Saturday, June 25, 2011

life lessons from Zuma Blitz

inspiration: Jonathan Pearson

one of my favorite bloggers that i (try) to stay up-to-date with is Jonathan Pearson. He always has great thoughts and always brings a fresh perspective to everyday things. (i mean, he wrote an article about ground turkey and i was so intrigued that someone could make ground turkey relevant that i went out and bought some. and it, btw, is delicious!)

but Jonathan often posts "Life Lessons from (insert fancy iPhone app name here)".
i've been following JP's tweets for a while now and i'll often respond to his posts.
and a couple nights ago, shortly after i read "Life Lessons From Fruit Ninja", i tweeted that i was going to work on a blog about "Life Lessons From Zuma Blitz".

so here it is.

First, the point of Zuma Blitz is to shoot colored balls at a long chain of colored balls that gets increasingly longer. When you match 3 colors, they disappear and you get points. You have 1 minute (although, you can get 5 second bonuses by clearing colored balls with the timer in them). There are also multiplier bonuses and fruit bonuses and treasure chests. But that's beyond the point...

Obviously, the point is to get the most points so you can have "bragging rights" amongst your friends who are competing against you for the High Score. (and i say "bragging rights" in quotes because even though i always rock the top spot among my friends, it really only brings about the point that i need a social life ;)), but again, i digress.

Here are a few life lessons that can be taken away from Zuma Blitz:

  • Plan ahead
  • The goal is not to shoot the most colored balls. The goal is to get the highest score. Often, if you get too "trigger happy", you'll miss out on getting the most bang for your buck. You know the color of your next two shots. If you see you have a better shot with the second ball, you can switch them in order to make a better shot. Plan ahead.

    Often in life, we get so caught up in what's happening first that we forget to take a step back and get a better perspective. We need to consider other options. Sometimes shooting that first ball isn't always the best option.

  • Find what works for YOU
  • In Zuma Blitz, you can buy "powers". These are things that can enhance your score in the game. Whether it's increasing time bonuses, multiplier bonuses, etc. you can mix and match and combine powers to see which works best for you. But what works for one player may not be the best option for another player.

    So many times I see this in life, too, especially when it comes to our walks with Christ. there is no cookie-cutter formula for life. we are all created for a purpose that only we can fulfill. if we are trying to be just like someone else, we are often missing out on opportunities that God has uniquely planned for ourselves.

    Spending time in prayer may help someone connect with God for one person, whereas singing will help another person, where serving in the community helps another. We're all different and it's important to find what works for us!

  • Be patient, but know your limits
  • Zuma Blitz has built-in reminders that there is life outside of the game: hearts. It costs one heart to play a game and you get refills after certain allotments of time (depending on what level you are). Once you use them up, you must wait to get a heart refill.

    This is often frustrating to me because I'll be really close to getting a full life refill and exercising patience waiting for that "one" heart, while it's the equivalent of listening to one song on Pandora, seems like it takes an eternity.

    ...which brings me to the final point: know your limits. i hate to admit that i was one of "those" people who got caught up in the Farmville craze a few years ago. my schedule revolved around the times i could come home and harvest my farm. i hope to avoid the same pattern with Zuma Blitz. so often, we find our identities in our high scores and maintaining that status or feeling of power can consume us. know your limits and, if necessary, stop playing all together. it's just a game.

so there you have it.
life lessons from a Facebook app.

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