In episode 54, we discuss how social media games are impacting our definitions of gaming and gamers. We chat with Sharon Browning, a writer for the site, who recently wrote a series of articles about this very topic. Check out her articles and our discussion in the episode. This week is a big one for Game on Girl… Rhonda and I will be meeting in just a few short days in Boston for PAX East! If you’re going to be in town for the con, give us a shout out and make sure to attend our panel on Friday at 5:30 in the SphinxRead More →

Bye Zynga Farmville

If you are on Facebook, you know Zynga.  Even if you never heard of them, you’ve probably felt their affect.  FarmVille, FarmVille2, YoVille, Words With Friends, Indiana Jones Adventure World, CastleVille, CityVille, ChefVille, The Ville, Slingo, Vampire Wars, Mafia Wars, Hidden Chronicles, Bubble Safari…. all are current or past games that either you or at least some of your friends have played or are playing. Founded by Mark Pincus in April 2007 (named after his beloved bulldog, hence the company’s logo), Zynga launched its first game in July 2007:  Texas Hold’Em Poker (now Zynga Poker).  Within 2 years the company was the #1 app developerRead More →

Blackwood and Bell Mysteries facebook game

Ok, so I didn’t leave it completely.  I still play Words with Friends with one person (only one, mind you; ok, occasionally with two, but only those two!) and an “action adventure” game called Castle Age, mainly because I’ve belonged to a few really strong guilds there and have met many wonderful people with whom I do not want to lose touch.  (I have one other game loaded because a friend of mine works on it, but honestly, I haven’t played it in ages and occasionally try others, but tend to leave them after a day or two.) But all the other games:  FarmVille,  VampireRead More →

farmville graphic

So, you indulge in a few rounds of Words With Friends.  Or you may not admit it openly, but you have been known to play a little FarmVille (honestly, can you really play “a little” Farmville?).  At the very least you’ve been frustrated by being inundated with requests to join Facebook friends in their newest game, or to send them the latest items that they need to  create meals in their virtual restaurant, or clicks that will help summon armies to defeat some thunderous monster attacking their virtual realm.  Or perhaps you play Angry Birds on your smart phone or Plants Vs Zombies on yourRead More →