Lessons from Subway Surfers – 4

Continuing with my series on Subway Surfers, here is my next post and the last one in this series.

There is a feature in the game which allows you to buy your way out of playing certain goals. Sounds familiar?

Like in our real lives, we have the easy way out of a lot of things. But it doesn’t mean that it is always right, does it?

The easy way out , is well, easy. In life, we always have choices. We have the choice to act, the choice to think and the choice for just about anything.

We are bound by a lot of constraints. We have our parents to be answerable to, our friends to accept us and the society to not scrutinize our every move. Ever wondered what it would be like if you didn’t have the nagging voice in your head to dictate your every move?

As humans, we need approval, be it from our friends, family or society. What if we didn’t have to worry about any of those and just be who we are? Sounds surreal? I agree but it’s not impossible.

It is not easy to take the right road. You will find yourself alone, without any help or encouragement. But that little voice inside your head is all that you need. To be you, to be unique. After all, no two individuals are like in spite of sharing 99% of DNA.

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Lessons from Subway Surfers – 3

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Photo Courtesy: http://hornmatters.com/

Subway Surfers seems to be my latest store of life lessons. People say getting addicted to games is bad but I choose to differ, especially with regard to this one game.

Subway Surfers come with its own goals. You get a set of three goals. If you complete all of them, you get a reward in the form of coins or other useful items for the game. Goals play an important part of our life. We need to have goals to move forward.

Many a times it is not possible to finish all the three goals in a single game. So when the goal is “carried forward”, you might finish it at a relatively earlier stage. In such cases, you don’t know what to do next. If you are able to quickly form a goal for yourself, or check out the new set of goals that are generated, then you are safe.

What if you fail to do either of these?

If you are on safe ground, where there aren’t barriers or trains nearby, then you are safe. Else you crash into one of these and perish.

Lessons from Subway Surfers – 2

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In continuation from my previous post on Subway Surfers, I would like to add some more learnings from Subway Surfers.

I have been watching Vampire Diaries lately and was re-introduced to the concept of immortality. It is cool that you can live forever without having the fear of losing your life. But is it all worth it?

I certainly don’t think so. Playing Subway Surfers for long has made me experience immortality. We have something called hoverboards, which are used to avoid crashing. So whenever there is a threat of a “crash” you have to activate the hoverboard, which will rejuvenate your “life” in case you crash.

This is a very handy concept and helps you reach high scores. (I may be wrong about this!) The hoverboard remains active for about 30 seconds, in case there is no crash. But it takes a few seconds to allow you to activate the next hoverboard. You can avoid a crash by activating the hoverboard in case you are in the wrong lane and there is an approaching train.

So far so good. But how long will you go on? You may argue that your aim is to reach your high score. But what after that? Will you still be motivated to go on?

Immortality is a widely discussed topic. If given a chance, we all would want to live forever. But when we run out of things to do, we get bored and that’s when we have two choices:

  1. Stop doing things and sulk about life
  2. Find new interesting things to do.

The choice is in our hands. Whatever we choose, one thing is for certain, we alone are responsible for it.

Lessons from Subway Surfers

I admit that I am addicted to Subway Surfers game on my Android phone. For those of you who don’t know it is a game where one has to dodge all the obstacles and keep moving forward until eternity.

One of the features of the game is the Missions, which are a set of three goals. Once you complete a mission, you get some goodies and a new set of goals are created for you and the cycle continues.

In the initial days, I could barely cross 20 thousand in a single game and having connected my Facebook account, I could see my friends having high scores in millions and more. I used to be envious of them.

After playing regularly, I got the hang of it and I can now comfortably score about a 100 thousand in a single game, which may not be much but it is to me. I have played several missions and I always tried to combine two or more missions in the same game and quickly realised the futility of it. This could be just me but this helped me understand some things in my life.

We had been told from our childhood to focus on one thing at a time. Back then I used to think that it is possible to do multiple things at the same time, (like breathing and thinking for example, ;)) I even know of people who watch TV and study at the same and they claim it doesn’t affect their learning. To each, their own.

My learning from Subway Surfers is:

  • Don’t try to do several things at the same time. Ultimately, all will fail.
  • If you are not good at something, the only way to get better is by practice.