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(PC Gamer)   Zynga, maker of electronic hamster wheels, to shut down 11 "games" as well as it's Japanese studio. Would you like to join subby's mafia?   (pcgamer.com) divider line 18
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2013-01-02 12:46:16 PM  
5 votes:
And nothing of value was lost.
2013-01-02 02:42:59 PM  
2 votes:
They gobbled up and ruined Draw Something to the point of being unplayable, as they have done with so many other games, so fark them with the unlubed rod of bankruptcy.
2013-01-02 02:07:27 PM  
2 votes:
ProgressQuest > Zynga's "games"
2013-01-02 02:06:48 PM  
2 votes:

Fano: They should invent "Push the lever for a pellet:the game" and be done with it.


I work for a slot machine company, so I'm getting a real kick out of that reply.
2013-01-02 12:49:28 PM  
2 votes:
Its
2013-01-02 12:47:18 PM  
2 votes:
In this case I'd suggest something of value was gained.
2013-01-02 04:35:57 PM  
1 votes:

xcv: dletter: "My pet is named after my real pet, and has the best mansion! PLEASE DON"T DO THIS!!!!"

And this is where you should see the signs that you need help.

They could probably milk the madness by selling tamagotchi-like apps for peoples pets to live on offline, maybe commemorative items like plates and urns too. But then it's got to be more lucrative to hook those players on another IAPville.


Good idea. Program up a little environment that would allow the user to keep their pet (along with any goodies they have for the pet) on their home computer. Randomize a few things to make the pet "active".

Make it available for download for the low, low price of $20 and watch the marks line up to get it so they can save Fluffy the Wonder Pet from the cybergrave.
2013-01-02 03:01:10 PM  
1 votes:

dletter: "My pet is named after my real pet, and has the best mansion! PLEASE DON"T DO THIS!!!!"

And this is where you should see the signs that you need help.


Well...

this saddens me so much, in june of 2010 my 2 and a half year old Grand Daughter passed away,i set petville up in her memory,redid rooms in her favorite colors and just kinda kid themed it,renamed my pet after her and when ever i needed to feel close to her would go play and just try to remember happy times,i want my pet back why coulld you not just let us keep our already set up game

Yes and no and oh shiat is it dusty in here all of a sudden?

//sorry guys, Im out
2013-01-02 02:37:22 PM  
1 votes:

Nem Wan: Charging to unlock on-disc content should be a practice that consumers revolt against. Never buy from that company again. DLC should be created after the main game is completed and improve on the game based on user feedback. I like the "Rockstar Pass" approach where you pay a set price and then you get everything they release. Or wait a year till a Complete Edition of the game comes out.


Doesn't have to be on user feedback. There's always that situation where they have to make cuts to hit the release deadline and have some content that's 90% done, but isn't there yet and it didn't go through testing. IMHO, that's the best candidate for DLC; things that were intended on being in there since the start.

Only justification I can think of for on-disc DLC is if the game itself costs less than the $60 price point and the on-disc DLC brings it up to that... like a way of releasing a "light" version of the game w/o having two SKUs; say, Halo w/o the multiplayer or something. And that's never, NEVER how it gets used.
2013-01-02 02:37:12 PM  
1 votes:

Nem Wan: Charging to unlock on-disc content should be a practice that consumers revolt against. Never buy from that company again. DLC should be created after the main game is completed and improve on the game based on user feedback. I like the "Rockstar Pass" approach where you pay a set price and then you get everything they release. Or wait a year till a Complete Edition of the game comes out.


I'm really not too sure why people get so irritated by DLC (on-disk or not.) IMO, the only real decision is whether you are happy with the game provided for the price it was provided for.

If you like the game they sold you for $60 and consider it worth the price, why does the fact that there was more data on-disk that you have access to offend you? If they later want to sell you a code that turns on that unavailable data for $10 then you decide if that extra content is worth $10 to you.

If you weren't happy with the original content at $60 then there's no reason to buy the game at all.

To me, the big problem is that smaller studios have demonstrated that a quality game can be bought for a helluva lot less than $60, which is making the prices we've been paying for "premium" games for the last few decades seem exorbitant.
2013-01-02 02:25:53 PM  
1 votes:
Nem Wan:Or wait a year till a Complete Edition of the game comes out.

Or wait another few months after that for the Complete Edition to appear on the quarterly Steam sale.

/Mmm, LA Noire Complete for $7.50
2013-01-02 02:02:03 PM  
1 votes:

dj_spanmaster: The problem with Mafia Wars (in 2010) was script bots that ruined the experience. Why play when you can have your robot do it for you? I quit and never tried MW2, and thank FSM, that game's addictive.


They should invent "Push the lever for a pellet:the game" and be done with it.
2013-01-02 01:57:33 PM  
1 votes:

jso2897: I wonder if companies who develop "real" games will learn anything from this, or will continue to play the DLC card until their customers, too, realize they are getting rooked.


I hardly buy any new games for my Xbox 360 because, once you buy a game with a multiplayer component, you have to buy DLC for maps or whatever because people on your friends list did. I'm not prepared to keep pouring money into a game like that, especially when the DLC sometimes is already on the disk and you're paying just to unlock it.

I played Farmville for a bit, but quit because it was just too damn repetitive. Even my son quit playing that and Petville and whatever else. No way I would pay for stuff in those games.
2013-01-02 01:44:16 PM  
1 votes:

lordargent: I submitted this last year.

"Please don't remove petville. I been playing for 4 yrs. and I'M going to miss my pet Jaime....why do you want cause depression for me and others. Why do you want to kill my pet?"


I played WoW competitively for years so I can understand being upset about plowing hours into a treadmill only to have something happen to it. But I don't "miss" my characters, they cannot be "killed" in the sense she's going on about and even if they were, I wouldn't feel remorse. Some people need to get help.
2013-01-02 01:35:07 PM  
1 votes:
...and not a fark was given.

Seriously, all Zynga consists of is a bunch of shiatty ripoffs of other FB "games". My hope (and this will probably never happen) is that the problems they are running into will motivate them to make better and original properties.
2013-01-02 01:20:36 PM  
1 votes:
It couldn't have happened to a nicer company.
2013-01-02 01:07:45 PM  
1 votes:
"My pet is named after my real pet, and has the best mansion! PLEASE DON"T DO THIS!!!!"

And this is where you should see the signs that you need help.
2013-01-02 12:58:51 PM  
1 votes:
Please shut down that extra apostrophe while you're at it.
 
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