As yet another week wanes, it’s time to look back and take stock of all the cool things that happened in the social and mobile games industry. For starters, I began my new position as Gamezebo’s Assistant Editor, so–hi! It’s very nice to be here, and thank you all (especially Jim) for putting up with me as I staggered through my first week. With that out of the way, we have news about Angry Birds Land (the Angriest Place on Earth), EA’s Battlefield 3: Aftershock shame, and Justin Bieber’s hatred for iOS parodies of his sparkling self.
- An interview with Big Daddy’s Creations and the challenges that come with making digital board games.
- Speaking of big daddies,Final Fantasycreator Hironobu Sakaguchi is working on not one, but three iOS games.
- Angry Birds Land is being built as an extension on a Finnish theme park. Ready to fly face-first into a bunch of wood and glass?
- Infinity Blade Cross hits DeNA Mobage, Japan’s premiere social gaming platform.
- Kixeye is working on a 3D Flash RPG for web browsers, and we should see it by September.
- Japanese game publisher GREE is looking to partner up with Ubisoft and Gameloft to bring new games to North America.
- Battlefield 3: Aftershock stank up the App Store so thoroughly that EA opted to remove the game.
- MocoSpace is launching five new HTML 5 games.
- Facebook aims to work more closely with European developers.
- Zynga Bingo is now on Facebook. All the fun of Bingo without the cigarette smoke or angry old people.
- Blizzard may be thinking about embracing the free-to-play formula for an unannounced game.
- Apple buys Chomp for $50 million, many apple-scarfing puns made in celebration.
- Justin Bieber’s lawyer goes after Joustin’ Beaver,an iOS parody of the Canadian singer. Baby, baby.
- Rovio talks to AllThingsD about the future of the company and the feathery fiends it birthed.
- The ongoing online support for Terraria is coming to an end.
- Zynga, Facebook, and others offer Game Closure a lot of money, Game Closure turns them all down.
- Chinese iOS game developer Hoolai lost half its revenue to online scams.