Posts Tagged "Social Games"

Should MS, Sony, Nintendo Fear Facebook?

Should MS, Sony, Nintendo Fear Facebook?

If you’re on Facebook, you’re already familiar with the social network’s ability to connect friends and family through video games and gaming type functions. Surely you’ve endured the torrent of social game invitations and accepted or blocked them accordingly. Facebook has proven to be a very successful and lucrative game platform, but will its success eventually eat away at the number of third-party publishers that park their titles on home...

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The Games Industry vs. Social Games

The Games Industry vs. Social Games

Humans are an argumentative bunch of primates, and gamers are a particularly quarrelsome branch of that group. Brenda Brathwaite, the former creative director of LOLapps and the current COO of John Romero’s new company, Loot Drop, is particularly heartbroken over the community’s general boiling hatred for Facebook games. Whereas we’ll all unite to fight back against a slander piece like Fox News’ “report” on supposed sexual...

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How to Make Money on Microtransactions

How to Make Money on Microtransactions

Everybody Edits is a maze-based platforming game that anyone can edit and play online in real-time. The friendly-sounding title helps define the experience, which is very much open-ended and a great deal of fun to tinker with. As it happens, Everybody Edits also carries some interesting lessons about microtransactions. The initial game was put together for Newgrounds by a fellow named Chris Benjaminsen. Benjaminsen talked a bit about the game’s evolution and...

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Social Games Turn Consoles Upside Down

Social Games Turn Consoles Upside Down

From the first time you beat your sister’s high score in Tetris to that noob you totally pwned in WoW last week, your gaming life has likely been “social” long before FarmVille was anything but a small town in North Carolina. Like most industries, gaming has been shaken up by the web and its new platforms for entertainment. The games that once required a substantial investment in console, cartridge and TV can now be downloaded to your mobile for $0.99, or...

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Are Mobile Games Too Disposable?

Are Mobile Games Too Disposable?

To the surprise of nobody, the 2011 Game Developers Conference (GDC) had a special focus on portable gaming. Nintendo President Iwata delivered Nintendo’s keynote in his own charmingly halting way. He did, however, raise a few eyebrows when he criticized smartphone manufacturers for “[Lacking the] motivation to maintain the high value of video game software.” “For them, content is something created by someone else… Their goal is to...

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