Posts by joelbrodie

Chrome Web Store is A Game Changer

Chrome Web Store is A Game Changer

Google released details for its upcoming Google Chrome Web Store at GDC Europe in Germany. There are few surprises in what was quietly announced except for one: Google will only take a 5% revenue share from the sales on any games through its store. This bold decision may finally make Google a big player in casual games and could perhaps change the world of casual games, including downloads, forever. The games editorial website 1Up.com videotaped and posted...

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Casual Gaming’s Future Lies in the Cloud

Casual Gaming’s Future Lies in the Cloud

After months of rumors and speculation, OnLive’s gaming service launched recently, and the era of cloud-based games has begun. There has been much debate around how cloud gaming can transform the traditional video game business, turning game players from buyers into renters and making video game consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 obsolete. Much less has been discussed on the impact on casual games. Cloud gaming has the potential to revolutionize the...

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Virtual Villagers Arrives on Facebook

Virtual Villagers Arrives on Facebook

Last Day of Work and 3 Blokes Studios have announced the launch of Virtual Villagers on Facebook. Fans of little villagers of Isola rejoice! The game promises to bring the island world of Isola with its “island events,” explorations and discoveries to Facebook with an added democratic twist. Players will actually be able to join together and vote on important matters (“Archipelago Events”) which will have an impact on the persistent game world for...

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Where Have All the Good Games Gone?

Where Have All the Good Games Gone?

Over the past couple of months, it has become painfully clear to me and many casual game fans that the quality and quantity of downloadable games is dropping. There are less games for download being released each week, and of those that are released, many are just not that good. Suffice it to say that the state of download games is in dire shape. And, unless changes do not happen soon, things will only get worse. Before I talk about what’s going wrong, let...

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Facebook’s New Strategic Approach

Facebook’s New Strategic Approach

Strategy games are hot in 2010, according to Inside Social Games. Citing Appdata numbers (which are the exact same numbers as those recorded by Facebook, unless we’re missing something), the most popular and fastest growing games appear to titles with a tactical bent. From Verdonia (3 million MAUs) to Nanostar Seige, Backyard Monsters and Evony, what can we say: Social network strategy games are hot! As for farming games? In the words of Bruno, ...

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What Happens When Social Games Die

What Happens When Social Games Die

In the past few weeks, Zynga has closed down Ponzi Inc. and now Roller Coaster Kingdom. Kyle Orland has written an interesting article for Games.com pondering the implications of the closure of such games and what shutting them down means for social games as a whole. The first point he makes is that the standards for what makes a profitable game on Facebook have skyrocketed, at least for companies like Zynga. Roller Coaster Kingdom and Ponzi have 1.2 million...

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