nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

The tidy pattern instinct

rinku wrote about games which appeal to male instincts of hunting and fighting vs. games which appeal to female instincts of nurturing. This leaves out a large category of games like tetris, minesweeper, and Ring Pass Not that appeal to the desire to get things to match neatly. [1]

I think this is an instinct, or else those games wouldn't be such timesucks. I don't know of any animals that show signs of sharing it, and I suspect civilization would be impossible without it.

[1] I believe tetris also appeals to the desire to drop things from a height. Dropping things and having them slot neatly into place is a pleasure that ordinary life just does not offer.
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