Top 10 Tuesdays 13: For People With Short Attention Spans

There are some people out there that don’t have the ability to read an entire article I write, or a book, or a newspaper. You know the type, they get the newspaper, go straight to the comics and then maybe skim through a few article titles before they “finish it”. Then they put it away and go find something else to do. People that have this “affliction” more severely than others are labeled as being ADHD. For the rest of those people though, they merely have a shorter than average attention span.

It affects people of all ages, races, religions, genders, political backgrounds, and it doesn’t matter if you a neat freak, kind of a slob, or anywhere in between. If someone you know can’t finish one of my articles, it’s not because I’m a bad writer, or I’m not funny or whatever, (because I’m awesome at writing funny things) it’s because they have an attention span that can only be measured in nanoseconds.

Some people are tolerable, some people you can’t stand to talk to them because you can’t keep up in a conversation with them. It’s crazy right. I’m pretty sure every one of you out there have met at least one person like that. You talk to them for 30 minutes, and you have to go take a nap for 2 hours because your mind is exhausted. Well, those people have been alienated for long enough. If they can’t find anything to do, I took this opportunity to give them something to do. So here we go with:

The Top 10 Video Games to Play When You Have a Short Attention Span!

#10. Tetris (system varies)

I know this game comes up a lot, but hear me out! Tetris has been proven to be visually stimulating, help develop problem solving skills as well as boost independence in Japanese youths. Yes, there were actually a team of scientists back around 2001 that studied what traits Tetris would strengthen in little kids. And the parents got paid something like the equivalent of $500 a week to make their kid play Tetris for 2 hours a day. Overall that study included 50 (or so) children. Three of them went on to be Tetris Grandmasters. Which apparently is a huge deal over in Japan.

That’s beside the point though. Tetris requires input from the player constantly, and almost immediately after the last input. It’s perfect for helping you sharpen your focus skills because you can win or lose in the blink of an eye.

#9. Rocket Knight Adventures (Genesis)

I may have mentioned this game once or twice before, but it really is a great game. It’s a little off the beaten path, and has great continuity when it comes to controls, and in game enjoyment. It makes you wonder what’s going to happen next for a split second, and then bam! You’re in a jam and you have to figure out how to get out of it. Great for my ADD/ADHD friends who forgot to take their meds that day. I’ve tried plopping them down in front of this game, and it usually works for about 45 minutes to an hour. Which, if you know people with attention spans about half an inch long, you know that’s a God-send.


#8. Call of Duty Black Ops (PS3)

I’m not talking about the entire game. Specifically, I’m talking about the Nazi Zombies part. I’ve recently been playing this part of this game, and it’s so entrancing that you get sucked in to it quite quickly. And seriously… all it is, is killing a bunch of undead fascists. I hate Nazis, and I’m not particularly fond of zombies.. it’s a win-win for me. Even if you don’t have a miniscule span of attention, this game makes you focus quick. Each round is a little bit longer than the last. That’s what happens, you have rounds you go through, each with more and more zombies. Supposedly there is no end to the number of rounds you can reach because the programmers reached a point in the game where they put in an infinite loop. The game is fairly new though, so that has yet to be proven. I don’t spend time on game forums either, therefore I have no idea what the record is right now. I can get to round 9.


#7. Galaga (NES/System varies)

This game became popular with its debut on the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. But I say “System varies” because they ported this game via another game called “Namco Museum” It’s on the Sega Dreamcast, the PS1, the Game Boy Advanced SP, PS2, and I believe the Nintendo DS as well. This game is great because again, I think the levels are infinite, but I’m probably wrong on that one. I know if you sit down and play for an hour straight you won’t beat the game. It kind of goes along with the same theme of Tetris, you constantly need to input controls, and you have to bring your A-Game for this one. It’s a space style shoot’em up where you play as one ship against a billion different insect-looking other ships that come out in different formations. If they shoot you, you die, if they hit into you, you die, they can capture you and if you shoot your own ship, you die. Die 3 times, and it’s back to the beginning without passing “Go” or collecting your 200 dollars. If your attention span is really tiny, you’re not even reading this far into the paragraph, and you’ve found something else to do. Hopefully it’s play Galaga.


The Winner, and #1 this week: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (PS3)

Let’s be honest now. I was catering this article to those of you with short attention spans. There is absolutely no way that you would sit and read another 5 mini-reviews before skipping ahead, and scrolling down to #1. I know that, and you know that. Anyways, everything you need to know about this game, can be found here . It’s the review I did a few weeks back on why this game is awesome. There are so many things to do in this game, you couldn’t possibly focus on anything else. You don’t have time to think about anything else when you play ACB.


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