56 Million Americans Are Playing Social Games [STATS]

It’s no secret that social games are one of the hottest (and potentially most lucrative) aspects of social networks today.

But it’s a mistake to think that casual, social network-based games are just for web geeks. A new study from market research firm NPD Group shows that one out of every five Americans over the age of six has played an online social game at least once. Altogether, that’s nearly 60 million Americans, adults and kids alike.

For a relatively new entrant to the gaming market, social gaming has made a huge debut.

These figures are good news for social networks, which have traditionally relied on advertising dollars to flesh out post-VC budgets. Social games can help create a new revenue stream, one that solely relies on end users opening their wallets to third-party applications. Virtual goods and currencies are a huge part of the social gaming market, and they turn a casual user experience into big business for the startups, developers and platforms that offer them.

NPD’s study shows that 10% of respondents had spent money playing social games and 11% said they planned to do so in the future.

In 2009, Internet (Internet) users bought around $2.2 billion worth of virtual goods; experts forecast that number will increase to $6 billion by 2013. And the best-performing social games can inspire repeat purchases in around 41% of users. Some stats peg North American gamers’ average expenditure per user of $74 over just four months.


It’s no secret that social games are one of the hottest (and potentially most lucrative) aspects of social networks today.

But it’s a mistake to think that casual, social network-based games are just for web geeks. A new study from market research firm NPD Group shows that one out of every five Americans over the age of six has played an online social game at least once. Altogether, that’s nearly 60 million Americans, adults and kids alike.

For a relatively new entrant to the gaming market, social gaming has made a huge debut.

These figures are good news for social networks, which have traditionally relied on advertising dollars to flesh out post-VC budgets. Social games can help create a new revenue stream, one that solely relies on end users opening their wallets to third-party applications. Virtual goods and currencies are a huge part of the social gaming market, and they turn a casual user experience into big business for the startups, developers and platforms that offer them.

NPD’s study shows that 10% of respondents had spent money playing social games and 11% said they planned to do so in the future.

In 2009, Internet (Internet) users bought around $2.2 billion worth of virtual goods; experts forecast that number will increase to $6 billion by 2013. And the best-performing social games can inspire repeat purchases in around 41% of users. Some stats peg North American gamers’ average expenditure per user of $74 over just four months. Leer más “56 Million Americans Are Playing Social Games [STATS]”

Monopoly Gets an Unofficial Social Media Edition

Over the years, Monopoly, the classic Hasbro board game, has been re-imagined in a plethora of different ways — there’s even a UCLAOLOPY edition for Bruins fans — and also exists in Google Maps form. Crystal Gibson just one upped them all with her own ingenious version, the Social Media Monopoly Board game.

The game, which Gibson posted to Bite, is an elaborate version of Monopoly that includes direct and indirect references to our favorite — and not-so-favorite — social media entities. The game even comes with a complete set of Chance and Community Chest cards that play upon Technorati’s and Mashable’s themes.

In this unofficial edition of Monopoly, the traditional jail is replaced with a “Just Visiting” MySpace holding cell, and a cross-board Cyperpolice space which instructs players to, “Go to Myspace. Go Directly to Myspace. Do not pass Wi-Fi. Do not collect $200.”

The savvy social media user will recognize both popular and niche sites highlighted in spaces across the board. Facebook and Twitter are the priciest social properties, comprising the spaces generally known as Boardwalk and Park Place. YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Foursquare and Gowalla also come with hefty price tags, but LinkedIn, Digg and Reddit are priced a bit more economically.


Jennifer Van Grove

Over the years, Monopoly, the classic Hasbro board game, has been re-imagined in a plethora of different ways — there’s even a UCLAOLOPY edition for Bruins fans — and also exists in Google Maps form. Crystal Gibson just one upped them all with her own ingenious version, the Social Media Monopoly Board game.

The game, which Gibson posted to Bite, is an elaborate version of Monopoly that includes direct and indirect references to our favorite — and not-so-favorite — social media entities. The game even comes with a complete set of Chance and Community Chest cards that play upon Technorati’s and Mashable’s themes.

In this unofficial edition of Monopoly, the traditional jail is replaced with a “Just Visiting” MySpace holding cell, and a cross-board Cyperpolice space which instructs players to, “Go to Myspace. Go Directly to Myspace. Do not pass Wi-Fi. Do not collect $200.”

