Top-rated Facebook games from 2012

25 top-rated Facebook games from 2012: "Games can be both a welcome and an annoying diversion on Facebook, the world's most popular online social network. This year, Facebook crossed a big milestone – reaching 1 billion active users. Game companies such as "FarmVille" creator Zynga Inc. and Rovio Entertainment Ltd. of "Angry Birds" fame seek to tap into that vast base of users to gain more players for their games. This week, Facebook Inc. issued a list of the 25 top-rated games that launched on Facebook in 2012. The company says the rankings are based on user ratings and engagement with the games. It's the same methodology that Facebook uses to rank apps in its App Center. Some of the games are played on Facebook's website, while others are only on Apple Inc.'s iOS or Google Inc.'s Android devices using Facebook's app. Here's the list: 1. "SongPop" (by FreshPlanet, on, iOS and Android) 2. "Dragon City" (by Social Point, on 3. "Bike Race" (by Top Free Games, on iOS) . . . "

The virtue of patience: how game design has rediscovered waiting | Technology | "For a while there, games were constantly hurrying us through the experience; now, finally, a new generation is letting us breath and think again . . . The balance between freedom and urgency is a vital one in game design – it is so hard to get right. But I love to wait and to think. I loved the the Surface level in GoldenEye, when you got to creep through the snow, slowly edging toward the guards. I spent many days playing the now largely forgotten real-time strategy title Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, plotting precise strikes on patrolling German troops and then hiding the bodies. It has been fun to discover that feedback loop of surreptitious violence in Dishonored: stalk, strike, stash. It is satisfying because it encompasses two vital gaming mechanics: killing and tidying. I hope we're on the verge of a new era of game design, in which narrative isn't about corridors of action, and in which players truly contribute to the story as agents of change. Time's winged chariot has hurried us long enough; in the next generation, with processors big enough to generate worlds filled with procedural enemies and dynamic events, we should be given time and space to find our own rhythms of play. If you take the time to build a beautiful and elaborate domain filled with clever enemies, the player must be given the chance to drink it all in. Patience is a virtue in life and in game design."

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MoMA Curator Finds Hidden Design Gems in Video Games
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