The latest changes to our fav online game, BlogShares, down today with a database crash, thus far have proved quite dreary. Last year after several months our corporation, The Untouchables, once the underdog scorned by the smug in-crowd, reached and held the top position in corporate holdings consistently. Interestingly, before the current changes, certain players in other corps had accumulated sufficient knitting blogs to form a cartel. Prior knowledge? probably – with admin and various game ‘councils’ also being players with old time close playing buddies, the game inevitably fits Mussolini’s classic corporate fascism definition. Once the new maths commenced and the limit on links counted on blogs was removed, the game immediately favoured old time players who had already interlinked with their buddies – so their personal otherwise mainly worthless blogs hit the Top 100 quickly along with an oozing stream of ghastly repetitive knitting blogs. Since, link farms set up by avid B$ players have proliferated – we counted 7 interlinked blogs owned by one linkfarm enthusiast desperado.
Our corp is a new one, with little interlinking between its players on their blogs, yet our fighting team spirit and coordination has kept us up still in the top four regardless.
Linkfarming for game gain is very unappealing – aside from encouraging artificial link schemes per se, links looped amongst already privileged players have the net effect of feeding the wealth of the game back to those same self-congratulatory buffoons. The overall impact is to reduce players to clicking robots, reindexing blogs manually to shore up pathetic monopolies or to attack other players whilst seeking out unowned sources of treasure which die as quickly as they rise.
After the initial boom led by the old time player and knitting linkfarm circle jerk, came the crunch and current downturn. Blog behaviour has also been affected by the changes … a declining blog becomes a sick elephant, virtually impossible to elevate without a massive indexing of supporting links and a flurry of hypes. A rising blog rises slowly too. One pleasant effect is that there are more valuable blogs to ‘play’ with, though very quickly one tires of cycling endlessly to eke the last remaining shred of worth from a dog knitting stock.
So far, not good … with more changes to come, perhaps the game might improve. Otherwise, there’s always the funny Hobowars or more financially profitable Wall Street Survivor in which to spend one’s idle moments.