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Playing in an Asynchronous World

The recent rise of mobile as a key platform in the gaming space is accompanied by meteoric growth in asynchronous gameplay. Not what you typically envision when hearing of the latest “multi-player videogame,” asynchronous games do not require the two or more participants to be playing simultaneously; rather, players make turns at their convenience. Chart …

Temple Run social buzz isn’t exclusive to Twitter either, check out this Instagram—think you can beat Justin Bieber’s high score?

Organic Twitter Buzz Beats All

Organic vs. non-organic buzz – Celebrities (and ordinary players) create both types of buzz for Temple Run. Non-organically speaking, they simply tweet their score using the in-game prompt. Organically speaking, they go out of their way to create original content. Free PR tip! All mobile games should have a social media sharing element integrated in some way because, put simply, people love to brag. Who …

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Attracting the Non-Gamer

Last week, while chatting around my kitchen table with a friend, she pulled out her phone and proceeded to play a round of Temple Run while we continued our conversation. Taking a cue from her, I whipped out my phone and began playing as well. And there we sat, talking as we individually played our …

En Route to Victory: Commuter Gaming

When gaming is your hobby, it will naturally be your default choice for occupying life’s little patches of boredom. The advent of casual games has provided us all with a wealth of diversions for everyday lulls, whether it’s Bejeweled Blitz with your morning coffee, Desktop Tower Defense while the bank has you on hold, or …

Social Plays in Networked Gaming

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting at the monthly Social Media Expedition Memphis breakfast meetup. It was a great chance to take a look at “social gaming” from a different perspective, as many attendees knew little about the video games industry, but they were all social media enthusiasts. The result? An exploration of the …

GPS-based Game Seek ‘n Spell Debuts on the iPhone

The Retronyms released their new iPhone app Seek ‘n Spell on Earth Day! Seek ‘n Spell transforms iPhone gaming from a solo, sedentary experience to an active and social outdoor contest! Combining real outdoor spaces with virtual letters, Seek ‘n Spell is a word game where you and your friends compete to gather letter tiles …

Significant Growth in Online Gaming in 2009 [NPD]

NPD Group released its report Online Gaming 2009, which shows significant growth in online gaming.  According to the report: Online activites for consoles and portables increase from 19% in 2008 to 25% in 2009. PCs showed a slight decline, but is still the dominant online gaming platform. Xbox 360 is the leader with 50%, with …