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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Facebook’s Places Video Intro & Hot Potato Acquisition: Social Saturday

21. August 2010

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Facebook’s Places Video Intro & Hot Potato Acquisition: Social Saturday

Tweet Social media has been much abuzz this week concerning product launches and acquisitions, and I’m mainly just talking about Facebook. Today, we have the Facebook Places video introduction and the news about Facebook acquiring the developers behind the Hot Potato iPhone app. Details are below. Facebook Places Introduction Video Earlier this week, we told [...]

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Places, People, Places! Facebook Places Launches for Mobile

19. August 2010

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Places, People, Places! Facebook Places Launches for Mobile

Tweet Facebook Places has now officially launched on the Mobile Touch site and on the official iPhone Facebook app. We have all the details following Facebook’s big announcement yesterday including all the details concerning how it works and the partners involved. One thing made very clear at yesterday’s announcement is that Facebook Places has three [...]

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Shopkick Launch & Fake Facebook Dislike – Social Monday

16. August 2010

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Tweet The social world is buzzing with all sorts of news concerning new social networks or rumored advancements to current popular ones. Today, we have the news that Shopkick is officially launching tomorrow in select Best Buy locations and the alert about the Facebook Dislike button that is not real. Shopkick Launching in Select Best [...]

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MyTown Goes International, Google Hinting at Gowalla Acquisition?

10. August 2010

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MyTown Goes International, Google Hinting at Gowalla Acquisition?

Tweet As we check-in with check-in apps this week, we find that there is news concerning two of the biggest apps in the genre – Booyah’s MyTown and Gowalla. First, MyTown has now expanded internationally, while rumors are beginning to circulate concerning Google and a potential Gowalla acquisition. Check-In From Abroad With MyTown Booyah has [...]

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Shopkick & Google Places Changes – Today in Locations

4. August 2010

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Shopkick & Google Places Changes – Today in Locations

Tweet Today, we have some new news on the wide world of location based services on the web. Shopkick is a new location-based “check-in” app with a twist, and Google has added the ability to have business owners respond to reviews on Google Places. Shopkick Gives A Needed ‘Kick’ To Check-Ins This morning, Shopkick Inc. [...]

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Five Things We Want to See in the Google Games Network

1. August 2010

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Tweet The past few weeks have seen a distinct ramp up in rumors surrounding a new Google social network in the works — with social gaming being a big part of those rumored plans. Even though we have no details on what such a service would look like, we’re pretty excited about the potential of [...]

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Thursday Throwdown: foursquare, Gowalla or MyTown? You Decide!

29. July 2010

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Thursday Throwdown: foursquare, Gowalla or MyTown? You Decide!

Tweet Welcome to another edition of the Thursday Throwdown! This week, we take a break from Facebook games to offer a Throwdown of epic check-in proportions. We’ll be taking a look at the three most popular mobile check-in services – foursquare, Gowalla, and Booyah’s MyTown. To start the comparison most simply, there are two main [...]

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Social Tuesday: New Twitter Media Feature & CardStar Adds Foursquare Support

27. July 2010

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Social Tuesday: New Twitter Media Feature & CardStar Adds Foursquare Support

Tweet In the social world today there are always plenty of news stories about the services people use to connect with each other, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Flickr or any other platform of limitless possibilities. Today, we have Twitter testing a new functionality of the timeline including in-line pictures and videos and CardStar adding [...]

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Checking-In With Check-Ins: Gowalla Still in Race, Foursquare Planning Choose Your Own Adventure?

13. July 2010

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Checking-In With Check-Ins: Gowalla Still in Race, Foursquare Planning Choose Your Own Adventure?

Tweet A lot of news has popped up recently about the race for the top concerning location based apps. Here are a few stories that are lighting up the web this week concerning this hot topic. Gowalla Determined to Make Head-way on Foursquare Many have already determined that the race is over, Foursquare is the [...]

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Gowalla Partners Up With Threadless and LIVESTRONG

9. July 2010

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Gowalla Partners Up With Threadless and LIVESTRONG

Tweet Gowalla is looking to beef up their check-in rates with some new deals with Threadless and LIVESTRONG, Mashable is reporting. LIVESTRONG will be centered around the Tour de France while the Threadless partnership will be following them through their trek across the country. LIVESTRONG, with Gowalla, is looking to inspire people with 40 characters [...]

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TagDis Supplements Graffiti For Check-Ins

7. July 2010

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TagDis Supplements Graffiti For Check-Ins

Tweet TagDis came out a bit earlier this summer and looks to change the way people ‘check-in’ to venues they visit. While on Foursquare and Gowalla you can simply tap to check-in to somewhere, with TapDis you have to use graffiti and tag the locations you visit using an augmented reality browser. Now, you can’t [...]

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Earn Facebook Credits By Using MyTown

4. July 2010

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Earn Facebook Credits By Using MyTown

Tweet If you want to have a pretty easy way of earning some Facebook credits, MyTown appears to be a good, free way to go about doing that. The two companies have announced a partnership where MyTown players can either check into locations and earn credits or complete virtual item sets to get the free [...]

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