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Zynga

Don Mattrick negotiated to buy Zynga while at Microsoft

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: according to unname...

 
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Zynga

Zynga shutting down Draw Something developer OMGPOP

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, Dallas, and Lo...

 
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Zynga

Major layoffs happening at Zynga

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 Los Angeles, D...

 
PvZ Adventures review
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

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GREE layoffs

Layoffs hit GREE offices in San Francisco

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 social games," ...

 
Plants vs. Zombies
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

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Rockman Xover

Rockman Xover shows off Arcade Man footage

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 Mega Man boss fan ...

 
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EA scrapping The Sims Social, SimCity Social

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 whole Facebook ga...

 
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Namco Bandai

Namco opening new studios in Vancouver, Singapore

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 Jobs, Tourism ...

 
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Zynga: Tablets are becoming the ultimate game platform

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 Chiang, mobile swi...

 
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Zynga silliness

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

"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 gaming madhouse h...

 
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BioWare SF

BioWare San Francisco has reportedly been closed

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 of the Redwood S...

 
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Social games

Social game with a conscience Half the Sky launches today

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 money to charity....

 
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Rockman Xover

Rockman Xover going to Android, accepting boss designs

[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 its native Japan...

 
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PS4 Social

PlayStation 4 social features revealed

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.  The PS4...

 
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LovePlus

Collect women and save Japan from giant pudding

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 pretty strange...

 
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God of War

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

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 for you to get...

 
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2013 D.I.C.E. Summit

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

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 entertaining watch. ...

 
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Rockman Xover PVP

Rockman Xover brings PVP back to the Mega Man universe

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 Xover now has a...

 
Rockman Xover
[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

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Rockman Xover

Rockman Xover keeps on chugging with Star Force content

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 the game with c...

 
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Did you start your morning with PS Vita's Wake-up Club?

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 PlayStation Vita. Th...

 
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Zynga cuts costs by shutting down 11 games

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, sounds like a...

 
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Jimquisition: Friends

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 island ... unles...

 
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OpenFeint shuts down on December 14

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 gaming's most popu...

 
Big layoffs at Zynga
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

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Study finds that 85% quit social games after one day

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 found that, dur...

 
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Rockman Xover fan-made demo, plus actual game details

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. It's got everyth...

 
Social games datamining?
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

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TGS: Yep, the Rockman Xover trailer is really something

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 footage. Way to ma...

 

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whatsacow

Beat the dancer of the boreal valley at level Suffice to say, i am a fucking god! Either that or ive spent way too much time with this game and really need to get back to

 
gajknight

Beat the first boss of I can safely say, this game could turn out to be something real I got a few gripes that Ill highlight in the comments but I could still play it with no changes fairly

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

I made a small change to the length of the table, and I realize I didnt show the finished white shirt version, so here it is! Thanks for all your feedback and help, everyone!

 
Sr Churros

Godammit, Jake Kaufmans music is so awesome! This game has beeen pure ear joy so

 
Luca Blight

I was watching my brother trying to beat the nameless king numbers of tries then I played Fist of the North Star opening and he whooped his

 
Megas75

I havent went online with the Master Chief Collection Is the online still fucked or did they ever fix it?

 
OverlordZetta

My head is pounding and it wont be tonight until Why must it be this way?

 
FakePlasticTree

Yus! Physical copy of God Already own it on PSN but nothing beats having a physical copy Also wanted the first Bayonetta on Wanted to play it

 
Zer0t0nin

I cant even say why, but there is something incredibly soothing about Mid-90s Rave

 
iam16bit

Ok so this morning I showed my Street Fighter cover to my teachers and they really liked it but suggested putting in more shadows and showing energy coming from the They also suggested bringing Akuma down a bit to leave space for a

 
guitarvillain

Crom, grant me

 
Pixie The Fairy

I hope Axiom Verge for Vita has a patch coming because the occasional action-halting hiccups are a bit Ive seen some slowdown, too, but my brain rationalizes that as it trying to be an NES

 
Nathan D

*sees a quarter on the ground with tails side up* Ooh, a quarter! Wait, does tails side up being unlucky only apply to pennies? Oh god, should I pick it up?

 
OverlordZetta

Hey, Pokemon trainers! The Zygarde, Shiny Yveltal, and Shiny Xerneas events are a May event it looks like! Zygarde is this week and a little extra and the other two will follow that in the Check your country for specifics!

 
Gundy

I love me some dill

 
Fuzunga

This is already worth at least $60, which is double what I paid for Along with my three (PS4, Vita, DOS) copies of Retro City Rampage, Im going to be rich

 
Luca Blight

Is it weird to not care for Devil May Cry 1 but absolutely love the 3rd Maybe it was the mood I was

 
RiffRaff

Star Fox tip: Well, I just discovered that if you plug your headphones directly into the gamepad, all of the audio is routed through the Not optimal for fixing the fixing the audio, but a lot better than the shit quality of the gamepad

 
Confuseddalek

Im having more fun playing Shantae than I ever was with Dark YEAH I SAID IT

 
iam16bit

Also Nintendo posted the full Squid Sisters concert on

 
gajknight

That feeling when youre about to settle down with a nice cup of tea when your mum asks you to go out and get some fish and

 
Dreggsao

I just finished the singleplayer of Battlefield 4 (playing the last mission 3 times for MP unlocks) and it was comically Still leagues better than the BF3

 
OrochiLeona

Jeez, still months to

 
Rico the Penguin

I might quantify the covenant item drop rates into values of # of Brooklyn 99 Thus far its looking like the Darkmoon items drop at a rate of to 1 B99 Once all 3 seasons are done Im not sure what to

 
Torchman

Menu setup on super robot wars z3 is much nicer than the first Not even referring to a translation guide due to how much easier it is

 
iam16bit

Saw this trending on Facebook, 30 animators got together and recreated the opening of Super Smash

 
Nathan D

Anyone remember that show MXC?

 
Scrustle

Not having a great time with DS3 Stuck right at the start of Irithyll against enemies who are just too damn Ive resorted to summoning help, but everyone is either just as bad as me, or I get invaded at the same

 
WryGuy

Is it weird that this is the missing link that makes me want to buy Amiibo? For the most part theyre just shelf-items anyway, so this just helps them play the role

 

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