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Updates Resuming!


Hello everyone! It’s been a while :)

First of all, I would like to extend a personal apology to all the social game enthusiasts out there that have relied on SGC for your social game news fix since we launched in January. We have watched the site grow from 40, to 200, then 500, and ultimately over 2,000 daily visitors. It has been an honor supplying you all with the day’s hot social game stories.

But as the saying goes, when it rains, in pours. In September, a variety of unfortunate events all happened at the same time. Some personal, some professional, and some technical. Let me tell you, it is quite frustrating to know you have thousands of readers to please, but in your suddenly limited blogging time you’re forced to instead troubleshoot problems with your publishing software or hosting company!

So… that’s the bad news. It’s been nothing but barrier after barrier for some time now. What’s the good news, you ask?

The good news is… we’re back! All the site’s technical problems have been solved, lives have settled down sufficiently to allow for a consistent updating schedule, and we’re all eager and energized to once again begin bringing you all the latest and greatest from the world of social games.

We apologize again for the extreme interruption in our updates. We’re humbled by the 10,000+ (wow!) readers that have continued checking in the last two months. So… what did we miss? Leave a comment and let us know :)

We’re Back!


Good news, everyone! We’re back from the video game industry’s annual dog & pony show, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Before we left for the show, we let everyone know that we intended to keep updating throughout the week.

As you all undoubtedly noticed, this didn’t quite work out. We forgot how hectic and busy E3 can be! We were on our feet and away from our computers from morning until night, and simply had no time to keep up with the week’s social game news!

But, we’re official back home and settled, so normal updates are resuming… right now!

Social Game Central is at E3!


Hello social game fanatics! We just wanted to let you know that we’re attending the world’s biggest video game conference, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles this week.

The good news is we’re meeting up with many of the folks that create the biggest and best social games, so we should have lots of exclusive scoops and news for you, when we get back. The bad news is that we’re going to be on our feet running around the Los Angeles Convention Center non-stop for four days straight! Because we’re going to be away from our quiet and distraction-free desks, keeping to our normal update schedule will be very tough.

So, we’ll do our best to cover the biggest social game stories this week, but we most likely will not be able to bring you our normal comprehensive coverage.

Normal updates will resume this Friday, June 14th.

Social Game Central 10-Day Fan Giveaway!


Social Game Central loves its readers! We crossed 1,000 fans (or ‘Likes’ as they are now known) on Facebook last night, so to celebrate, we decided we were going to give something back! Over the next 10 days, our loyal readers (that’s you!) will have 10 opportunities to win loot from the biggest social games.

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, so let’s take a look at what’s up for grabs:

What you’re looking at is over $100 worth of game cards that can be redeemed in Farmville, Mafia Wars, Pet Society, Hotel City, Social City, and several more hot games.

Here’s how it works: Each day, for the next 10 days, a new game card will be up for grabs. Entering yourself into the drawing is easy. Simply hit the “Like” button or leave a comment on that day’s contest note on our fan page. At the end of the day, one winner will be chosen at random. Don’t worry if you don’t win – there will be plenty more chances!

The full contest schedule:

Monday, June 8th: FarmVille Game Card
Tuesday, June 9th: Mafia Wars Game Card
Wednesday, June 10th: Playfish Game Card (Hotel City, Pet Society, My Empire, etc.)
Thursday, June 11: Playdom Game Card (Social City, Sorority Life, Mobsters, Mobsters 2)
Friday, June 12: FarmVille Game Card
Saturday, June 13: Mafia Wars Game Card
Sunday, June 14: Playfish Game Card (Hotel City, Pet Society, My Empire, etc.)
Monday, June 15: Playdom Game Card (Social City, Sorority Life, Mobsters, Mobsters 2)
Tuesday, June 16: FarmVille Game Card
Wednesday, June 17: Playfish Game Card (Hotel City, Pet Society, My Empire, etc.)
Thursday, June 18: ??? (If SGC reaches 1500 fans we will give away two more game cards!
Friday, June 19: ??? (If SGC reaches 2000 fans we will give away five more game cards!
Saturday, June 20: ??? (If SGC reaches 3000 fans we will give away ten more game cards!

Yes, you read correctly. If we reach 1500 fans by June 18 we will give away two cards that day. 2000 fans by the 19th, and we’ll give away five cards that day. If we can reach 3000 fans by the 20th, we’ll give away a whopping ten game cards! If we reach our fan target, we will give away a total of $270 in free social game currency!

If you haven’t already, follow Social Game Central on Facebook using the box below. Our fan page is where this contest is going down, plus your support gets us one step closer to giving away lots and lots of free dough!

Good luck everyone!

