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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EA Stops Fish from Playing, SimCity Social Closing June 14

15. April 2013

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EA Stops Fish from Playing, SimCity Social Closing June 14

Tweet Looks like I won’t be playing SimCity Social for the writing, or for any other reason, anymore. Yesterday, EA made the sad announcement that it was closing down its Playfish line of Facebook games, including SimCity Social, The Sims Social, Pet Society, and others. Those three are scheduled to go offline on June 14. In an [...]

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Earn Free Playfish Cash in Restaurant City, Hotel City, & More!

29. September 2010

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Earn Free Playfish Cash in Restaurant City, Hotel City, & More!

Tweet While developers like Zynga or CrowdStar have the “free premium currency” systems down to what seems to be a science, either rewarding users as they level up in games, or even offering extra opportunities like Lotto Tickets in Cafe World or the PetVille Genie Gems game, Playfish is the odd man out, with Playfish [...]

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Class is in Session! Celebrate Back to School Week in Pet Society!

27. September 2010

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Class is in Session! Celebrate Back to School Week in Pet Society!

Tweet While it may seem to be coming a bit later in September than we might have expected, Playfish is finally putting Pet Society through a “Back to School” makeover, allowing users to add a bit of academia to their own homes. The theme stars in the game’s Outdoor Shop, where under the Furniture section, [...]

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Celebrate A Second Week of Japanese Items in Pet Society

20. September 2010

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Celebrate A Second Week of Japanese Items in Pet Society

Tweet That’s right – not only did Playfish fill the stores of Pet Society with traditional Japanese items last week, but this week they are doing it again, except with a more “modern” take on the theme, as opposed to traditional. This week’s theme once again starts in the Outdoor Shop, where under the Gardening [...]

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Take A Trip to Japan With New Pet Society Items

14. September 2010

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Take A Trip to Japan With New Pet Society Items

Tweet Yesterday, the weekly release of new items hit the stores of Pet Society, with Playfish offering us “Japan Matsuri” week, a week filled with lovely Japanese goods for both your pet, and your pet’s home. Let’s take a look at the new items. As usual, we start in the game’s Outdoor Shop, where we [...]

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Makeover Your Pet Society Home With New Items

6. September 2010

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Makeover Your Pet Society Home With New Items

Tweet It’s Home Makeover week in Pet Society, which seems like Playfish’s way of saying “There is no real theme, so here’s an assortment of random, yet new, items!” This week’s theme sees items from the 1960′s, the 8-bit era of gaming, and even the modern future being available in the game’s stores, and as [...]

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Let Your Imagination Wander With Pet Society Fairytale Items

30. August 2010

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Let Your Imagination Wander With Pet Society Fairytale Items

Tweet It’s another Monday in the world of Pet Society, and that means that a new item theme has been unleashed in the game’s many stores. This week, we take a trip to the world of princes and monsters – it’s Fairytale Week! The theme starts in the game’s Gardening Shop, where you’ll find all [...]

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Order Fast Food With New Pet Society Items

23. August 2010

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Order Fast Food With New Pet Society Items

Tweet This week’s theme in Pet Society will be one that is a bit familiar to those players that also play Playfish’s Restaurant City, as a similar theme passed through that game a couple of weeks ago. Here in Pet Society, this week’s theme is Fast Food, and sees all sorts of themed objects available [...]

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Win 500 Playfish Cash or Purchase A Walk-In Closet – Pet Society Updates!

17. August 2010

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Win 500 Playfish Cash or Purchase A Walk-In Closet – Pet Society Updates!

Tweet This week, Playfish is offering users a very exciting chance to win a whole slew of Playfish Cash in Pet Society, among other prizes. That being the case, if you win the Playfish Cash prize, and go on a shopping spree for your pet, you’ll need a new place to store all of those [...]

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Purchase Oversized Items in Pet Society’s Newest Theme

16. August 2010

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Purchase Oversized Items in Pet Society’s Newest Theme

Tweet No one can say that Playfish isn’t creative when it comes to new themes, as this week we see a creative new theme containing items that will make your pet feel as though they’ve shrunk! Oversized items are now available in several of the games stores, and come in the form of basic, everyday [...]

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Create Your Own Fantasy With New Pet Society Items

9. August 2010

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Create Your Own Fantasy With New Pet Society Items

Tweet It’s Monday, which means that a new item theme has hit the stores of Pet Society, and this week takes us from celebrating Pet Society’s second birthday to celebrating all things fantasy and magical, including items for your home and for your pet. To start off, there is a new construction item available in [...]

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Take Your Love of Facebook Games into the Real World

6. August 2010

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Take Your Love of Facebook Games into the Real World

Tweet While it’s fun to spend some time everyday playing your favorite Facebook games online, and share that experience with friends virtually, what if you wanted to show your love of one particular game in the real world, for everyone to see, even if they didn’t have a Facebook account? Two companies are allowing gamers [...]

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