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[QUOTE] I'm certain I'm missing something, but I don't see how the success of Farmville and other Facebook games can be replicated. The titles that become popular on Facebook are the ones that compliment the simple, twiddly nature of Facebook, not because they are great in and of themselves. Don't get me wrong, I'm not slamming these titles or claiming they aren't "real" games or anything like that. Instead, I don't see how the blueprint for future titles. Do you see more games being built for phones, computers and the like that offer a soothing bit of repetition during the day? Without something as massive as Facebook in which to showcase these games I would suspect most of them would be too slight to find an audience. Again, I'm certain I'm not connecting all the dots here. [/QUOTE] Facebook recently streamlined their method for 'hosting' games, making it a lot easier to hook games in to sharing, score posting, etc. so I would not be shocked to see even more fiddly handheld games that are on Facebook in the sense that they can be accessed through FB, but that can also be played through a mobile Web site, etc. I think it also opens the door for hobby and indie game makers. Trust me, several of the earlier API's for Facebook were truly horrendous and baroque. As for the quality of Facebook games... well, it depends on a lot of things. Zynga et al have set a very dull bar for the quality and type of games, and even some of the game industry heavy hitters have been making plays to enter the arena (I'm specifically talking about EA's purchase of Playfish a while back), so who knows what kinds of games will result. I'd like to be optimistic and imagine that great games will make it to social media. Given the outrageous numbers of players of some Facebook games, there's a huge potential market, but who knows how many of them are interested in something other than Mafia Wars. I'd like to think that it would be a huge-ish number, but we'll see I suppose. I just worry that the largest contributors will go with the lowest common denominator.
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