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Socially Awkward Gamer

Videogames, porn, and seclusion: The downfall of men?


Do you know how to talk to women?
May 13
Phillip Zimbardo, a leading psychologist at Stanford University, has warned that men are facing a "crisis of masculinity" because of porn and videogame addiction. A study of 20,000 young men's gaming and porn habits was condu... read
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Sup Holmes

The Matrix Online, internet fury, and being an empathic robot with Eric Ford


Get to know the people who make great videogames
Apr 19
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Eric Ford was working in g... read
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Tower Unite Kickstarter

Miss PlayStation Home? Check out the Tower Unite Kickstarter


No microtransactions
Apr 12
Hot off the heels of the death knell of PlayStation Home, this Kickstarter popped up. It's probably a coincidence, considering the team has been working on the similar GMod Tower for the past five years, but it seems fortuit... read
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Sup Holmes

'Hashtag activism' and other oxymorons with Social Justice Warriors' Eric Ford


Get to know the people who make great videogames
Apr 05
[Update: Show's over folks! Thanks to everyone who tuned in. The rerun should be up soon. Here's a brief interview I did with Eric at PAX East 2015 to tied you over in the meantime.] Happy Easter everyone! Wait, was that off... read
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Social Justice Warriors

Did Social Justice Warriors Win PAX East?


Hard to tell the SJWs from the trolls sometimes...
Mar 11
Mere seconds ago, I discovered that I am on the original list that inspired the development of a game called Social Justice Warriors. There is even an attack in the game based on some of the specific wording found ... read
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LyteShot Kickstarter

LyteShot Kickstarter aims to take gaming outside


New toy for the casual LARPer
Jan 12
Some recent Nintendo games have had little messages gently suggesting that the player take a break and go outside, but LyteShot wants to take that a step further. Built to take outside and play games in actual space with act... read
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BaZynga!

Zynga has lost half of its active users in the last year


And $61 million this first quarter (almost 69, nice)
Apr 25
The bad news is that I'm sure they all moved on to play god damn Candy Crush. For now. Until some other bright casino game or reality show about a bad 90's rapper living in an Amish community wrangles their attention so they ... read
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Layoffs

Disney Interactive lays off 700 employees to 'double down on mobile'


Social gaming isn't what it used to be
Mar 06
There was talk of significant layoffs at Disney Interactive last month and today was the day it went down: the company has laid off approximately 700 employees, amounting to 26 percent of its global workforce, reports The New... read
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Trainfinity transforms tablets to train tracks


48-hour jam game needs to be in my life
Feb 21
Watch this. It's a teaser for Trainfinity, a game developed in 48 hours during the Nordic Game Jam last week. A local cooperative multiplayer game, tracks run in three lanes from one player's tablet to the next while trains ... read
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Zynga is not cool

Zynga buys NaturalMotion for $527M, cuts workforce 15%


BaZynga!
Jan 31
Zynga has made its first big move under new CEO and former Microsoft head Don Mattrick, acquiring CSR Racing developer NaturalMotion for $527 million. The UK and US-based developer did well for itself with the mobile hit CSR ... read
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Xbox One

Microsoft's working on something similar to 1 vs 100


Good
Jan 28
One of the most well-received experiments of the Xbox 360 era was the interactive adaption of popular gameshow 1 vs. 100. The social trivia experience is fondly remembered by most, and fans have expressed their interest in it... read
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Don Paccin

Cave bringing a little RPG to their next shooter


Those are some creepy looking lightbulbs
Nov 10
Best known for manic console arcade bullet-hell shooters, like Deathsmiles and Akai Katana, Cave is mixing up the formula slightly with their next mobile shmup release, Don Paccin. The vertical shooter, slated for both ... read
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Social online action racing
Making its debut at E3 2013, The Crew is Ubisoft's attempt to create a new and fast-paced racer for the next-gen consoles. Although the publisher has definitely got some stiff competition from other racing titles, what separa... read feature

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Big Fest

Big Fest on Vita lets you deal with real unsigned bands


Become the world's greatest music promoter
Aug 20
At its gamescom press conference, Sony unveiled a new IP for PlayStation Vita called Big Fest. In the free-to-play simulator, players manage a music festival with the aim to become the world's greatest music promoter. The rea... read
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Rockman Xover OST

