{kaleido, a study in curiosities} Eugene, OR via San Francisco, CA
kevinnuut:

My Cityville Challenge.
This is what it’s like playing Zynga’s Cityville when you refuse to add any friends.  Every 30 seconds is a pop up with a variance of the following, “Hey, why not add friends?” “Hey, you could really use some help on your failing economy.” “Maybe if you had some friends, your wife wouldn’t have left you, just saying. Play Cityville today!”
It’s a shame, because I find the game itself rather polished.  I would easily pay $15 for this, without all the unnecessary road blocks and time sinks.  Isn’t it enough to just pay up front for a cute, social version of SimCity?

I have the exact same issue with Facebook applications. They sound super cool, but then I can’t advance because I don’t want to bug my friends to add the application or friend strangers just to have neighbors. I complained about this to Keane, who is one of the community managers on a Slide game, and he pointed out that it’s social gaming. You’re supposed to play with friends. PSHH.

kevinnuut:

My Cityville Challenge.

This is what it’s like playing Zynga’s Cityville when you refuse to add any friends.  Every 30 seconds is a pop up with a variance of the following, “Hey, why not add friends?” “Hey, you could really use some help on your failing economy.” “Maybe if you had some friends, your wife wouldn’t have left you, just saying. Play Cityville today!”

It’s a shame, because I find the game itself rather polished.  I would easily pay $15 for this, without all the unnecessary road blocks and time sinks.  Isn’t it enough to just pay up front for a cute, social version of SimCity?

I have the exact same issue with Facebook applications. They sound super cool, but then I can’t advance because I don’t want to bug my friends to add the application or friend strangers just to have neighbors. I complained about this to Keane, who is one of the community managers on a Slide game, and he pointed out that it’s social gaming. You’re supposed to play with friends. PSHH.

creativeinspiration:

Nintendo DSi
“The challenge: Nintendo asked us to come up with an indoor promotion  for Nintendo DSi Brain Teasers. The problem: in shopping malls prior to  Christmas. And as we all know, they are a madhouse of noise and  confusion at this time. So, how do we get anyone’s attention in there?
The idea: In every shopping mall there is a place where we can have  people for our very own. A place that over 40% of shoppers visit at  least once during their shop. A place that is just perfect for our  promotion: the customer toilet. We transformed this place into one big  brain teaser. And turned it into an experience space. Leaflets with a  10% discount offer on all Nintendo Brain Teasers encouraged shoppers to  go straight to the retailer in the shopping mall.”
Agency: Ogilvy&Mather, Frankfurt, Germany Art Director: Daniel Schweinzer Copywriter: Marcus Pfeiffer

I hope it’s in the stalls too! That’d keep me entertained while I’m on the seat.

creativeinspiration:

Nintendo DSi

“The challenge: Nintendo asked us to come up with an indoor promotion for Nintendo DSi Brain Teasers. The problem: in shopping malls prior to Christmas. And as we all know, they are a madhouse of noise and confusion at this time. So, how do we get anyone’s attention in there?

The idea: In every shopping mall there is a place where we can have people for our very own. A place that over 40% of shoppers visit at least once during their shop. A place that is just perfect for our promotion: the customer toilet. We transformed this place into one big brain teaser. And turned it into an experience space. Leaflets with a 10% discount offer on all Nintendo Brain Teasers encouraged shoppers to go straight to the retailer in the shopping mall.”

Agency: Ogilvy&Mather, Frankfurt, Germany
Art Director: Daniel Schweinzer
Copywriter: Marcus Pfeiffer

I hope it’s in the stalls too! That’d keep me entertained while I’m on the seat.

Charmaine Ng, writer and social media strategist. Available for work in June. Find me on Twitter (noodlemaine) and on my other Tumblr (nowgoforth).