Blame Facebook

Returning to blogging is like returning to anything else – the longer you’ve been away, the harder it is to get back into it. One of the reasons my blog output has been so paltry is that I’ve been spending way too much time:

  • Working.
  • Playing GTA 3.
  • On Facebook.

None of which are particularly good excuses not to blog of course ;-)

Facebook is a lot of fun, and a bit overwhelming (it seems to be populated primarily by my ex-girlfriends – yikes). It’s also an unbelievable privacy risk – who I am, who I know, how I know them… it’s all there. The reason I joined FB is to check out their slick new API, but since these third party applications all have their own privacy policies, and I can’t seem to find said privacy policies, I’ve been avoiding them (even the indispensable ones).

Regarding Grand Theft Auto (the game), am I a bad person for playing it? Probably. It’s a great game, though – I wish all games had that level of polish. I’ve actually become more conservative when it comes to real crime because of this game. Liberty City is a terrifying place to live, and highlights how good New Yorkers have it these days. Another interesting thing I’ve noticed is when you can steal a car, any car, no matter how nice, at will, you don’t really value it or take care of it. Everything (and everyone) in the game is completely disposable, and you have no attachments whatsoever (particularly in GTA 3). This is in stark contrast to games like World of Warcraft, where the best gear takes hours, or even days, of intense play to acquire. So there’s actually some interesting philosophical and psychological observations you can make playing this series of games. That’s my excuse, anyway…

–YY

p.s. I’ll try to blog a bit more often. I know there’s nothing more boring than a blogger who writes about his own blog, so I’ll leave it at that :-)

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One Comment on “Blame Facebook”

  1. Omar says:

    Link to an NPR story on how games like World of Warcraft increase business skills.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11823637&ft=1&f=1006


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