I did a search of the site before posting this, but I didn't see a thread up so...here it is!
I just found out about this today but apparently The Escapist is doing a game developer "war". And at the moment Zynga is beating Valve. If you don't know what Zynga is, let me inform you:
Zynga is the company responsible for Farmville, Cafe World, Mafia Wars, and all that other stuff that spams you on Facebook.
Here's a great post by someone in the forums:
1. Half Life. Metascore 96. Universal Acclaim. One of the most famous games ever.
3. Counter Strike: Source. Metascore 88. Released 2004, Still played to this day on about 10,278 servers.
4. Half Life 2, Ep. 1, Ep. 2. Metascores of 96, 87, and 90. Universally acclaimed and still viewed as some of the best games ever by many.
5. Team Fortress 2. Metascore 92. Universal acclaim. One of the most popular and well balanced games ever.
6. Portal. Metascore 90. Universal acclaim. Even Yahtzee called it perfect in his Orange Box review, and he hates everything.
7. Source Engine, which gives us at least 23 other games.
8. Steam is a digital distribution system. The most popular one around. Dozens of features for organising events and tieing people together. A very useful tool for me and millions of others. A great community builder.
9. High-Quality, Free Support and Expansions. See TF2 update history as an example.
10. Support for low-budget developers such as DoubleFine, makers of psychonauts.
1. Farmville. Not even present on metacritic. Status as a proper game debatable.
2. Mafia Wars. Ditto.
3. Vampire Wars. Ditto.
4. Replication of existing games:
Zynga has been accused several times of copying game concepts of popular games by competing developers.
The launch of Mafia Wars sparked a lawsuit from the makers of Mob Wars, which was settled out of court for $7-9 million.
Ars Technica noted that Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City were "nearly identical"; Cafe World was released six months after Restaurant City. Its gameplay, design, graphics, avatars, and even in-game items are almost identical to the ones in Restaurant City. Many players who have played Restaurant City and Cafe World have noticed the extreme similarities between both games. In addition, Zynga's FarmVille is similar to Farm Town.
Other companies have responded by copying Zynga's games as well. Playfish, publisher of Pet Society (a game copied by Zynga), announced the creation of Poker Rivals to rival Zynga Poker. Playfish then launched a game called Gangster City, which is similar to Mafia Wars.
Zynga founder Mark Pincus has dismissed the criticisms, saying that competing video game makers have always released similar titles for each genre of game.
5. Lead Generation Scams:
Through 2009 Zynga made money from lead generation advertising schemes, whereby game participants would earn game points by signing up for featured credit cards or video-rental services. These were criticized as being less cost-effective than simply buying game points, and in some cases, being outright scams that would download unwanted software or unwittingly sign up for a recurring subscription.
On October 31, 2009, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch said that Zynga intentionally worked with scam advertisers, and that lead generation made up a third of Zynga's revenue. Arrington also alleged that Facebook was complicit in this.
On November 2, 2009, CEO Mark Pincus announced a reform in its offers: Tatto Media, a major offer provider that enrolled users into recurring cell phone subscriptions, would be banned, all mobile offers would be removed, and offer providers would be required to pre-screen offers.
Arrington continued to question Pincus' role in the scams, republishing a video of a speech by Pincus. In the speech, Pincus said:
So I funded [Zynga] myself but I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don't know, I downloaded it once and couldn't get rid of it. *laughs* We did anything possible just to just get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business.
-Mark Pincus, Speech from [email protected]
In response, Pincus noted that after offering the Zwinky toolbar, his team of ten decided to remove it since it was a "painful experience."
Several days after the Techcrunch story, Zynga's most recent Facebook game FishVille, was temporarily taken offline by Facebook on claim of advertising violations. According to Zynga, Fishville had 875,000 users within two days of launch. A release from Facebook on its reasons for taking the game offline read that "FishVille will remain suspended until Facebook is satisfied that Zynga demonstrates compliance with Facebook restrictions - as well as Zynga's own restrictions - on the ads it offers users." FishVille was later un-suspended at midnight November 9/10.
Several suits were filed against Zynga for promoting such offers, including a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for violation of the Unfair competition law and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, after the lead plaintiff's credit card was billed more than $200 for offers she completed to receive YoVille currency.
Pincus later said that he had been too eager to increase company revenues through advertising, and that operating in reactive mode by taking down ads only after receiving complaints had not worked. The company removed all ads for a time, relying only on direct purchase of game currency, then began reintroducing third party ads only after they had been screened.
6. Other criticisms
In September 2009 Zynga was threatened with legal action by Nissan for alleged use of their trademarks in the game Street Racing. Zynga subsequently renamed and changed the thumbnail images of all cars that were branded Nissan and Infiniti to "Sindats" and "Fujis" with the thumbnails changed. At the time they also renamed and redesigned automobiles depicted as being made by GM, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Saab, and others.
Another source of criticism is non-players who grow tired of seeing updates about their friends' social gaming activity. Facebook groups created to express displeasure regarding overexposure of Zynga's games attracted millions of members.
Since the vote only requires one to log onto facebook, it seems kind of rigged. The amount of people who don't even know who Valve is and are voting in the thread is astounding.
Here's a link to the latest page on the topic:http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/532.184375-Poll-Round-5-Field-of-Four-7-Zynga-vs-1-Valve?page=92
You can find the poll at the top, and please TeamLiquid I bet of you to vote for Valve. I just can't watch Valve lose to Zynga.
I know that as a community we've won so many polls online, so please, just one more time could we win the internet?
Blizzard is also losing to Bioware! - http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/Last edit: 2010-04-02 13:37:32
Something like this would belong in the Game Section I believe. & personally, I don't care really.....
Err, I just realized this is an ad thread, sorry boy.