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Thursday, August 16, 2021

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Kongregate, with its user-contributed videogame showcase meets social media content delivery meets affinity community dynamic, is framing itself as the YouTube of gaming.

What I like about it — which might or might not be a limitation as the site scales up — is that the game contributions are limited in complexity. Because Flash is the only format allowed, the games tend to be rather fundamental. Which is right up my alley, actually.

I’m sure there’s an old-school vibe underlying Kongregate. Heck, it’s implicit in the name: Kong-regate. As in Donkey Kong, perhaps? Which is also the root for new movie release The King of Kong.

Further evidence of classic gaming inspiration: Popular entries like The Fancy Pants Adventures (a Sonic the Hedgehog clone, albeit stylin’) and Asteroids Revenge. Yes, a definite time-sucker here.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/16/2007 11:47 PM
Category: Business, Internet, Videogames
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Being that ancient Egypt was an overly death-obsessed culture, I imagine that burial ceremonies must have been primo social-climbing networking events.

A few thousand years later, New York City’s socialite funeral circuit seems to inspire the same impulse:

Somebody is trying to cash in on Brooke Astor’s funeral.

With an A-list crowd of New York bluebloods, politicians and celebrities expected to attend the beloved socialite’s farewell tomorrow, an ad selling two tickets in the “16th pew from the front” for $500 appeared on the Craigslist Web site yesterday.

The Astor family quickly refuted that tickets even exist for the service at St. Thomas Church, and the Craigslist ad is now nowhere to be found on the site. No guarantee that some fool and his money weren’t separated before the jig was up.

I can only hope that a seat to witness my passage beyond this mortal coil will sell for more than face value.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/16/2007 10:40 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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