RT @foursquare: On the launch pad for Tuesday: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego, Vegas… and Amsterdam. (whew!)
tedr says: I used foursquare in NY as it’s quite popular w/ the NYC Internettos. I found it to have a lot of heart and soul in it. Dennis told me they didn’t want it to be a hierarchical competition, they wanted it to be like adult pokemon … “gotta catch’em all”. I think they’ve nailed it so far.
Thx Tedr! (and I don’t think we’ve nailed it yet, but we’re getting closer… we’ve been talking about tweaking scores a bit to make it a more about To-Dos and new experiences.
For one, playing the game is an exercise in futility. You can never win. The game is set up so that the blocks fall increasingly faster, until it catches up with you. The goal, then, is the continued pursuit of besting your previous high score. (This is classic addict behavior — “I want my highs to get higher and higher.”)
… this speaks more to what I hope Foursquare turns into (er, minus the blocks and brainwashing music) - you never really win, but you’re always competing against yourself (and your groups of friends) in terms of what you can see and do in a week’s time.
Okay, back to work…