Games

Pressured Zynga to Cut 5% of Its Workforce

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Zynga will cut 5 percent of its workforce as it begins a major restructuring as it contends with weak results from its Web games and delayed launches of new titles. Facing weak results from its Web games like The Ville and delayed launches of new titles, Zynga says it will institute a major restructuring of its operations. It’s game plan calls for cutting 5 percent of its workforce, or roughly 150 positions, and folding 13 games including The Ville, according… continue…

Make Your Online Soccer Game More Realistic

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Fantasy Football and online soccer management games have been around for years. There’s Soccer Manager, Online Soccer Manager, Trophy Manager and many others. At the heart of most of these games is the match engine software. This can drive everything from simple abstract playing to detailed kick-by-kick simulations. In all cases, the input is each team with individual player stats plus modifiers due to injuries. Now add formations and style of play, such as aggression to win more tackles but… continue…

Review: Lewis Pulsipher’s ‘How to Design Epic Games’

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Lewis Pulsipher’s name should be very familiar to game players of the past 30 years. He’s had several games published, including Britannia — ranked in the top 100 games — as well as Dragon Rage, Valley of the Four Winds, Diplomacy variants, RPG material and others. He also teaches college-level game-design classes in North Carolina. More recently, Pulsipher published Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish. This 260-page paperback is focused solely on a topic that isn’t well-covered elsewhere. The… continue…