Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Work of the Devil

If anyone out there needs convincing about the reality of Satan, ther is now proof beyond any shadow of a doubt. It's called Sudoku, and it it evil, evil, evil.

Sudoku is a Japanese import (they get their revenge yet again). It's a game that, in it's most common form is composed of a grid 9 x 9 squares. The grid is further subdivided into 9 3 x 3 boxes. The object of the game is put the numbers 1 through 9 into the grid so that each number is used once and only once in each column, row, and 3 x 3 box. You are given a few numbers already inserted to get you started.

Let me warn you right now: I will not be responsible for the destruction of lives, families, and careers by recommending that the unwary venture out into this particular wilderness. This game is more addictive than crack. For people like me (i.e., bull-headed, self-destructive, and deeply obsessed with logic games), this game is like mainlined heroin. Once is not enough. I have to keep on, and keep on, and keep on.

For those who wish to commit suicide by game, there are a lot of Sudoku sites that offer free games online. You can also buy books at any bookstore. Beware, though, once you start down this slippery slope, there is no hope of recovery. 12 Steps won't help you. Neither will interventions. The only thing that will ever make you happy again is solving one of the triply-be-damned puzzles.

6 Comments:

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Jean said...

I saw that in a bookstore a few months ago. So far, I've been able to avoid it. Then you have to go and post a link to websites. What are you thinking!!!

So, not only are you an addict, you're a pusher as well. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

(I haven't clicked the link yet, but I'm sure I will. Evil, Carter. You're pure evil!)

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger Carter said...

Want some candy, ilittle girl? Heh, heh, heh. >:->

 
At 7:54 AM, Blogger Vernieda said...

When I first discovered Sudoku a few months ago, it was a bad, bad thing. I couldn't. stop. doing. it.

Luckily I've gotten over my habit, but it was a close, close thing for a while there.

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Carter said...

I hate people with will power. ;)

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger Joel said...

First video games, now this....

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger SharonID said...

Oh man, you too! Geeze, my baby sister—my very own sister—sent me TWO of those evil books! TWO OF THEM! Sheesh. I am trying to limit myself to one a day, since solving one of the 'easy' ones takes me 25-45 minutes, but it is really tough right now. All too easy, at my age and state of chronic exhaustion, to convince myself that it's a healthy exercise for my tired old brain! The kind of thought process it takes is a lot like Sequence, a popular family game at our house, but without having to wait for other people to take their turns. And now you hafta go telling me about playing online! Just when my newer (by ten years!) faster computer is about to arrive! Sheesh. ;)

 

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