Social games aren’t new–they’re just games you play with other people. Social games began about 5000 years ago. With some help from the team at Disruptor Beam, we’ve put together a little chart that traces the history of social games from its origins in Ancient Egypt all the way to the present. I’m using the term social network gamesto distinguish the type of social games (Farmtown, etc.) that are primarily played and distributed via social networks.
While keeping the kids busy in the car with hand held video game consoles is easy enough; what are you supposed to do when you need to keep them busy at home? Reading a book and going outside to play sound like the ideal solutions, but let’s be realistic. It’s nearly impossible to keep them away from video games or the tv. Here’s a nifty little infographic about the rebirth of the home video game console.
Do you have a farm on Facebook? Or, are you tearing up the neighborhood on Mafia Wars? Online Gaming has exploded in popularity over the past several years as the technology has increased. Online gaming is more than just a genre. It has entered into the fabric of American society, especially with the youth of the country. Over the past 5 years, online gaming has become a huge segment of the total online experience.
The Facebook Economy
There are 550,000+ apps that are used on Facebook. Seventy percent of users engage with apps each month. There are one million app developers. Zynga, the top app developer, made $250 million in 2009. Of that amount, $80-$150 million is estimated to be profit, more net profit than Facebook itself made.