Every night when the chores are done and I’ve had enough of my daily Doom scrolling, I lie face down on my comfortable duvet, grab my PlayStation 4 controller, and start a game one.
Playing a few rounds of the classic card game that I made a video game myself has become a cherished part of my nightly routine. It helps me relax and gives me the opportunity to relax. I turn on cozy lights, make bubble bath music like Ariana Grande, and let the warm red glow of the game fill my room.
I’ve started playing since the pandemic started one, solo. When I say alone, I don’t mean just alone in my room. I always only play with computers and don’t challenge anyone online. Since I’m the only broker for every game, I can choose my own rules. I stick to a fairly normal set of rules, with the only special rule being the “stacking rule”. If someone uses a +2 card and I happen to have one, I can play my own and pass it on to the next person. If you end up with four, eight, or even twelve cards, you’ll be set back a ton because one
In a last game, the hand to my right played a +4 wild card. I got to my feet because I wasn’t sure if I had more cards or if I could use my own +4 card to pass a whopping eight cards to the next hand. I hesitated, but then the big TV screen flashed and told me to press the triangle button to send eight cards to my left. It was a relief because the hand I sent it to only had two cards and could have won in a few spins. In contrast to previous experiences with oneWhen the player drew eight cards, I didn’t hear any screams or curses in frustration. That’s because my competitor was a computer called AI Hawking.
I don’t feel particularly compelled to develop a strategy like this One. Sure, I’ll make logical decisions. When I have a hand full of red numbers I use a placeholder to change the color to red. I don’t compete against people so there is no point in strategizing how I think people will behave. I’m not even really worried about referring to other players as “Uno”. (The title rule of the game is, if someone has a card and someone shouts “Uno” before the person with a card says “Uno!”, That person must draw two cards.) Split a game by one
The average game ends much faster than one in real life. The game has a much smoother and more regular cadence. There is no longer any memory of their turn or waiting for someone to get up and have a snack. Every AI player has an immediate turn with a smooth animation of a played card.
While I like the soft game, it’s these little irregularities that add color to the game one. A lonely version of one is very much against the community ethic of the card game. The only fun part of the game was its consistent ability to trigger drama when people play with each other. All cards like Skip, Reverse and Draw +2 make for a hell of a long time when two people join forces to become one person. If you are particularly unlucky, you can do several revolutions in a row without being able to play. It just feels like that one
These parts of the game created a lot of content fodder for memes. From the “Everyone has oneDipshit. With your damn Xbox, it was free. ” Video and now TikTok Sounda classic draw 25 card memeswhich shows how difficult a decision between drawing 25 would be one Cards and “text or call your ex,” one has always been fun in social settings. Even the rules themselves are remembered. A tweet from the official account blew up When the makers made a statement saying, “You can’t stack a +2 on a +2.” Fans denied Mattel’s claim, saying that the statement was simply wrong and that their own family rules were correct.
It just shows how deep personal gaming is one with friends and family is. And while my family managed to sit down for an online game of one On some occasions, nothing beats the personal experience of collective screaming and uncontrollable laughter when you pile dozens of cards on top of your youngest sibling. The energy just cannot be fully translated.
While I miss the antics of a high-energy version of the game (and I certainly miss playing cards with my family), I’m also a person who is burned out and tired. So first when I play oneI do it alone.