My inner geek is disinterested
July 17, 2011 8:45 PM Subscribe
Despite having an engineering degree, a Master's degree in software development, a strong math background, and 20+ years of programming experience the "typical" logic games bore me. Why and how can I improve?
posted by mcarthey to sports, hobbies, & recreation (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I realize that as the typical computer geek I'm supposed to love logic games and puzzles like chess and such, but I can feel my eyes glazing over as I start to play. Either I don't care about the outcome or it seems a waste of time to devote so much energy into thinking N steps ahead. Realize this doesn't mean all games. I do enjoy some, but even things like Soduko seem a huge WTF to me. This was recently brought to light in an interview question in which I was to play a glorified game of tic-tac-toe in which you had to get 5-in-a-row on a 20-by-20 grid. I found myself with the same feeling of 'eh' during the whole game. Of course I lost and I'm sure the interviewer enjoyed the win. I see all sorts of books about logic and strategy as relates to games but they typically are full of advanced math that, despite my math background, bores me. Am I a failed geek?