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This article—I may as well be candid—is being written in between bursts of playing a videogame on my smartphone: Candy Crush Saga. I’m stuck on level 165.

You may well know the game I’m talking about: your children almost certainly play it; perhaps you even play it yourself. I know at least one household-name writer who is completely addicted to this game, which attracts millions of players every day.

For the benefit of the uninitiated, Candy Crush Saga will remind you, visually, of Tetris—the game in which the player manipulates falling blocks to stack them into rows. In Candy Crush…

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