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Zynga reveals intent to go public

Zynga today announced the launch of its new, sure-to-be-massive 'Ville social game, in which players from disparate backgrounds will be able to log on, buy a portion of a company through microtransactions and watch their profits grow! This new venture differs from other Zynga hits like FarmVil...

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Plants vs Zombies down to $3.40 on Steam until Thursday afternoon

Though they may not know it yet, folks who've yet to get down with PopCap's horticultural undead defense sim are having a great day. It's never been cheaper to pick up Plants vs. Zombies -- until Thursday at 1PM ET, the game's marked down to $3.40 on Steam....

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Free Realms coming to the PlayStation 3 on March 29

Sony Online Entertainment has announced a release date for casual free-to-play MMO Free Realms' arrival on the PlayStation 3, and it's just a few weeks from now, on March 29. The game was originally brought out on PC a few years ago, and is breaking new ground: "We'll be the first free-to-play ca...

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Fruit Ninja Frenzy to plant seeds on Facebook

Halfbrick's Fruit Ninja has grown into a wildly lucrative property since first sprouting up on the App Store in April 2010. It's since branched out onto Android and Windows Phone 7, and its first true offspring won't fall far from the (money) tree. Fruit Ninja Frenzy will be a free-to-play Fac...

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CityVille's monthly user population now 100 million strong

We had an inkling this CityVille thing our mom keeps sending us requests in would be a big deal, but we underestimated just how big. After launching and quickly overtaking FarmVille's active monthly user count, Zynga's latest casual hit has now approached "sensation" levels of interest: it's enjoyi...

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Zuma Blitz now launching multicolored marbles at Facebook

PopCap shouldn't be allowed to do this, right? There should be some kind of legislation protecting our poor, non-gaming relations from the casual game developer's insidiously addictive creations -- sadly, no such law exists. In its absence, PopCap was recently able to put Zuma Blitz on Facebook. Wi...

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Riccitiello: EA backing away from big acquisitions, not buying Harmonix

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello revealed a core attribute that the megapublisher is prioritizing in the coming years: Thriftiness. He explained the company has no interest in pursuing more multi-million dollar acquisitions for now -- rather, he said the co...

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'Dying for Daylight' features story by True Blood author

Author Charlaine Harris writes the "Southern Vampire Mysteries" novels that provide the source material for HBO's True Blood. Oberon Media's casual game label I-play announced today that Harris is writing the story for its upcoming vampire-centric PC release, Dying for Daylight. The first episode wi...

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Silly Bandz for DS seems like a stretch

Zoo Games has announced a DS game based on ... some rubber bands. This December, Zoo will release Silly Bandz, the official game of those rubber bands in the shape of animals and Justin Bieber. Silly Bandz tasks players with freeing Bandz from capture by launching other Silly Bandz at the structu...

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THQ locks down multi-year rights to Deepak Chopra games

It's not quite an EA-NFL-level blockbuster deal, but THQ has entered into a multi-year licensing agreement for exclusive video game rights to Deepak Chopra's teachings. The deal with rights holder Curious Pictures extends to pretty much every platform imaginable, including XBLA, PSN and WiiWare. ...

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