Spending good money on nothing, it’s not a new concept.

Dis­clos­ure: I’m involved with an organ­iz­a­tion that has vir­tu­al goods and cur­rency  — and yes, you can exchange real money for vir­tu­al goods in it. The vir­tu­al eco­nomy is heat­ing up. GigaOm reports that Face­book Could Make $250M From Vir­tu­al Goods Next Year; make money from stuff that isn’t tan­gible. Stuff you can’t hold in […]

Confirmed: Millions of hours lost due to Pac Man

It looks like someone tired of play­ing Pac Man and decided to try and cal­cu­late how many hours of lost time could be attrib­uted to that ’80s arcade clas­sic reima­gined by Google: This week­end, we took a hard look at Pac-Man D‑Day and com­pared it with pre­vi­ous Fri­days (before and After Google’s recent redesign) and […]

World’s workforce suffers huge productivity loss due to Google

Earli­er today Google decided to see how much it could influ­ence the eco­nomy and pro­ductiv­ity of first and second world nations by unleash­ing a vir­al online attack against Inter­­net-con­­nec­ted office work­ers world wide. Ostens­ibly pro­moted as a 30 year anniversary of a clas­sic video game, Google is, in real­ity, bring­ing work­place activ­ity to a crawl. In […]

Where’s Waldo?

This week I star­ted using Gowalla — a check-in application/game for mobile devices sim­il­ar to Foursquare, which means noth­ing if you’ve not used FourSquare either…so let me explain. …more This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techb­log. Check out the full post here.

A movie scene inspires a genre of casual games

The movie is Ali­ens — the James Camer­on action flick that spawned all sorts of video-game and cul­tur­al cliches. But it also spawned some inter­est­ing ideas in cas­u­al gam­ing. Con­sider this scene: Ripley and the Mar­ines are bunk­ing down for the night in the ter­ra­form com­plex on LV-426. But first they have to secure the […]