My personal jury’s still out on Facebook games (it’s still an incredibly young games platform, after all), but one thing I really don’t like about them is that they’ve been truncated from ‘social network games’ to ‘social games.’ That’s far too evocative a term to be applied to posting high scores and begging people for sheep. ‘Social games’ evokes playing games together, socially. For instance, chaining a bunch of PCs together and pretending they’re the bridge of the Enterprise. This is a social game. This is also the final frontier of space simulation.
The below is the nerdiest thing you’ve ever seen, and also the greatest.
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