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“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”

[Soren Johnson’s summary of Social Gaming / Facebook’s presence at SXSW,][link] what it’s doing to the industry, and what it might do to the future of games. Potentially very bad for everyone. My favorite quote is this, which I think sums up my real problem with [those fucks] Zynga:

>So many of the methods for making money are thinly-veiled scams that simply exploit psychological flaws in the human brain.

That, right there, is the problem I have with this stuff. It’s just *gross*.

[link]: http://www.designer-notes.com/?p=195 “DESIGNER NOTES » Blog Archive » “Fear and Loathing in Farmville”

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Jesse Schell’s Presentation at DICE 2010

[Oh, the points you will earn in the future][link]. I think saying the growth of Mafia Wars was driven by authenticity is a very silly, if not outright insulting. Authenticity is not something you can acquire.

[link]: http://kotaku.com/5479125/points-for-toothbrushing-the-gaming-speech-everyone-is-talking-about?skyline=true&s=i “Points For Toothbrushing: The Gaming Speech Everyone Is Talking About – Dice 2010 – Kotaku”