With summer vacation upon us my teenage sons want to get summer jobs. Kudos to them. I certainly could use a tourniquet to reduce the hemorrhage of our anemic family finances.
But if my children plan to jump into the wide world of paychecks I’d rather they do something they love to earn money, which is why I suggested they use their idle summer hours to invent new online social games.
Online social games have suddenly boomed bigger than any type of previous entertainment, even if you include reality TV and last year’s obsession with sexy teen vampires on the big screen. Our unexpected appetites for games like Farmville, Mafia Wars, World of Warcraft, and Words With Friends have revealed that we all secretly want to interact with others (something TV and movies won’t let us do), but we don’t want to have to get out of our La-Z-Boy recliners to do it.
But can the gaming industry keep up with our demand for creative, yet low impact, fun? Given the public is about as fickle as an iPhone in the middle of the Mohave Desert I just know gaming companies have to continually come up with new concepts or risk being left at the altar.
That’s where my boys and I come in. I have dazzling gaming ideas, if Read the rest of this entry »