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Zynga silliness

Zynga: Copying games is no big deal, don't worry about it


Who has time to be creative when you are providing a "service"?
Mar 12
"Zynga is often accused of copying games, which is mostly true." Those were the words spoken by Dan Porter, General Manager of Zynga New York. It's no secret to anyone with the capacity for rational thought that the social ga... read
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BioWare SF

BioWare San Francisco has reportedly been closed


'Too expensive' to make social games in Redwood Shores
Mar 04
BioWare San Francisco (formerly EA2D), the developer behind Facebook game Dragon Age: Legends and Mirror's Edge 2D, has been shut down according to information provided by internal sources to GamesRadar and IGN. The closure o... read
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Social games

Social game with a conscience Half the Sky launches today


Trying to smack injustice in the face
Mar 04
Within the past year or so, there's been a new crop of social games that, one might say, have a conscience. Their goal isn't so much taking your money as it is encouraging you to be an organ donor or convincing you to give mo... read
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Rockman Xover

Rockman Xover going to Android, accepting boss designs


I'm sorta impressed that this game is still a thing
Feb 21
[Custom boss by Heat Man] According to various hands-on impressions, we certainly dodged a bullet when Capcom decided to hold off on localizing Rockman Xover. Nonetheless, the free-to-play social title continues unabated in i... read
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PS4 Social

PlayStation 4 social features revealed


Beyond the living room
Feb 20
As a part of the PlayStation 4 reveal Lead System Architect Mark Cerny discussed the social features of the new platform. With PS4 Sony endeavors to make sharing video as easy as easy as it is to showoff a screenshot is today... read
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LovePlus

Collect women and save Japan from giant pudding


Konami unveils latest project from the team at LovePlus Production
Feb 17
Konami has unleashed the latest project from the team at Love Plus Production upon the world. Fu-Un! Nadeshiko Collection launched back on Thursday via Japanese social networking service GREE and it looks... read
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God of War

God of War: Ascension's single-player demo hits Feb 26


Participate in Facebook "experience" to get early access
Feb 15
Sony has revealed the release date for the single-player demo of God of War: Ascension, which we have been told will be proliferating through the tubes of the internet on February 26. Not soon enough for you? There's also way... read
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2013 D.I.C.E. Summit

Jesse Schell: Marketing BS and good games won't be enough


D.I.C.E. keynote 'The Secret Mechanisms'
Feb 08
Dale has been at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit all week and left express instructions to pass along Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell's keynote speech to you kind folks. Having now watching it myself, I have to agree -- it's an enter... read
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Rockman Xover PVP

Rockman Xover brings PVP back to the Mega Man universe


We're still not getting it
Feb 06
Recently, we found out that there are "no plans" to bring Rockman Xover, Capcom's newest Mega Man mobile game, overseas. But that doesn't stop them from continuing to support it, and today, we have some interesting news that ... read
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Capcom actually made a smart decision
[Header by samusmmx] Oh, Rockman Xover. What a foul, foul beast you are. I know it's not kosher to slam a game without having played it yourself, but just from watching gameplay videos, I think we can all agree that Xover is ... read feature

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Rockman Xover

Rockman Xover keeps on chugging with Star Force content


No domestic release date still
Jan 24
You know what they say about cash-ins, right? If people buy them, they'll keep cashing in? Ok nobody says that, I just made it up. But that seems to be the case for the infamous Rockman Xover, because Capcom keeps supporting ... read
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Did you start your morning with PS Vita's Wake-up Club?


Never hit snooze again!
Jan 16
Let's face it: waking up in the morning sucks, but Sony has a new game of sorts to make that harsh reality a little more tolerable. Wake-up Club is essentially an alarm clock with social game elements for your PlayS... read
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Zynga cuts costs by shutting down 11 games


Some would call it karma
Dec 31
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has just announced that 11 games will be either axed entirely, or stop accepting newcomers to cut costs. It seems as if assets will be funneled into their more popular ventures, and new ones as well. Yep... read
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Jimquisition: Friends


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Nov 26
Friendships are precious things that allow us to get through this horrific maelstrom we bitterly call life. Without friends, we would be but animals, hurtling cluelessly from one compulsive murder to the next. Nobody is an i... read
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OpenFeint shuts down on December 14


