@aparrish @aparrish It feels like another round of MMO fever, with the same companies making the same mistakes they always make when a big MMO captures the Zeitgeist. Yet almost painfully, hilariously worse because these same companies in this case refuse to call most of these "live service games" MMOs so the mistakes are sometimes self-inflicted by not even talking to their existing MMO arms on purpose b/c "not MMO". (Both Anthem and FO76 got accused of this by sib teams.)

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Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.