Episode 141: Social Media Gaming

March 13, 2012

Social Media Gaming Sims Social Angry Birds Farmville Triple Town

Whether we admit to it or not, we’ve all, at some time, let a game attached to a social media website take over our lives.

It might just be for a short time, but once our dopamine receptors get wise to the triggers in problem solving games like Angry Birds and Triple Town, there’s no turning back.

Interestingly, games with absolutely no problem solving prove to be devilishly addictive. Sims Social on Facebook is one such game. Like the proper Sims games, it is an allegory for real life where you strive to complete empty tasks for empty achievements. For some reason we find this gratifying.

Eventually it feels a bit empty and you build a confinement room in your backyard near the well where you dump the bodies and quietly wait for the cops to show up.


Episode 103 – Gaming Gamers of Gamery

February 25, 2011

103

We don’t know much about the hardcore online gaming world so we invited Nathan into Hurdle Hut to school us on the phenomenon. He’s a Starcraft nerd and, according to him, it’s not just a bunch of coloured blobs running into each other (as seen above). I’m not completely convinced.

But he did point us towards Day 9 Daily and the world of videogame competition commentators. Once my mind reassembled itself from BEING BLOWN by the idea this exists, I tried to understand what’s going on in that game. Still, all I get out of it is coloured blobs bashing into each other.


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