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Stardew Valley brings in a full harvest

There is no point in kicking sticks around over Stardew Valley’s similarities to the Harvest Moon series, Natsume’s long-running farmlife simulator. Not to be confused with the also really good Neil Young album, “Harvest Moon”, which Stardew Valley does not riff upon outside of the honkey tonk atmosphere in the single’s bar waltz music video. And that is probably a coincidence. Stardew Valley is an homage, a send up, and there is little mistake to make about that. It likes Harvest Moon a lot, and those who like Harvest Moon will probably like it in return. It likes the graces of…

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Maybe the guy who founded Zynga isn’t so bad after all

The other day I questioned what good could come from President Obama inviting the founder of Zynga to the Oval Office for a chat about national security. I think the sentiment was something to the effect of: what the eff?  Well, it turns out Mark Pincus of Zynga made a bold and populist contribution at the meeting. CNN reports that he asked the President that Edward Snowden should be pardoned. Snowden, of course, is the NSA employee who leaked information that the government was involved in massive snooping. Naturally, the President shot him down, presumably because he makes social games.…

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President Obama, don’t listen to anything the guy from Zynga has to say!

  The President is holding a powwow with fifteen leading figures in the tech industry, and somehow the head of Zynga got on the list. This sounds terrible because it is. The purpose for the roundtable is for the White House to get opinions on how to correct HealthCare.gov and deal with the NSA. So, it’s smart to ask the advice of people like Tim Cook of Apple and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook.  But the CPO of a company that carved out the manipulative social game market and hooked millions of listless clickers on raising virtual ears of corn? Unless…