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Boy Scouts Will Be Able To Design Games, Earn A Merit Badge For It

Boy Scouts Will Be Able To Design Games, Earn A Merit Badge For It

I was a Boy Scout for four years and we never had anything this cool. The hundred-plus year old organization for boys and young men has been ...
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Idle Worship's maker thinks truly social games demand real-time play

Idle Worship's maker thinks truly social games demand real-time play

Is the key to achieving the definition of "social game" real-time play between friends? Jeff Hyman, CCO of Idle Games and one of the main minds ...
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Facebook to host social games hack-a-thon, hopefully to inspire variety

Facebook to host social games hack-a-thon, hopefully to inspire variety

Let's face it, people: Things are getting a tad stale around here. (At least when it comes to popular Facebook games.) Facebook has said it, the...
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Quote of the Moment: 'People will get burnt out on' today's social games

Quote of the Moment: 'People will get burnt out on' today's social games

Better prepare your last words, CityVille. Alright, so the top Facebook game might have longer than that in it, but Glitch developer and Tiny Spe...
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FarmVille's creator: Making a great game is 'like making a cake'

FarmVille's creator: Making a great game is 'like making a cake'

Wait, so this is the analogy behind making a multi-billion dollar game franchise? When asked what makes a great game by The Times of India during...
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'Zynga is making games for accidental gamers,' studio VP says

'Zynga is making games for accidental gamers,' studio VP says

Look, nobody gets hooked on FarmVille by accident--there's always that friend. Zynga studio VP Bill Mooney (pictured) recently spoke to students ...
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Are Pokemon and FarmVille one and the same?

Are Pokemon and FarmVille one and the same?

Pokemon isn't stale, it's simply perfecting what works. That generally seems to be how Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander feels about the ubiquitous fra...
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Zynga's Brian Reynolds trying deeper, more clever social game design

Zynga's Brian Reynolds trying deeper, more clever social game design

Hey, you asked for it. Zynga's chief game designer Brian Reynolds never rests, and even now he's working to bring deeper game mechanics to social...
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Former EA, LucasArts folks form social game studio, November Software

Former EA, LucasArts folks form social game studio, November Software

The above trailer for November Software's first game, Inemeri: A Familiar World, is a pretty accurate display of what this brand new social g...
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Quote of the Moment: 'Metrics ... help us make [social] games better'

Quote of the Moment: 'Metrics ... help us make [social] games better'

[T]he numbers give us an idea of roughly what kind of feature to do because there are some kinds of features that are more likely to drive p...
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Quote of the Moment: 'There's not a graphic arms race here' in social games

Quote of the Moment: 'There's not a graphic arms race here' in social games

"There's not a graphic arms race here. There's an art quality arms race, but nobody is racing to bigger, better, more polygons. People are playin...
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Quote of the Moment: 'Facebook gaming is a completely valid market'

Quote of the Moment: 'Facebook gaming is a completely valid market'

But it's a completely valid market. People in the industry are seeing Facebook as a platform like we see the PlayStation 3 or the PC as a platf...
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Ratchet & Clank maker Insomniac Games reveals social games division

Ratchet & Clank maker Insomniac Games reveals social games division

With the way things are going, you'd think the next big E3 console reveal will be Facebook 2. Yet another console developer, Insomniac Games, pl...
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Zynga's CityVille is flawed (and brilliant): The issue of roads

Zynga's CityVille is flawed (and brilliant): The issue of roads

Ever visited a friend's city in CityVille and notice something odd. It doesn't look like a city at all. There are rows upon rows of sushi bars o...
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How Facebook games can be deeper by design

How Facebook games can be deeper by design

We've all heard the claims leveraged against social games that they are barely games. And let's face it, those accusations ring true even when l...
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