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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GeoGuessr is Quite Literally Location-Based Gaming

14. May 2013

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GeoGuessr is Quite Literally Location-Based Gaming

Tweet Where in the world has this game been all my life? If I knew the answer to that, I’d be able to click on its location, and win all the points. GeoGuessr, an extraordinarily clever browser game by Anton Wallén, is a location-based game about determining a location for points. The game drops you somewhere on [...]

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2 Million Folks are Very Digisocial

21. March 2013

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2 Million Folks are Very Digisocial

Tweet We’re not surprised that TriplePoint client Digisocial is sharing some news and an update with us; sharing is pretty much their raison d’être. We’re slightly surprised the news didn’t have a voice clip attached, but we can’t have everything, we suppose. The news is that the Digisocial app has now been downloaded over 2 million [...]

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User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

20. February 2013

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User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

Tweet 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 locations, or localize games, or whichever approach they feel like taking. While there are some notable exceptions, of course, [...]

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Magic: The Gathering Creator is Making Location-Based Game, Map Monsters

30. April 2012

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Magic: The Gathering Creator is Making Location-Based Game, Map Monsters

Tweet Via Kickstarter, we’ve learned that Richard Garfield, the creator of famed allowance-eater Magic: The Gathering is working on “a free-to-play location-based adventure game.” Entitled Map Monsters, the upcoming title attempts to use location gaming as a secondary mechanic, rather than a primary one: players will not be obligated to actually go anywhere to catch the many [...]

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How Not to Play Location-based Games like an Idiot

30. April 2012

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How Not to Play Location-based Games like an Idiot

Tweet Welcome to the wonderful world of location-based games! I see you’ve just downloaded a copy of Traveler’s Quest, or Dokobots, or CodeRunner, or perhaps you’ve got yourself on foursquare for the first time. That’s great! You’re about to discover what geotagging and GPS-enabled mobile devices can add to gaming and social media. Location-based games [...]

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5 Apps to Make You Smile

17. April 2012

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5 Apps to Make You Smile

Tweet These are a few of my favorite digital things… This list is hardly comprehensive, nor is it in any particular order. Enjoy! 1. Timehop - This gets top billing because too few people know about it (and more should – it’s neat). Basically, Timehop answers one question, every day, via email. “What did you do [...]

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What Kind of Location Gamer are You?

9. February 2011

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What Kind of Location Gamer are You?

Tweet With gamification having consumed every aspect of our lives, there is no reason for you not to transform your surroundings into a realm of competition and adventure. There’s a very good chance, in fact, that several games are being played right under your nose – on your commute, at your workplace, in your haunts [...]

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Social Media Yearbook, 2011 Infographic Edition

8. February 2011

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Tweet Infographics: the web’s unique way of defining  our tech-heavy times, destroying our productivity levels, and giving us the giggles. Flowtown has a fun new highschool-themed shakedown of today’s social media giants. Where do you fit into the 2011 yearbook? Do note the omission of any gaming networks (i.e. Apple’s Game Center, OpenFeint or Xbox [...]

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Foursquare Badge Fun, from Super Bowl to Subtle Snark

6. February 2011

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Foursquare Badge Fun, from Super Bowl to Subtle Snark

Tweet 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 [...]

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EpicMix Earns You Achievements for Skiing & Earn Free Microsoft Points with Bing – Friday Web

24. September 2010

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EpicMix Earns You Achievements for Skiing & Earn Free Microsoft Points with Bing – Friday Web

Tweet For those who just can’t wait to check-in to their next venue, or to win some sweet free Microsoft Points, we’ve got some great news for you. Today, we have EpicMix, which will allow you skiing or snowboarding types to earn achievements and level-up just by doing so, and the rewards program for Bing [...]

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5 Reasons Facebook Places Matters for Social Games

30. August 2010

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5 Reasons Facebook Places Matters for Social Games

Tweet I’ve never “played” Foursquare, but I have used it. To me, most location based check-in apps (like Foursquare & Gowalla) are more of a novelty than anything. You don’t have to look too hard to find a debate on whether or not this type of geocaching should be considered a “game” in the standard [...]

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iPads Shipping Within 24 Hours & 3 Million Foursquarers – Just Checkin’ In

29. August 2010

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Tweet Whether it’s the world of iPads or the world of check-in services like Foursquare, there is seemingly an endless pool of news. Today, we have the news about Apple catching up to iPad demand by beginning to ship iPads within 24 hours and the news that Foursquare has hit 3 million users. iPads Shipping [...]

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