I have had Mobilityware's Solitaire game on my phone since I purchased the iPhone.
Originally playing the game was full of benefits both psychologically and physically.
Every couple of hours I would breeze through a game of solitaire, sucking up only 2-3 minutes of time but leaving me a little less stressed and giving me a sense of accomplishment. The little cards dance around the screen and it cheerfully declared "YOU WIN!" I did win. I was a winner! This became habit forming very quickly. Soon I would reach for the phone after even the smallest discomfort in my life, and it would provide. "YOU WIN!" (cards dance) and I could breath again, I could go on with my life.
But recently I've discovered a very sinister side to Mobilityware's little app. It's been slowly weaning me of its positive reinforcement techniques. Not to long ago, I started to "NOT WIN." I'd reach for my little fix of reassurance and the app refused to provide. The game Plays the same but things just come to a dead end. I kept thumbing through the discard pile thinking I must have missed something, but there was seemingly no way to win the game! No dancing cards. No positive affirmation. Just a dead end game that could not be finished.
At first I thought it was a glitch, but after a while the incident would repeat itself.
Then it became more frequent.
Then it came to this point in my life. I'm currently on a 23 game losing streak.
I go out less. I've been isolating myself. Things in life no longer hold any joy or prospect. And I haven't had sex in 6 months.
Mobilityware has created an App that addicts its users and then slowly begins to break them down psychologically, creating rabid solitaire junkies that just need that little "YOU WIN" fix, but the company refuses to provide.
You may think that you're getting a randomly dealt hand in each game, but there is something far more sinister going on here.
Don't believe me?
Then why did Mobilityware recently release AWS Solitaire (Always Win Solitaire)?
Not to apologize for its evil original publication, but to draw us back in and punish us more.
Here are some quotes from Mobilityware's site about AWS.
No, we did not make Solitaire more difficult to win. Why would we? We wouldn’t do that in the first place; that’s not how we do business. We’re trying to entertain people, not upset them.
Do you ever accuse yourself of tampering? Surely not, and that is why we do not understand all of the comments that accuse us of adjusting the difficulty.
Sure Mobilityware, sure.
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|# ? May 24, 2013 15:49|
They tell you to play the cards your handed, but don't you listen to them. Take those cards and use them a coaster right in front of your dealer. Demand he give you better cards, or else you and your tulpa are going to go into beserk mode and clean his clock.
What you need is deprogramming. Go and find a chatroom to have cybersex in. (Understand that there are no women on the internet, though.) Then you can play the cards you want.
|# ? Jan 30, 2013 17:30|