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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 Nintendo Create a Massive Single-Player Experience?

Can Nintendo Create a Massive Single-Player Experience?

Is there a more compelling way to scuff around in an MMO’s virtual world in real-time and actually feel like your presence has greater consequence? It seems like Nintendo might be trying to think of a way. In 2010, the company filed a patent application for what might be described as a “single-player online game”–a virtual world wherein the player’s presence alters the environment accordingly. Kotaku summed up one of the examples...

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How to Ease Rising XBLA Game Prices

How to Ease Rising XBLA Game Prices

Have you noticed that prices for games in the Xbox Live Marketplace have been making a bit of a climb lately? In similar news, you may have also noticed some of life’s other small details, like “water is wet” and “the sun rises in the morning.” In other words, it’s a little difficult to disregard the recent rise in Marketplace content, because it’s hard not to notice when a cheap alternative to gaming becomes less cheap. At...

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Can Star Wars: The Old Republic Last Decades?

Can Star Wars: The Old Republic Last Decades?

Star Wars: The Old Republic has been in the works for a long time. If you’ve been tapping the end of your lightsaber impatiently while counting down the minutes, good news: Your wait will reportedly be coming to an end this Holiday season. If you’re still irritated over the wait, cheer up. BioWare wanted to get The Old Republic just right, because you’ll supposedly be playing the game for a long, long time. Years. Decades, even. James Ohlen, the...

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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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