01 August 2011


Galaga.  What a great game.  It's fun, and it really only has one main button.  A simple "fire" button.

That sounds good, right?  But most people want something a little more complicated.  I'm in favor of that, for sure.  But it's also important to remember that there is beauty in the simplicity.

That said, Galaga is a game of patterns.  If you can remember what those patterns are, then you can never lose, and play round after round without failure.  Others who do not memorize the pattern are playing by a game of chance.  But those who understand, recognize, and remember the repetitive nature of time are rewarded by lots and lots of points.

I would like to think that I could learn something from Galaga that I could take with me anywhere.  That said, consider some of the following.  First, 10 come from the left side of the screen.  Then, 10 from the right.  In rounds grouped in fives, there are 4 patterns of behavior, and one bonus round.  The patterns usually alternate.  They can be recorded.

But this is an example of how your brain memorizes things without you knowing it.  You can have more control over your brain, the more you consciously recognize how much you're memorizing.

Homework:  Go find a Galaga Game, and play it for an hour.  Try to score at least 100,000 points.
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