Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Social Networks and Games

It's been a big couple of weeks for social networks and games:

First off, MySpace was sold for a paltry $35 million. That's not really gaming related, but damn! She was worth $560 million just six years ago. Things change. Think about that, companies that are putting all your eggs in the Facebook basket. *cough*Farmville*cough*

Welcome back,
old Friendster
And speaking of past-their-prime social networks, Friendster is apparently now a "gaming platform." It's owned by an Indonesian "online payment" company that is going to use the network to serve up games to the Southeast Asian market. Beats working at Burger King, I guess.

Finally, check out World of Fourcraft. This is a FourSquare hack that works with Google Maps to turn New York City into a giant Risk board. You ally yourself with one of the five boroughs and then check in as many areas as you can. The borough with the most check-ins wins the area. The idea is to take over the entire city.

I'm not the biggest fan of social games, at least those that claim they're going to change the world, but this one sounds pretty awesome.

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