Square Enix Producer Says It's Time To Say Goodbye to "Social Games"

There's nothing wrong with social games, m'kay? Social games are fine. But maybe it's time to ditch that moniker. According to Takehiro Ando, a mobile game producer at Square Enix, recently did a post on Famitsu titled "Sayonara Social Games", that might not be a bad idea. » 3/07/13 6:30am 3/07/13 6:30am

'World's Laziest MMO' Is Possibly One Of The Sleaziest MMOs, Too [UPDATE]

Meet Tweeria. It's one of those web 2.0 social games where your real-world actions translate to in-game stuff. As the name implies, the game takes information from Twitter. Any retweets, favs, even Tweet number and follower count affect things in the game. You're playing it right now if you have a Twitter account,… » 12/26/12 6:30pm 12/26/12 6:30pm

It Finally Happened. I Chose A Facebook Game Over A Triple-A Game.

You know how people ask where you were when something important happened? Usually it's for really huge things—a big baseball game, an assassination, a presidential election. They tend to be generation-defining things, stuff that permeates our cultural consciousness. » 12/07/12 7:30pm 12/07/12 7:30pm

Zynga and Facebook Dial Their Relationship Back a Notch

For the past couple of years the social network Facebook and the social gaming company Zynga have enjoyed a rather cozy relationship. Zynga games have been a substantial source of revenue for Facebook, and the game maker has relied on the network to drive millions of players to its stable of titles. It's been a good… » 11/30/12 9:35am 11/30/12 9:35am

Now Facebook Games Can Create User Groups to Fill With 'Add Me' Posts

The second Zynga posts a message on the app page for a game like FarmVille 2 it fills with posts from people seeking friends to help them in-game. Now there's a new feature in beta for Facebook developers that will allow for apps and games to create their own groups, giving players another place to fill with "add me plz" … » 11/15/12 4:55pm 11/15/12 4:55pm

Goodbye, FarmVille 2. It's Been Fun, But I've Had Enough.

This past weekend, I took a trip out of town. I went outdoors, I sat in the sun. I drove through Northern California, past vinyards and polo fields, plots of land with a strip of earth out front for growing tomatoes and corn. I didn't really have my computer with me. » 9/25/12 4:30pm 9/25/12 4:30pm

Do JRPGs Need To Be Social To Survive?

Some people believe that Japanese role-playing games are meant to be single-player experiences, enjoyed alone in the dim blue light of your living room during marathon binge sessions involving little to no contact with other human beings. » 5/11/12 3:00pm 5/11/12 3:00pm

Heroines Are A Dangerous Drug: Japanese Users Spend Massive Money On…

Namco Bandai's idol simulator is taking the Japanese mobile game market by storm and burning holes in players' pockets.


The Idolmaster game series is well known among Japanese gamers for its cute virtual girls and plethora of costly DLC. Now it seems the mobile phone version of the game, Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls,… » 4/05/12 5:30am 4/05/12 5:30am