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OMGPOP and Booyah Society Are Kindred Spirits

Posted by Appgamr on July 30, 2009

Flirt while you game!

Flirt while you game!

In honor of Booyah, I’d like to discuss OMGPOP, previously known as IMINLIKEWITHYOU.  OMGPOP is a slick online casual game world where you get points for playing games with ostensibly attractive young people.  The idea was the social gaming would provide an environment for hipsters and casual gamers to flirt with each other, leading to (they hope) real-life dating.

It’s big in NYC and is probably the slickest implementation of Adobe Flex I am aware of.

I met Charles Forman, an OMGPOP founder, at TechCrunch’s annual awards show and thought he was smart and likeable.

OMGPOP, though brilliantly designed and executed, and addictive among its core crowd, never caught on.  In my opinion, OMGPOP might be a runaway hit if they hook up for aggressively with social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, where people spend all day playing casual games and would embrace OMGPOP to flirt with other people in low pressure, interactive ways.

Intrigued?  Check out OMGPOP and learn at least what Flex is about.

OMGPOP and Booyah Society are both online games based on point systems.


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Review: Booyah Society, the iPhone/iPod Touch “Life Game”

Posted by Appgamr on July 28, 2009

Earn points for routine tasks.

Earn points for routine tasks.

I wanted to be the first to review Booyah, the iPhone/iPod Touch apps that give you points for the game of life.  You get points for Facebooking and Twittering; completing a five mile run; calling your mom; getting on an airplane, etc.

Booyah creators call it “the first social game based on your real-life achievements.”  It comes with built-in Facebook and Twitter communications, your own customizable 3-D avatar to represent you, interactive calendars, point systems for the various things on your calendar.

Booyah creators have impeccable game credentials: World of Warcraft and Diablo II design bragging rights.  For casual gamers, this means the Booyah folks are beloved for addictive, if warlock- and dungeon-filled, action games.

Pet Society is about getting points for activities with cute imaginary animal avatars: cuddling, feeding, grooming, visiting activities.  In some ways, Booyah is an online game influenced by reality TV.  It assumes people will be interested in people doing everyday things, but some people get more points than other people because of how they play the life game.

I tried testing Booyah just now, but the links to iTunes on were broken for the iPod Touch.  Booyah currently supports iPhone.  Will check back again.

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