I recall hearing that Chefs learn to manipulate a whisk with their wrist because the smaller muscles are less tiring in the long run, even though it's more natural to want to use your shoulder and arm to perform the action. This seems to be analogous to these new input styles.
They took what is inherently a single player game and turned it into social networking garbage.
Funny, what I remember from Sim City 4 was that the one key use of regions was off-loading your trash to a neighbor. Now you have multi-player regions, so social networking your garbage sounds exactly right.
Also, as if often the case with cable, if your neighbors were doing the same thing you wouldn't have such a nice experience. There is drastic difference in quality of cable internet depending on where you live.