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19 June, 2007
Oh Rubik's Cube, what have they done to you?
Since 1980, all it took to experience endless hours of mind-boggling puzzle-solving -- and its accompanying headaches -- was twisting and turning a brightly colored, 5.7 cubic centimeter block: the beloved and iconic Rubik's cube.
It's like Dance Dance Revolution for your fingers, which looks fun and a good way to improve memory, but hardly the mind bender the original Rubik's Cube was. Besides, if all you need to do is to remember steps in sequence, I don't think that counts as a "puzzle". Gizmodo officially hates it and calls this new version "Rubik's Crapolution".
As a puzzle lover, I've always enjoyed the challenge of the original although I recall solving it only once. Hopefully they won't stop selling it because now more than ever, in today's instant gratification culture, our brains can use the discipline and the workout.
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