The Role of Games for Language Learners

Posted by Conor Murphy on September 23, 2010

If you’ve ever tried to learn a new language, you’re well aware of the need to practice, practice, practice! It’s one thing to memorize the lexicon of a new language. It’s another thing entirely to fluidly speak, read, and think in your non-native language. There are plenty of mediums people can use to practice a …Read more

Happy Birthday, Jeremy!

Posted by Conor Murphy on March 22, 2010

Big Fish Games President and CEO Jeremy Lewis (a.k.a. Lewbabes on our Forums) got an unexpected surprise in his inbox this morning. Customer Tanja Gerstenberger put her artistic talents to use and created a very special drawing in honor of Jeremy’s 41st birthday. According to Tanya, she was inspired by the different holiday looks we give Felix and decided to try her hand at a Jeremy-themed Felix. We love the representation, so from all of us at Big Fish Games – and particularly Jeremy – thanks for the drawing, Tanja!Read more

Stealth Games as a Genre

Posted by Conor Murphy on March 10, 2010

Do you remember playing hide and go seek? This classic childhood game has a number of variations, but in the end it hinges on one thing - not getting caught. A couple weeks ago we discussed casual game genres and suggested two: Stealth games and Trivia games. We think of Stealth games in a similar vein - gameplay that hinges on the player avoiding detection and using concealment to prevent being caught en route to completing an objective. Games in this genre employ mechanics such as hiding in shadows, utilizing disguises, deactivating devices, and silent movement.

Games of stealth have been around since the early 1980s with such titles as Castle Wolfenstein (1981) and Metal Gear (1987) paving the way for future mainstream titles such as Splinter Cell (2002) and Assassin's Creed (2007).

While each of these titles clearly belongs in the core gaming world due to the violent nature of the gameplay (when not sneaking around, the characters are fighting enemies with an array of weapons), it isn't hard to see how the stealth aspect of this genre could be incorporated into casual gameplay.

A casual game adaptation of a stealth game would focus on the clandestine elements such as picking locks, evading guards, deactivating security systems, sneaking through buildings, and deciphering codes.

Best of all, espionage and spying is in no way limited to one gender. Clearly men or women can excel at such exploits.

Let's take a look at a brief (very brief) history of the Stealth game genre so we can better understand where we've come from and the games that helped define this genre.

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Game Recommendations for Casual Gaming Genres

Posted by Conor Murphy on February 8, 2010

If you are new to casual gaming or new to Big Fish Games, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed. With the size of our gaming catalog and (at least) one new game being released every day, it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a starting point, you might want to consider …Read more

Leading Ladies of Puzzle-Adventure Games

Posted by Conor Murphy on February 3, 2010

In the world of casual games, we love our quick witted heroines. When it comes to brains, resourcefulness, and determination, this group is second to none. Indiana Jones you say? Lara Croft? Any one of the leading ladies listed below could hold their own with the Tomb Raider or the whip cracking professor. Whether a …Read more

Game Speak and Acronyms in Gaming

Posted by Conor Murphy on January 22, 2010

In these days of faster, shorter, and smaller, simple person-to-person communication has even come under fire for it’s lack of efficiency. While this has yet to dramatically alter how we speak, it has had direct impact on text based communication. This is especially true in the gaming world where rapid response and quick reaction can …Read more

Big Fish Games Gobbles Up Pac-Man

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 5, 2009

It isn't often we discuss game releases here in the blog, however, Pac-Man is no ordinary game release. Originally released in Japan on May 10, 1980, Pac-Man was the brain child of Namco's Toru Iwatani. He, along with a meager team of six would create what would become one of the most influential video games in history. The early success of Pac-Man was enough to interest arcade-game manufacturer Midway who purchased the rights to release the game in the United States later that year. Pac-Man would go on to generate over a billion dollars in revenue in the first year alone.

What set Pac-Man apart from other video games, however, was its ability to reach across gender lines. At the time, video game arcades were popping up in nearly every downtown district. On the shoulders of Asteroids, Space Invaders, Galaxian, and Defender, arcades were thriving due to the a steady stream of male gamers eager to do battle in outer space.

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The Dark Side of Casual Games

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 29, 2009

This time of year always results in a flood of frightful entertainment. For gaming it’s no different. Alawar Entertainment’s Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box was recently released on Big Fish Games. The game has been very positively received by our audience peaking at #1 on our charts and remaining in the top 10 since its release. In this post, we’re happy to welcome Yershov, producer of Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box as our first guest blogger. Take it away, Yershov! Come to the Dark Side People like to have their nerves rattled, and the entertainment industry has always been happy to oblige. Hollywood releases a new horror film nearly every week and they never fail to pack theaters with eager viewers. In hopes of repeating this type of success in the gaming industry, casual game developers have begun to incorporate a surprising new theme into their projects that we call, "The Dark Side". Vampires, zombies, ghouls, and other creatures filled with evil intentions and motivated by the darkest of desires. While there were early concerns casual gamers would reject such dark plots, that turned out to be unfounded. This new casual game play theme has been a hit with mystical plots holding their own against more traditional story lines.Read more