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pakoito
16-11-2011, 06:35 PM
http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/11/16/will-wright-says-hivemind-will-make-reality-more-interesting/


“[HiveMind will] learn about you and your routines and incorporate that into a form of game play,” Wright said. It seems to be aimed at the Facebook and mobile gaming crowd – although platform details haven’t been released yet.


"We are going to exploit you and monetize every second of your time". (http://insertcredit.com/2011/09/22/who-killed-videogames-a-ghost-story/)

Althea
16-11-2011, 06:45 PM
In other words:

We're making Tetris and we'll charge you for each block the game gives you and each row you destroy.

That's how Will Wright works, right? Has all these great ideas and it ends up being something else.

vinraith
16-11-2011, 06:52 PM
“[HiveMind will] learn about you and your routines and incorporate that into a form of game play,”

There's nothing creepy about that. Nope, nothing at all.

Nalano
16-11-2011, 06:53 PM
If nothing else, maybe it'll convince people to slow their addiction over Facebook.

...aww, who am I kidding? If they had any self-consciousness, they'd have stopped long ago.

pakoito
16-11-2011, 06:58 PM
There's nothing creepy about that. Nope, nothing at all.Even the name is beyond creepy.

Nalano
16-11-2011, 06:59 PM
Even the name is beyond creepy.

All I can think to say is, maybe entering your credit card info is the game.

Kodeen
16-11-2011, 07:04 PM
There's nothing creepy about that. Nope, nothing at all.

I play videogames to get away from me and my routines. Not looking forward to the overtime bonus round.

pakoito
16-11-2011, 07:12 PM
I play videogames to get away from me and my routines. Not looking forward to the overtime bonus round."I see that you're back home now because it's 7.30. Let's do something you like. I have this AMAZING new epic background music for 100 coins or 10 gems. You can play this puzzle minigame for 2.5 hours until your dinner time for 3 days and you'll unlock it OR you can recharge your gems with your credit card: 15 gems for 10$."

Nalano
16-11-2011, 07:49 PM
"We are going to exploit you and monetize every second of your time". (http://insertcredit.com/2011/09/22/who-killed-videogames-a-ghost-story/)

Funny thing about that article is that despite the conclusion and title, he never makes the most obvious comparison.

It's clearly a casino mentality - keep 'em playing a rigged game and the money will flow in - peppered with plenty of cynical observations on player habits (spamming Facebook with "your friend's Farmville needs a sheep!" works just as well as legitimate word-of-mouth) but as a business model, it's a leech: If universally adopted it'll shrink the gaming industry overall. Not every business can be a casino.

The writer keeps calling the Zynga types and their copycats in EA "geniuses," but they're the same sort of economist "geniuses" that run multi-billion dollar financial institutions into the ground and pocket gargantuan golden parachutes. They'll get rich killing the industry. I fail to see how fomenting such a trend, despite considerable precedent outside the gaming world, can be called "genius."

TillEulenspiegel
16-11-2011, 09:16 PM
If nothing else, maybe it'll convince people to slow their addiction over Facebook.

...aww, who am I kidding? If they had any self-consciousness, they'd have stopped long ago.
It's easy to lose track. Use RescueTime to see how you're pissing your life away.

Now I get extra fun happy points for keeping my nose stuck in an IDE or a graphics editor or whatever else is actually productive. It's a good system.

Jockie
16-11-2011, 09:17 PM
It sounds completely fucking evil.

“If we can learn enough about the player, we can create games about their real life,”

Or just quite dull.

TillEulenspiegel
16-11-2011, 09:22 PM
The writer keeps calling the Zynga types and their copycats in EA "geniuses,"
Have we all heard about how Zynga are trying to screw early employees out of their promised stock bonuses?

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3220819
http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3222554

Linked to HN rather than the articles because they're unusually good discussions. My fave:

Never work for unethical people. If they lack ethics in their dealings with customers, they will inevitably lack ethics in their dealings with employees.

pakoito
16-11-2011, 09:30 PM
It's easy to lose track. Use RescueTime to see how you're pissing your life away.

Now I get extra fun happy points for keeping my nose stuck in an IDE or a graphics editor or whatever else is actually productive. It's a good system.It's not facebook, it's ALL INTERNETS (aka my fault) that keeps me from doing anything productive -.-

Smashbox
16-11-2011, 10:12 PM
Dear Will Wright,

Make a game as good as SimCity again, please.