Sponsor Thanks: zSlide’s Treasure Madness


Social Game Central would like to take a moment to thank our April/May site sponsor: zSlide. You may have noticed their banner ads running on the site for the past couple weeks. Without zSlide’s sponsorship, it would be hard for us to continue bringing you our obsessive social game coverage :)

zSlide publishes Facebook treasure hunting game Treasure Madness. In Treasure Madness players “Explore maps, play mini-games and collect hundreds of treasures!”

If you’ve never played the game, why not give it a shot? Or, if you have checked it out before, you could always go back and see what’s new.

If you’re enjoying what SGC is doing, please take a moment to support our sponsor!

Reminder: We Need Your Help!

Social Game Central has been around for about three months now, and it’s time for us to find out who our readers are. It’s no good to reach over 35,000 gamers each month and not know very much about them. So PLEASE take a moment to fill out our 2010 reader survey.

We intentionally kept it very short – it takes under two minutes to complete. So please participate! For SGC to continue to grow and thrive, the results of this survey are hugely important. Thanks in advance to everyone to takes a moment to fill it out.

Fill out the survey here!

Thanks again,
- SGC Staff

We need your help!

Social Game Central has been around for about three months now, and it’s time for us to find out who our readers are. It’s no good to reach over 30,000 gamers each month and not know very much about them. So PLEASE take a moment to fill out our 2010 reader survey.

We intentionally kept it very short – it takes under two minutes to complete. So please participate! For SGC to continue to grow and thrive, the results of this survey are hugely important. Thanks in advance to everyone to takes a moment to fill it out.

Fill out the survey here!

Thanks again,
- SGC Staff

Social Game Central is at GDC!

Social Game Central is attending the Game Developer’s Conference in downtown San Francisco all week, this week. So what does this mean for you, the dedicated Facebook game player?

The Bad News: The bad news is that this means during the day we’re jam-packed with meetings, sessions, & more. This means that our posts on the site might be a little light, and might not get online until a little later in the evening.

But don’t worry, if something huge happens, like Zynga launching its long-rumored Zoo, Frontier, or City games, we’ll be sure to drop everything to give you the full scoop.

The Good News: The good news is that we’re rubbing shoulders with and interviewing all the people that make all your favorite Facebook games. In the coming weeks and months all the business cards and email addresses and other connections made will turn SGC into a much more comprehensive source of exclusive Facebook game news.

Thanks for understanding!

Reminder: Win $20 in Farmville Cash TONIGHT

Just a reminder to anyone that may have forgotten, or to anyone that missed the original update because they aren’t refreshing SGC obsessively throughout the day (for shame!): we’re giving away $20 in Famville Farm Cash TONIGHT. That’s 110 FV$!

Winning is easy! Just three small steps get you entered:

1) Register an account on SGC’s brand-new Facebook game community forum.

2) The first 55 FV$ will be given to one random member who replies to this topic.

3) The next 55 FV$ will be given to one random member who makes a new discussion topic, anywhere on the forum.

…that’s it! The boards are still pretty small, so you’ll probably never have better odds of winning more Farmville dollars.

BONUS points to any readers that A) spread the word to other Facebook game players, or B) stick around and join in on other conversations. We’re doing this giveaway to give back to our fans, but also to kick-start the community. So if every member that signed up spent 10 minutes making a few more posts… we would officially have a friendly, growing group of Facebook gamers :)

The Farm Cash is being given away tonight at around midnight PST, so I suggest readers not delay! Join the forums now!

SGC Forum Launch – Win 110 Farmville Cash!

The Social Game Central Forums are now live! Head on over and sign up! It’s been hard keeping this feature a secret from all our readers… we’ve been so excited about it as we got them ready, the past several weeks.

We want this launch to be a CELEBRATION, so to get everyone else as excited as we are, we’re giving away $20 in Farmville Cash! Yup, that’s right, 110 Farmville Cash is up for grabs. If you win, it will be the easiest FV$ you ever make.

There are TWO ways to enter:

1) Visit the SGC Forum Farmville board and tell us one thing you would improve or change about the game. That’s it! No tricks, or catches. Just list one change you would make, and you’ll be entered to win $10 in FV$ – 55 Farmville dollars.

2) Simply create a topic anywhere on the forum. Again, no tricks, no catch. Just make ANY topic ANYWHERE on the boards. Talk about your favorite map on the Treasure Madness board, talk about how many crops you have mastered on the Farmville board, or simply talk about a movie you saw recently on the Off-Topic board.

It’s that simple! We love our fans here at Social Game Central, and we plan on giving back to our community as often as we can. So sign up for a forum account today. Who knows? You might just make a few friends along the way.

The giveaway ends Saturday night at midnight PST. In other words, you have two days to make two forum posts. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? :)