Wednesday, March 10, 2010
farmville tops the charts
So I have been interested in facebook app games for some time now and when looking for recent news I came across a post in Bruce Sterling's blog for wired, "Beyond the Beyond" where he describes farmville as the biggest game in america.
His post links back to this great article (http://www.reddyeno5.com/afeeld/notebook/cultivated-play-farmville/) that gets at the under belly of games like this. I love the label sociopathic corporation... it really works to characterize the relationship between the players and the played.
I also found this article from LA Times that covers more of the economics of farmville. (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/02/how-social-games-make-money-lessons-from-farmville.html).