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August 29, 2015, Saturday
  • Classes at U.P. Manila’s College of Arts and Sciences cancelled on Friday afternoon due to INC rally along Padre Faura St. 16 hours ago |
  • Rains in the area of Padre Faura St. in Manila fail to dampen the spirit of INC members who are protesting at DOJ. 16 hours ago |
  • CBCP says government should not underestimate the message of ‘no remittance day.’ 16 hours ago |
  • Construction of LRT 2 Masinag Extension to begin on Sept. 26. 16 hours ago |
  • Body of a missing seaman found in Tagaytay. 16 hours ago |
  • Palace calls for sobriety as more INC members troop to Padre Faura in Manila to join vigil in front of DOJ. 16 hours ago |
  • PNP’s estimate of INC members gathered in front of DOJ in Padre Faura St. in Manila is 4,000. 16 hours ago |
  • Justice Secretary Leila de Lima not yet seen at DOJ premises as of Friday afternoon. 17 hours ago |
  • Schedule of hearing on libel case filed by Makati Mayor Binay vs. Sen. Trillanes among those postponed on Friday due to INC rally at DOJ. 17 hours ago |
  • INC rally in front of DOJ has prompted the postponement of some hearings in the department. 17 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he is ready to face any complaint at Senate Ethics Cmte. with regard to his hiring of over 40 consultants. 17 hours ago |
  • 10 members of the Philippine Marines injured in a battle with about 300 ASG bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Friday morning. 17 hours ago |
  • Radio broadcaster Cosme Diez Maestrado killed in an ambush in Misamis Occidental. 17 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel says it is ‘business as usual’ in their QC coffee shop after it was fired upon by gunmen. 17 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel thanks those who are concerned for them after the shooting incident in their QC coffee shop. 17 hours ago |
  • Migrante International says OFWs in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia & Italy are joining the ‘zero remittance day’ on Friday. 17 hours ago |
  • Migrante International leads a rally at Mendiola in Manila as part of their ‘zero remittance day’ protest. 17 hours ago |
  • OFW Amie Emuslan who has been in comatose in UAE for 4 years finally brought back home. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells visiting Thai PM that Filipinos are offering their condolences to the Thai people who are Filipinos’ brothers. 18 hours ago |
  • Thai PM Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expresses sympathy for the Filipino who sustained injury in her hearing during the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. 18 hours ago |
  • Thai PM who is visiting PH says situation in Thailand now under control since the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast that killed 20 persons. 18 hours ago |
  • Gunmen shot and killed a Chinese tourist who was on board a taxi in Vito Cruz, Manila. 21 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna says cops are looking at his job as a media man as possible motive behind the shooting incident at his coffee shop. 21 hours ago |
  • 2 men seen on CCTV firing at the coffee shop of ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna in Visayas Ave., QC. 21 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura St. in Manila still closed to traffic on Friday morning due to INC rally in front of DOJ. 21 hours ago |
  • Some INC members continue their vigil in front of DOJ for the second day. 21 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano tells court that part of his privilege as senator includes giving statements on subjects of senate probes. 21 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano asks Makati RTC to dismiss the P 200-million damage suit filed against him by VP Binay. 21 hours ago |
  • BOC Chief Bert Lina shows at a press conference how prohibited items are being smuggled into PH using balikbayan boxes. 21 hours ago |
  • Customs Commissioner Bert Lina says he is listening to the sentiments of OFWs. 21 hours ago |
  • Customs Chief Bert Lina holds a press conference explaining how BOC is handling and inspecting balikbayan boxes. 21 hours ago |
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Is Candy Crush Saga the last of its kind?

By Ed Biado | Apr. 23, 2013 at 06:01pm
I was never a fan of Mafia Wars, but I did play Vampire Wars fervently. At the peak of my addiction, I had over 1,500 Facebook friends—1,000 or so of which were my gaming buddies. Back then, social games were all the rage on the social networking site, begging the question, “Was Facebook turning into a gaming platform?”

Well, that question can finally be answered. And the answer is no. I have since deleted those 1,000 friends, leaving me with people I actually know in real life. I have also blocked most game requests, as, I would later find out, is something that a lot of people have done. Today, my only guilty pleasure in the realm of social network gaming is Candy Crush Saga. And I’m not the only one who’s hooked.

Candy Crush Saga is the most popular Facebook game, beating longtime favorite FarmVille 2 on both monthly and daily active user counts. For me, the game is so entertaining because it’s built upon the simplicity of the tile-matching puzzle premise while challenging players to take on increasingly difficult levels—with a variety of goals—as you move further along in the game. And you need your friends for extra “lives” (attempts), moves and tickets to unlock new chapters. Seeing your friends’ progress and scores is an added bonus, if you’re the competitive kind.

Before Candy Crush Saga, the last game I played with Facebook integration was Draw Something. This was in early 2012.

Social network gaming, once the hottest activity to hit the online social scene, seems to be on a decline. Chris Morris, writing for the Plugged In blog on Yahoo!, observed, “As apps continue to expand, most people don’t have the time to play games on their phone and on Facebook—and they’ve opted to go with the mobile option…eliminating the need to go through a middleman.”

Just last week, Electronic Arts announced “the difficult decision to retire some of our Facebook games: The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society” effective June 14, citing a decrease in players as the reason.

Also last week, digital research firm Superdata reported that “for the first time in over a year, the total number of monthly active social gamers in the US dropped below 200 million,” with the departure of roughly 10 million players. It added that “EA’s retirement of SimCity Social and [Pet Society developer] Playfish…emphasizes the loss of interest in the space by major publishers.”
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