GREE pulls the plug
Nov 19
While it probably won't change the day of any gamers out there, you should still know that GREE, OpenFeint's parent company, plans to shut down the OpenFeint mobile social connection service on December 14. Many of mobile gam... read
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Boston studio shut down, others face closure
There were a number of layoffs at Zynga today, as you might have heard from employees who were affected and quickly spread the word. An internal note from CEO Mark Pincus confirms much of what's been said about the significan... read feature

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Study finds that 85% quit social games after one day


I quit after 5 minutes!
Oct 18
I just learned the term churn from our recent article on social game makers and how they track players. The term came up again today in a Gamasutra article on a new report from social game analysis firm Playnomics. This firm ... read
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Rockman Xover fan-made demo, plus actual game details


Might as well sit back and see how this train wreck pans out
Oct 14
Capcom insists on seeing this construct through to the end, so I might as well keep abreast of the latest news and developments. First up is this fan-made Rockman Xover Flash demo that recreates the TGS build Conrad played. I... read
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This is what social game developers say about you, behind your back
Meet Melissa. She's a forty-year-old mom who has recently become hooked on DragonVale, a free-to-play iOS game. She is what social game analysts call a whale. No, this isn't a comment on her physical stature or deep, raspy... read feature

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TGS: Yep, the Rockman Xover trailer is really something


Sep 19
I don't have to repeat myself, do I? You already know how I feel about Rockman Xover, so let's skip that dance and move on to analyzing the trailer above. Hmmm... a minute-long trailer with all of four seconds of in-game foo... read
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Rockman Xover will be at TGS, protagonist has stupid name


Capcom is sooooo good to us
Sep 06
Since Capcom has decided that a Western release of Rockman Xover is crucial, I feel duty-bound to deliver the latest details so that you may prepare yourself against thine enemy. As mentioned previously, Xover is a social RPG... read
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Zynga apes Pokemon with suspiciously similar Montopia


Gotta copy 'em all!
Aug 30
Oh Zynga, will you ever learn? Despite being embroiled in a lawsuit against fellow evildoer Electronic Arts, those wacky rouges at Zynga are hard at work with another "inspired" game -- Montopia.  Montopia casts you in ... read
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No More Heroes gets a free-to-play social mobile game


World Ranker comes to Android and iOS
Aug 30
No More Heroes returns to your life as a free-to-play social mobile game. Something tells me that the unique blend of F2P, social gaming, and the mobile market isn't having NMH lovers jumping for joy. In fact it seems perfect... read
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EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!


Aug 21
Electronic Arts' delusions of grandeur have reached new heights this week, as the company continues to milk its lawsuit against Zynga for cheap applause and gamer cred. Its latest claim? The lawsuit positions Electronic Arts ... read
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Guys, I owe you an apology. The other day, I wrote about a fan-driven Mega Man Legends concept album, and I begged you all to stay on topic and not go off on a tangent about how you felt Capcom wronged you. I apologize becaus... read feature

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Japanese social games funded by Yakuza, says expert


Jul 12
Yakuza, Japan's mafia, has a long history with games: card games, Pachinko machines, and now social gaming. Some of Japan's current social games, including one about Yakuza, are funded by Japan's mafia, according to Tokyo Vic... read
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Square Enix: Long console generation a 'big mistake'


Jul 10
Square Enix's worldwide technology director, Julien Merceron, has accused Sony and Microsoft of making a "big mistake" by prolonging this console generation, claiming that iOS and browser games have flourished as a direc... read
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Twitter or Facebook won't be supported in Wii U Miiverse


Jun 21
When asked about the Wii U's possible integration of Facebook and Twitter, Nintendo of Europe's Laurent Fischer was pretty upfront in denying the capability: "I have three devices permanently doing that already, what is our b... read
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E3: More details on EA's SimCity Social


Jun 04
As reported earlier, EA has brought out the white glove on Zynga with SimCity Social for Facebook. This isn't just a rehash of any well-known farming games, though. Players will get to watch their cities evolve based on ... read






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