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Seattle-based casual games provider Big Fish has gone through a round of layoffs, is closing its Vancover studio and has entered a 30-day consultation period about its operations in Cork, Ireland. GameIndustry International obtained a letter by CEO Paul Thelen to staff that outlined the changes,...

August 22nd 2013 at 2:15am 0 Comments
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Around the time we left for E3, I discovered some of the hidden-object games published by Big Fish Games. I have enjoyed puzzle games in the past, but these seemed to have a nice, dependable quality to them that I had not seen before. On the way home -- during the last several hours of our trip,...

July 19th 2011 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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It's a sad day when a game shuts down, especially one that caters to an unusual audience. Faunasphere, a game about cleaning up a pollution-riddled world while developing your personal animals, has announced its shutdown on March 15th. All subscription options have been removed, all subscriptions o...

February 20th 2011 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Big Fish's gorgeous old-school adventure game, Drawn: The Painted Tower, has spawned a sequel. Launching next week at retail and on Big Fish's website, Drawn: Dark Flight promises to offer more of what the first game offered. You can expect tons of hand-drawn art, an orchestral soundtrack and clas...

August 25th 2010 at 2:30am 0 Comments
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With the iPad set to launch April 3, we know a lot of you out there are wondering what types of games and apps there are to look forward to. Well, we reprogrammed the Joystiq bots to scour the iTunes App store for information on updates and new games, culling the data for you all. There's plenty to...

April 2nd 2010 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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We've received word today from the team over at Faunasphere that they're taking their game over to the land of Facebook, to show the "social gamers" what a MMO really is. Faunsphere Facebook and Faunsphere.com will be linked together into one large world, letting users from both realms interact wi...

February 18th 2010 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Pollution is bad, mmmmkay? That's the general theme of Faunasphere, another flash-based MMO that takes a very different look at MMO gameplay. Faunasphere is all about protecting the environment and destroying pollution while evolving your fauna -- animals with specific skills that will aid you in...

February 14th 2010 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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What Nathan Drake possesses in charm and acrobatic adroitness, he seriously lacks in luck. Much like that fedora-capped, state-named adventurer, he never seems to end one of his adventures with the loot he set out to obtain, leaving his cash-flow as non-existent as his reservations over killing tho...

November 11th 2009 at 1:45pm 0 Comments
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In the panel "Funologists Live & In Person: Guerrilla Game Research," a group of experts took turns explaining methods for researching user experience in games that goes in some way beyond the normal focus groups and QA cycle. The often ad-hoc methods provide valuable data about gameplay at a fr...

March 14th 2009 at 7:30am 0 Comments