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...read more
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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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Online retailer Amazon has been showing signs of entering the social games market. Don’t everyone cheer at once, now. This isn’t strictly new territory for Amazon. The company has been in the games market since 2008, when it purchased Reflexive Entertainment, the developers behind Big Kahuna and Airport Mania 2. As a corporation, Amazon has also been dabbling in digital game distribution, and even though its presence isn’t nearly as impressive as...read more