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Xeni Jardin interviews Sebastien de Halleux, founder of Playfish Games, a company that produces online games for social networks including Facebook, MySpace, and Bebo. One of their games is currently the top in popularity of all applications on Facebook, with some three million players per day.
Ultra-fans of that game, in which you care for a virtual pet, have developed a "hack" fan-culture which involves cultivating animal poop. If you are really good, you might earn a "rainbow poo" or a "golden poo."
We conducted this interview during the recent Game Developer Conference in San Francisco (http://www.gdconf.com/), and ran on a marathon streaming video webcast (http://ustream.tv/channel/boing-boing-live).
[ Credits and props for BBV Live @GDC09: Production Team -- Jolon Bankey, Derek Bledsoe, Daniela Calderon, Eddie Codel, Xeni Jardin, Allison Kingsley, Matty Kirsch, Alice Taylor, Wesly Varghese. Special thanks to Wayneco Heavy Industries (accommodation and studio facilities), Virgin America Airlines (air travel), Celsius (thermogenic energy beverage), Ustream.tv (streaming video host). Moral support, production assistance, additional talent, and good vibes provided by: Domini Anne, Scott Beale, T.Bias, Jeremy Bornstein, Brandon Boyer, Chris The Van Guy, Peter S. Conrad, Marque Cornblatt, Wayne, Bre, and the entire de Geere family, Marcy DeLuce, Cory Doctorow, Joel Johnson, Kourosh Karimkhany, Jim Louderback and the Revision 3 team, Karen Marcelo, Rocky Mullin, Alicia Pollak, Jackie Mogol, Taylor Peck, David Pescovitz, Micah Schaffer, and Teal. ]