About a year ago, I was hooked on Facebook’s SongPop game. But lately, I’ve experienced a SongPop slowdown…
You know how it is. You’re on Facebook and a new game comes out. Pretty soon, your friends are bugging you to play. I got hooked on a few Facebook games, but the one that really captured my attention was SongPop. I am a certified music nerd and I’m pretty good at guessing the names of songs and the people who sing them. When SongPop first came out, I was really into it. Some of my friends quit playing with me because I would often beat them pretty soundly. On the other hand, a few of my friends are every bit as music nerdy as I am and our matches would get pretty heated.
But, as with almost everything on Facebook, the fad seems to have faded somewhat. There was a time when I’d have a whole lot of people wanting to play SongPop with me to the point at which it was annoying. I could open the game and be assured that I’d have several games waiting. I’d even have a few folks who would bug me to play. One player in particular was even worried about how I would keep up with our SongPop challenges while I was visiting Europe last year. Now? I’m lucky if I play a couple of times a week. People seem to have lost interest, the same way they lost interest in Mafia Wars and Farmville.
The game is pretty easy to play. You pick a category and then listen to ten second snippets of songs. You either guess the title or the artist. Some of the categories can be pretty obscure. I, for one, enjoy playing the Eurovision category, much to the annoyance of some of the people who play with me. It’s not that I know a lot of Eurovision songs. I just like trying to figure them out. I feel the same way about the National Anthems category, on which I seldom do particularly well. On the other hand, I get annoyed when people send me hairband or rap challenges. I suck at those categories.
Sadly, I don’t do that well on categories featuring 90s era music or today’s hits. I ought to listen to newer music more often if only so I can be a better SongPop player. But if you challenge me in 70s or 80s hits, prepare for a fierce battle. I also rock on the classic rock songs. Not long ago, it didn’t take me too long to save up “coins” so I could buy new song lists. But right now, things have kind of stagnated.
I guess I’m not too sad that SongPop isn’t as blazing hot popular as it was a year ago. I mean, there are certainly more productive ways I could be spending my time. But SongPop definitely has its place, especially when you blog about music. Sometimes when I play SongPop, I’m reminded of songs I had long forgotten about. Then I end up downloading them. Of course, that is ultimately the whole point of Facebook games… the developers hope you’ll spend some money.
Well, I just checked Facebook and no one has issued me a challenge. Maybe I should get on the stick and invite someone to play.
Have a good weekend, everybody!