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Thursday
Nov042010

Dragon Age Legends Brings BioWare’s RPG Franchise to Facebook 

A Screenshot From Dragon Age Legends

So it seems that Bioware has customized the game to fit the casual environment of Facebook. Buried at the end of paragraph one of the press release they have this neat bit of info:

Launching in February 2011, Dragon Age Legends will also give gamers the chance to earn exclusive unlocks* for Dragon Age II, one of the most highly anticipated video games of 2011.”

They gave a little bit more insight into what to expect here:

“Dragon Age Legends will give players their first taste of the Free Marches, the primary setting of Dragon Age II. Alongside their Facebook friends, players will take on challenging quests within an engaging storyline, earning loot, sharing rewards and growing their kingdom. The game will include a gratifying character customization and upgrade system that will allow players to tackle demons and darkspawn to become a legendary hero within the Dragon Age universe.”

 

It appears that EA 2D actually did the port and design of this new Facebook game, not Bioware themselves, which leaves me wondering how well the implementation will actually be when we get our mitts on it. What do you think? Any chance this takes the place of Farmville and MafiaWars?

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Sep212010

Apple and Facebook Reportedly Negotiated Over Ping for At Least 18 Months

Silicon Alley Insider reports that Apple and Facebook negotiated over 18 months about the nature of their relationship with regards to Apple’s music social network, Ping . 

 

This reinforces my opinion that I wish Apple would have used the Twitter API for their friends import feature, instead of trying to make some sort of deal that wasn’t onerous with Facebook.

It just seems that Evan and Biz would be easier to get a deal done with, and with their new twitter rollout, it looks like their numbers will continue to expand from the current 190 million users, making it nearly as useful as Facebook’s 500 million. Ping is only available to users in the U.S. currently, and according to Facebook Statistics, more than 70% of their users are located outside the borders of the United States, which makes Twitter’s numbers very competitive by comparison.

Wednesday
Sep152010

Who Will Suffer If "The Social Network" Is A Disaster?

The people who will suffer if The Social Network is not the popular and critical success story of 2010 that many have pegged it, will be the creative masterminds behind the scenes.

 

Read all about it here.