Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Video Game Review - In Zynga’s FrontierVille, Going From Forest to Family - NYTimes.com

Hmm…

You see, FrontierVille and its ilk do not feel like games at all. Instead they seem like lucrative business models that are being sold and packaged in the form of a game. There is a big difference. When you talk to most designers of great games they will tell you something along the lines of, “We make the kind of games we would want to play.” That never feels like the case with Zynga games. To me, a game like FrontierVille says, “We make the kind of games we think can best attract and monetize the most number of people with credit cards who don’t mind dropping $10 or $20 once in a while for a virtual tchotchke.”

Video Game Review - In Zynga’s FrontierVille, Going From Forest to Family - NYTimes.com

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