Posts Tagged "Facebook"

Social Games Need to Grow Up

Social Games Need to Grow Up

Though opinions on the matter do vary, social games have the same right to exist as any other breed of video game. True, Facebook/social gaming is still a relatively young genre, and therefore playing with them sometimes feels like you’re being forced to interact with your little brother. After all, social games can be jittery, childish, pushy (“Play with me! Play with me!”), and sometimes it seems as if the entire genre doesn’t have an...

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Facebook Games: More Variety Needed

Facebook Games: More Variety Needed

Facebook-based social games come in a surprising variety of flavors. Want a monster-fighting game? You got it. Want a restaurant-management game? You got it. Want a pet-raising game? You got it. Want a farming game? Oh boy, you’d better believe you got it. But Sean Ryan, Facebook’s director of games partnerships, believes the Facebook gaming scene could use some original and unexpected niche content beyond casual games for parents, kids and fairweather...

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10 Things to Know About Social Games

10 Things to Know About Social Games

Social games: They’re everywhere, so you might as well play ’em. What is a social game? Technically, any game that involves interaction with other players can be filed under the “social” breed, so that includes the likes of Monopoly and Go Fish. When we speak about social games today, however, we generally mean free-to-play titles that weave gameplay and social interaction. Some of the more popular social offerings include FarmVille by Zynga...

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Can Take-Two Bridge Social and Core?

Can Take-Two Bridge Social and Core?

Facebook users who have been harassed for years to join FarmVille, CityVille, or any number of social games available on the platform might be able to exact a bit of revenge in the near future. Tired of reading requests from your Aunt Etta to join Restaurant City? Try sending back an invitation to play Grand Theft Auto with you within the walls of Zuckerberg’s digital world. It’s not possible at the moment of course, but it might be only a matter of...

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How Google+ Can Improve Social Gaming

How Google+ Can Improve Social Gaming

Now that Google+ is out and about, the social network has had some time to present itself as a hipper, safer, and more convenient alternative to Facebook. Google+ is more upfront than Facebook about security settings, for starters, and its Circles make it a breeze to ensure that parents aren’t subjected to sons’ and daughters’ detailed updates about how much beer was guzzled last night, and how much came back up. Maybe you made the switch to...

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