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Facebook launches Mobile Games Publishing program

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 30, 2013 8:30am PDT

Yet another heavyweight is throwing its hat in the mobile games publishing ring. Facebook's "Mobile Games Publishing" initiative is exactly what it sounds like.


Report: Social games popularity shrinking

By Steve Watts, Apr 23, 2013 12:22pm PDT

Social games participation dropped sharply recently. A research firm concluded that 10 million fewer people played social games in March than in months prior, due to an oversaturated marketplace.


"Social games... you mean like the new Simcity tried to be to much of?"

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SimCity Social, The Sims Social and Pet Society shutting down

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 15, 2013 7:30am PDT

"Say, that FarmVille certainly is popular," executives the industry over observed, "Let's make one of those too." And so innumerable copies of Zynga's social games (which, while perhaps not original, refined and better-marketed what came before) flooded Facebook and pocket t...


FarmVille TV series to be produced by Brett Ratner

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 07, 2013 3:45pm PST

FarmVille is set to be an animated television series, produced by Brett Ratner.


"Tune in next week for another episode of Farmville... or just pay us $20 and watch it now."

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Stratego launches on iPad, Facebook

By Steve Watts, Jan 29, 2013 2:00pm PST

Stratego has launched on iPad and Facebook, with new game mode and customization options. It's $6.99 on iPad, or free-to-play on Facebook.


"Hmm I've bought the board game a few times, do I really want to buy it again on iOS?"

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Microsoft 'retiring' Xbox 360 Twitter and Facebook apps

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 19, 2012 2:30pm PDT

You probably don't use the Twitter and Facebook apps on the Xbox 360 dashboard, what with having computers and netbooks and tablets and pocket telephones, but Microsoft has bad news for those few who do. It's "retiring" the apps, which is a kind way to say scrapping, and sug...


"Here's a novel idea...hows about we only play GAMES on my gaming console. I HATE all this other ..."

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Zynga hits Electronic Arts with counterclaim

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 17, 2012 7:15am PDT

Zynga denies allegations made by EA, saying the company has no exclusive claim to the "life simulation" genre. In a prepared statement to Shacknews, Zynga also claims that EA is guilty of "anticompetitive and unlawful business practices," for which the company has filed a co...


"Well, it's a very different analysis since EA's claims come from U.S. copyright law. ..."

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Zynga publishing Garriott's 'Ultimate Collector'

By Steve Watts, Sep 07, 2012 9:35am PDT

Richard Garriott's first social game, Ultimate Collector, will be published by Zynga on Facebook.


"They were smart to start the name of the game with "Ultima"te. Marketing smartasses."

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FarmVille 2 launches on Zynga.com and Facebook today

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 05, 2012 2:00pm PDT

The game that really put Zynga on the map has returned. Three years after the original, FarmVille 2 has launched.


"Somebody please nuke this, Farmeville postivie comments are not allowed in here"

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Angry Birds adds Green Day characters and levels

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 20, 2012 11:00am PDT

Green Day has invaded yet another video game phenomenon: Angry Birds.


"Hmmm, the Greed Day characters may have the hair, but they lack the wrinkles. "

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Dominion and Catan World for iOS, Android, and web launching soon

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 16, 2012 4:00pm PDT

HTML5 gaming company Goko has launched today. So why should you care? Because their first two releases are based on some of the most popular board games today.


"Great time to be a fan of Catan with this release for Android the upcoming Cities and Knights ..."

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Amazon enters game development, releases Living Classics

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 06, 2012 4:30pm PDT

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.


"Hahaha! Nice one! If you take away the "avatar" then you are indeed correct... although ..."

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EA sues Zynga, claims copyright infringement in The Ville

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 03, 2012 10:30am PDT

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."


"actually, I ended up reading your other post below later that night and I do agree with the ..."

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

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 25, 2012 3:30pm PDT

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.


"When you first start out, it is fun. Designing the layout of your cafe, earning new dishes, ..."

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

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 24, 2012 4:15pm PDT

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.