Originally Posted by moonrambler
Interesting about Donkey Kong as a real game, Digital Jack. (Hey! Staying warm?!)
I've never tried playing any FB games so I have no experience with how 'real' they are.
(Hey! Sure am; starting to get a bit warmer out now but come on, enough with the single digit temps!)
And, yup, it is a real game by my book. The term "real game" could actually apply to many games though, even the militaristic ones. To me, anything that takes practice and requires split-second decision making and hand-eye coordination, qualifies as a real game.
But yeah, the popular FB games like MafiaWars, are just micro-management... nothing more. And once you realize what time youve wasted on them... ugh. Anyways, Ive sorta derailed this topic
My major complaint with Facebook is that it has always seemed to me like a time-wasting trap, and one that gets you to reveal your personal information on top of it, much like the way the OP as described. For being touted as a great way to keep in touch, ect.. it really doesnt seem to me that it offers any sort of extra functionality that our current communication mediums don't already offer us, such as phone, texting, email, ect.
To me, things like this, such as Facebook and even text messages, have a way of extracting the human element out of interacting with people. These mediums almost become a more effective way of keeping people at a distance, rather than bringing them together. Through FB and texting, you don't experiences any of the five senses when it comes to relating to someone, the look, smell, feel, sound, and even taste of someone, cannot be conveyed though these mediums.
Besides that, the main thing that bothers me is the fact that 99% of people or more, honestly don't know where their information is going... whose recording, how are they sorting you and based on what criteria, who is your info getting sold to, ect... Seriously, do most people REALLY know for sure? Most people just care that FB is free, or something. But so is hotmail, and many other services. All it would take is some office guy with admin powers and a bad attitude to get access to all kinds of personal info.
Of course, everyone got worried when blogs came about, saying it was dangerous to post your personal exploits online, so how much of a difference is there really? I would just think with the ad infestations, the buggy interface, the failure of the staff to update (wether intentional or not), and games-that-arent-really-games, that there wouldnt be much reason for people to want to be on there...