further.
We know games are nothing else than a representation of us in front of ourselves, the other and the world. Games are inside life, not outside of it. Most obvious example is “The Game Of Life” in which you HAVE to marry, keep the same job all of your life, randomly win/lose money then retire in a “lousy-loser-home-damn-I-have-failed” or a “big-mansion-wow-I-have-succeeded”.
But the point is I mostly made analogies to understand WHY THE HELL would I lose 99% of the time against my tricky mathematical sister at any given game we played?! I took intuitive risks for the thrill of it while she only took calculated risks. And this is exactly what made of her an outstanding actuary in her 20’s while my own 20’s would let me learn through many hardships that “it’s not the game…it’s how you play”.
You may be wondering why you’re still struggling to pay rent at 30 but really happy of all of the life experiences you went through in your 20’s while your sister has now a very well-paid actuary job for a government agency, three kids and a mortgage?
Well… the answer is simple.
While my sister handled to get to level 14 at Tetris at a younger age because of her extremely efficient optimization process and high motricity, I would always end up bored somewhere around level 8 because my own way to play was not made to last forever. I knew Tetris couldn’t last forever and that it was getting more boring when you had no time to think about where to put the blocks. I didn’t want to get to level 14. My main thrill at Tetris has always and will always be to wait for that “big vertical line” to make the dopamine rise as you insert it to make the stack lower. I would build up a perfect stack with no hole in it just to release half of the stack with that vertical line block, even if the stack was growing to death. It was to me the best reward and couldn’t play otherwise.
I realize now that I was taking intuitive risks that would not always be rewarded. That’s what kept me going on at Tetris and at life as an entrepreneur and artist.