When I first started reading The Westing Game, I thought it was just going to be another mystery, where you know who committed the crime halfway through the book. As my class progressed through the book, I started to realize that The Westing Game was much more complicated than I thought. Ellen Raskin, the author, writes so many clues; some are hidden, and some are put right under your nose, but you don’t notice them. Simple words such as rose (don’t worry, this is not a spoiler) suddenly become blaring clues. It’s amazing how such a simple book can be so complex. The Westing Game may seem like just another mystery book, but I strongly recommend that you read it.
Whenever my family gets together we play Monopoly or people in my family play Words With Friends. At first Monopoly can be fun, but then after awhile it can also get pretty boring, mainly because I always beat my family, or they go bankrupt. Some people in my family are also obsessed with Words With Friends. Even though I don’t like it very much. Sometimes my parents are so obsessed they play Word With Friends while also playing Monopoly.
One of my favorite video game is Madden. It is a football game that lets you play as different teams and play against people. You can make your own franchise, have a superstar, or just play against someone. The game also allows you to play people online. If you play online it is harder to win than if you play someone close to you. A new Madden comes out every year so the teams and players are always up to date. Also the new versions are updated so the game is more like real life.
Life is a board game. I am going to use some of my personal favorites as an example. Let’s use Stratego and Risk as examples. In Stratego you have to set up early and wisely. You can not have gaps in your army and you have to have a basic idea of your offensive strategy. In Life it is good to know what your going to do early and have a stellar start. At some point in life you have to know what your doing to move forward. In Risk you have to fortify occupied areas and have a good offensive and defensive strategy. It is useful to be a good strategist and tactician. You also can not remain neutral for too long or else you are prone for an attack on your countries. I learned this the hard way. In life it is great to fortify your knowledge in several subjects so you can be useful in many fields.
My family and I play games like Jenga, Life, Monopoly, Cadoo, Blink, Pictionary, Call of Duty, Halo, Temple Run, and Angry Birds but the one that I can really relate to is Phase 10. Phase 10 is a card game that I play with my sister most of the time. You go through 10 phases and you are trying to get through the tenth phase first. It’s a really complicated game. That’s how my life is complicated. In phase ten if you don’t get through the phase you’re on and someone passes you, you will still have to work on the phase you’re on. That is how Phase 10 relates to my life.
A game that relates to my life is Scrabble or Words With Friends. In Scrabble and Words With Friends you put one word down and it starts to branch out until the game stops and you start all over again. That is like a week for me I start the week with school I get homework, learn things, and see my friends. Then the weekend comes and I do all the things I like to do, like sports. The weekend is like the end of the game, it is easy but exciting!
In class, we have been reading a book called Cosmic. In Cosmic, there was a game night. In the game that I choose, Scratch, is a very fun programming game. In Scratch, you use these block things to make a thing called a script. I am not the only one in our family that does Scratch. I convinced my dad to download it but he never uses it, I should tell him to actually do it. He is obsessed with a game called gardens of time, and that is basically a hidden pictures game, like I Spy. My mom just looks over at what I’m doing. She isn’t really that interested, I should get her to do some. Then there is my brother. He is OBSESSED with the wii, but when he is on the computer, he usually does scratch. I have to say, I would really check out scratch. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you like my games at http://scratch.mit.edu/users/Aesculus3.
My family really likes to play Pictionary. We first started playing it when we went to my mom’s friend’s house in Tennessee. They were all ready very intense about the game. They would accuse each other of making eye contact, then looking at the object that they were drawing. For a while I didn’t understand the game, and I motioned using a screwdriver. My mom’s friend accused her son of “corrupting a minor.” The argument sounded like a riot.
Now my family really loves it. we also play it competitively, but not so much that random accusations fly. I think that this game relates to life because in Pictionary you are trying to communicate something by drawing. In real life it can be hard to gt your point across, or even to say your point. It could also be helpful when communicating to a deaf person.
For Christmas my Grandmother gave me Taboo. I play it a lot with my family. In Taboo you take a card and you have to get everyone else to guess the word without saying the word or a set of words that are taboo, hence the name. There is a little timer and you have to get people to guess the word within the allotted time. I think that Taboo is really fun. Try it some time.
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My family always plays Scrabble and Words With Friends. My sister and I don’t like Words With friends but the rest of my family is obsessed with it. When we go to see my grandparents at Christmas there is always a scrabble board out and people playing it. Sometimes we make a scrabble board that describes one person in our family. Once we made one about my grandma and it was really funny. My family also likes puzzles a lot. My grandma always gets the hardest puzzle she can find and expects us to finish it. We usually get three fourths of it done. We stay up all night to try and finish it. Those are the games that my family likes to play whenever we get together.