The savvy social media user will recognize both popular and niche sites highlighted in spaces across the board. Facebook and Twitter are the priciest social properties, comprising the spaces generally known as Boardwalk and Park Place. YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Foursquare and Gowalla also come with hefty price tags, but LinkedIn, Digg and Reddit are priced a bit more economically. Leer más “Monopoly Gets an Unofficial Social Media Edition”

YouTube Easter Egg: Play Snake While You Watch

If you’ve been banging your head against the wall, trying to figure out what to do in the precious time you have been waiting for your YouTube videos to load, your worries are over. Over the weekend, a YouTube “Easter Egg” was discovered that lets users play the classic arcade game Snake from within the YouTube video player!

A video uploaded to YouTube last Friday by user iTyGuy32 has been spreading around the web for the last few days, showing YouTubers how to unlock the game of Snake on the video site. As iTyGuy32 explains, the Snake Easter Egg works only in the new YouTube players. To get the game going, simply hold down the “Left” arrow key on your keyboard while you are on the video page.


Posted by Megan O’Neill

YouTube Easter EggIf you’ve been banging your head against the wall, trying to figure out what to do in the precious time you have been waiting for your YouTube videos to load, your worries are over.  Over the weekend, a YouTube “Easter Egg” was discovered that lets users play the classic arcade game Snake from within the YouTube video player!

A video uploaded to YouTube last Friday by user iTyGuy32 has been spreading around the web for the last few days, showing YouTubers how to unlock the game of Snake on the video site.  As iTyGuy32 explains, the Snake Easter Egg works only in the new YouTube players.  To get the game going, simply hold down the “Left” arrow key on your keyboard while you are on the video page.  Leer más “YouTube Easter Egg: Play Snake While You Watch”

3 Apps That Will Make You Love Un-Following People on Twitter

Twitter is a great tool, but many of us suffer from clogged, crowded home pages that have far too many “quotes of the day” and far too few relevant tweets. That’s where these applications come in. They make it easy (and fun!) to stop following people on Twitter. However you want to approach it – by playing an un-follow game, by doling out payback to all those who have stopped following you, or by pruning “dead” accounts – you can clean up your Twitter homepage in no time.
ChumpDump

Have some fun while you un-follow with the iPhone and Andriod app. ChumpDump gives you Karma points for un-following people you might consider “chumps”, and also gives you points for saving those you consider worthy. It works like this: each day, ChumpDump plays the lottery with your Twitter account. It randomly selects one person and brings you a bunch of facts about their interaction with you lately. You then decide their fate: are they a chump to be dumped, or will you stick with them for a little while longer?

This game not only prunes your list, but rewards you for making it public: your “dumpees” are broadcast to your followers, who can then decide whether or not you were too harsh. Your karma keeps going up the more people you dump. If you’re looking for a way to cut back who you follow on Twitter while doing some lighthearted gaming, you should check this app out.


by Lauren Dugan

twitter unfollowTwitter is a great tool, but many of us suffer from clogged, crowded home pages that have far too many “quotes of the day” and far too few relevant tweets. That’s where these applications come in. They make it easy (and fun!) to stop following people on Twitter. However you want to approach it – by playing an un-follow game, by doling out payback to all those who have stopped following you, or by pruning “dead” accounts – you can clean up your Twitter homepage in no time.

ChumpDump

Have some fun while you un-follow with the iPhone and Andriod app. ChumpDump gives you Karma points for un-following people you might consider “chumps”, and also gives you points for saving those you consider worthy. It works like this: each day, ChumpDump plays the lottery with your Twitter account. It randomly selects one person and brings you a bunch of facts about their interaction with you lately. You then decide their fate: are they a chump to be dumped, or will you stick with them for a little while longer?

This game not only prunes your list, but rewards you for making it public: your “dumpees” are broadcast to your followers, who can then decide whether or not you were too harsh. Your karma keeps going up the more people you dump. If you’re looking for a way to cut back who you follow on Twitter while doing some lighthearted gaming, you should check this app out. Leer más “3 Apps That Will Make You Love Un-Following People on Twitter”

Interactions and strategies in Design Thinking & What is the strategy?

Who deals with the interactions of interactions in the systems, i.e. combinations of many simple interactions, knows that these can lead to surprising emergent phenomena.

Although the interaction has different meanings in different disciplines, all point to systems that are interrelated and interdependent. Every action has a consequence.

As in any situation of questioning it is necessary to find an answer to our strategy. But that is not enough!

This is not a relation of cause and effect but an interaction where the consistency of response is crucial for the mutual reinforcement of each.

