The (Brain) Age of Obligation

Stop Making Me Feel Bad, Dr. Kawashima!!

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 07/04/2011 14:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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The game Brain Age is a great little timewaster to be played once a day. It does indeed help you “train your brain” as they advertise, whether it’s one of the DSi segmented games or the whole game itself, it’s a game well worth playing on a regular basis. However, there is one downside to Brain Age, if you happen to be one of those folks who sometimes end up skipping a day or two.

This game? It will guilt you…big time!

I have no idea why Dr. Ryuta Kawashima has decided to make his pseudo-self to be such a needy passive-aggressive fellow, but I really wish that he hadn’t. I bought Brain Age 2 a couple years ago when I bought my Nintendo DS Lite and from that first moment, I should’ve known that this was going to be a bit of an issue.

I made the mistake of buying a used game which already had an account on there. When I went to delete it, the AI!Ryuta was pouting about it and then looking away as if I actually physically deleted someone’s life. All I was doing was just trying to free up space for my own account! Geez, Ryuta, dramatic much?

As the days went on, I would check in on it daily and things will be fine. However, Kawashima would always get a little stern if my testing would end up with an age that was larger than 30. That was always annoy me especially if I ended up doing the Number Memory test which I always end up mixing up. Apparently, Dr. Kawashima thinks that ADHD doesn’t exist.

It was when I started to skip a few days when I’d never hear the end of it. He’d give that guilt tripping pout about how he missed me yesterday as if that it was my fault that I didn’t have any time the day before to work on any of my tests. So I kept playing, even though my time would be decreased little by little until I reached the absolute minimum of playing it.

It got to a point that I couldn’t take it anymore and I ended up selling the game, just like the person before me did. Finally, I was free from the Brain Age and free from all the guilt tripping. Only I’m allowed to make myself feel guilty!

Now, of course, I highly doubt that the real Dr. Ryuta Kawashima is like this. He seems like a good guy with a great idea for a game and probably wants to help the public keep their brains fresh and active. However, that AI!Kawashima really needs to calm it down and stop being so needy. Once that happens, perhaps I’ll give another Brain Age game a shot. I do kind of miss some of the games in there… just not the game of guilt.

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