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Posts tagged “zynga”

Give8-Bit Collates Videogame Charity Campaigns

More and more people are using videogames as a medium through which to support charities. As reported by Wired, Give8-Bit is a YouTube channel designed to act as a hub for highlighting videogame-powered charitable campaigns and documenting their impact. Come watch the launch video of game developers who are doing nice things, and of Ian Livingstone in a choir.

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Bought The Farm: Mass Lay-Offs At Zynga

The bursting of the Facebook gaming bubble was as inevitable as post-feeding projectile vomit from my newborn daughter (which is why I've not been on the site for the last three weeks, but fear not, I shall not be turning my every sentence into a parenting reference as a result. For the record, obviously she's beautiful and amazing though. And very vomity). Much as I'm…

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EA And Zynga’s Legal Battle Ends With A Whimper

Lawsuits are nasty business. Accusations fly like hot lead, and all that's left afterwards are the coldest of feelings. Oh, and sometimes millions of dollars in legal fees. Those too. I suppose, however, that it helps slightly when both parties involved are regularly accused of being soulless behemoths bereft of all feelings except slobber-soaked money lust. So it was when EA and Zynga came to…

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Anonymous Internet Men vs Zynga

CEASE IMMEDIATELY THE PLAN. That's hacker collective Anonymous' demand to Farmville makers/financial black hole-creators Zynga. Anonymous - or, at least, someone claiming to represent them - purport to be angered by Zynga's alleged plans for a "massive layoff of a thousand people" and a move to outsourced development in India. This plan is, I believe, unconfirmed, but one thing's for sure - Zynga are in…

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AdversityVille: Massive Layoffs At Zynga, Bigpoint

In modern society, we tend to throw around the phrase "worst day ever" pretty loosely. Stubbed your toe? Worst day ever. Forgot to have "the help" restock your yacht with perfectly chilled bottles of imported Mars water? Worst day ever. Looked on helplessly as you and nearly 250 other talented individuals in your line of work suddenly found yourselves jobless? OK, now we're getting somewhere.…

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EA-Zynga Wars Episode II: Zynga Strikes Back

Yes, I know that's not an entirely correct Star Wars reference. I should probably have my head lopped off by some form of lightsaber-bladed guillotine, but let's save that for later. Now, after all, is time to be united by that most beautiful of communal forces: big things fighting. Last month, EA sued Zynga in an effort to "take a stand" against the social titan's alleged…

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Calm Down, Everyone: You Can Play Farmville 2 Now

I know you - probably better than anyone else. Yes, you. Everyone else thought nothing was amiss, but I could see it. Underneath your cool, put-together exterior, you were sweating bullets. "Maybe Farmville 2 will n-n-n-never launch," you fretted through a mouthful of chewed-off fingernails. "Maybe recent financial woes and legal troubles will improbably bring Zynga to its knees over night! Nooooooo." Now, though, you can…

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Feature: Ville Or Villeany?

EA Suing Zynga Over The Ville, To “Take A Stand”

Update: The memo we saw is now publicly posted here. EA have announced tonight they're planning to sue Zynga, over the similarities between the recently released The Ville, and Maxis' The Sims Social. It's not the first time that Zynga has released a game that looks astonishingly similar to another company's game, but it's the first time they've met an opponent big enough to fight…

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Feature: No Casual Shoes

Always A Gamble: Zynga’s Casual Peril

Happenings are afoot in the realm of casual gaming. Zynga, the leading casual gaming company, has seen its share price dropping. Not only that, but it has announced its intention to enter the tricky world of real-world money gambling. Things are, quite clearly, not working out as intended. And yet free-to-play casual gaming was supposed to be the most important thing to have happened in…

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The Giant Stirs: Zynga Shows Social Network, Farmville 2

If ever today gets turned into a television special, it will be called A Very Zynga News Day. The social Godzilla with the real social skills of an actual Godzilla went announcement mad during its Zynga Unleashed briefing - which sounds like it was named for a Godzilla movie. So, let's see, blah blah blah Sims Social clone blah blah blah ChefVille for some reason blah…

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Microtransacting The Fridge: Indy Facebook

I was nosing at Uncharted 3 on the playbox last night (professional curiosity!), marvelling at its graphics and likeable characters but becoming exasperated at its extreme train-track constraints, and its acrobatic adventures had me yearning for another good Indiana Jones game. A character who doesn't say too much but when he does it's gold; a character who doesn't immediately die if he jumps from the…

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Zynga Steps Back From Facebook?

Well, sort of. Casual-gaming behemoth Zynga, which is now worth more than all the gold in the universe, has announced that its games will now appear in a portal other than Facebook. The new portal, which will be called "Zynga Direct", will host the usual line-up of Zynga games, without you having to go to Zuckerberg's House Of Wonders. That's rendered a bit pointless by…

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Words With Friends Will Eat The World

Facebook games struggle to make an appearance on RPS without a boo-hiss from the crowd, but this one bears a little more patience. Words With Friends - owned by but not created by FarmVille frighteners Zynga - was a quiet giant on mobile platforms, due to basically being a persistent, online, score-based, multiplayer Scrabble, geared towards play with chums'n'family. Now it's on its way to…

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Walker Digital To Sue Activision Blizzard

Patents, eh? Aren't they great! In a pretty spectacular act of what looks an awful lot like patent trolling, but we're sure couldn't possibly be, Walker Digital (no relation) are suing Zynga and Activision Blizzard for creating games that use what they claim to be their distributed electronic tournaments patent. Gamasutra and TechCrunch report that the numbers they want to claim in damages are so…

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Bittersweet: What Brian Reynolds Did Next

There was a collective sigh of sadness from global strategy game gonks like me at the news former Firaxis and Big Huge Games big huge brain Brian Reynolds had thrown in his trad-gaming towel and joined Farmville and Mafia Wars outfit Zynga last year. Did this mean an end to playful, progressive and p-thoughtful strategy titles like Civ II and Rise of Nations? What with…

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Google + Zynga + $200m = Google Games?

TechCrunch has some news about Google investing in Farmville developers Zynga. If TC's "multiple sources" are correct, then the secret deal is intended to furnish a new Google Games project: Google has quietly (secretly, one might say) invested somewhere between $100 million and $200 million in social gaming behemoth Zynga, we’ve confirmed from multiple sources... Not only will Zynga’s games give Google Games a solid…

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Carrots And Sticks: Ellie Gibson On Farmville

Considering RPS' wandering remit, I'm surprised that we haven't actually written anything about Farmville. Especially as Jim's good lady is a player. Let's hand over to Eurogamer's Ellie Gibson, whose Farmville diaries sees her grow from someone who really can't see the point to someone who self-describes themselves as a drug-pusher. As she concludes: "Here's the thing: whether they're right or wrong, you can't ignore…

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