The place where we play can shape the way we play to win and it’s good to think back and think about what our objectives are and how we play. We do not think the field without considering what our aspirations are or how we play to get there. We go back and refine some passes and how they master the moves…


After all things are simple!

Interaction is a kind of action that occurs when two or more objects or things have an effect one on another.

If we think a situation is often seen as cause / effect, we come easily to the concept of interaction thought otherwise. The idea of a two-way effect is essential to the concept of interaction.

In a commentary to the title, ” Where is the problem” a recent post I wrote, @ joerka , whom I thank , mentioned in twitter ” The problem is hidden in an infinite network of causes effect. It’s pragmatism of reality that comes to your rescue. Defines it. “


It is perhaps this detail of cause and effect that causes all the difference when we want to go further.

Who deals with the interactions of interactions in the systems, i.e. combinations of many simple interactions, knows that these can lead to surprising emergent phenomena.

Although the interaction has different meanings in different disciplines, all point to systems that are interrelated and interdependent. Every action has a consequence.

For most of us achieve good results in solving problems or meeting needs , means we need to increase the number of positive interactions they have at home and at work and reduce our negative interactions .

To promote these actions you must create personal rituals and team to help us interact more positively. If we make them part of our organizational process and individual habits, is more likely to happen.

When discussing the business and want to contribute with design thinking for their development, there is always an issue facing us :

According to Gary Hamel 90% of strategies fail due to poor implementation and think that design can help reduce this failure rate with the methods and design processes, such as observation, visualization of ideas and interaction prototypes.

Roger Martin says: “That’s actually a lot easier that it sounds. My preferred approach is to treat strategy– making as developing a set of answers to five interlinked questions. The questions — which cascade logically from the first to the last — are as follows:

  1. What are our broad aspirations for our organization & the concrete goals against which we can measure our progress?
  2. Across the potential field available to us, where will we choose to play and not play?
  3. In our chosen place to play, how will we choose to win against the competitors there?
  4. What capabilities are necessary to build and maintain to win in our chosen manner?
  5. What management systems are necessary to operate to build and maintain the key capabilities?” Leer más “Interactions and strategies in Design Thinking & What is the strategy?”

Realistic Dice in Illustrator

You have many things to learn in this tutorial, some commands, some techniques and Tools of course. Especially I’ve explained 3D Bevel and Extrude in detail, hopefully you will learn a lot from this tutorial.

1. Start with a new document.

2. Pick Rounded Rectangle Tool and click anywhere on the document, Rounded Rectangle box will appear. Give the following settings. After hitting Ok you will get a Rounded Rectangle. Then give it any gradient of your own choice. I’ve mentioned these in Steps below:


You have many things to learn in this tutorial, some commands, some techniques and Tools of course. Especially I’ve explained 3D Bevel and Extrude in detail, hopefully you will learn a lot from this tutorial.

1. Start with a new document.

2. Pick Rounded Rectangle Tool  and click anywhere on the document, Rounded Rectangle box will appear. Give the following settings. After hitting Ok you will get a Rounded Rectangle. Then give it any gradient of your own choice. I’ve mentioned these in Steps below:

Leer más “Realistic Dice in Illustrator”

Now Check WorldCup 2010 Game Predictions And Data Statistics With Score Grid

Football fans are currently following each and everything going on with the Football World Cup. Everybody has their eyes on all the matches; while the average football fan might be content with watching the matches and getting their outcomes, hardcore fans need a lot more. And it is for hardcore football fans that Score Grid was created.

Score Grid is a website that is rich in features yet very simple to use. The site lets football fans learn as much as they can about each football game. You start off by creating an account on the site. The next step is to add your favorite teams. The site is not restricted to the World Cup so you can add international teams as well as club teams. The tournaments they correspond to will be written in front of the team names.


Football fans are currently following each and everything going on with the Football World Cup. Everybody has their eyes on all the matches; while the average football fan might be content with watching the matches and getting their outcomes, hardcore fans need a lot more. And it is for hardcore football fans that Score Grid was created.

Score Grid is a website that is rich in features yet very simple to use. The site lets football fans learn as much as they can about each football game. You start off by creating an account on the site. The next step is to add your favorite teams. The site is not restricted to the World Cup so you can add international teams as well as club teams. The tournaments they correspond to will be written in front of the team names.

scoregrid

Once you teams have been added, you can click on the ‘team page’ button in front of them to view the team’s details. Here you will find various details such as ranking statistics, background information, and upcoming plus archived matches. Leer más “Now Check WorldCup 2010 Game Predictions And Data Statistics With Score Grid”