Foursquare Badge Fun, from Super Bowl to Subtle Snark

Sun, Feb 6, 2011

Android, iPhone, Location-Based, MMOG, Mobile, Social

Beginning at kickoff today (6:30pm ET on FOX), Foursquare will open up a special edition check-in point globally to all users – look for the promoted trending venue, “Super Bowl Sunday”. If you missed out on the “PA Groundhog Day” badge earlier this week (when Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring), now’s your shot at social app award redemption!

The Super Bowl check-ins won’t just help declare your team loyalty, they’ll also earn you badges for shouting key words (“Go Packers” or “Go Steelers”) during the game. For fans actually in North Texas today, checking into the stadium will earn you a Super Bowl XLV badge. In what company representatives are calling an “experimental promotion”, unlocking any of the 3 special badges will earn users a coupon code for 20% off select merchandise at

Since you can already find all the details on Foursquare’s blog, along with tons of chatter about what it means (for promoted venues and paid advertisers) elsewhere, I thought this might be a good time to look back at some existing Foursquare badges instead.

Unlike standard gameplay achievements (for high scores, fastest lap times, shooting accuracy or enemies killed), with Foursquare badges, it seems sometimes that our location-based big brother is trying to tell me something, in not-so-vague terms… Social snark, what? For your entertainment, here are some of the more passive-aggressive achievements I’ve had the (guilty) pleasure of unlocking to-date:

4+ stops in one night… Whoops? This immediately preceded the next badge listed, naturally.

4+ nights out in a row… What can I say? It was Christmas vacation – cut me some slack!

10+ check-ins in 12 hours… My first taste of Foursquare’s more bittersweet badge collection.

In related news, I once stopped playing Angry Birds for several weeks, promptly upon earning this 15 hour “True Fan” award :/ Hey, at least I haven’t passed the “Addict” mark yet.

Don’t get me wrong – I can take a joke. I don’t take developer humor as some kind of disdain for my lifestyle; rather as a reflection of my real social life, which let’s be honest, warrants friendly banter… on occasion. Have you earned any belittling badges or passive aggressive achievements lately? Do (over)share!

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