Download Rockman Xover's free but hilariously short OST


Ironically, the music is not bad
Jul 27
I think I've said all that really needs to be said about Capcom's free-to-play abomination that is Rockman Xover. But in all fairness, I have not personally played the game and thus can't judge the accuracy of others' damning... read
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Rockman Xover not dead

Rockman Xover may see an international release after all


Capcom considering bringing it to North America and Europe
Jul 26
Remember Rockman Xover? That one mobile game that almost plays itself, and features a heavy dose of microtransactions and social support? That thing pretty much all of you do not want may actually be coming overseas at some p... read
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Star Ocean

Star Ocean social RPG in the works for iOS and Android


Yay?
Jul 21
Square Enix is taking one of its venerable franchises in a new direction with Star Ocean: Material Trader. A social role-playing game, the forthcoming title will eschew the series' traditional roots in favor of a card-based e... read
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Firefly Online

Aim to misbehave: Firefly Online announced at Comic-Con


Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back!
Jul 18
At San Diego Comic-Con, Fox Digital Entertainment has announced Firefly Online, coupling it with the teaser video above. It is being described as a "multi-user, social online roleplaying game," and will be available for Andr... read
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Zynga

Don Mattrick negotiated to buy Zynga while at Microsoft


Reportedly, that is
Jul 08
Today is Don Mattrick's first full day at Zynga as the company's new CEO. Wow, yeah, that's still weird to say. Speaking of the former president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, here's a curious tidbit: acco... read
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Zynga

Zynga shutting down Draw Something developer OMGPOP


More layoff news
Jun 04
It came out this week that social gaming giant Zynga had laid off 520 employees (approximately 18 percent of its global workforce), which ended up meaning full office closures in some cases. Joining the shutdowns in New York,... read
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Zynga

Major layoffs happening at Zynga


Approximately 18 percent of staff cut
Jun 03
Sad news been handed down to many employees of the massive social game developer Zynga, as the company is reportedly cutting loose 520 staff members. That's around 18 percent of the company workforce. As part of the cuts, the... read
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It's not PvZ 2, but it's a decent romp
The Plants vs. Zombies IP is a particularly interesting case. After creating one of the biggest casual hits of all time in 2009, Popcap kind of just sat on the property, keeping quiet about future plans despite its popularity... read feature

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GREE layoffs

Layoffs hit GREE offices in San Francisco


Mobile and social game company lays off 30 employees
May 11
Japanese mobile and social game publisher GREE has laid off roughly 30 people at its San Francisco offices, GamesIndustry reports. "We have recently aligned GREE's US studio to focus on creating the next generation of mobile ... read
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A more traditional tower defense on Facebook
Well, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures certainly came out of nowhere. Many people feared it was actually the rumored Plants vs. Zombies 2, but alas, this is a completely separate project held entirely within Facebook. I can't ta... read feature

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Rockman Xover

Rockman Xover shows off Arcade Man footage


In other news, the game is still Rockman Xover
May 09
The strangely popular iOS abomination Rockman Xover is still getting new content, despite the fact that the localization is on hold. Specifically, the retro themed Arcade Man is now a part of the game, compliments of the Meg... read
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EA scrapping The Sims Social, SimCity Social


Oh, and Pet Society ... ha ha
Apr 15
The Sims Social is being scrapped by Electronic Arts, along with fellow Facebook games SimCity Social and Pet Society. In the case of SimCity, this will be a case of a game shutting down less than a year after launch. That wh... read
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Namco Bandai

Namco opening new studios in Vancouver, Singapore


Some positive news!
Apr 11
It seems like we've been hearing nothing but studio closers happening left and right. Well there's some good news in this field as Namco Bandai is opening up a new studio in Vancouver, Canada. The British Columbia Ministry of... read
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Zynga: Tablets are becoming the ultimate game platform


Farmville dev praises your iPads and your Samsung Notethinkers
Mar 18
Console fans will protest, PC fans will bellow in outrage, but Farmville developer Zynga believes tablet devices are on track to become the ultimate platform for gaming experiences. According to games president Steve Chi... read
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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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