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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Contra Evolution Will Kill You Over a Tablet

16. July 2013

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Contra Evolution Will Kill You Over a Tablet

Tweet So, Contra: Evolution finally released a couple of weeks ago, and it’s every bit as punishingly violent as you remember. With or without The Code, if you’ve been playing since it came out, you’ve probably been killed several dozen times by now. Well, now CocoaChina (a TriplePoint client) is giving you a reason to keep [...]

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Former Actress Fish Steals Sandwiches from Charity

24. April 2013

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Former Actress Fish Steals Sandwiches from Charity

Tweet Look, I don’t know how you do things beneath the surface, but here on land, we do not engage in sandwich-based love affairs, and we certainly don’t have them at the center of our celebrity rehab scandals and philanthropy gone wrong. If this is how sandwiches work underwater, then I am turning in my [...]

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Crab Loves Sandwiches Despite Intense Sogginess

23. April 2013

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Crab Loves Sandwiches Despite Intense Sogginess

Tweet Yesterday, we knew only that TriplePoint client PlayFirst was teasing their new game by hurling sandwiches into the sea. Seems like there’s easier ways to feed the marine life, but I am not a biologist; presumably someone at PlayFirst has conducted a recent study on the effects of hoagies on endemic species of the [...]

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Get Into the Closed Beta for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

22. April 2013

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Get Into the Closed Beta for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Tweet So, a little while ago, we told you PopCap was working on a couple of new ways for you to thwart the undead through clever horticulture. The more social selection in those upcoming titles, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, is coming to Facebook some time in the near future, and if you’re anything like me, you’d [...]

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PlayFirst Throws a Box of Sandwiches in the Water

22. April 2013

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PlayFirst Throws a Box of Sandwiches in the Water

Tweet So, there’s a new game coming out — I think. I’d love to tell you more about it, and whether it’s actually a game and not just some sort of environmental hazard, but TriplePoint client PlayFirst is being very coy about the entire ordeal. This morning, they announced that they were “building interest for [...]

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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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A Fever with Runs is a Good Thing

25. July 2012

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A Fever with Runs is a Good Thing

Tweet Did you know that 9Fruits can give you the runs? It has nothing to do with how sensitive your stomach is. 9Fruits, a TriplePoint client, has given the world Running Fever, a new social sprinting game available today on Facebook. In celebration of the Olympic Games, players of Running Fever can compete in action-type gameplay to [...]

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Poke Around the Pokki Winners

6. March 2012

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Poke Around the Pokki Winners

Tweet SweetLabs, a TriplePoint client and official arch-enemy of all your free time, have unleashed the winners of the Pokki 1UP Game Developer Contest, and would like you to play them for the next several thousand hours. SweetLabs, you see, are creators of Pokki, a handy little system that lets developers build their games and applications [...]

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Atari Wants You to Bounce Some Ideas Off of Them

29. February 2012

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Atari Wants You to Bounce Some Ideas Off of Them

Tweet Do you remember when Pong came out? If you do, can you use your senior’s discount to buy me movie tickets? Okay, maybe you’re not quite that old yet, but seeing as Pong is celebrating its 40th anniversary, you’re definitely getting up there. Atari, a TriplePoint client who is also pushing 40, is celebrating the classic [...]

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Dragonian Era Rising on March 9th

28. February 2012

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Dragonian Era Rising on March 9th

Tweet In another stunningly accurate prediction of historical events, TriplePoint client Mgame USA has pinpointed the exact date when this era will end, and the next era will begin. According to these anthropologists, we can expect the Rise of Dragonian Era on March 9th, 2012. That is the date when the information age will draw to [...]

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Piracy Runs Rampant in Conquer Online

12. January 2012

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Piracy Runs Rampant in Conquer Online

Tweet When you get as popular and successful as Conquer Online has, you’re bound to start attracting pirates. Things are so bad for the iPad MMO from TriplePoint client NetDragon, that the pirates are actually showing up inside the game itself, utterly dominating the new expansion that launched today. Players can even make characters in an [...]

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Throw Fireballs, Receive Money

9. January 2012

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Throw Fireballs, Receive Money

Tweet It’s ROUND ONE! of the Street Fighter IV HD 2012 Global Championships Tournament Qualifier this weekend, January 14th, and that means it’s your chance to FIGHT! for a proper pile of cash being offered by the tourney’s sponsors, LG Electronics, Capcom, and onGamenet. Specifically, if you can throw the fastest punches, execute the hardest throws, [...]

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