Recently, a friend introduced me to the King’s Corner app. Finally we have an accessible card game with Game Center support. Not only did we have tons of fun playing, but I realized that King’s Corner makes a perfect metaphor to describe the way government really works.
King’s Corner has simple rules. Imagine a 3×3 grid with the center square removed, making eight squares. Kings go in the corners, and any other number can start a pile. The game starts with four random cards in these piles. You then play your cards as you would in Solitaire. Whoever uses all their cards first wins. You can either play against a computer or from two to four players with Game Center.
Before I talk about Game Center, let me put out a passionate plea to app developers. We need more accessible card games! For those who just stumbled upon this entry and don’t know what I mean, I refer to making an app usable with VoiceOver, the built-in screen reader for the blind. It translates the iDevice’s environment into a spoken representation. It means so much to play card games, especially on the sleek and silken iPad 2! Please, we need more card games, especially with Game Center support.
When Apple first introduced Game Center, I brushed it off, as did pretty much all blind people. We figured we would never use it, and relegated it to a back page. I feel glad to say that King’s Corner has proven this wrong. Game Center can act rather temperamental, and it took us several times to get it synchronized and working. Once it worked we had some serious fun.
Sighted gamers have enjoyed multi-player games for years. The blind have gotten left out of most of the gaming excitement, usually sticking to niche games made just for the blind, keeping us shut in a world within a world. Apps like this break this boundary. Now a blind player can enjoy a friendly game of King’s Corner with other blind or sighted players sans restriction! We’ve spent several hours and games playing now and it makes us feel great, yet another futuristic use of Apple’s products.
While laughing and having fun, it occurred to me that a game of cards makes a perfect way to explain the way government works. On the game level, an observer would see players competing with each other. They would see people setting up good moves for themselves and blocking opponents. Ultimately, only one player wins – competition in its most brutal form. Move up a level however, and the observer would see a group of friends playing a game. They would compliment each other’s good moves, bag on each other’s bad moves, and all would cheer the winner. At the end of the game everyone remains friends – the game has changed nothing on that level. Would you like a rematch?
Look around the world and you will see. Governments help the banks which help the corporations which help the governments the most. Manipulated markets force out the little guy while giving the big banker boys an even bigger piece of the pie. Republicans and democrats for the most part support the same agenda, enslaving the people while devaluing the dollar. Mayer Amschel Rothschild once said: “Give me control of a nation’s currency, and I care not who makes its laws.” King’s Corner indeed! See beyond the game.