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RealNetworks buys Family Feud maker Backstage Technologies

RealNetworks buys Family Feud maker Backstage Technologies

Acquisition-fest 2010 shows no signs of slowing down this week as RealNetworks has purchased Canadian social gaming company Backstage Technolo...
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Hunch's Predict-o-matic game shows what your Facebook profile reveals about you

Hunch's Predict-o-matic game shows what your Facebook profile reveals about you

No matter how many privacy controls Facebook rolls out, most users on the site seem perfectly comfortable sharing the most intimate details of t...
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Angry Birds to add purchasable, level-skipping Mighty Eagle

Angry Birds to add purchasable, level-skipping Mighty Eagle

Anyone who's played a social game will be familiar with the idea of paying real, honest-to-goodness money to purchase items or status that you...
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Yahoo Fantasy Football adds Facebook sharing,

Yahoo Fantasy Football adds Facebook sharing, "like"-ing

It looks like Sports Illustrated isn't the only company integrating Facebook functionality into its fantasy football product this season. CNet...
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'PopCap World' social game service brings Bejeweled, et al to Korea

'PopCap World' social game service brings Bejeweled, et al to Korea

Casual game maker PopCap and major online game publisher NCSoft today announced a partnership that would bring multiplayer versions of many PopC...
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Social game maker Mind Candy named Top 10 British tech media company

Social game maker Mind Candy named Top 10 British tech media company

The London-based firm behind 15-million-member strong social game Moshi Monsters has been named one of Great Britain's top tech media companies ...
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Microsoft Bing's Farmville ad campaign up for award

Microsoft Bing's Farmville ad campaign up for award

As if attracting over 400,000 new Facebook fans for their client wasn't reward enough, the minds behind this Spring's inventive Farvmville-based...
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Quote of the Moment: 'Farmtown' floods Facebook friend feed

Quote of the Moment: 'Farmtown' floods Facebook friend feed

"Quit posting everything you do to Facebook. ... All I see every time I go on there is 100 God damn message about your stupid farm. It's getti...
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Mass Effect 2 developers borrowing social gaming's metrics-mining approach

Mass Effect 2 developers borrowing social gaming's metrics-mining approach

Social game developers are often criticized for focusing on "player metrics" -- gameplay data culled from actual player experience that's used to...
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Doom co-creator Romero consulting on unnamed Facebook game

Doom co-creator Romero consulting on unnamed Facebook game

With gaming luminaries from Trip Hawkins and Richard Garriott to Sid Meier and Brian Reynolds jumping onto the social gaming bandwagon of late, ...
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Quote of the moment: Stop the snobby sneering

Quote of the moment: Stop the snobby sneering

"I think that making incredibly expensive, hard-to-play games that require proprietary hardware and prior experience to enjoy is a dumb way of pr...
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Dallas Mavericks, HDNet owner looking to invest in branded social games

Dallas Mavericks, HDNet owner looking to invest in branded social games

It looks like the New York Jets soon won't be the only professional sports team with their own Facebook fan game. Billionaire Dallas Mavericks an...
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Wall Street Journal looks at Vostu, the Brazillian Zynga

Wall Street Journal looks at Vostu, the Brazillian Zynga

Here at Games.com -- The Blog, we've extensively covered the rise of social gaming in Europe and Japan (and America, obviously). But the social g...
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Quote of the Moment: Zynga Envy

Quote of the Moment: Zynga Envy

"I think that Zynga is a fundamentally different type of company than we are. And I don't mean that in a bad way. But they are about marketing an...
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Quote of the Moment: End of the Golden Era

Quote of the Moment: End of the Golden Era

"There's going to be a lot of [game cloning]. The truth is that there's that in every industry. I mean, MMOs, there's no shortage of terrible Wor...
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