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The Neopian Times Week 149 > Articles > If You Buzz That Thing One More Time...

If You Buzz That Thing One More Time...

by solarjeraniums

GAMES ROOM - Sometimes, there are games out there that are probably specifically designed to torment its players. Now, I try to play the featured game everyday just to make a few extra Neopoints. There's nothing wrong with that. I can usually get around 2k in a day off of them...if the game likes me. It's great because you can have fun and make a little extra money if you need it. Then the day came when The Buzzer Game was the feature.

You'd think with such an inconspicuous name like that, it would be a game that the average Joe (or Jane) could play and get a decent score on. Buzz! That is not true. I've laboured over that game many times but have never gotten a really good score I was truly proud of to send. How can such a mind-blowing game like this one be labeled as "Medium Difficulty." I think it could harm one's mental and emotional health if that buzzing noise is heard for extended periods of time.

If you're like me, and you hear the buzz during the first or second round, you feel completely useless and start over in a desperate attempt to do better with more lives, so you actually have lives to speak of when you get up there in difficulty...if you get up there at all. This results in many (possibly) hours on this one game you don't like anyway! AND you don't get anywhere. Well, anywhere fast, anyway. That's not always a bad thing, but it may get quite tedious and turn people away from the game. But where exactly does the difficulty lie?

To me, the difficulty lies in the mouse and the mouse pad. If this was real, the control would be so much better, but it's an extension of your hand, and that can always be complicating. I'm sure those of you who've tried to play the game have sometimes had to start at the far left of the mouse pad and moved gradually to the right. If you have my intelligence, you would have started in the middle and eventually found yourself buzzing yourself out because the mouse fell off the mouse pad with a loud clicking sound. If you were just a little more intelligent than I am, you probably would have done away with the mouse pad and used your desk. There would have been a large pallet to exercise the use of. But these are for us fortunate people who even have a mouse. I have tried a few times to play the game on a laptop with a little square you move your finger around on. On such a tiny surface, it makes the game all that much more difficult. The little red dot between the keys of some laptops can also complicate the game.

Of course, the annoying Techo's incessant distractions don't help. I could be zooming down the impossibly twisting circuit doing a great job with not getting close to the wire and suddenly, "BOO!" His eyes bulge and his mouth opens wide and a disconcerting noise escapes his froggy lips. Anyone smarter than I am would have turned off the volume to eliminate this one distraction, but I am definitely not smarter than me. He's also stuck out his tongue at me! When I was young, sticking out one's tongue was dubbed to be the worst thing to do to anyone, so it got my attention all right. BUZZ! I haven't actually gotten farther than the third level to discover anymore of his tricks, but there must be plenty more. He's clever, actually. I'm sure you've all heard of the phrase, "I'm not touching you so you can't get mad!" It's completely true and that bothers me.

Sometimes, it looks like I'm going to touch and I hurt myself trying to rotate the wand so that it'll go around the wire unscathed. I've been known to climb up on my desk and look at it sideways in hopes of going past that little annoying bump. Okay, not little but very large. I think it's how the loop is elliptical which makes it so much more difficult for me. I think I have since learned that it will go through! The key words are, "I think," and I'm not completely sure if I've fully grasped that thought. Maybe you'll have better luck with it.

Once you do get the hang of it, though, it can be quite fun. I can finish with a few points as bonus and have the little box thing come up and say, "You have 3 lives left!" Yay! Unfortunately, I've only got the hang of it for the first level, since I've played it so many times. I'm sure practice does make perfect. That's probably why I can breeze through level one now but buzz myself out constantly on the first loop of the second. I have tried many times to practice on the second, but no one told me we had to start over when we failed!

Yes but seriously. If you're truly determined, go for it and never give up! I've tried very many times and I've gotten the insurmountably high score of 59 points! I'm sure you're laughing at me and saying, "Pffft...I'm sure I could do better than that." Well you can. I am almost completely sure that most of you out there have a steadier hand than I do. Technically, nothing is impossible, and one can always achieve something they wish to. I am determined to get over two hundred points, as that is when my high scores will change my rank from Beginner to...Novice, I believe. If you've even read this article, maybe you can check my scores everyday, and one day, you will see me with a better score than my current colossal score of 59!

As the Techo would say...

.. and the young apprentice must learn patience, and balance. The strongest of enemies can be defeated by only the steadiest of hands.

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