Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Game Design - Why Change When It Works?

Today I am going to focus on a general issue which affects both Mafia Wars and Mob Wars players. That subject is Game Design.

Why is it some designers keep changing the design of their games? They have millions of active players who ENJOYED their games as they were - and yet they begin changing the whole appearance of their games?

It has long ago been established that people are annoyed by the changes made to their Facebook profiles. Recently, the so-called Timeline has been a major issue with many Facebook users. You can't go back once you have activated your Timeline.

I would agree changes are good when you fix bugs in your system.

I would also agree changes are good when you increase the speed of your applications.

But when you just make changes for the change itself - that really annoys me.

What is your stand on this?

Thanks beforehand for your feedback

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Crime City Collections

It never ceases to amaze me how collections gathered from laundromats in the Crime City game on Facebook are somewhat identical all the time. Just watch this:

Over 400 sweat pants - and that multi-colored t-shirt is actually the key to trading in the collection. More t-shirts certainly needed to remove this stock of incredible proportions...

Have you had similar experiences in this game - or in other games on Facebook?

Friday, January 13, 2012

About Crime City

Dear readers, I want to correct myself here. I previously said Crime City was produced by Zynga. That is wrong. The company behind Crime City is Funzio.

Zynga have created Mafia Wars and Mob Wars, but they are NOT the authors behind Crime City, and I just wanted to rectify that as soon as I discovered I had made a mistake.

Have a nice weekend everyone. :-)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Now Over 18 Million Players

Welcome to 2012, and welcome to over a million more players during the last few months. When I played the game just a few minutes ago, the number of users was listed at 18.008.519 players of Mafia Wars.

So beyond reaching level 588, it is safe to say that Mafia Wars is a game that is picking up quite a bit of momentum. You can join the fun, and I wish everyone a succesful 2012 with lots of fun playing Mafia Wars. :-)