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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We Rule Brings FarmVille Goodness to the iPad, iPhone

4. June 2010

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We Rule Brings FarmVille Goodness to the iPad, iPhone

Tweet MediaBistro likes to compare We Rule to Twitter in that it is sticky and addictive, but occasionally unreliable. They also compared it to Facebook by stating that the rules often change without warning which is much like Facebook and its recent and ongoing privacy debacle. The good news is that We Rule is likely [...]

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LG Ally’s Socialite Android App Combines Twitter and Facebook

31. May 2010

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LG Ally’s Socialite Android App Combines Twitter and Facebook

Tweet Earlier this month, LG launched the Ally phone with Android 2.1. The phone sports a fast processor, a custom UI and an app called “Socialite” designed for the avid Facebook and Twitter fan. Droid-Life found the most interesting part of the app: You can install it on any Android phone that runs 2.1 or [...]

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OneRiot Offers a Deeper Look at Trending Topics

10. May 2010

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OneRiot Offers a Deeper Look at Trending Topics

Tweet Anyone who’s used Twitter will be familiar with the concept of Trending Topics – those hash-tags and phrases that appear on the right side of the screen, letting you know that, for one reason or another, they’re what’s popular in the world of Twitter at any one point in time. OneRiot, a real-time search [...]

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Facebook Traffic Up 69%, Twitter Up 45%

7. May 2010

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Facebook Traffic Up 69%, Twitter Up 45%

Tweet Social networking in general grew 100% last year in a report from media data service Nielsen. Facebook and Twitter are still leading the pack with each gaining enormous amounts of users and internet traffic over the past year. Facebook saw the largest growth with 69% which could largely be attributed to the launching of [...]

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Get Social With Your Kindle on Twitter and Facebook

3. May 2010

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Get Social With Your Kindle on Twitter and Facebook

Tweet Amazon is soon releasing an upgrade for the Kindle and Kindle DX that makes things a bit easier to share with the social web. The new version 2.5 update is being sent to a select few Kindle owners already but a broader release is expected for later this month. For what many such as [...]

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College Students Can’t Make it Without their Media

28. April 2010

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College Students Can’t Make it Without their Media

Tweet While not an official psychiatric disorder, many college students suffer from internet and media addiction. According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland, students that gave up their media connections had withdrawal symptoms similar to those of a drug or alcohol addict. They also experienced craving, anxiety and preoccupation which made it [...]

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7 Ways Console Game Developers Could Be More Social

27. April 2010

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7 Ways Console Game Developers Could Be More Social

Tweet Many developers are moving into the social direction with increasing integration into services such as Xbox Live, PSN, Steam and the like. However, few are interacting with the social networking world that exists outside the console like Facebook and Twitter. Currently, Xbox Live features Twitter and Facebook as parts of their Xbox Live Gold [...]

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Hey, Look! A New Android Twitter Client: Sobees

23. April 2010

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Hey, Look! A New Android Twitter Client: Sobees

Tweet There are already several Twitter apps to choose from on the Android platform, but more continue to roll in every day promising new features  and new, prettier interfaces. Sobees is the latest client that has all of the most recent Twitter API goodness. Sobees offers access to multiple twitter accounts, posting of photos and [...]

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Social Media Continues to Pick Up Steam

17. April 2010

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Social Media Continues to Pick Up Steam

Tweet According to new research released by Nielsen Online, social media is continuing its rapid rise in use and reach. Nielsen surveyed 1,700 online users and found that 73 percent of those respondents engaged in some form of social media at least once at week. Of course, considering that the survey was held online, the [...]

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Twitter Continues To Grow at Astronomical Pace

17. April 2010

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Twitter Continues To Grow at Astronomical Pace

Tweet We all know what an amazing success story Twitter has been from a traffic based perspective. Considering that their growth rate has resembled pretty much a straight vertical line upward, you would think it’d start to slow down–but it doesn’t appear that it is quite the case yet. According to data released by Twitter [...]

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Twitter Donates Tweets to Library Congress

15. April 2010

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Tweet Yesterday on the Twitter blog, Twitter announced that they are looking to preserve all of our tweets in the National Library of Congress. “Since Twitter began, billions of tweets have been created. Today, fifty-five million tweets a day are sent to Twitter and that number is climbing sharply.” the Blog states. “A tiny percentage [...]

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Twitter Getting Territorial with Geo-Tweets

15. April 2010

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Twitter Getting Territorial with Geo-Tweets

Tweet Remember Facebook’s alleged location features that are coming soon? Well, Twitter is moving in that area too following CEO Evan Williams’ announcement at Chirp. Now, Twitter is not a stranger to Geo-Location features in that they have had mapping features on twitter.com for a month or so and has given geo-location features to developers [...]

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