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Amazon enters game development, releases Living Classics

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Amazon enters game development, releases Living Classics

Amazon is the next web giant to jump into the world of social games. The popular internet retailer has unveiled Amazon Game Studios, and "Living Classics," the company's first game.

"Amazon Game Studios is exactly what it sounds like: a new team at Amazon that's focused on creating innovative, fun and well-crafted games," the announcement reads. The company claims that it's creating social games because "we know that many Amazon customers enjoy playing games... and thanks to Amazon's know-how, we believe we can deliver a great, accessible gaming experience."

Read more: Amazon is hiring for games »

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EA sues Zynga, claims copyright infringement in The Ville

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EA sues Zynga, claims copyright infringement in The Ville

Electronic Arts has filed a lawsuit against Zynga "on behalf of Maxis." EA claims that Zynga's newly released social game, The Ville, copies "original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a clear violation of the US copyright laws."

"The similarities go well beyond any superficial resemblance," Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw argues. "Zynga's design choices, animations, visual arrangements and character motions and actions have been directly lifted from The Sims Social. The copying was so comprehensive that the two games are, to an uninitiated observer, largely indistinguishable."

Read more: EA has the 'resources to stand up' against Zynga »

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Zynga 'might have been a fad,' analyst says as stock plummets

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Zynga 'might have been a fad,' analyst says as stock plummets

Once a media and investment darling, social gaming giant Zynga is coming on hard times. The company released its second quarter earnings, causing the stock to plummet as much as 40% in after-hours trading.

The company posted a loss of $22.8 million, and revised projected profits downward from 29 cents a share to 23 cents a share, a figure that has investors panicked.

Read more: 'This might have been a fad' »

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Insomniac launches Outernauts, a 'gotta catch em all' game, on Facebook

Insomniac launches Outernauts, a 'gotta catch em all' game, on Facebook

Insomniac Games' first non-Sony game has launched today on Facebook. Outernauts is a brand new monster-collection RPG--and it shares more than a few similarities to Nintendo's popular pocket monster franchise.

As an Outernaut, you'll explore the universe, all while capturing and training exotic alien beasts and you battle pirates and evil corporations trying to control the universe. Before you catch 'em all, you'll start with a trainer monster--one that will evolve as you continue to level it up.

Read more: Free-to-play means things to buy, of course »

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UNO & Friends coming to iOS, Android, 3DS, Vita, and Facebook

Related Topics – 3DS, Facebook, Android, iOS, Vita, Gameloft, UNO Series
UNO & Friends coming to iOS, Android, 3DS, Vita, and Facebook

UNO is not the loneliest number. In fact, it has friends. Gameloft is proving that with yet another video game adaptation of the popular card game, UNO & Friends.

Coming later this year is a new multiplatform UNO game that connects iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and Facebook players in cross-platform real-time multiplayer battles. The game will also support voice and text chat modes, as well.

Read more: Also coming to Vita and 3DS »

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SimCity Social: More city, but also more Ville

SimCity Social: More city, but also more Ville

When Electronic Arts debuted SimCity Social, it used the tagline "More City, Less Ville." It was a direct jab at Zynga and its numerous Ville games--an odd choice, considering SimCity Social is nearly a carbon copy of Zynga's own city-building game.

What makes SimCity Social so exciting is that, at first glance, it looks like SimCity. As you start building roads, homes, and businesses, it feels like SimCity too. Unfortunately, that's really where the similarities stop. It's not long until you reach barriers that require you to be "social" and spam your friends.

Read more: The high cost of free-to-play gaming »

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SimCity Social officially launches

SimCity Social officially launches

SimCity Social has completed its beta period and launched in its full version on Facebook, EA announced today. The game launched in beta only a couple weeks ago, but now it has had its official grand opening. It's free-to-play, but relies on doling out a set number of actions per day to keep play at a steady pace.

Read more: Game partners with Dunkin Donuts »

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Zynga announces The Ville, ChefVille, and FarmVille 2

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Zynga announces The Ville, ChefVille, and FarmVille 2

Today, one of the world's biggest game publishers announced not one, but three extensions of one of the biggest gaming franchises ever. Yep, we're getting a whole lot of Ville games from Zynga.

The Ville is one of the biggest announcements from the company--a game so important it doesn't need a prefix. In this Facebook game, you'll be able to "create the home of your dreams," "choose your own career," and socialize with friends. It looks a lot like The Sims Social.

Read more: Earn real-life recipes in ChefVille »

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SimCity Social launches on Facebook

SimCity Social launches on Facebook

Maxis and Electronic Arts have unleashed yet another way to find yourself mysteriously losing time on Facebook. SimCity Social has launched on the social network in "open beta," letting everyone build their own virtual cities.

As with most Facebook games, the experience is free-to-play, meaning you won't have to buy any in-game currency to make progress through the game. However, be prepared to be bombarded with a number of social tie-ins, such as hiring friends to become researchers, or your town's fire chief.

Read more: Spend up to $100 in the free-to-play game »

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Dragon Age Legends goes offline, revived as single-player

Dragon Age Legends goes offline, revived as single-player

Dragon Age Legends may not have been the deepest gameplay experience around, But it certainly had more meat on its bones for core gamers than most of the experiences on Facebook. Some players were actually still playing it, making its unceremonious death this week a bit of a drag. But fear not: the game can still be played, albeit offline and without some of its perks.

Read more: Character imports coming »

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Facebook nixing credits for in-app purchases

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Facebook nixing credits for in-app purchases

Facebook has decided to ween itself off of funny money, in exchange for real value pricing using local currency for each territory. The company promises that over the next few months, it will be transitioning from "Credits" to local currency payments. All apps and games that sell virtual items will be required to use real currency pricing by the end of the year.

Read more: Subscriptions coming in July »

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SimCity Social announced for Facebook

Related Topics – Facebook, EA, PC, E3 2012, Maxis
SimCity Social announced for Facebook

SimCity is moving to Facebook, EA announced today at its E3 2012 press briefing. SimCity Social looks to include many of the series' recognizable city-building traits, and is due in just a few weeks on Facebook.

Read more: Game presented by Maxis »

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You Don't Know Jack coming to Facebook

You Don't Know Jack coming to Facebook

You Don't Know Jack popularized the trivia video game when it debuted in 1995. The series laid dormant for a while, until last year's revival. Gamers learned that although we might not know Jack, we'd like to get to know him better.

If you don't feel like spending money to buy a boxed version of his game, there's a new free way to get your trivia kick. Jellyvision plans on launching a new version of You Don't Know Jack on Facebook.

Read more: Free-to-play trivia »

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Game of Thrones social game announced

Game of Thrones social game announced

Some licenses carefully dip a toe into game adaptations, but not A Game of Thrones. The popular HBO show seems to be going with more of a scatter-shot method. It has produced a strategy title, a recently-released RPG, and now a newly announced social game.

Read more: Forging alliances, building reputation »

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Jetpack Joyride jumps to Facebook

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Jetpack Joyride jumps to Facebook

While it may not have achieved the same notoriety as Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick Studios' Jetpack Joyride has drained thousands of hours of productivity from the economy. Gamers everywhere mysteriously disappeared for long "bathroom breaks," as they tried to push Barry Steakfries to greater distances on a jetpack-powered journey.

The award-winning game is now available on Facebook, opening it up to PC gamers everywhere.

Read more: Free-to-play, powered by coins »

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