As Pocket God Enters Social Gaming on Facebook, What Will It Reveal about Our Moral Character?

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Screenshot of Pocket God on Facebook
Screenshot courtesy of Mashable

The popular iPhone gaming app Pocket God, which has sold more than two million units, is making its way to Facebook. What character will this take in a social gaming atmosphere, I can only imagine. But I’m sure my newsfeed pipe will feel the constriction of arterial plaque.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, Ben Parr of Mashable gives a good summary:

"The game focuses on giving the user god-like powers over islanders known as Pygmies. Since they obey the user’s every whim, players can be benevolent and give the Pygmies food and fire or be vengeful and summon thunderstorms, hurricanes and T-Rexes."

I’ll admit that I’ve played this game once for a very short time. I’ll be curious to see how the player’s social circle of friends on Facebook join in, rebuke, or challenge that said friend when they see him or her be particularly vindictive or “immoral” within the confines of the game. It could be an interesting avenue for conversation about how the player exercises power. Any thoughts from more experienced social gamers?

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  1. drwh0 reblogged this from beingblog and added:
    Are there any Pocket God players out there? What do you think will happen when this comes to Facebook? Will there be...
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    God on iPhone? Will you play it when it comes...about the larger questions? What do you...
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  4. drwh0 answered: I would need a little more time to generate thoughtful comments about our moral character. But one can hide PocketGod from one’s newsfeed.
  5. yama-bato answered: Sorry,not for me:(
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