Ol’ Mark Pincus Had a Farm, long article.
The CEO of the company making FarmVille is a billionaire! (Though it may be the poker division which is the bigger cash cow.)
Gaming, huh? That's one addiction I could never get into. I've tried many times, then I lose interest after half an hour at best. I think the only exception was a couple of weeks the summer when I was 13, I played Space Invaders every day at the beach burger bar.
I think that I'm too much addicted to thinking. When watching a movie or reading, you can still think. But most games, if you slow down to think, you lose. And it's just not interesting to me whether I win or lose in some completely artificial construct. Whereas many people take it very seriously indeed, for many of them they play every game, whether football or Backgammon, like it's life or death, and it clearly feels that way to them often. My dad played chess with a neighbor many moons ago, and when the guy lost, he didn't say anything, but he took his empty beer bottle and threw it across the living room, across the kitchen and into the sink, where it exploded in a million pieces. His wife just continued her knitting, didn't bat an eyebrow. I must say, nice throwing arm though.