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A Terrible Confession To Make.

Yes, it’s true. I have a horrible, dark secret to share.

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I’ve played a Facebook game now.

No, I’ve not (and refuse to) be swept into the multitudes of endless games on Facebook that end with “Ville”, but they had to go off and tap my nostalgia bone by releasing Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?.

Yes, they finally hit upon my nostalgia bone, and so I had to see what these are all about.

Presently, I’ve only played Oregon Trail. The graphics are simple but inoffensive, the game plays the game, all the features of the old game are there, along with newer minigames from more recent versions. People are always split on the whole “Oregon Trail” thing. Some like it, others think it’s merely a game mired in nostalgia, and worth nothing more. I still hold a fond place for it, though I understand it may not be for everyone.

While it’s a competent version, the very reasons why I’ve held off from playing Facebook games plague this version. There’s the numerous option to flood your newsfeed (and resulting friend’s list) with every single move and update you make. Fortunately, you can choose Read the rest of this entry

Pirates and Zombies.

A friend of mine has been playing one of those gaming apps on Facebook. You know the ones: “Dale needs a coconut cookie in order to complete his criminal empire in Mafia Wars.” All I can say is: Thank everything for the option to “Hide” those on the news feed. Of course, it also kills the majority of posts on Facebook. You give, you take….

The point of this observation is that I’ve been watching said friend play a game called Pirates: Rule the Caribbean! on Facebook. I don’t think she’s a traditional gamer in the sense of the word, but what normally causes me to dismiss those apps also grew into fascination in watching her play log. She was seriously power-leveling through the game, similar to how an MMO player would treat World of Warcraft.

I think in a matter of weeks, she shot through a massive amount of levels, culminating in Level 100 last weekend. To “celebrate” the event, I stopped by her cubicle at work (my girlfriend works there as well, so it’s an easy task to do), and presented her a greeting card commemorating this momentous occasion. The surprise, Read the rest of this entry

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