Foreign Reasons

The escape room phenomena has appeared in many countries. It is not difficult to see the precursors to this trend. Escape videos games have been around for more than a generation. And films like the Saw series have a similar premise. Even the James bond book Dr No from the late 1950s has a finale similar to an escape game. But watching the development of the trend does not explain its appeal. Why are escape rooms, and their literary precursors, appealing to us?

 

A few Chinese journalistic articles have tried to answer this question. They claim modern professional are worked hard in today’s society, keep busy on a strict schedule; this is something that they literally want to escape. Being confined to a small room, even handcuffed, normally shouldn’t   seem like something we should find appealing. But we must remember that it is the escape we are looking forward to. Perhaps we already feel a little confined in our own life, and we want to feel we can escape it, at least symbolically.

 

Perhaps this should come as no surprise. The term ‘escapism’ has been applied to many form of entertainment for decades. Escape rooms manage to express this more literally, while also being a creative and intellectual exercise.

 

This is the view of those observing the gamers. But when we participate in the game we experience something different – mostly the dopamine and intense emotion of the situation. Which is not to say we don’t also have the afore mentioned desire to escape our routine lives. Just that we experience a few mild extremes when we do it.

 

Perhaps it’s what the Australian’s called the ‘claytons’ thing. We can go through the experience in an escape room without actually living experience. There is no risk, only the emotions involved.

 

Escape room game Sydney

Our motives may differ, which is good lest we all be the same, but try the escape room Sydney siders have found so attractive. Break out of a mindset or bad habit, if not the puzzle before you.

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A Little On Problem Solving

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Escape rooms are about solving a series of problems. Unlike some other situations the problems in an escape room are interconnected; they are all components that lead to a larger solution – escape from the room. Also, unlike many other situations the problems in an escape room are entertaining. The fair comparison would be a detective mystery.

 

Some ideas for solving Problems:

  • Think laterally. Some solutions are logical, but the logical behind it many only make sense after you see the answer. Look at things from all angles.
  • Think differently, and don’t overthink. The answer is often not a case of being more complex or extreme, just one of a multitude of possible answers that happens to be right.
  • If two items have the same colour, shape, are causally connected, or come from the historical time period or foreign culture, there may well be a link.
  • There are often red herrings, which may not be deliberate. The human mind takes information and sees connections, but the connections may be in the mind of the observer, not the character’s mind or the theme of the escape room. Consider how the character or story of the room might think.
  • Look for patterns. These are rarely coincidence. Again, what is the pattern that the character or theme of the room might follow.
  • In contrast to the previous advice, is there anything out of place? The key to the whole day might be the item that breaks the pattern.
  • Anything obvious in a room is probably an element that need to be solved early on before you can solve other puzzles.
  • The problems have no memory; what worked to find one solution may not work on the next puzzle, it might even prove misleading.
  • At the same time the problems in an escape room are interconnected. If there is a theme to the room (as there invariable is) then the solutions to the puzzles will ultimately fit in with this theme.
  • Communicate and include everybody. Often two individuals will have half of a clue each.

There are two things that make us feel more alive: Strong physical sensations, like amusement parks, physical sport or rich food; and powerful mental activity like strong emotions or the release we get from an intellectual breakthrough. Escape rooms provide a lot of the mental feeling of being alive, and perhaps a little of the physical. Part of being alive is about throwing ourselves into challenges and emotional situations. Escape rooms provide this in a prepared and secure manner.

 

Escape Room Sydney

You don’t have to play every escape room Game Sydney has to offer in order to feel the benefits; you just have to make sure you don’t play the same one twice. They are great for building and releasing tension. Try them socially or as a team building exercise for a company.

IS RECYCLING – Recycling Materials

Some materials can be recycled, while others cannot.

The various materials that can be recycled must be separated. The symbols on the materials cover most recycling queries.

 

Many plastics are marked with a triangle containing a number. The number specifies the recycling category:

 

1 PET

This is Polyethylene Terephthalate, a plastic used for soft drink and some household bottles. It is tough and transparent.

2 HDPE

High density Polyethylene. A plastic that is usually a little thicker that others, and not completely transparent. It may be tinted. Used for Milk bottles, Shampoo and some lotions and cosmetics.

3PVC

Polyvinyl Chloride. Hard, rigid plastic. The hardest version is used for piping, and lasts for many years.  The softer version is used for insulation on wiring and on some food bottles.

4 LDPE

Low density Polyethylene. This soft, waxy plastic is used in squeeze bottles.

5 PP

Polypropylene. This is a semi-hard plastic, used for ice cream containers and other food storage containers, including fast food.

6 PS

Polystyrene is an extremely common material. In the expanded version (EPS) it is used for packing and safety, as well as the insides of bean bags. The non-expanded version is used for some food containers, such as margarine and yogurt. Expanded polystyrene is recyclable, but not included in council kerbside collection. It must be compressed and recycled elsewhere.

The ‘6’ category only refers to the unexpanded polystyrene.

 

7

Material not fitting into the first six categories and not collected by council clean-ups. These include acrylic, nylon and many plastic toys.

 

 EPS Recycling

Though Polystyrene is recyclable the expanded version (EPS) must be processed first with EPS Equipment.

 

CT ADVENTURE – ESCAPE ROOMS SYDNEY

 

Customers pay to be locked in a room. We know there is always more to a statement like that. Escape rooms appeal to the same part of us that like mysteries, puzzles and computer games; it is the same part of us that finds them frustrating. It’s not so much that we like mysteries as the fact we hate leaving them unsolved. Then again, we pay to be put in the escape room before we know what the mystery will be. Maybe we do like mysteries; maybe there is a meta-mystery – what are escapes rooms like.

 

Escape rooms vary a lot in scenario and detail, but they have a similar underlying premise. A small group of people, two to ten individuals, are put in a room that is metaphorically or literally locked. In order to get out they must pieces together clues and solve a series of puzzles. These puzzles and clues all connect to a theme that pervades the room. Themes vary from dungeons with Zombies to Sherlock Holmes mysteries or spy scenarios. Lateral thinking, logic, analytical approaches and many other type of crime solving techniques are required. There is no prize other than the satisfaction of figuring out the mystery in the allotted time available, usually about an hour.

 

Escape Room Game Sydney

CT Adventure is presently running two different escape room adventures in Sydney. Unlike some other escape rooms, where the object is only to unlock the exit door, these rooms are set us as a quest; you either steal a museum treasure or abduct an item guarded by a monster. These quest game rooms are popular for either friendly entertainment or team building exercises for companies. Booking is essential.