Returning back to the United States two years ago, I was really amazed at how many people spent so much time slouched in the couch potato position not in front of their televisions but in front of their computers. Not blogging, emailing, surfing, or catching up on the latest internationally critical news but playing games.
I saw many glazed faces staring at playing card filled screens as they poked at Solitaire. I have long been a fan of computer games, however I turn on a timer so I do not spend all my days and nights waiting for the 3 of clubs to take me to the next level.
With the addictive nature of online games, especially with the success of the casino/gambling industry making billions of dollars annually from the US alone, even though US citizens are not permitted to gamble online, I was really surprised that the Web 2.0 social networking craze didn’t embrace game playing faster.
Digg, Buzz, Del.icio.us, and other competitive social networking and bookmarking services are all about gaming and gambling. Participants watch numbers rise and fall as people pick their favorites to win or lose, cheering for the big winning numbers. We’re addicted to blog stats, most popular posts, top blogs, top commenter lists, and other winning number combinations including winning posts titled the “top 6”, “top 12”, and “101 Sure Fire Tips”, gaming the game of social networking and blog traffic.
So why not be blatant and embrace games as games?