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August 01, 2015, Saturday
  • Passenger’s disruptive behavior in Cebupac plane from Dubai forced the crew to make an emergency landing in India. 10 hours ago |
  • Crew of PH-bound Cebu Pacific plane made a Filipino passenger alight from the aircraft after causing commotion & bomb scare. 10 hours ago |
  • Enrile attends Sandiganbayan hearing on pork barrel scam. 10 hours ago |
  • DFA to file third diplomatic protest against Canada over trash. 10 hours ago |
  • Magnitude 3.4 quake jolts Sultan Kudarat. 10 hours ago |
  • DPWH to conduct road reblocking in parts of Quezon City & Pasig at 10 pm Friday. 10 hours ago |
  • UNA admits Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas has weight. 10 hours ago |
  • Binay visits communities in Cavite. 10 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas had been dilly-dallying on his presidential candidacy prior to Aquino’s endorsement. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe hopes the 2016 election campaign will be about discussions on reforms. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe congratulates Mar Roxas for getting Pres. Aquino’s endorsement. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe thanks Pres. Aquino for considering her as among those who can continue his administration’s programs. 10 hours ago |
  • Roxas on serving gov’t: “Ibubuhos ko ang lahat. Wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas to the Filipino people: “Mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala ninyo.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas on Pres. Aquino: “Pnoy allowed us to imagine again what the Filipino is capable of.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Ako si Mar Roxas at tinatanggap ko ang hamon ng ating mga boss.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Buong tapang at buong paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng daang matuwid.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas to Aquino: “I have never met a president who sacrificed so much for the country.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas’ voice breaks as he remembers his brother Dinggoy’s memory. 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas says it was his brother Dinggoy who died in 1993 who should have taken on the legacy of serving government. 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas: Dito sa Club Filipino ko unang sinabing “Bayan, bago ang sarili.” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Ang magtutuloy sa atin sa Daang Matuwid, ang paniwala ko po, walang iba ang taong ito kundi si Mar Roxas.” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Bakit tayo magpapaakit sa ‘baka,’ kung meron namang sigurado?” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “All of us have the obligation to choose the right President.” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino recalls Fmr. Sen. Joker Arroyo used to compare his group as a gathering of people who could fit into a Volkswagen Beetle. 16 hours ago |
  • Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado at Club Filipino praises the peace that Aquino gov’t has put in place in his town. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas enter Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino. 16 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino includes testimonials from Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program’s beneficiaries. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s convoy arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan. 16 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a residential area in Laong Laan, Sampaloc, Manila. 16 hours ago |
  • Road in front of Club Filipino in San Juan currently closed to motorists. 16 hours ago |
  • Liberal Party calls the jam-packed event at Club Filipino ‘A Gathering of Friends.’ 16 hours ago |
  • LP Senators Frank Drilon, Ralph Recto, Bam Aquino & TG Guingona as well as DBM Sec. Butch Abad among those present at Club Filipino. 17 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino where LP’s event is being held is also where Cory Aquino had taken her oath as PH President. 17 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino is where Roxas had announced that he was giving way to Aquino for 2010 polls. 17 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan with wife Korina Sanchez. 17 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino in San Juan for Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Mar Roxas’ presidential candidacy begins at 10:30 am Friday. 17 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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