|Even the anti-social can apparently enjoy SimCity Social on Facebook.|
"Yeah - I can count the number of people that I truly consider to be a friend on one hand," said Cromwell, who just had his 39th birthday yesterday. "I don't really trust many people, so in turn people don't really trust me. That means no one really comes over for beef stew and to watch Donnie Darko."
For Cromwell, being anti-social isn't a bad thing. "I guess you could say I go for quality over quantity when it comes to relationships," he said. I used to be in this poker group where I was the youngest guy there. Then there was a guy with Parkinson's, three guys who had prostate cancer, and all but one of the other guys was a veteran of Korea or Vietnam. Now that... that was a good time once a week."
This week Cromwell discovered that his favorite gaming series, SimCity, had come to Facebook by means of social gaming. "Just the thought of 'social gaming' makes my palms get a little sweaty," admits Cromwell. "I don't really like putting myself out there and annoying people with 3 kagillion gaming requests, you know?"
But that hasn't stopped Cromwell from playing. "I've got my city humming along pretty good!" he declares with a big smile. "I've only got 5 neighbors out of my 100 or so friends, but my city has over 13,000 people in it in just a week!"
Cromwell says the secret to social gaming when you're anti-social is to spend a lot of money on stuff. Real money, not that fake stuff they give you in the game. "I've probably dropped $30 on the game so far," admits Cromwell, "but that's ok. My wife has a good job, I have a good job, and we've got all the back-to-school stuff ready for the kids. We've got a few bucks to spare."
Mildred, Will's wife, says she just likes to see her husband happy. "He's usually trolling websites and getting frustrated by political or religious dogma these days," she told us. "With SimCity Social, his frustration has a pretty good outlet that doesn't have to include MS-DOS."
Cromwell tells us his goal is to have the most populous city on Facebook. "I'm going to prove to the world that it doesn't take a socialite to have a good gaming experience," he said. "You just have to be smart about using the friends you do have, smart about using your resources, and a little bit of time after the kids go to bed while your wife watches the ID channel."
Sounds like pretty good advice to me.