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Social Gaming News Digest for the week ending Aug. 6, 2010

Social Gaming News Digest for the week ending Aug. 6, 2010

Google bought SuperPoke! Pets creator Slide this week, fueling more rumors of their impending social/gaming network. Zynga shut down its lon...
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Quote of the Moment: 'Popular' does not mean 'good'

Quote of the Moment: 'Popular' does not mean 'good'

"I think a great many social game developers are mistaking the success of their games for positive contributions to humanity. ... If you talk to ...
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Rexona's Nature Nurture brings real virtual gardening to Facebook

Rexona's Nature Nurture brings real virtual gardening to Facebook

Tired of controlling virtual characters in your Facebook games? Why not try controlling a real gardener? Rexona's Nature Nurture is pretty un...
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Amazon an unlikely winner in social gaming's growth

Amazon an unlikely winner in social gaming's growth

When you think of the companies that have benefited the most from the explosive growth of social games, a few names probably spring to mind. Face...
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Quote of the Moment: Cheating yourself

Quote of the Moment: Cheating yourself

"What we did have were massively multiplayer online games such as Final Fantasy XI and World of Warcraft, where players were encouraged to engage...
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Is Bebo planning a social gaming comeback?

Is Bebo planning a social gaming comeback?

Do you know that bittersweet feeling you get when you realize an ex-romantic partner looks like they could finally be getting their life together...
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Kingdoms of Camelot maker Watercooler changes name, focus

Kingdoms of Camelot maker Watercooler changes name, focus

What a difference four million players makes. It wasn't long ago that Watercooler, Inc. was, in its own words, "about serving the sports and medi...
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Quote of the Moment: In the name of the progress bar

Quote of the Moment: In the name of the progress bar

"Humans love progress bars, if you see a progress bar, you want to complete it." -SCVNGR CEO Seth Priebatsch summarizes the company's game ...
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Facebook stats glitch highlights need for independent stat reporting

Facebook stats glitch highlights need for independent stat reporting

Cafe World had been sitting comfortably at around 20 million monthly users for the entire month of July. So it was a bit of a surprise when Face...
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Square Enix engaged in

Square Enix engaged in "exploration" of social games business

Japanese mega-publisher Square Enix is best known for sprawling, story-filled single-player RPGs like those in the Final Fantasy series. So it's ...
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Why 400,000 players weren't enough to save Street Racing

Why 400,000 players weren't enough to save Street Racing

With social game mega-publisher Zynga recently deciding that hundreds of thousands of players apparently aren't enough to sustain games like Roll...
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Quote of the Moment: Howard just don't understand

Quote of the Moment: Howard just don't understand

"I've got to be honest: I don't get [social gaming]. I look at it and try to understand but for now I've just decided to ignore it (laughter). I...
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Marc Jacobs wants to Bang you in new Facebook adver-game

Marc Jacobs wants to Bang you in new Facebook adver-game

Remember those heady days before Farmville when Facebook users seems content to interact with each other via random verbs? You know -- Poking, B...
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Players protest Zynga's abrupt Street Racing shutdown

Players protest Zynga's abrupt Street Racing shutdown

Apparently Zynga wasn't done shutting down games after bringing down the hammer on Roller Coaster Kingdom and Ponzi, Inc. last month. Today, Zyn...
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Nielsen: Online games now more popular than e-mail

Nielsen: Online games now more popular than e-mail

Look out e-mail... there's a new No. 2 in town. That's according to Nielsen's newest "What Americans Do Online" report, which shows online games...
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