Little did I know (back at the end of February 2013) that the simple act of downloading a game to my phone would soon have a profound impact on my life!
As a fan of The Simpsons, since its beginnings on The Tracey Ullman Show, I took an immediate liking and became a daily player of TSTO. As longtime readers of this blog will note, I’m fairly open about certain (specific) issues I have socially. In light of this fact, it was quite out of character for me when I found a certain mega-hit blog and begin to participate daily ~ commenting and sharing information about this most addictive game.
Before the Whacking Day event, I pretty much tried to ignore the social aspects of the game. Up to this point, I had been playing ‘anonymously’.Then I realized to successfully participate in Whacking Day it was (almost) mandatory to become involved socially. The truth is, I almost decided to quit playing the game altogether. However, I was so fascinated by the TSTO phenomenon, I was able overcome my looming social anxiety. I created an EA ‘Origin’ account and started making TSTO friends (and neighbor-reenos) all over the world.
I became part of a global community… a wonderful community that thrives, not only through the game itself, but also a network of fan-sites, forums and blogs.
(For a list of my favorites, please see my TSTO Links page)
Then, when I thought things couldn’t get any better, I was once again surprised! Actually ‘surprised’ is a monumental understatement. Through my involvement with this game and the community it has fostered… I have met an amazing gal and we have begun a relationship. Her name is Emma (‘Em’) Cha.