Zynga’s Emperor Palpapincus had only just recruited Lord British, turning him into Darth British (yeah, I decided to go with that just to keep things simple), with the promise of teaching him the dark arts of monetization and giving eternal life to half-baked cow-clicking games.
In the words of recently turned gaming jedi:
“Not just Zynga’s, but lots of social games use monetization strategies that, as a hardcore gamer, I find offensive, frankly,” Garriott admits. “I really don’t like games that constantly pester me to pay. I find it radically interferes with my suspension of disbelief. So, I’m devoted in the Ultimate RPG game to finding novel monetization strategies that don’t offend me like some of these do. Yet, it’s still really important to learn those lessons, and there’s no better place to learn them then by having Zynga as a partner.”
Richard Garriott de Cayeux (Darth British), on his partnership with Zynga
How often has a hero fallen in an attempt to learn the tricks of his foe by becoming what he opposes? It certainly seems to come up a lot in juvenile pulp novels, so clearly it is a menace.
Failing to heed the warning of… well… many people… that once you start down the dark path with Zynga, forever shall it haunt your resume, the newly minted Darth British swore fealty to a new master.
And then, as the recruitment of this gaming luminary was nearly complete, Zynga totally took a dump on the living room floor.
Emporer Palpapincus issued a statement declaring, “While the last several months have been challenging for us, Zynga remains well positioned to capitalize on the growth of social gaming.” He was then heard to mutter something about the second FarmVille being “fully operational” and there being “no civility in gaming, only ARPU” as he stalked off.
Which leads us to the next cliff hanger.
What course will Darth British choose? Is he in too deep? Has he signed in blood? Has he committed his Ultimate Collector and Ultimate RPG to the fires of the Zynga sweatshop?
For whom will our hero(?) show a fondness next?