Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

The Power of 2’s April 7, 2014

Filed under: Games,Neat,Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Try a game, or two, of  “2048” (if you can stop at just two games.)
Then, click to reveal the secret of why you think you are really good at playing it.

Blindly clicking my arrow keys in rapid patterns (such as “up, right, down, left” repeatedly, though chaotically, and occasionally reversing) I got the following final scores:

2320    848   2740   2468
1208    840   2708
1452   1296  1428

These ten trials yield an average score of 1730.8, almost 40% of my all-time highest intentional score of 4356. This result leads me to conclude that “2048” is deceptively easier than it appears. Reaching all the way to a 2048 block (2^11) would definitely take some real strategy (like solving a Rubik’s Cube,) but even a below-average player will be able to go pretty far in this game.  I believe the reason why this game is so widely popular is because it makes us feel so good at accomplishing something which is actually quite simple.


One Response to “The Power of 2’s”

  1. Katherine Says:

    Ugh… I’m going to have to get someone to explain this game to me… everyone talks about it and loves it.. I am still sitting here clueless! Wish you were closer VIc@ Or perhaps that Christmas was closer ;)

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