I confess. I’ve been hooked on two things: Mob Wars and Supernatural.
Mob Wars: An epic game of Mafia warfare. Start out as a petty thief and work your way up the ranks to build your criminal empire.
I’ve blogged about the first enthusiastically already. I know it’s ridiculous to schedule your life around a Facebook application (it’s not even a spiffy 3d game for ghadsakes!), but you have to try it before you start making fun of me. 😀 In Mob Wars, you get to choose a mobster nickname, start from being a low-level criminal and grow to a top-level Godfather by doing “jobs”, affiliating with other mafiosi, fighting with other mobs, and whacking those in the hitlist for a bounty. But like a true member of the Cosa Nostra, you need a legitimate front, so one also needs to invest in property in business like restaurants while you amass your ill-gotten wealth.
What really made Mob Wars alive is the almost fanatical dedication of its players. The game has its own subculture, one just needs to peek at the discussion boards to see this. The top mobsters obviously rule, and you better be careful not to irritate them or you’ll end up getting hitlisted. And because spamming has become uncontrolled in Facebook, a few enterprising mobsters went ahead and made the Official Mob Wars Forum.
Supernatural is a TV Series about two brothers who travel across the country in a black 1967 Chevy Impala investigating paranormal events and whacking (I love this word) supernatural creatures. Sam and Dean Winchester look yummy enough to eat, but their cuteness does not get in the way of the brooding, otherworldly atmosphere of the series. The show doesn’t have the ice cream tackiness of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and some episodes can be downright scary.
Eric Kripke, the show’s creator, cites Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and American Gods as influences on Supernatural, along with American Werewolf in London and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.
It’s infected by Gaiman. No wonder it’s good. 🙂