Admit it. We’ve all been through that stage. Let me ask you, how many times have you deleted Candy Crush from your phone to “focus” on work, only to download it again before the day ends? How many nights have you lost sleep just to get through that cursed stage? Yes, dear reader, you are not alone.
For those who have not heard of Candy Crush yet, (though, come on, who hasn’t?) it is an electronic game first released by King back in 2012. Its objective is to simply connect similar candy pieces and make them disappear. Sound easy? Well, it is NOT. Oddly enough, it’s maddeningly challenging yet brainless at the same time.
Its addicting quality hooked millions around the globe. It is truly no surprise that even two years after it was released, a sufficient amount of time for players to get sick of the game and for the hype to die down, you can still hear people bugging their friends to send them lives.
One thing most people do not realize though, is how Candy Crush somehow does reflect true life. It is not just an addictive game that hypnotizes you to stay up late into the night to get through the next episode; it is also a selection of life teachings that persists every time you click that candy-ridden app icon.
Here are 4 truths Candy Crush reflects about our lives outside of the game:
1. It is inevitable to get stuck.
It brings us players great frustration when we can’t get through that one cursed level. No matter how much time we invest to “strategize” or ponder on the best move to make, we still lose that valuable life once we run out of moves to make. Similarly, we see the same pattern in life. The unpredictability of the falling candies is exactly life the unpredictability of life itself.
We never know what life will hand us and most times, strategizing once is just not enough. We end up stuck and at a loss of options. May it be in real life or in the game, we can’t help but get stuck in certain situations. That’s just how life screws us over. At points like this is our lives, there’s only one thing left to do:
2. Persist, persist, and persist.
When we get stuck in a level in Candy Crush, we don’t stop until we overcome that frustrating hurdle. Never mind the time we have to sacrifice or the things we have to set aside. We acquire that one-track mind to get through the next level. We bug friends to give us more lives, collecting them in our inboxes so we don’t have to wait another 30 minutes to try again. Yet, when we encounter real hurdles in our lives, we easily give up. Gone is that one-track mind to succeed.
Ironically, in real life, we don’t even have to wait another 30 minutes to try again. We just need to gather enough courage and persistence to stand again regardless of the fear of failing. If there’s one way we can take revenge on Candy Crush for ruining our social lives, it’s to take to heart the lesson to persist through difficulty.
3. Real life connections are needed to get ahead in the game.
When we started, we all promised ourselves that we would not connect to Facebook. We would not show our friends that we finally gave in to the horrible lure of Candy Crush. Yet, when we reached the end of the episode that required us to ask for tickets, we gave in.Connect to Facebook it is.
Similarly, in real life, we won’t get anywhere without the people around us. We won’t be able to progress and be at the top of our game. We just have to give into the fact that, as the saying goes, no man is an island. Make friends, acquaintances and even enemies. We amount to nothing when we are alone.
4. Addiction is not necessarily a bad thing.
If being addicted means getting ahead with our eyes on the prize, I don’t see what is so wrong about being addicted. However, there should be a limit to that “addiction.”
If being addicted to Candy Crush means us threatening to kill each other just to acquire more lives, I really think it’s time to stop. On the other hand, a good amount of addiction propels us to reach for the skies. It hands us a one-track mind to succeed beyond all doubt. It gives us the courage to move forward despite the fear of failing. With addiction on our side, we feel no fear, just anticipation of what is to come.
With all these things, the next time you play Candy Crush, I hope you no longer think of it as simply a game. There is depth to everything in this world. It is just up to our human capabilities to discover it.
Tiffany Uy is a 16 year old Chinese-Filipino high school student who studies in Immaculate Conception Academy in the Philippines. During her free time, she loves to surf the internet, read books, play Candy Crush and of course, write about all these adventures and discoveries of hers.