What to do With Game Invites
People on Facebook fall into two different categories, honest hardworking people who just want to keep up with friends and family who they don’t see very often, and lecherous bastards who want to spend all day inviting you to play boring games. Why the games? Facebook is already a huge time waster on its own. It’s not like there aren’t tons of quality games being released this year alone, why do we need Facebook games on top of that? Is it because they’re free? Not if you consider the cost of alienating your friends and possibly having them block or defriend you.
That’s Great, But What Can I Do?
The first and easiest thing you can do to ensure you never get another game invite is to permanently delete your Facebook. It’s quick, relatively painless, and the only game invite you’ll get afterwards is when your drunk neighbor wants to play “Did you steal my wrench? I saw you with it, where is it?” That’s a game nobody wants to play, just like every game ever made for Facebook. My advice, delete Facebook and tell your neighbor it’s time to get back to his AA meetings. Either way, shut the door and don’t listen to their screams.
What’s that? You don’t want to delete your Facebook? Well, that’s your call, there are other things you can choose to do to get out of game invites. And they don’t involve deleting, blocking, or beating your friends.
Seriously, What Can I Do?
For starters, don’t become this person.
I will cook you dinner as soon as I’m done growing your food.
Mom of the century there is using 4(!) computers to play Farmville. I’m sure each one of those computers is also sending invites to other people to help with her crops.
What can you do about it? Easy, but you need a plan. First of all, do you have that friend who hasn’t found a Facebook game they didn’t like? Their Facebook page has 5 different daily horoscopes all saying 5 different things and you’re endlessly getting game requests by them. Your notification window is constantly red falsely triggering your dopamine loops and making you people people care about you.
Your first instinct is to delete these people. However, just like when you were escorted off the airplane, your first instinct isn’t always the best. What you need to realize is that these people are not the enemy, they are gold. These are the people that are going to let you know daily what new games are out because you will inevitably see them in your notifications box. They are the ones that will allow you to keep on the ball and up to date blocking games.
How Do I Block Games?
Blocking games is as easy as going here and clicking the little “x” that appears on the upper right corner of the game request. They will ask if you want to block further requests for this game. The answer is always yes. The directions to get there are: Home Page>App Center>Requests>Block.
You have been invited to alienate all of your friends.
An app request is welcome, a poke is unforgivable.
Click “requests”. It’s the big, red button.
Play now? Not this time Facebook game.
Here you can chose to just block the game or to ignore all requests by this person. It’s much better to block the game.
Click “confirm”. You knew that already though.
Now enjoy your freedom.
Make sure you keep your game loving friend around too. Your news feed will instantly be uncluttered from their (and others) constant updates about the games or apps they are using. It actually turns into a win-win situation seeing as many people have to keep sending out invites in order to play these games. You still count as an invite to your friend playing the game, but you don’t have to be bothered by all of these stupid invites.
Or…You could always just delete your account.