The following guest post is by Kim Vandenbroucke, a game inventor and developer, brainstorming facilitator and writer. On her website, TheGameAisle.com, she not only reviews games but also highlights the inventors tinkering behind the curtain who come up with the amazing products. She is also the new spokesgamer for Games for Fundraising and a writer for Games for Educators!
Recently I was on the ThinkFun website and saw the big ad for the iPad and iPhone Rush Hour apps saying “Now even more ways to play in traffic!” This made me chuckle. Why? Because I live in Chicago where, despite a state-wide ban, 80% of drivers are texting, emailing, or talking on their cell phones while driving… so really we don’t need more ways to “play in traffic!”
But you know who could use an app like that….our car mates! Yes, the husbands, co-workers, and friends who play backseat driver and insist they know a “better way” out of the gridlock by taking some crazy side street that has potholes large enough to swallow small children and Smart cars.
And youngsters aren’t much better. Teens complain, kids get antsy; the longer the car ride is, the less pleasant it gets. But I have a solution. Fork over your iPhones. Yes, that’s right, hand them over (since you shouldn’t be using them anyway!).
This could be a win-win for all drivers and passengers. Drivers get to listen to the music, talk radio or audio book they want without hearing how long the ride is or how the lane next to them is moving faster. And while the drivers are focusing on the road, the passengers get to work their own magic and move the little red car from the impossible cluster of cars in the Rush Hour app. And who knows, maybe the gridlock everyone is experiencing could bring us closer together.