Temple Run: The New Gaming Addiction

It’s addicting. It’s frustrating. It’s the game that has everyone distracted. Temple Run is a game application for the iPhone and its icon has found a comfortable niche on the home screen of almost every Dimond High School students. “I’m thinking about giving an automatic ‘F’ to the student who introduced me to this game because I waste so much time. I didn’t grow up playing video games, but in adulthood, on my iPhone, I have become quite addicted to games,” Antara Brewer, an English teacher, said. “Being a pacifist, I like that [the game] doesn’t involve killing anything. I think I’ve played it, for like, I don’t know… 12 hours over the past three-day weekend, wait, not 12. Maybe more like eight. It’s probably not good for me, I get really aggravated and want to throw my phone through a window, but in the end it’s a nice distraction from grading papers,” Brewer said. Jane Eckhoff, a junior, also enjoys playing Temple Run. “I don’t know how people get such high scores! It’s pretty frustrating sometimes. But it is a very fun game,” she said. The addicting game involves controlling a running man (or woman) and sliding under and jumping over obstacles, and tilting the phone to collect coins. The game is available to download through the Apple App Store free of charge. Temple Run is currently the top free application and top game application on the store. “It’s amazing how simple the game is,” Jackson Ursin, a junior, said. “Whenever I have a free moment, or there’s nothing else to do, I find myself playing Temple Run,” he added. Alex Brigandi, a senior, says he’s addicted to Temple Run. “I can’t figure out why it’s so fun,” Brigandi said. “I have an Xbox and at times I find myself playing Temple Run instead of it,” he added. As you advance through the game by collecting coins and using said coins to buy power ups, you are given the option to by different playable characters. You have the option to run as a football player, conquistador, or an Indiana Jones lookalike. “My favorite character to play is the football player,” Morgan Bloom, a junior, said. “For some reason, I get a higher score when I play as him,” she added. Although the game is minimalistic in its control and environment, Dimond students and teachers alike have their eyes glued to the game.