Posts Tagged "Social Games"

Can Zynga Keep Succeeding?

Can Zynga Keep Succeeding?

The dawn of 2011 belongs to Zynga. Its most recent time-gulper, CityVille, became Facebook’s most popular app after a mere six weeks of existence. The game, which lets players build their own city and visit their friends’ metropolises, reached a regular player base of 86.2 million by January 4. What range of feelings does CityVille‘s success inspire within your heart? Happiness? Irritation? Despair? It’s hard to feel neutral about Zynga; the...

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Google Chrome Web Store: A Game Changer?

Google Chrome Web Store: A Game Changer?

If you haven’t found enough ways to squander your work hours, Google believes it has the answer for you. The Chrome Web Store went live recently, offering apps, games, and software extensions that all operate through the Chrome web browser. A quick visit to the store opens up a world of tasty software, especially as far as video games are concerned: There are 200 titles in a wide range of genres, including some familiar faces: Plants vs. Zombies, FarmVille,...

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Does Gaming Addiction Exist?

Does Gaming Addiction Exist?

Though gaming has become a more widely-accepted pastime in recent years, video games still often come under attack from parents and the media for making kids fat, lazy, and/or murderous. Understandably, our backs go up whenever someone points a finger at Mario and says, “J’accuse,” because issues of bad grades and bad health usually go far beyond video games alone–but games bear the brunt of the blame. What this means, unfortunately, is that...

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Metrics vs. Creativity: Killing Video Games?

Metrics vs. Creativity: Killing Video Games?

The romantic depiction of the pale, smoking “starving artist” or writer isn’t necessarily the norm outside of books about suffering and death. Creative folks love exercising the left side of their brains, and they take a lot of pride in what they do. But they also like their hot dogs and their pop and not dying of hunger. In reality, creative individuals and the business-oriented people who sell their product have always kept a careful eye on each...

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The Future of Social Games

The Future of Social Games

If you frequent social networks like Facebook, you’ve probably had at least one friend or relative recently pester you to visit them. Not in their hometown, mind, but in the virtual city they’ve put together in video games like CityVille, Zynga’s latest “Ville”-type social gaming title that aims to gobble up players’ time–and (Zynga hopes) money. The premise is familiar, in more ways than one: Build a city, try not to...

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