I started playing a game called Zwinky last summer, and I’m not gonna lie, it was amazing. For what seems at first like it would be a little kids game, Zwinky was super addictive. I found myself wanting to play it every day, and for about a month I did. The games were fun, and the other Zwinkies were either nice or easy to ignore. It was all fun and games for that month. Then I decided to do what I should have done in the first place…..research.
You see, my computer started acting funny. Just ran kind of slow and more threats were found than usual when I scanned it. I didn’t really think anything of it though…..I wanted to play that really cool Pizza Connect-4 game in the Zwinky Pizzeria. But after hearing a rumor about how Zwinky might not be the best thing for your computer, I decided to check it out for myself. All I could find was a statement made by the makers of Zwinky stating that any damage done to your PC was your own fault. Still I wasn’t convinced that I should stop playing, partially because I found out earlier that day that you can change from male Zwinky to female Zwinky whenever you wanted. And what could be cooler than that?
A working computer, obviously. My mother installed a McCafee care package for our computer, which included a site advisor which turned different colors depending on the safety of a site and gives reports on each. Most of the sites I visit regularly were green (good to go), so I was feeling pretty happy. But then I visited the Zwinky site……and it turned yellow (proceed with caution)! On the report, different people were putting that it was insane that the site was given a yellow rating when it should have been red (stop and don’t go here anymore). So many people were claiming to have gotten a virus from the game. I was truly heartbroken. But still I wasn’t convinced……I had just unlocked the full Zwinky wardrobe!\
The final straw, however, was when all my media players (as well as Flash player) stopped working altogether, less than two days after I got the cutest Zwinky clothing ever. As much as I loved my Zwinky…..I loved my youtube even more. So I got rid of my account and deleted my Zwinky. And as pathetic as it sounds, it took me five minutes to do it. All I had to do was click a single button.
I had to do some intense computer cleaning after I finished with Zwinky, but eventually I got my systems up and running again. I let Zwinky slowly disappear from my mind, which is pretty hard to do considering how hard they advertise. I’m sure you’ve all seen a Zwinky advertisement on the internet at least once.
I do miss Zwinky a lot, and I will probably one day get my own special computer that I don’t care what happens to just so I can play it again. I know it sounds pathetic, but the game is truly just that fun. But it’s not worth it in the end……you can lose your entire computer to a single action-packed game of underwater shark shooting. If you’re bored one day, like I was, and you click on a random advertisement that looks like fun, make sure it isn’t a Zwinky advertisement. It may be the last ad you ever click on.