Thursday Appdate: Planet Plop

Thursday Appdate: Planet Plop

My first round of Planet Plop from PiVi lasted all of three seconds. Appearances, I quickly learned, can be deceiving: despite the lighthearted and cartoonish visuals, the upbeat music, and a potentially juvenile name like Planet Plop, I ...

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Wednesdroid: 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

Wednesdroid: 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

Have you ever had one of those days where everything goes wrong? You know, where you're plagued by angry cats, you accidentally destroy a priceless artifact at your job, and then a bunch of mummies ...

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Wednesdroid: Battle Bears Gold

Wednesdroid: Battle Bears Gold

Industry critics and analysts love to throw around the phrase "console quality" when they describe high-end mobile titles, and it's not difficult to see why. Mobile titles, particularly on tablets, have easily gotten up to ...

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Wednesdroid: Monster Blade

Wednesdroid: Monster Blade

Imagine for a moment that Infinity Blade and Monster Hunter had a child. For starters, it would naturally be named Monster Blade, but ideally, it would also inherit the best traits of its parents, it would ...

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Thursday Appdate: Candymeleon

Thursday Appdate: Candymeleon

Recently on Gamasutra, BitMonster's Lee Perry wrote a very insightful blog on an often intangible facet of game design: player feedback, that bit of game "feel" that makes a game not just fun, but injects ...

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Waiting for Superman: The Beauty of Virality

Waiting for Superman: The Beauty of Virality

One day in October 2012, I happened across this YouTube video with a top-down view of PSY’s concert in Seoul. Over 80,000 people were in attendance, with the crowd spanning entire city blocks. Every member ...

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I Play SimCity Social for the Writing

I Play SimCity Social for the Writing

“SimCity Social?” they ask me. “Sure, it’s got the SimCity branding and all, but isn’t it just another click-and-wait Facebook game?” Though I know the look of skepticism it will produce, my reply is, “Oh, I ...

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User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

We at Frisky Mongoose like to play a lot of location-based games; it’s kind of our thing. There have been a lot of them over the years, as designers and developers have tried to gamify ...

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Gaming News Roundup — Friday, Aug. 17

17. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup — Friday, Aug. 17

Tweet Dollar Dash is coming to multiple platforms this October. The revolutionary cloud-based gaming platform OnLive is suffering a massive staff reduction after being bought out by an unknown party. Game Insight offers an engaging interview with the majors of Mystery Manor about the game’s recent controversial update. And TouchArcade reviews the one new mobile [...]

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Gaming News Roundup—Thursday, August 2

2. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup—Thursday, August 2

Tweet Today in the gaming world, we take a look at how Deadlight is faring with the critics. BioWare announces the much-rumored Mass Effect 3 DLC Leviathan to no one’s surprise, EA announces a new Sims 3 expansion, WoW loses a million subscribers and GiantBomb stays frosty with an inside look at Aliens: Colonial Marines. [...]

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Tune into Jet Set Radio on your iPhone

20. July 2012

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Tune into Jet Set Radio on your iPhone

Tweet If you aren’t already excited for the upcoming re-release of Jet Set Radio by TriplePoint client SEGA, then I don’t know if we can be friends. So, assuming you’re already leaping out of your seat with joy, I need you to sit back down, so I can give you another reason to jump up (jump [...]

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Sonic Adventure 2 Warps onto XBLA and PSN, Chaos Control Suspected

17. July 2012

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Sonic Adventure 2 Warps onto XBLA and PSN, Chaos Control Suspected

Tweet Here’s the basic info you came to this article to hear: Sonic Adventure 2, a fan-favorite Dreamcast title from TriplePoint client SEGA, is getting an HD re-release via Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network. It’s coming out later this year with “high-definition graphics, leaderboards, achievement/trophy support, and more.” To celebrate this news, I can think [...]

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Bad Planet Hoping for Good Funding from Good Fans

12. July 2012

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Bad Planet Hoping for Good Funding from Good Fans

Tweet A point of clarification: when the press release’s headline reads “Red Fly Studio and RAW Studios Launch Bad Planet Kickstarter Campaign,” they are not involved in a bad campaign to kickstart the planet. I was confused at first, too; it’s okay. Instead, TriplePoint client Red Fly Studio is running a Kickstarter for a game based on [...]

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Say Good NiGHTS, Sega

5. July 2012

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Say Good NiGHTS, Sega

Tweet Old-school fans of the SEGA Saturn have had a glorious dream for over a decade: to be able to play a game about dreams during this decade. TriplePoint client SEGA is doing its part to let players realize that dream, announcing that NiGHTS into dreams… one of the only games with an ellipsis right in the [...]

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is a Virtua Reality

5. June 2012

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Tweet We warned you! We were all, “Guys, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is totally coming out in June! Don’t act surprised if you get punched in the eye that day.” Well, now it’s happening, so any horrible virtua injuries you sustain are your own fault from this point forward. VF5FS is out now on PSN, and [...]

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Happy Wars is Actually a Pretty Accurate Title

31. May 2012

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Happy Wars is Actually a Pretty Accurate Title

Tweet So… Happy Wars. As near as I can tell, this is a new game where cute, cheerful characters run all over a charming, colorful landscape, and fight to the death using swords, magic, and various constructs of destruction. The title “Happy Wars” feels like a pretty good fit. Well done, TriplePoint client ToyLogic. Your naming [...]

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Van Helsing is Such a Tease

30. May 2012

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Van Helsing is Such a Tease

Tweet You’d think, of all people, that legendary kicker of vampire ass Van Helsing would not mess around, and would just get right down to business. Instead, it turns out the guy is kind of a tease. We have learned this shocking news from TriplePoint client NeocoreGames, who are enabling Mr. Van Helsing’s teasing habits [...]

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Sonic 4 Episode II Rolls and/or Flies Onto Console and/or PC Today and/or Tomorrow

15. May 2012

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Sonic 4 Episode II Rolls and/or Flies Onto Console and/or PC Today and/or Tomorrow

Tweet Okay! So, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II is happening, and there are many adorable furry characters to keep track of across many potential platforms for their exploits. Let’s see if we can list the salient points along with TriplePoint client SEGA: Sonic is back Sonic is still a hedgehog who runs quickly and rolls [...]

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Has Long Name and Short Time Until Release

14. May 2012

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Has Long Name and Short Time Until Release

Tweet Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown! It’s five words and ten syllables of concentrated face-punching goodness, and TriplePoint client SEGA would like you to know that you may have it on June 5th, 2012. That’s when it comes out for PSN, followed by XBLA on the 6th, and it’ll run you $14.99. That’s a deal — [...]

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8 Reasons I Quit Playing Facebook Games

1. May 2012

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Tweet Two years ago, I ranted about the need for more challenge and chance in social games. Since then, the entire gaming industry has drastically changed. If I sound like a broken record on that note, it’s because in a fast-paced, high-tech market, it’s always true (and thus worth reiteration). It seems social media and [...]

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