Thought of the Day April 25, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Music.
Tags: Facebook, lamebook, never gonna give you up, rick astley
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Top Tips in FarmVille March 26, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Tech / Science.
Tags: Facebook, farming, farmville, Gaming, hints, tips, zynga
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Okay, we’re honestly going to shut up about FarmVille sometime soon… But not quite yet!
The chaps over at Kotaku sat down with the game’s developers, Zynga, and walked away with some handy hints and tips.
They include using the new comment box to keep in touch with your neighbours, timing the growth of your crops, and managing your plot space.
Sarah Palin vs Family Guy February 18, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Film / TV, Politics.
Tags: disabilities, Down's syndrome, Facebook, family guy, sarah palin, satire
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In the program, Chris – the Griffin family’s son – bringing home a girlfriend with Down’s syndrome. When quizzed by his parents about her family, she states that her mother used to be Alaskan governor.
Palin in turn responded on Facebook, saying the episode “felt like another kick in the gut.” She also provided a statement from her oldest daughter Bristol, who wrote, “Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community?”
However, some accuse Palin of double-standards, after American conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh repeatedly used the word “retard” in a pejorative manner on his show. Palin chided the incident, but later on Fox News Sunday dismissed it as satire.
The animation’s creator said the show was “an equal opportunity offender”, which “used biting satire as the foundation of its humour.”
What do you think, BWT readers? Has Family Guy crossed the line? And if so, where should the line be drawn?
Conquering The World – On Facebook February 4, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Tech / Science.
Tags: civilization, Facebook, Gaming, strategy
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Bad news for you Civilization videogame fans out there.
The Facebook version of the fiendishly addictive empire-building series won’t be making its debut until June at the earliest, when the game will be entering into one of its final stages of development.
The aim of the game is to build and maintain the richest, smartest, or just plain coolest settlement on the planet – whether it’s by diplomacy (e.g. listening to the needs of your people, making peace with fellow civilizations), force (pretty much blowing the shit out of anyone who disagrees) or both. It’s also CRAZILY ADDICTIVE.
Instalments of the franchise have already appeared on PC and consoles, and the Facebook version was first mentioned back in October.
Boo! Hurry up Civilization!
The $5 Glass of Water December 30, 2009Posted by bitchwantstea in Tech / Science.
Tags: Facebook, Gaming, PlayFish, Restaurant City
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The BBC has just announced virtual transactions in gaming could be worth five billion dollars in the next five years.
This should come as no surprise if you’re a Restaurant City addict, like us. It’s three o’clock in the morning, you’re tired, and – goddamnit – you just have to buy those vanilla sticks to complete your perfect virtual dessert… Even if it means parting with some very real cash.
Sounds ridiculous? Microtransactions are serious business, accounting for an unspecified but undoubtedly large chunk of Playfish’s (the creators of Restaurant City) bank balance. Unlike your typical boxed game product, flash games like Restaurant City are free – but if you want to get ahead, it often means opening your wallet. The key is not only giving you incentives to buy – such as in-game items you can only purchase with real money – but also making the transactions small and as unnoticeable as possible. A few dollars here, a few dollars there… Putting down five dollars for a mushroom shaped seat (hey, it looked cute, okay?) might not seem like much, when you add up these small transactions over several months, across millions of players, you end up with a lot of $$$.
Even if we manage to burn everything that comes within a five mile radius of our oven in real life, in Restaurant City, our tuna fish cakes will always be perfect.