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.


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