Posts Tagged "Facebook"

Gaming’s Past, Present and Future

Gaming’s Past, Present and Future

Video games in their current state are not at all representative of video games as they were in their nascent form. The evolution of video games to where they are now shows unprecedented growth in production values and the quantity of creative people required to build almost any game that has a chance to survive the retail marketplace. Only a percentage of games these days are made in a way similar to the days when the roles of producer, designer and programmer...

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Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 1

Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 1

Battered and bruised by plummeting sales, the video game industry staggers on, steadily losing ground at retail. When will we finally wake up and realize that things have irrevocably changed? From social network games to motion controls, iPhone apps, 3D games and cloud computing, the modern gaming business isn’t just virtually unrecognizable. It’s also being completely reinvented courtesy of new concepts like digital distribution and free-to-play titles with...

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Social Gaming is in Serious Trouble

Social Gaming is in Serious Trouble

Magic Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all? In the world of social gaming, it might be getting easier to tell. New social games lacking a growing virtual goods economy and unable to easily exceed 100,000 daily players (DAU) on Facebook shouldn’t expect to generate much revenue and will likely struggle to recoup their development costs. Despite the rising popularity of social games, only 17 new games released in the first half of 2010 have...

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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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Are Designers Running Out of Ideas?

Are Designers Running Out of Ideas?

Have social network games makers run out of ideas? It’s an intriguing question, especially given the industry’s continued emphasis on Facebook games and social gaming companies like Zynga, Playfish and Playdom, not to mention one we explore more deeply in a CNN article entitled Imitation Breeds Success For FrontierVille. Using FarmVille‘s recent successor’s meteoric rise (20 million users and counting) as an excuse to compare and contrast...

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