Thanks to Guzman for his long and thoughtful comment on my post the other day about Van Chung’s cleverly twisted variation of the Memory game.
I read Guzman’s comment with great interest, and am impressed that he has managed to amass so many variations on this venerable game. Although I didn’t see any mention there of my even more twisted variation on Van’s version of the Memory game. Maybe nobody has come up with my version before.
As with Van’s version, part of the challenge in my variation is just to figure out what the game is — ie: how the rules have been tweaked. In a way, that meta-game is the really interesting part — more interesting in my opinion than the game of solving the puzzle itself.
In a way, such game variations are metaphors for life itself. In life, the hard part often lies not in playing the game, but rather in figuring out the rules in the first place. Anyone who’s ever been on a first date will know exactly what I’m talking about.
It occurs to me now, thinking about this, that Franz Kafka’s novel “The Trial” would make a wonderful subject a twisted meta-game. Such a game would make a perfect thirtieth birthday present for some lucky gamer. The fun would lie in trying to figure out the rules. If you designed it right, the game could be played for an entire year (although not longer, for obvious reasons). 😉