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8:00 AM on 06.28.2012

Have an obnoxious, petty SimCity Social trailer

If you're mentally subnormal, then Electronic Arts has a trailer that's going to definitely appeal to your sensibilities. This video for SimCity Social promotes the Facebook game with a song so bad, it makes EA's Christmas c...

Jim Sterling





5:05 PM on 06.18.2012

The DTOID Show: Bring on the uncensored violence!

That's right, folks - I'm back in the studio after a week-long vacation, and I've got my party shoes on! You know, the orthopaedic ones with extra arch support? (I have fragile bones.) Anyway, on today's show, we've got a tr...

Tara Long

7:00 PM on 06.17.2012

Zynga's Draw Something game show coming to CBS

I fell in love with, became addicted to and later swore off mobile drawing game Draw Something over the course of 3 days. I deleted the app, washed my hands of it, and never spoke of it again. Zynga paid about $200 million to...

Dale North

3:27 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: EA bitchslaps Zynga with SimCity Social

EA is preparing to invade Facebook, and it has Zynga in its sights. What is it about EA and its obsession with picking fights via passive-aggressive game slogans? In any case, SimCity Social is a city-building game for your F...

Jim Sterling

2:30 PM on 05.04.2012

Zynga already attempting to actively ruin Draw Something

I must admit: I still play Draw Something, albeit only with the few loyal friends that I have left (thanks Chad!). Like millions of others, most of the people on my friends list flocked to basically anything else, avoiding th...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 05.03.2012

Draw Something losing charm, also millions of players

Remember Draw Something? Yeah, that asynchronus Pictionary rip-off that everyone was playing for two weeks before we all moved on with our lives. Well, it looks like the honeymoon is over. After setting record ...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 03.27.2012

OMGPop founder and Zynga have some history

Last week we learned that Zynga gobbled up OMGPop and it turns out that the founder of the latter actually turned down a job offer from the former in 2008. Charles Forman, after starting up OMGPop and a dating site,...

Victoria Medina

5:00 PM on 03.21.2012

NCsoft bows out of E3, probably playing Farmville instead

I know you folks are starting to compile your own personal lists of who will or won't be in attendance at E3 this year, right? Well it seems you can definitely count on seeing Zynga there, so go ahead and breathe a sigh of re...

Liam Fisher

4:45 PM on 03.21.2012

Zynga has bought OMGPop, developer of Draw Something

In a conference call today, social gaming megalith Zynga has announced the acquisition of OMGPop, the developer responsible for the wildly popular Draw Something for iOS devices. According to a post at the Wall Street Jo...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:15 PM on 02.27.2012

Facebook gaming drops in popularity (what a shock!)

While some pundits assumed Facebook gaming was set to take over the world, the latest figures show that such distractions have become less popular over time. In 2010, roughly half of all Facebook users jumped on such titles a...

Jim Sterling

9:19 PM on 01.30.2012

The DTOID Show: Fat Mega Man, bad Zynga & Ace Attorney 5

Hey guys! We're back again. With a show for your faceholes. Remember last week when social gaming behemoth Zynga got busted for ripping off an indie iOS title? Well, it happened again. We've got some good news too: Capcom is...

Max Scoville

1:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Cloning continues: Zynga accused of copying another game

Last week the internet gave Zynga sh*t for biting a bit too much off Tiny Towers for their new game Dream Heights. As you'd imagine, NimbleBit, a three-person company, was not pleased to see that the social gaming monste...

Dale North





10:41 PM on 01.25.2012

The DTOID Show: LEGO Minecraft, Blizzcon, & Xbox 720?!

Hey gang! We're back with our usual tri-weekly revelry, and today the news is all hot and stinky. Er. Exciting. For starters, Blizzcon is cancelled. Blizzard is gonna have a big pro-gaming tournament in Asia, but no. No nigh...

Max Scoville



Zynga rips off Tiny Tower, gets called out by devs photo
Zynga rips off Tiny Tower, gets called out by devs
by Jim Sterling

Zynga appears to have given up on copying its own games over and over, and has moved on to the straightforward plagiarizing of other peoples' work. Dream Heights is Tiny Tower to the core, the only difference being Zynga's inferior artistic direction. 

Tiny Tower's developer, Nimblebit, has noticed the similarities and called out the 2,789-strong company in a wonderfully sarcastic way. 

Zynga's relatively short history already has a laundry list of legal tussles relating to intellectual property rights, seeing it on both the defense and offense. Like many successful game companies, it will protect its own rights doggedly, but has no problem shamelessly copying everybody else. Apparently that's how you get ahead. 

Stay classy, Zynga!

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10:15 AM on 01.19.2012

Zynga bought up four mobile gaming companies

Zynga says that they've purchased four mobile game companies to get into the smartphone and tablet action. Sums paid for each studio were not disclosed. Mobile exec David Ko told Reuters that they picked up German g...

Dale North

12:00 PM on 12.23.2011

Zynga does NOT top Facebook's list of top ten games

With all this talk about Zynga and their bazillions of dollars, you'd expect Facebook's list of top games in 2011 to be dominated by their titles. While half the titles on the list are Zynga games, the two most popular aren't...

Dale North