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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Can Games Make a Difference? Zynga Joins Nonprofits

13. August 2012

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Can Games Make a Difference? Zynga Joins Nonprofits

Tweet In April of 2006, a flash-based browser game about the crises in Darfur in western Sudan hit the web. The game went on to be played more than 4 million times by more than 2 million players and generated an awareness of the humanitarian crisis. While the game didn’t actually stop genocide, imprison a [...]

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Trouble in The Ville: EA Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement

3. August 2012

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Trouble in The Ville: EA Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement

Tweet Electronic Arts has sued Zynga for copyright infringement, according to a statement released by the publisher earlier today. In a lengthy complaint made public just hours ago, EA states that in development of Zynga’s upcoming The Ville, the developer “copied and misappropriated the original and distinctive expressive elements” from The Sims Social, which EA [...]

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What Kind of Facebook Gamer Are You?

18. February 2011

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What Kind of Facebook Gamer Are You?

Tweet Facebook! It is everywhere and everything, and it consumes us all. I would bet ten dollars that, as you read this, you’ve got Facebook open right now in another tab or window. It is also home to several thousand games, with more arriving every day, appealing to audiences from every walk of life. So, [...]

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German Festival Items, Garden Mystery Game – FarmVille Updates!

30. September 2010

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German Festival Items, Garden Mystery Game – FarmVille Updates!

Tweet The German theme in FarmVille has taken on a bit of a different focus this week. While we still see the addition of some traditional German animals in the theme, the buildings and decorations are in a new “festival” sub-theme of sorts, that goes along with Oktoberfest. In addition, the Mystery Game has been [...]

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BREAKING: Build A Super Combine in FarmVille – Harvest, Plow, and Plant in One Click!

29. September 2010

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BREAKING: Build A Super Combine in FarmVille – Harvest, Plow, and Plant in One Click!

Tweet In the official FarmVille podcast from the second week of September, we were given a small teaser letting us know that something called a Super Combine would be coming to the game in the future. Very few details were known about the item then, but now the Super Combine has launched to the world, [...]

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FarmVille Podcast Explains Nursery Barn Glitch, Teases Avatar Customization

29. September 2010

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Tweet The latest edition of the FarmVille podcast saw FarmVille Community Manager Lexilicious not only offering users a sneak peek of items that are coming soon to FarmVille, but also to explain a growing concern among users that chose to own more than one Nursery Barn. Recently, there has been numerous “technical” difficulties seen with [...]

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Complete FrontierVille Quests to Earn Items in FarmVille, Cafe World

29. September 2010

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Complete FrontierVille Quests to Earn Items in FarmVille, Cafe World

Tweet In an effort to grow the 30+ million user family that is known as FrontierVille, Zynga is offering users a chance to earn new items in other Zynga games, like Cafe World and FarmVille, for playing FrontierVille. For the Cafe World cross-promotion, we see a quest called “Homestead Cafe Part 1.” This quest asks [...]

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Send More School Supplies for Haiti, New German Decorations – FarmVille Updates!

27. September 2010

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Send More School Supplies for Haiti, New German Decorations – FarmVille Updates!

Tweet Last week, we brought you the news of Zynga’s latest fundraising attempt to help Haiti, this time asking users to send school supplies to one another in the hopes of crossing the 400 million sent mark, triggering a large donation on Zynga’s part of $100,000. That 400 million barrier has come and gone, but [...]

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Join Your Friends in New Crafting Co-Op Jobs in FarmVille

26. September 2010

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Join Your Friends in New Crafting Co-Op Jobs in FarmVille

Tweet We’ve known that Crafting Co-Op Farming Jobs would be coming to FarmVille for some time now, but we didn’t know when the feature would launch in full. Luckily, the wait is over, as Zynga has launched the feature, allowing you to join friends in Co-Op Farming jobs related to the three crafting buildings, growing [...]

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Quacker’s Mystery Game, German Theme Continues – FarmVille Updates!

22. September 2010

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Quacker’s Mystery Game, German Theme Continues – FarmVille Updates!

Tweet The German theme in FarmVille has continued to expand this week with new limited edition items. In addition, the Mystery Game has been updated to the “Quacker’s Mystery Game,” which gives you an opportunity to win some fine feathered friends! Let’s take a look at these new updates in detail. German Theme Adds New [...]

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Germany Items, Sweet Seeds for Haiti Crop & Co-Op Job – FarmVille Updates!

20. September 2010

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Germany Items, Sweet Seeds for Haiti Crop & Co-Op Job – FarmVille Updates!

Tweet As we told you yesterday, FarmVille is one again holding a Sweet Seeds for Haiti event that will see users collecting School Supplies in order to fill their virtual Backpacks and receive free prizes. In addition to this, another Sweet Seeds for Haiti crop is once again available to grow in the marketplace for [...]

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Send School Supplies in FarmVille – Help Build A School in Haiti!

19. September 2010

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Send School Supplies in FarmVille – Help Build A School in Haiti!

Tweet With Zynga’s continued efforts to help the children of Haiti, they have launched their biggest promotion in FarmVille yet – one that will see the game’s community working to send hundreds of millions of virtual school supplies to one another, all in the hopes of reaching Zynga’s goal, triggering a large donation on the [...]

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