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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View Your Neighbors’ Stats, Re-Gift Your Free Gifts – FarmVille Updates!

17. September 2010

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View Your Neighbors’ Stats, Re-Gift Your Free Gifts – FarmVille Updates!

Tweet A few technical additions have been made to FarmVille this week, with Zynga now offering users a way to share their unwanted free gifts, and giving users the chance to more easily check out their own in-game stats, as well as those of their friends. Re-Gift Unwanted Gifts to Friends In the world of [...]

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FarmVille Cheats: Nursery Barn Quick Links

17. September 2010

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FarmVille Cheats: Nursery Barn Quick Links

Tweet If you’re an active FarmVille player, it’s likely that you’re knee deep in Nursery Barn gift requests, as you work to expand your Nursery Barn to hold more baby animals, and work to help your friends do the same to theirs. With each FarmVille player only having access to two of the five items [...]

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Say “Guten Tag” to New FarmVille Germany and Rainbow Mystery Game Items!

15. September 2010

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Say “Guten Tag” to New FarmVille Germany and Rainbow Mystery Game Items!

Tweet It’s that time again – Zynga has updated FarmVille with a new limited edition item theme, and this time, we take a trip to Germany with new animals, buildings and decorative items. In addition to that, the Mystery Game has bee updated yet again to include all-things-rainbow, with one of these items being available [...]

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Expand Your FarmVille Nursery Barn With Help From Friends!

14. September 2010

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Expand Your FarmVille Nursery Barn With Help From Friends!

Tweet The time has come Farmers! In a late update this evening, Zynga has added the ability for users to expand their constructed Nursery Barns, to the point of holding up to 40 baby animals. This process is introduced to you via an in-game pop-up that should appear the next time you log into the [...]

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FarmVille Cheats: Toy Collection Quick Links

14. September 2010

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FarmVille Cheats: Toy Collection Quick Links

Tweet Hey there farmers! We brought you news about the newest Lightning Collection in FarmVille, the Toy Collection, last week, and if you’re one of the many users who have yet to finish the collection due to its rare items or high requirements, we’re here to help you get one step closer to the big [...]

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

13. September 2010

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

Tweet Do you want to win $1,000? Of course you do! And wouldn’t you know it – Zynga wants you to as well! For today, and today only, Zynga is holding the 8 Game Challenge, rewarding $24,000 over today’s 24 hour period. While the promotion officially began at 12:01 AM this morning, you have until [...]

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Latest FarmVille Podcast Announces Bushel Co-Op Jobs, Super Combine

12. September 2010

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Tweet In the latest edition of the FarmVille Podcast (which will now be released once every two weeks, rather than every week), FarmVille Community Manager Lexilicious let us in on the some info about coming attractions to the game. The biggest feature she hinted at was Bushel Co-Op Jobs, that will let users with Crafting [...]

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Wild West Train Set, New Crops – FarmVille Updates!

11. September 2010

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Wild West Train Set, New Crops – FarmVille Updates!

Tweet It’s been another busy week for the FarmVille team at Zynga, as we’ve seen quite a few updates released in the game. The first sees some new crops (aside from the Wild West theme) added to the store. While in another update, the Wild West theme itself was expanded quite a bit to offer [...]

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Toy Collection, Gifting Increase, Wild West Items – FarmVille Updates!

9. September 2010

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Toy Collection, Gifting Increase, Wild West Items – FarmVille Updates!

Tweet It’s been a busy week for FarmVille, as Zynga has updated the game with not only new items in the ongoing Wild West theme, but has also added a new Lightning Collection, in addition to making a technical change that should please users with lots of FarmVille neighbors. Collect Toys for a Special Prize! [...]

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Redeem FarmVille Game Card, Receive Valeducktorian – Win One in Our New Contest!

8. September 2010

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Redeem FarmVille Game Card, Receive Valeducktorian – Win One in Our New Contest!

Tweet For a limited time, Zynga will be offering all users a bit more incentive to purchase a FarmVille Game Card. This new incentive comes in the form of a free item called the Valeducktorian. In case the name doesn’t give it away, the Valeducktorian is a very scholarly dressed duck that can be added [...]

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Earn Double Mastery, Purchase Wild West Items – FarmVille Labor Day Event!

4. September 2010

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Earn Double Mastery, Purchase Wild West Items – FarmVille Labor Day Event!

Tweet While Zynga might not be throwing a grand Labor Day celebration in FarmVille this weekend, they are offering users a few new updates. First, we see a new wave of Wild West items hit the store, and secondly (perhaps most importantly), all users are being given a chance to make some major progress with [...]

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Target Stores First to Sell Facebook Credits Gift Cards

3. September 2010

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Target Stores First to Sell Facebook Credits Gift Cards

Tweet Beginning this Sunday, Target (a TriplePoint client) will be the first retailer to carry Facebook Credits gift cards in stores nationwide. This is great news for social gamers who can’t (or prefer not to) use a credit card to make online purchases, but still want to use premium virtual currency in Facebook games and [...]

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