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OMGPOP and Booyah Society Are Kindred Spirits

Posted by Appgamr on July 30, 2009

Flirt while you game!

Flirt while you game!

In honor of Booyah, I’d like to discuss OMGPOP, previously known as IMINLIKEWITHYOU.  OMGPOP is a slick online casual game world where you get points for playing games with ostensibly attractive young people.  The idea was the social gaming would provide an environment for hipsters and casual gamers to flirt with each other, leading to (they hope) real-life dating.

It’s big in NYC and is probably the slickest implementation of Adobe Flex I am aware of.

I met Charles Forman, an OMGPOP founder, at TechCrunch’s annual awards show and thought he was smart and likeable.

OMGPOP, though brilliantly designed and executed, and addictive among its core crowd, never caught on.  In my opinion, OMGPOP might be a runaway hit if they hook up for aggressively with social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, where people spend all day playing casual games and would embrace OMGPOP to flirt with other people in low pressure, interactive ways.

Intrigued?  Check out OMGPOP and learn at least what Flex is about.

OMGPOP and Booyah Society are both online games based on point systems.

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Barnes & Noble gives free Wi-Fi for the iPhone/iPod Touch!

Posted by Appgamr on July 29, 2009

Free Wi-Fi at Barnes & Noble Stores!

Free Wi-Fi!

Free Wi-Fi for my iPod Touch!  More reason to go to Barnes & Noble.  Download the Barnes & Noble iPhone/iPod Touch App to take advantage.  You should still be able to get the free Starbucks coffee at B&N just for downloading.

Borders, please even the playing field with free Wi-Fi for my iPod Touch.  Thanks.

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Free Coffee with Free iPhone App! Limited Time.

Posted by Appgamr on July 24, 2009

Free Coffee with Free iPhone App!

Free Coffee with Free iPhone App!

What’s better than a free iPhone/iPod Touch app?  Free Tall Coffee at Barnes & Noble, when you download the B&N book store iPhone/iPod Touch app.

B&N is not trying to compete with Kindle iPhone/iPod app.  Instead the B&N app is more a pocket bookstore giving you regularly updated “what’s hot” book lists for online purchasing.

It would be better if it were an e-Reader on the iPhone/iPod Touch.  But free coffee while browsing books is a great deal.

Limited time offer.  Hurry now to iTunes and search for “Barnes & Noble.”

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Review: Crazy Planets (Free), Playfish, Facebook

Posted by Appgamr on July 2, 2009

Love Pet Society?  Addicted to Restaurant City?  Crazy Planets is your new habit, brought to you by the Facebook game master Playfish.

Find Crazy Planets in the Facebook Applications area, in the lower left of your Facebook profile.  Type in “Crazy Planets” in the search box.  Or, find it at Playfish.com.  Be the first in your social network to rope everyone into this fun, light, space exploration action game.

Crazy Planets must have soft-launched recently because I haven’t read or heard about it.  Unlike Pet Society and Restaurant City, you aren’t nurturing a cute little pet or feeding your friends with food creations.  Instead, you are a cute space fighter who must visit strange planets and kill robots by blowing them up with cute bazookas and grenades.

It sounds violent but it isn’t.  It’s about as violent as Star Wars, Star Trek, or the arcade classic Space Invaders.  Blowing up cute robots without muss or fuss probably isn’t what most moms want their five year olds to be doing.  However, I’m a nonviolent wuss, and I thought Crazy Planets was OK and as sanitized as a blow ’em up game can get.  It’s a nice stress reliever and a way for gals, moms, vegetarians, peaceniks, and the alien-loathing public to understand why blow ’em up games and G-rated shooters can be fun.

Using your Facebook profile photos, Crazy Planet customizes to you and your Facebook friends.  Your space fighter avatars will wear your Facebook face picture while walking, jumping, dancing, and falling.

Playfish’s ability to make distinctive, free social networked games is unmatched.  A lot of social games producers are phoning it in.  Playfish continues to delight and innovate in this brand new world of social networked casual games.

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NYT declares iPhone/iPod Touch the next video game frontier

Posted by Appgamr on June 29, 2009

Casual gamer lady loves Fish Tycoon and Jelly Car games on the iPhone.

Casual gamer lady loves Fish Tycoon and Jelly Car games on the iPhone.

Duh.

Re-post from New York Times, Huffington Post-style.  Casual gamers are ladies on the go wanting to pick up and play for 5 minutes.  Reporter mentions one of the ladies is in her 50s.  Compare with core gamers who are mostly male and in their teens and 20s.  Gameloft is already grossing $20M in iPhone games.  EA, Nintendo, Sony are all paying attention.

Nice PR spot for iPhone developer Firemint, producer of Flight Control.  Fish Tycoon and Jelly Car games on the iPhone are also favorably mentioned.

Jenna Wortham and New York Times.

Published: June 28, 2009

The iPhone has sent rivals scrambling, first to duplicate its glassy touch screen, then its successful mobile application storefront.

Now it is the video game industry that is sitting up and taking notice. Playing games, it turns out, is one of the most popular things to do with an iPhone. Of the 50,000 programs available for the iPhone and iPod Touch through Apple’s App Store, games are the largest category, about 20 percent of the offerings, according to the mobile analytics and advertising company Mobclix. The company also said that more than half of the billion downloads from the App Store are games.

That plethora of games, most of which are free or cost as little as 99 cents, are available in seconds via wireless download, which is driving the expansion of the audience for mobile gaming, said Tuong H. Nguyen, an analyst with Gartner Research who tracks the industry.

“Like many other features of the iPhone, it introduced the possibility of gaming on your phone to a whole new group of consumers,” Mr. Nguyen said.  Read the rest of this entry »

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