This week, casual game maker PopCap, best known for Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled, agreed to be acquired by Electronic Arts in a deal said to be worth around $650 million.
Tracking the hot trend of gamification -- using game-like elements to boost engagement in everything from social games, such as Zynga's FarmVille, to losing weight and staying on top of your finances.
<p>Texas native Libe Goad resides in New York City and has spent the past decade covering technology and video games for publications including Blender, PC Magazine, Bust, Seventeen and Sync. <p> Libe is currently the Editor-in-Chief of AOL's award-winning Games.com group, covering the growing social and casual games industry. Previously, she reported on consumer technology news for PC Magazine and other Ziff Davis properties and was the Editor-at-Large for gaming enthusiast site HappyPuppy.com. In 1999, Goad founded the one of the first women-targeted gaming/technology websites, GameGal.com. <p> A semi-regular TV talking head on CNBC, Bloomberg News, ABC, CBS, NBC and others, Libe has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Games journalists by Next-Generation, and has served as a judge for Spike TV's VGA awards, the E3 Game Critics Awards, and Independent Games Festival Awards.
Id Software co-founder John Carmack predicts cell phones and tablets will be more powerful than today's video game consoles in two years. But will that make games better?
Most social games, whether Zynga’s city building simulations or a gamified contest or tie-in for a consumer brand or movie, are about whittling down the gameplay options to those that either provide basic gameplay enjoyment or else provide some sort of social utility for the user. Hence, the cross-over between traditional game brands and, for example, Facebook games, has been close to non-existent.
A new poll says Americans want laws regulating violent video game sales, contradicting a recent Supreme Court ruling. We don't need more laws. We just need more common sense.
On Friday, while everyone was rushing out of town for the holiday weekend, news broke that FarmVille maker Zynga filed an S-1 with the SEC, indicating the company’s plans to go public.Analysts say that Zynga plans to raise 1 billion for its IPO, but investors will have to be willing to take some slightly unusual risks if they want to put their money behind this social gaming giant.
Sony is finally bringing its PlayStation Store back to Japan, two months after services were suspended following a hacker break-in.
Google this week launched, in beta form, its Facebook-like collection of sharing and social networking tools, called Google+ (or Google Plus, in conversation). It’s about half tweaked versions of existing Google tools, such as chat (video and text), profiles, and ‘like’-style link promotion, along with some new features, including Circles and Hangouts (a related-interest network and group chat room, respectively).
Zynga, the social gaming company behind FarmVille and CityVille, has filed a $1 billion IPO. The company now says it has 232 million monthly active users, posting 2010 revenue of $597 million.
Bungie, creator of the legendary Halo video game franchise, is turning its attention to mobile and social gaming with its new Bungie Aerospace venture.
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The California politician whose failed video game law was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this week vows to continue fighting, and says that evidence is "crystal clear" that violent video games hurt kids.
Ignoring a call for his resignation at Sony's latest shareholder meeting, CEO Howard Stringer blurred the line between installing Linux on the PlayStation 3 and pirating software.
The Supreme Court overturned a California law that sought to restrict the sale of violent video games to minors on First Amendment grounds, calling it "seriously overinclusive."
Days after publishing free-to-play games from other developers on its Steam service, Valve has made free one of its most popular games, Team Fortress 2.
Rumors suggest that EA is trying to acquire PopCap Games in a deal valued at $1 billion. What's in it for the video game giant?