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With $2M From Zynga Co-founder & More, Sokikom Wants To Use Social, MMO Gaming To Help Kids Learn Math

Curiosity Smartphone Game Gets Dramatic Updates

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British game developer Peter Molyneux - of Fable fame - announced last week in an interview with ReadWrite that his new independent studio 22Cans would soon be releasing a substantial update to its smartphone game Curiosity: What's Inside The Cube. The update arrived for Android users on Monday, iOS folks...
Curiosity Smartphone Game Gets Dramatic Updates

Jade Raymond on Splinter Cell, PlayStation 4 and the inevitable future of microtransactions

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We talk to the head of Ubisoft's rapidly growing Toronto Studio about the latest Splinter Cell title, Blacklist, and the changes currently overtaking the industryThis week, industry insiders from all over the world are converging on the annual Game Developers Conference in sunny San Francisco. This enormous get-together is where...
Jade Raymond on Splinter Cell, PlayStation 4 and the inevitable future of microtransactions

Real Gamification Mechanics Require Simplicity And, Yes, Game Designers Can Do It

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. My gamification post two weeks ago (which described everything you...
Real Gamification Mechanics Require Simplicity And, Yes, Game Designers Can Do It
Project Eternity's all-star effort to revive the classic PC RPG

Apple Kicks Chart Topping Fakes Out Of App Store

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Temple Jump, Numbers With Friends, Tiny Birds. These are not the apps you love. They’re fakes designed to scam you out of $1.99 when you go to buy Temple Run, Words With Friends, and Tiny Wings. Today Apple took a stand against plagiarism, kicking these rip-offs out of the US...
Apple Kicks Chart Topping Fakes Out Of App Store

Kiip, The Mobile Ad Rewards Network, Has Raised Another $8-10M To Conquer Games And Beyond

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We’ve been kiiping an eye on Kiip – a platform that replaces straight display ads with reward incentives in mobile apps to create a better level of engagement with its users — and it looks like we might not be the only ones. The company, which now serves its rewards-based ads into...
Kiip, The Mobile Ad Rewards Network, Has Raised Another $8-10M To Conquer Games And Beyond

Commerce 2.0?

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I cringed when I used the "2.0" term in the headline of this post, but I think it's useful. In the past year, when people ask me what I think is interesting in web technology, I often talk about emerging new commerce models. And I point out that two of...
Commerce 2.0?
Amnesia follow-up coming from Frictional Games and Dear Esther developer

If Location Apps are Games, How's the Gameplay?

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One of the motifs you keep coming across when reading about Foursquare and Gowalla, the mobile location apps, is that they are games, and the games are fun. The most important thing when it comes to gaming is the most subjective, whether the players are having fun. But it's not...
If Location Apps are Games, How's the Gameplay?
Empire Avenue Ditches Influence for Engagement with Relaunch
Striiv pedometer goes wireless, gets social
How to find the best meme videos before all your friends

Zynga Is Sued For Copying Games -- Here's The Most Damaging Evidence (ZNGA, EA)

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Electronics Arts has hit Zynga with a lawsuit accusing it of copying the design and game mechanics of "The Sims Social." The lawsuit is filled with side-by-side comparisons of Zynga's "The Ville" and EA's "The Sims Social." After looking at EA's evidence, we must say it appears as though Zynga...
Zynga Is Sued For Copying Games -- Here's The Most Damaging Evidence (ZNGA, EA)
Brenda Romero's Train board game will make you ponder the Holocaust

SMALLab Learning is hoping to bring Xbox Kinect into schools as a learning tool

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While I’m here at the LAUNCH Education & Kids conference, I’ve already seen quite a few interesting companies that hope to bring more technology to schools. There’s a nice mix of companies who want to serve both administrators as well as the students who attend classes. One of the most...
SMALLab Learning is hoping to bring Xbox Kinect into schools as a learning tool

Bad Piggies, the alternate-universe's answer to Angry Birds, lands September 27th

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Imagine a world where everyone's evil and wears a goatee, while our avian allies from Angry Birds are actually the villains of the piece. That's the premise behind Bad Piggies, Rovio's newest productivity killer, which promises entirely new game mechanics (and no slingshots!). It'll arrive on iOS, Android and...
Bad Piggies, the alternate-universe's answer to Angry Birds, lands September 27th

Why Can't This Breathtaking Game Get Funded on Kickstarter?

