Zynga Rolls Out Mafia Wars Mobile Access

Screen shot 2010 04 07 at 5.33.55 PM 490x253 Zynga Rolls Out Mafia Wars Mobile Access

Fans of Mafia Wars on Facebook would be glad to know that Zynga, the game’s developer has just enabled full mobile access features.  Whereas previously, the game’s mobile feature only allows users to receive updates of what was happening with their games, the new mobile features now allows you to do more activities.

To register for this feature you need to register from the Mafia Wars Facebook app page.  The SMS Mobile feature link can be found from the HELP option on the main Mafia Wars page. You need to sign up your mobile phone number. And right after registration you can start sending “MAFIA” plus action commands such as “FF” for fighting your last opponent, “J” for doing a job and other available SMS commands.  Send your SMS to the number (623-42). To get a list of commands, simply send “? to the said number.

Now, while this might seem an honest move on Zynga to inrease the engagement level of Mafia Wars players, this may also lead these members to purchase virtual good via their mobile phones.

What I’m not really sure is how Facebook will take this mobile feature as it will certainly take away valuable site eyeballs on Facebook.com. Of course, since you will be using your mobile phones, be reminded that those SMS messages will entail charges on your end.  But if you don’t mind spending on SMS just to play Mafia Wars via text, then check out the new Mafia Wars Mobile feature.

MLB.com Names Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 as Official Fantasy Game

Screen shot 2010 03 08 at 10.55.19 PM 490x216 MLB.com Names Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball 10 as Official Fantasy Game

For those of you who are into fantasy sports league, specifically Fantasy Baseball, you might be interested to know that Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 has just been chosen as the official fantasy baseball game of MLB.com. This means that Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 will now be promoted on MLB.com as well as on its online properties.

With the support of MLB.com, Yahoo’s fantasy league hopes to deliver the most compelling experience for fantasy baseball players, or gamers seem to be the more appropriate term.  The deal would incude integrated in-game and post-game video highlights of the action on the Major League Baseball directly from the player’s homepage.

Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 gamers can now purchase MLB.com’s new Fantasy Highlights package which would give them an opportunity to watch customized, in-game and post-game video highlights direct from their homepage.  MLB.com’s fantasy highlights package will be available for free-trial during the first two weeks of the MLB regular season.  The full season of MLB will be available for $9.95.

In addition, Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 will provide new live online auction draft application and free live scoring as well.  This will give MLB fans the ability to view live stats as well as instant scoring for teams or match ups. Users will also get real-time league standings straight to their homepage.

MLB.com senior vice president for business development, Kenny Gersh said that this product will suit fantasy baseball players’ growing appetites.

“Integrating this new highlights package with Yahoo!’s industry-leading fantasy baseball game will take fans beyond the box score to watch the performance of their fantasy roster as it unfolds on the field,” said Kenny Gersh.

With MLB.com’s support, Yahoo now has three fantasy sports game which have been blessed by the game’s official league administrators.  Yahoo also has fantasy games for NHL and PGA.

Via Yahoo PR

Playstation 3 Now Supports Facebook Updates

Possibly not wanting to let Xbox Live one up them, Sony has officially announced support for Facebook.  The announcement was made via a post at the official Playstation blog about the latest PS3 firmware (v3.10) update.  One of the new features of the firmware updates is of course “partial” support to Facebook.

Partial support meaning if you are a Playstation 3user, you can have the option to let your PS3 automatically updates your Facebook news feed with your game trophies as well as purchases at the Playstation Store. But to do this, you need to link your Playstation Network to your Facebook account first. Similar perhaps to the process of allowing third party apps to connect to your Facebook account. [Read more...]

FishVille Joins the Facebook Social Game Mania

Screen shot 2009 11 07 at 8.15.14 PM 490x252 FishVille Joins the Facebook Social Game Mania

If you’re on Facebook (who isn’t anyway?),  don’t be surprise if you receive a notification coming from FishVille. It’s not a typographical error since FishVille is not FarmVille. It’s actually a new game from Zynga, makers of Mafia Wars and FarmVille,  two of the widely played Facebook game apps. [Read more...]

