Posts tagged zynga
Rovio’s smash hit, Angry Birds had a younger brother yesterday, Angry Birds Space, and it is already blasting the competition. (more…)
UPDATE (3/21/2012): AllThingsD reports that Zynga has in fact made the purchase. $180 million for OMGPOP, with an additional $30 million in “employee retention” costs.
Zynga. the social games behemoth, is reportedly in talks with OMGPOP for a buyout. The bid for the company might reach $200 million, according to sources.
Admittedly, I still don’t quite understand the grassroots Occupy movement. The basic idea makes sense: The wealthiest in America are making money doing absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, the movement has no organization, and this seemingly national push to offer fair work and wages to the Have-Nots falls on deaf or confused ears.
The easiest way to offer better exposure for the Occupy movement is the world of free-to-play video games. While protests and demonstrations are an incredibly effective form of getting political notice, the public eye today tends to focus on smart phones and cute cats. Therefore, to pull people into the Occupy movement, people need a chance to see what the movement is about.
People need to play as the 1%.
A new Mission: Impossible gets closer to release, and Facebook gets a new social game.
In M:I The Game (screen shots), players create a super spy, research new equipment, and build a team of spies.
The game features 8 stories, 200 missions, and 50 global locations.
This translates to another social game. Set up much like a Zynga game, developer Funtactix tasks players with recruiting friends to move on. If players do not have friends, they can pay real money to buy place fillers or resources.
Social games are good, but when gameplay is sacrificed, these games are evil. The best micro-transaction social games should be modeled after MMOs, allowing players to work together by choice and getting rewards for using the social elements.
Paramount Pictures will be using M:I The Game as a portal for several contests and giveaways, like free tickets, posters, or Blu-ray sets.