Check out this great Q&A with ferociously smart—yet accessible!—video game designer and critic Ian Bogost over at Slashdot. Bogost famously devised the Facebook game Cow Clicker as a distillation of everything that's wrong and terrible and anti-human about social games. He writes clearly about the absence of politics within games as a political statement, his own gaming preferences, and how we might one day be able to move beyond Farmville. Even if you don't have a burning passion for collecting trophies or clicking cows, he delivers the goods on what your friends and coworkers are doing all day.
Bling Cow. Cost: 10,000 Mooney. This is your cow.
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