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Zynga Announces New Facebook Games

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Are you ready to get even more addicted to Facebook and spend even more time playing games on the social network than ever? Well, you’re in luck.

The people at Zynga, who are responsible for popular Facebook games CityVille and FarmVille, announced a bunch of new games.

The announcement came from their Zynga’s Unleashed event held today (October 11) in San Francisco. Here are a few of the new games coming soon as posted on Zynga’s blog:

  • CastleVille joins the “Ville” franchise – “Enter a rich medieval world with an engaging storyline, just a touch of fantasy and memorable and playful characters”
  • Zynga Bingo – “We’re talking friends, fun, and the indescribable but oh so awesome feeling you get when you hit it, before anyone else, and you’re the winner. BINGO!!!”
  • Hidden Chronicles – “Hidden Chronicles is about mystery, discovery, and a little friendly competition”
  • Dream Zoo – “Dream Zoo is our first zoo themed game that lets players collect some of the world’s most exotic animals”

For a more in depth look, as well as information about “Project Z”, be sure to check out their blog post.

It looks like there is a little something for everyone in their new list of games. Which one are you most excited about?

Café World and Farmers Insurance Partner Up for Social Media Promotion, Includes Food Lover’s Contest

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Café World and Farmers Insurance have partnered up for what looks like one very fun social media campaign.

From special features to a trip giveaway, this is one promotion you just might want to get involved in. If you like food, traveling, and hanging out with celebrity chefs that is.

Players of Zynga’s Café World will notice a promotion that includes the iconic Professor Burke from the popular Farmers TV commercials. Players can get “spoil protection” when they place a Professor Burke statue in Café World through October 2nd.

Also, on the Farmers Insurance Facebook page, they are hosting a contest (open to the public) where you could win the trip of a lifetime. One lucky foodie will win airfare for two, hotel accommodations in the heart of South Beach and $500 spending cash, plus exclusive entry into the Food Network Magazine Lounge in Miami with celebrity chefs. Enter to win by simply “liking” Farmers Insurance on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

It’s possible Farmers Insurance might set some social media records again this week. Earlier this year, Farmers made an appearance on FarmVille along with a sweepsakes to ride in the Farmers Airship. Farmers set a new Guinness World Record for most “likes” in a 24-hour period.

Our own Nikki Katz chatted with Ryon Harms, head of social media at Farmers Insurance about the success of their social media campaign in November of 2010.

Are you a fan of CityVille? Stay tuned for a Farmers Insurance promotion there as well, where one lucky winner could get a trip to a world-class city.

Zynga’s CityVille Game Launches on Google+

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One of Facebook‘s most popular games is coming to its competitor Google+. Back in July, Zynga announced they were bringing Zynga Poker, as well as other games to the social network. At the time, no one knew if that meant their two most popular games – CityVille and FarmVille.

The company announced today, via their blog, the addition of CityVille+ to the new Google+ game platform. The game allows players to build a thriving metropolis and has people hooked!

They said, “CityVille grew to become our largest game on Facebook, so naturally we wanted to “build” a presence for it on Google+. Ultimately, we want to make our games accessible to everyone, everywhere – no matter where they play or what platform they play on.”

Out of Zynga’s 146 million users of its social games, most of them are from Facebook. It was back in July of 2010 that Google invested (quietly) $100 million in Zynga, so most knew seeing their games arrive on Google+ was only a matter of time.

Google+ currently has 18 games including Angry Birds, Crime City, Bejeweled Blitz, Zynga Poker and now CityVille. Is Farmville next? That’s what Google+ game players want to know!

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