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The promise of crowdfunding is alluring: Creative people can turn their ideas into reality democratically, without having to compromise or sell their souls to a big corporation. And certainly, more than a few projects live up to that dream, a notable recent example being the super-cool 3-D printing pen 3Doodler,...
Why Can't This Breathtaking Game Get Funded on Kickstarter?
Professors out, experts in! Course Hero adds 18 free skill-based courses

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here's the news: Apple is in talks to acquire The Fancy, a Pinterest competitor, in order to get a foothold in the growing e-commerce market. Yahoo just lost another top executive. Jim Heckman, the company's senior vice president of strategy, is the latest to quit since Marissa Mayer...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Plyfe Raises $1M to Make Facebook Pages Actually Interesting

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Plyfe has raised $1 million from a handful of angels, Initial Capital, General Catalyst and Brad Harrison Ventures. On the surface, it sounds like just the kind of company I would hate. It offers rewards for gamifying your life. I don’t know who that sentence will piss off more: Me...
Plyfe Raises $1M to Make Facebook Pages Actually Interesting
Review: Orcs Must Die! tower defense game delivers fun on a budget

Bunchball brings a fresh approach to networking with gamified service for meetings and conferences

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Attending conferences and meetings are interesting at times, but when people are there to network, finding the right person to connect with can be difficult. Just who is at the event that is relevant for you to meet and what’s a good way to “break the ice”? Bunchball, a company...
Bunchball brings a fresh approach to networking with gamified service for meetings and conferences

Playdom Says Marvel Superheroes Are Super Viral (Among Men)

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Social game-maker Playdom officially launched Marvel: Avengers Alliance on Thursday, and executive producer Chia Chin Lee says the title already disproving some of the common assumptions about social games. The big assumption: that men don’t like to share their activity in social games the way that women do. That could...
Playdom Says Marvel Superheroes Are Super Viral (Among Men)

Free Game Friday: Fast-Paced Text Adventures

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It can be hard to come up with original twists on gaming these days, but somehow indie developers keep finding new, exciting ways to tweak old gaming formulas. From altering the speed of light to a pair of text adventures that'll get your blood pumping as fast as any...
Free Game Friday: Fast-Paced Text Adventures

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Site More Fun

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Gabe Zichermann is the author of the books “Game-Based Marketing” (Wiley, now available) and “Funware in Action” (Manning, Q3/2010). He is also the CEO of professional mobile social networking startup beamME and frequently muses about games and the world at http://funwareblog.com.Just like sex, fun sells. The early proof of...
Top 5 Ways to Make Your Site More Fun

Two Mobile App Devs Turn to Game Mechanics http://bit.ly/bZKPot

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Two Mobile App Devs Turn to Game Mechanics http://bit.ly/bZKPot

DeHood: A Location-Based Social Network for Your Neighborhood

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The current crop of location-based social networks mostly focuses on getting users to "check in" and share tips about local venues like restaurants, stores and coffee shops. DeHood, which officially launched earlier today, wants to bring a bit more value to its users by going beyond check-ins. The new location-based...
DeHood: A Location-Based Social Network for Your Neighborhood

Halfbrick discusses success in China, a major update to Fruit Ninja, and new game Fish Out of Water

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Halfbrick’s two mobile gaming hits, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, are, by all accounts, established rockstars of the mobile gaming world. The company added its third title — Fish Out of Water – last month, and early signs suggest it may have another runaway success on its hands once it launches...
Halfbrick discusses success in China, a major update to Fruit Ninja, and new game Fish Out of Water

Review: FreeSpace 2 sim launches you into space

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Even great game franchises fall prey to mergers, acquisitions, and the vagaries of the game business. Such was the fate of FreeSpace 2, a space simulator originally released in 1999 to great critical acclaim, as part of the Descent and FreeSpace franchise. Due to business circumstances, it was the...
Review: FreeSpace 2 sim launches you into space
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