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“Zero” Marketing is the Best Marketing: Dark Void Zero and Instant Nostalgia

Harshil PatelJanuary 19, 20103 min read
[As noted on Giant Bomb, a Zero or “0” in a game’s title establishes that it’s a prequel or remake, ala Resident Evil 0, Perfect Dark Zero and Metroid: Zero Mission.] Dark Void Zero is a little game with huge potential – the lovechild of retro fan-service and innovative marketing has become a very compelling title, and is likely to lead the charge for similar games.…

Publishers Clearing House Holding $1,000 Mahjongg Dimensions Tournament

Harshil PatelJanuary 19, 20101 min read

Are you hooked on Mahjongg Dimensions since we warned you it might hook you? Would you like several hours of your life back? You can’t have them, I’m afraid, but the good news is that if you’re willing to spend several more hours, you have a shot at a $1,000 prize. Publishers Clearing House Games has asked us to  inform you that tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20th,…

FarmVille Celebrates Crunchie Award Win with Special Statue, Reaches 10 Million Fans

Harshil PatelJanuary 17, 20101 min read

Zynga is thanking loyal FarmVille fans for their help winning the 2009 Crunchies with a free celebratory gift – the Crunchies Award – a commemorative statue that was placed in each players’ giftbox last week. Plus, Zynga says more special rewards are on the way next week, to celebrate FarmVille’s 10 million fan milestone. Guess Facebook’s hottest farming game just had too much goodness to give…

Zynga Sells Virtual Goods for Haiti Relief

Harshil PatelJanuary 14, 20101 min read

Have you ever wished your FarmVille efforts were actually generating some food? They can, starting tonight: Zynga has issued a press release announcing the start of a Haiti Relief Fund, with limited edition goods available for purchase in FarmVille, and Mafia Wars 100% of proceeds from these virtual sales will be donated towards the World Food Programme, translating into desperately needed food and supplies…

Traveler’s Quest: Plundering Santa Monica with My iPhone

Harshil PatelJanuary 11, 20102 min read

Social gaming introduces a number of amusing and intriguing factors into one’s daily diversions. Every week, the new Bejeweled Blitz tournament pits me against my friends, and I struggle to beat Kate’s must-be-cheating scores. Conversely, there are games which pit me against users I don’t know, engaging in petty rivalries with other Mobsters. Add a GPS-enabled device into the mix, however, and suddenly the dynamic changes even…