When I asked Alissa about doing another edition of “You Might Be an Addict If…” I was surprised to hear that it has been a while since one has appeared. The fact is, the game has changed a LOT since 2014, and some of the reasons we tap, as well as some of the tell-tale signs that we are truly addicted, may have changed as well.
It is one of those topics that actually appeared in the book that I wrote with good friend and fellow tapper, Ryan Kagy, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in December of 2013, when we were only at level 37, and the final chapter on updates was Thanksgiving 2013″ Man. That seems like it was years ago!!! Oh. Wait. Because it was.
The fact that I am still tapping, and blogging after all of this time (I started in October 2012), is testament to one of two things; my love of the game, or my complete addiction to it.
The following examples start with one of Ryan’s “You May Have a Tapped Out Problem If…” (we were concerned about copyright issues with Addicts), and continues with an updated version of my own, on the same topic.
In the realm of “gaming maturity,” TSTO should be an old codger, doddering on bandied legs toward the pudding line at the rest home lunch counter. But, surprisingly, the game continues to reinvent itself and morph into new versions of its former self that appear to keep it fresh and alluring. For those of us who have “known” (not Biblically, but casually) TSTO since its birth, the changes have been dramatic, and obvious, harkening to a friend who shows up for a monthly dinner with a facelift, dyed hair, and a boob job, but still has that ring of familiarity that allows you to feel comfortable while feeling uncertain if they have “gone too far” in their quest to remain relevant to younger players.
To quote Booberella, “mmmm…boobs!” No wait…that was Homer…or Moe…or me… but I digress…
The real thing that I notice as a TSTO blogger of three years, is not so much the changes in the game, but what I see as clear delineations in the players who play the game. The game has changed, no doubt about it. But, so have the players.
The game has gone from a very casual, some would say stilted and low-tech pace, to one that is based upon incessant, frantic, cadenced tapping that requires a sense of dedication for those who “want it all” without spending copious amounts of real money. What has become clear, is that many of the casual tappers have dropped out of the game, replaced by the super tappers who live, eat and breathe the game, perhaps to the detriment of their “Real Lives.”
The key question at this point may very well be, “What Is a Real Tapper’s Life Like?” and “If Tapping Takes Over the Majority of Your Waking Hours, Is Your Life Still Real?”
STOP…do not hit the “comment button” until you read the rest of this post.Really. Back away from your padular device and take a breath. This isn’t an attack piece, or even an opinion piece…we really want to understand the changes that have happened in the game and the tappers of the game, so we can better serve both. OK?
Let’s take a look at the evolution of both…so we can understand where we are headed. If we understand you, and why and how you tap, we can figure out how to keep everyone happy…mostly…kinda…
It’s my turn to take over TSTO Anonymous, just for this week. Back in September, November and January we had a couple of fun little posts up entitled You might Be An Addict…similar to Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be A Redneck…”. We had so much fun with those we decided to do it again!
So with out further ado I present to you….You Might Be An Addict-Part 4:
It’s my turn to take over TSTO Anonymous, just for this week. Back in September and November we had a couple if fun little posts up entitled You might Be An Addict…similar to Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be A Redneck…”. We had so much fun with those we decided to do it again!
So with out further ado I present to you….You Might Be An Addict-Part 3:
It’s my turn to take over TSTO Anonymous, just for this week. Back in September we had a fun little post up entitled You might Be An Addict…similar to Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be A Redneck…”. We had so much fun with the first one we decided to do it again!
So with out further ado I present to you….You Might Be An Addict-Part 2:
So way back before level 34 hit I had this idea for a post about being addicted to Tapped Out. It all started on Tapped-Out.co.uk when one of my friends posted, “You know you’re addicted when you wake up in the middle of the night to go to bathroom and grab your phone because you’re thinking: ‘Well I’m up now so I might as well collect rents and grab tickets while I’m up.'” I thought it was so funny and so true and it got me thinking to what some other signs might be. So I asked other members of Tapped-Out.co.uk to answer the question “you know you’re addicted to Tapped Out When…” Their answers, as I expected, cracked me up! So similar to Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be A Redneck…” series I’ve come up with the “You Might Be An Addict…” series, with a little help from my fellow Addicts of course! So with out further ado I present to you….You Might Be An Addict: Continue reading →