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How Zynga's CityVille Drew 70 Million Players In Less Than a Month 101

An article at Gamasutra takes an in-depth look at how Zynga's new browser-based social game CityVille managed to accumulate tens of millions of players in the relatively short time since its launch early this month. Quoting: "The Facebook interface induces a high degree of user blindness. It does not do a great job of exposing new games and applications, and lacks a directory or a 'Featured in the App Store' style of editorial (as Apple does for the iPhone), which means that for most developers there are huge problems in getting their games in front of users' eyeballs. With all of the free advertising channels on the platform now constrained or dead, this has meant that the Facebook economy has been acquiring an increasingly Darwinian shape. Where it used to be an egalitarian environment in which any developer could strike it big, over the last year it has become top-heavy with larger developers accruing exponential success, and cutting off oxygen to smaller companies by default."
The Almighty Buck

EVE Player Loses $1,200 Worth of Game Time In-Game 620

An anonymous reader writes " has reported that an EVE Online player recently lost over $1,200 worth of in-game items during a pirate attack. The player in question was carrying 74 PLEX in their ship's cargo hold — in-game 'Pilot's License Extensions' that award 30 days of EVE Online time when used on your account. When the ship was blown up by another player, all 74 PLEX were destroyed in the resulting blast, costing $1,200 worth of damage, or over 6 years of EVE subscription time, however you prefer to count it. Ow."

Comment Re:Explained by a Simple Formula (Score 1) 944

When ALL of the ISPs decide to start charging for each website viewed is the day I start my own ISP and collect the millions of people who would rather surf the Internet for "free" (with the obvious monthly connection costs).

I can't wait until they start charging per site (although I believe they NEVER will) as it will economically be like shooting fish in a barrel for the growth of my new ISP business.

Comment I work a 9/80... well technically a 9/76.5 (Score 1) 1055

The energy sector in Canada (Calgary to be specific) has a number of companies that do this.

I have been working with every other Friday off and think it is great.

- On the short weeks your vacation used is only 4 days.
- The Fridays free up my Saturdays with my family because I can get stuff done that I normally would have done on the weekend.
- My company closes completely so there is never the possibility of working that day (unless you are on an on-call rotation and something at the datacenter dies).
- Long weekends are fantastic. Add that to another Monday holiday and you end up with a 4 day weekend or a 3 day week.

I personally like having the extra day off. I find myself better rested and more productive at home.

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