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Cartoon Crack

I blame Andy Burns, he’s the one who did this. I am addicted to The Simpsons Tapped Out.

Andy is a great guy, a terrific friend, and the editor-in-chief of the coolest pop culture website around, Biff Bam Pop!. Yes, I’m biased, I’m affiliated with the site, and it’s a shameless plug, but facts are facts, I only work with the best.

Anyway, Andy and I talk quite a bit across the internet. Friends, family, news, pop culture, anything that’s on our minds are the topics of conversation. We don’t always agree but I think we know what we each like. Andy has given me some great music recommendations and I’ve hipped him to some comics I’ve thought were cool.

Then he suggested I should be playing The Simpsons Tapped Out.

The game is one of a kind I dislike quite a bit. Like those annoying Mafia Wars and FarmVille games that I hate so much on The Facebook, it is a social media engine, not unlike a pyramid scheme, that requires the player to induct others into the game to rise in level.

I didn’t want it, but somehow I got sucked in. And I’m loving it. I’m having a lot of fun. The premise that Homer has destroyed Springfield, and now you have to rebuild it piece by piece. Building of course requires money, or donuts. If you don’t have enough donuts you may end up using real cash to buy more. That’s how this iPhone app makes money, you gotta buy the donuts.

You can’t wait until you have enough to build various landmarks and characters from the TV show, and that’s part of the charm. I mean, who doesn’t love “The Simpsons”? Especially after a quarter century on the air, it would be un-American not to love it.

Now I can’t wait to get my Android’s Dungeon built, and I need a Bart… Join the addiction. I’m glenn415, please friend me. Andy, this is all your fault.

“One of us… One of us… One of us…”

Grand Theft Auto in Miniature

As I mentioned before, in the infamous pile o’ games that my friend Ray lent me was one of the Grand Theft Auto games, I think it’s GTA IV. I sucked at it when I tried it the first time. I even let the game sit for a bit until it became daytime in the game world so I could see better. I’m still not any better at the PS3 game but, I discovered something I like a lot more searching the App Store on iTunes – Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Lite.

Now this is the free version of Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars and is designed for the iPhone. Much like The Bride with Portal, I became, and remain, obsessed. I eventually moved up to the full version for $9.99, which I have to say, is totally worth it. I love playing this almost mindless game. All that said, I still have no idea what the hell I’m doing.

After the frustration of trying to work that ever-annoying PS3 controller in the GTA IV game, I was relieved to have so much more control in the touch screen format of the iPhone. As a matter of fact, I got so skilled on the Lite version that’s why I moved up. It was worth the money when I was able to actually do things.

Another reason I like this game is that it sort of has a story. Heck, it might have more of a story if I were to get farther in the game, but at the moment, I am happy where I am – causing chaos, stealing police cars and eating hot dogs. It has an obviously Chinese theme to it whereas GTA IV involved the Russian mob, not that the ethnicity of the characters or the world really matter.

You can just drive around smashing cars, running over people, and my favorite – blowing up hot dog carts, or you can go on missions like retrieving ancient family swords, shooting rival gang members, picking up taxi fares, or even delivering Chinese food. I love it. Hours of mindless and/or purposeful fun, this is the best videogame I’ve played so far for the PS3, um, I mean the iPhone…