EA reveals The Sims 3 full online feature set

Electronic Arts Inc. announced the robust online and community offerings to The Sims 3 PC and Mac game, the highly-anticipated flagship game from the best-selling PC franchise The Sims. In addition to the town included in the game, a second town, Riverview will be available for download from The Sims 3 product website at launch. TheSims3.com also will allow players to create and share their own movies, manage their online content and purchase additional in-game content. The game is set to launch worldwide on the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and mobile devices starting June 2, 2009.

Generation Cures launches first online game-a-thon for pediatric research

Children’s Hospital Boston’s Generation Cures movement, (www.generationcures.kid.org), where kids change the world through fun and games, launched the country’s first “Game for Good” game-a-thon. The groundbreaking two-month competition lets tweens use their gaming powers for good to fuel the discovery of cures and treatments for serious childhood diseases.

As more and more kids turn to the Web to make a difference, the Generation Cures “Game for Good/Make it Better” Challenge puts tweens in the giving driver’s seat. Just like they do in traditional fundraising initiatives like walk-a-thons, kids raise money by securing sponsors to reward their efforts in support of a good cause. However, with the game-a-thon model, kids can change the world right from their own homes as adult sponsors support their progress in an educational-adventure game on the Generation Cures site. While they have fun and learn, tweens are making a big difference for peers who are facing serious health issues.

Kids can enter the Generation Cures Game for Good challenge by registering for free on the Generation Cures site. Once registered, kids can reach out to parents, relatives and family friends, asking them to sponsor their game play by making a “Game for Good” pledge of any dollar amount.

Fans create 1 million new games for CartoonNetwork.com

cn Fans create 1 million new games for CartoonNetwork.comHow do you score massive player adoption while adding more than a million new games to your immersive online environment in just one month? CartoonNetwork.com discovered the secret by inviting fans to help build the content themselves.

As of May 30, Ben 10: Alien Force Game Creator fans had created more than 1 million brand new custom games to share with friends and fellow CartoonNetwork.com visitors. This milestone occurred less than a month after the launch of Cartoon Network New Media’s newest game, the first to combine user-generated content, gaming and one of kids’ best loved franchises online. Those fans have played the Ben 10-themed games more than 77 million times in the same time period.

On May 5, Cartoon Network New Media launched the tools and animations fans need to build their own action-adventure game featuring the new series Ben 10: Alien Force. The Ben 10: Alien Force Game Creator lets users easily build their own online games and share them with fans everywhere. Players choose their own hero from four of Ben’s new aliens — Swampfire, Humongousaur, Jetray and Spidermonkey — each of which has unique powers and abilities that impact game play. Completed games can be shared with friends and sent to CartoonNetwork.com’s game gallery for other fans to play and rate.

Sohu.com’s online game services suspended for China’s national mourning

Sohu.com, China’s leading online media, communications, search, online games and mobile value-added services company, announced that in response to the announcement by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China of a three-day national mourning for earthquake victims from May 19 to May 21, Sohu suspended its online game services on May 19, and will resume at 1:30AM on May 22.

Based on the latest operational trend of its online game business and taking the 3-day services suspension into consideration, Sohu estimates online game revenues for the second quarter of 2008 to be between US$43 million to US$45 million, unchanged from the company guidance issued on April 28, 2008.

Online game emerges from Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ at Blockbuster.Com

The Mist” is rolling in with Blockbuster Inc. by launching a free online game inspired by the Stephen King film. The game pits players against the predatory “Mist” creatures from the movie and highlights that Blockbuster will have exclusive rentals of The Weinstein Company film when it is released on DVD on March 25.

Now through April 8, “The Mist” game will give gamers a chance to live the movie. Players must defeat a series of predators, battling their way through three levels based on scenes in the film. Those who escape the mist and win the game get a sneak peak of an exclusive interview with Stephen King and director/screenwriter Frank Darabont.

EU suspects discrimination in US Internet gambling laws

online gambling EU suspects discrimination in US Internet gambling lawsDon’t discriminate us! That’s the cry of many European online gambling companies hurt by the decision of US in 2006 to bar American banks and credit card firms for transferring payments to online betting companies operating outside its territory.

According to a news article, the powerful 27-nation European Union is investigating the Internet US gambling laws for any sign of violation under world trade rules. This probe could lead to a formal lawsuit at the World Trade Organization. [Read more...]