I vaguely remember video games when my children were growing up. There was a console connected to the television and something handheld called a Game Boy. My kids would pull twisted faces when they played video games. "Your faces will get stuck that way," I used to tease them. For me, video games, like comic books and cartoons, were something that kept my children occupied on rainy Sundays. I did my best as a parent to limit their exposure to violence and rationed their video-game-playing time. But personally, I never took an interest.
I received frequent invites to play Candy Crush, Bejeweled, Words With Friends, etc, but never partake. I still don't know what changed my mind when I pushed "install" for Candy Crush. A bit of curiosity and a bit of boredom? I only remember thinking that not too long ago, I did the same thing for Facebook, Instagram and Line. And I've used these apps practically every day since. So, why not?
I launched Candy Crush and the first thought that came to my mind was that these are definitely not Thai candies. Where's the favourite, Thai-style sugar-coated tamarind and look choop? The red and orange ones look like American jelly beans. The blue ones look like lollipop tops without the paper stick. The squared green-coloured candies recalled Chiclets.