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.
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.
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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