Andrew Mayer


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The Ten Most Significant Social Games of 2009

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It’s been a big year for social games as the category has exploded in popularity by orders of magnitude, going from a fad to a revolution that may well change [...]

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Are You Making Your Social Games Wide or Deep?

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Cloning games has been a standard practice in the industry ever since Munch-Man started nibbling at Pac-Man’s power pills. But in the world of social, where the simple game dynamics, [...]

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Social Games Are a Constant Deployment Environment

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You're releasing constantly, and with every new version you can be absolutely sure that 100% your users are working on the same version of the software. You can even release [...]

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The Call to Action is a Simple Way to Increase Engagement in Social Games

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No matter how well crafted your design or polished your graphics, at some point your user is going to get lost. A clear Call to Action is a way to [...]

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Making Games Better Doesn’t Always Make Them Good

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It sounds a little strange when I say it out loud, but I’m not sure I’m totally happy about the current drive towards “quality” that I see happening with social [...]

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Social Optimism

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I’ve taken a few laps around the gaming industry block, and during that time I’ve seen many, many “next big things”. Whether it was Multimedia, add-on gadgets, phantom machines actually [...]

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Shopping is When Monetization Feels Good

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This was originally presented as a speech to the Social Games Meetup on February 24th When it comes to making money on your games one thing that can easily gets [...]

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Your Game is a Service Business

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When I was a kid my Dad was a wholesale travel agent. That meant that it was his job to travel around the world and find locations and services that [...]

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Successful Social Games Are All About Status

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It’s a little shocking to see how quickly Social Platform Games seem to be trying to travel up the gameplay ladder to inherit all the problems and pitfalls of the [...]

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Social Games Aren’t All About Great Gameplay

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Back at the turn of the century, when just the idea of 3D games was still pretty awesome, something more fundamental was occurring. Still reeling from the dark years of [...]

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How Social Games Saved the PC Gaming Market

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Although there have been good times and bad times, the PC gaming market has always been a bit of a lurching monster. Since the early eighties, when some of the [...]

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Ten Reasons that Social Games May Eat the Casual Market

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When they burst on the scene in 2004 downloadable Casual Games were one of the most exciting new areas to open up in gaming in quite a while, finally starting [...]

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Is the iPhone a Social Gaming Platform?

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If you talk to any person developing an application for the Apple iPhone you’ll often hear the same complaint, “It’s not like it used to be.” That may be a [...]