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Interview: Bingo by Ryzing brings real-life prizes to a virtual game

Feb 7, 2012

Amidst all of the recent drama surrounding Zynga Bingo and Bingo Blitz, you may have missed the release of a new bingo game on Facebook: Bingo by Ryzing. And it's pretty good. Published as part of RockYou's studio partners program, the game features standard, but fun, bingo play, but also manages to separate itself from other social bingo games with features like the ability to win real-world prizes. Gamezebo spoke to some of the minds at both RockYou and Ryzing to learn a little bit more about the relationship and what we can expect from the game in the future.

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The week in gaming news: February 3, 2012

Feb 3, 2012

Somehow it seems we're already a month into 2012. Time sure does fly! A lot happened in the games industry this week, and pretty much all of it had to do with plagiarism. People were accused of copying other people's games, people denied copying other people's games, and people even filed lawsuits about people copying their games. It was a crazy week, and here's everything that happened.

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Yeti Town publisher denies breaching Triple Town NDA

Feb 3, 2012

Last week indie studio Spry Fox, developer behind the cross-platform hit Triple Town, announced that it was filing a lawsuit against 6waves Lolapps claiming that the publisher's game Yeti Town was a copy of Triple Town. 6waves has since responded and denied copying the game.

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Zynga accounts for 12% of Facebook's revenue

Feb 1, 2012

As was widely predicted, Facebook filed for its initial public offering today, with a staggering value of $5 billion. What wasn't expected, though, was just how much of Facebook's revenue came from the platform's biggest game developer.

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The Hunger Games are coming to Facebook

Feb 1, 2012

With a feature film on the way, developer Funtactix has announced that it will be releasing a social game based on the popular Hunger Games franchise.

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Bigpoint reaches 250 million registered users

Feb 1, 2012

Bigpoint, the developer behind browser-based games ranging from Drakensang Online to RamaCity, has announced that its games have exceeded 250 million registered players.

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Kickstarter Picks: Dueling Blades

Feb 1, 2012

We've already looked at Dueling Blades, an upcoming cross-platform action game from Hourblast Games, both with a preview of the game and an in-depth interview with Hourblast's Joseph Cooper. Now the studio is giving you a chance to help out and contribute to the development of Dueling Blades on Kickstartrer.

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Hoop De Loop Saga Preview

Feb 1, 2012

King.com's "Saga" line of social games continues to grow, and today the developer is launching yet another on Facebook. Joining the ranks of Bubble Witch Saga and Mahjong Saga is Hoop De Loop Saga, a "ball shooter" that should feel familiar to anyone who has played a game of Zuma before.

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Zynga responds to plagiarism allegations

Jan 31, 2012

Just yesterday Bingo Blitz developer Buffalo Studios claimed that Zynga's upcoming game Zynga Bingo was a copy of its social game. And this came not long after Tiny Tower developer Nimblebit made similar accusations. Now Zynga has finally responded and, expectedly, denied any wrongdoing.

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Jewels of the Amazon Review

Jan 31, 2012

You probably think you don’t need another match-3 game, and you’re probably right. But that doesn’t mean they’ll stop coming any time soon. And while Jewels of the Amazon shares quite a bit with its predecessors -- from the basic gameplay all the way up to power-ups -- it also adds some fun twists and a great adventure premise. It’s far from original, but it’s a solid time waster for puzzle fans.

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