The 21 emotional stages of playing 2048

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Guess you just have to start over. AGAIN.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the game 2048. If you’ve been living in The Rock, then you’ll definitely know what we’re talking about. 2048, or the ultimate game of life procrastination, requires players to combine tiles with the same power of two on them, adding them together to form a single tile of their double, until reaching the tile numbered 2048. Easy, right? Oh, hell no. Though it may seem harmless at first, with its cute square tiles and soothing pastel color scheme, be warned: 2048 will take over your life. It already has. You’re reading this post, aren’t you?

As a therapeutic exercise, we jotted down the 21 emotional stages of 2048:

1. You enter the game for the first time, ever. You don’t know what lies ahead. You don’t yet understand how numbers turn into addiction. Two lone numbers stand on the board. Ok, this isn’t so bad.

2. The third square appears. You use the arrow to move it up, and you’re further convinced of your intelligence.

3. But before you know it, the board becomes as cluttered and anxiety-inducing as the counter at Darwins. Your numbers are still mostly small, however. Move the left key, and everything, somehow, moves. What the feck just happened? Why did so many tiles change at once? Wut????? Seriously.

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