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MySpace Makes Plans for Online Gaming Channel

Zonk posted about 7 years ago | from the probably-be-really-ugly-and-only-fun-on-weekends dept.

The Internet 24

News Corp's MySpace has announced a partnership with Oberon Media to bring casual games to their social network. MySpace Games will allow users to include diversions right on their web spaces. "MySpace is looking to tap into the fast-growing market for "casual gaming" -- five-minute distractions that appeal to audiences of all ages by letting them test their wits against other online players. MySpace Games is expected to launch in 2008, the companies said." Though almost certainly not as in-depth, this sounds like it has overtones of Metaplace.

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cool (2, Funny)

deathtopaulw (1032050) | about 7 years ago | (#21087291)

now I can play chess against 12 year olds and beat the hell out of them
this'll be great for my self esteem

Re:cool (1)

EveryNickIsTaken (1054794) | about 7 years ago | (#21087585)

That's what Yahoo! Games is for.

Re:cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21088425)

Yahoo! Games is for playing against 12-year-olds that are running Fritz is the background.

Re:cool (1)

ringbarer (545020) | about 7 years ago | (#21088667)

Make sure it's Strip-Chess.

Re:cool (1)

xbrain (1178815) | about 7 years ago | (#21097915)

yeah, ya rite.. don't underestimate youngster now, they are more clever than us sometimes btw - it's a good moving for myspace - facebook did that first witht heir cool pokre game.

Not surprising... (1)

azuredrake (1069906) | about 7 years ago | (#21087303)

I'm honestly astonished this didn't happen sooner. Casual game apps as an option for email accounts would be a huge draw to the much-vaunted 12-20 yo demographic.

They should probably (1, Insightful)

slummy (887268) | about 7 years ago | (#21087345)

Fix their shitty code before adding more crap to that already bloated site.

Just what they need.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21087357)

Thats exactly what MySpace I mean its not like a user has to scroll down forever to see their actual messages.....lets lag it down with more stuff to see if we can decrease our load time by another 5 minutes..... woot woot

They already have a game (4, Funny)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | about 7 years ago | (#21087385)

I thought Myspace itself was just one big game called avoid the sex offender. It's a realtime strategy game

Re:They already have a game (3, Funny)

vux984 (928602) | about 7 years ago | (#21087429)

I thought Myspace itself was just one big game called avoid the sex offender. It's a realtime strategy game

The only winning move is not to play.

Re:They already have a game (1)

netsavior (627338) | about 7 years ago | (#21087541)

they even have Television and real life Tie-ins! but unfortunatly the end-boss Chris Hansen is pretty tough.

Re:They already have a game (1)

kilo_foxtrot84 (1016017) | about 7 years ago | (#21088583)

My God, I hope they don't Zerg rush.

Re:They already have a game (1)

the_tsi (19767) | about 7 years ago | (#21088865)

*Avoid*??!? Shit, I read the instructions wrong.

Re:They already have a game (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | about 7 years ago | (#21091279)

you must be a thirteen year old girl then rofl. They seem to all think that's the point. Cuz you know, there's SO MANY hot older guys to meet on Myspace ZOMGROFLCOPTER!

The biggest problem with this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21087493)

You end up with a whole squad playing the Whiner class in Emofield 2142.

But on the other hand, you won't have to shop servers for smacktards, as they'll all be consolidated in one place.

Two Thoughts (2, Insightful)

snl2587 (1177409) | about 7 years ago | (#21087511)

I still don't quite feel the draw to integrate games on a personal page. To me, it's just as easy to open up a new tab (or window, for those who dislike tabbed browsing) and start playing. Same thing happened to Facebook. I don't know...I'm just not feeling it.

But thinking about it from the perspective of the days of Geocities when I was just beginning to really use the web, I can understand why those less involved with the internet would like this.

Gaming on MySpace? (3, Funny)

trdrstv (986999) | about 7 years ago | (#21088295)

I can only hope the game channel is as stable as the rest of MySpace.

Unarmed Combat (0, Troll)

kilo_foxtrot84 (1016017) | about 7 years ago | (#21088455) letting them test their wits against other online players...
Since when does anyone with any wits at all hang out on MySpace?

Finally! (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 7 years ago | (#21089299)

Thank god somebody's finally invented chat windows attached to web-based games.

I sure as hell hope they have 2-player chess and euchre in the works!

regarding yr sig (1)

ThirdPrize (938147) | about 7 years ago | (#21104483)

Try this [] .

And what's wrong with embedding flash games? (1)

fawzma (1099863) | about 7 years ago | (#21099555)

Been doing this for a while on my page. It's cheesy, but fun. I can tell you now, people aren't going to be playing them as much as you think. If you can't convince your own friends to play, who else will. It's an ok idea, but it's not going to turn out the way they think it will.

myspace games (1)

British (51765) | about 7 years ago | (#21099827)

1. Spambot whack-a-mole: How many messages from "Hi! I'm Amber!" can you flag as spam before the account gets deleted?

2. Creative Cropping: Take a picture of a husky gal, and crop her face & angle to the way to make her look like a supermodel. Score is determined how high your picture is rated, and how many cheap pick-up lines you get.

3. The Tequila Challenge: Try to get as many friends on your friends list as possible. No, they won't pick you up at the airport, or go for a beer with you. Can you make it as high as Tila Tequila?

4. The Shirtless pic hunt: How many pictures of guys with no shirt on can YOU find?

5. Emo Hair Designer: Design an emo hair cut that gives you as much social validation as possible!

6. Macy's Gift Card comments: Comment as many myspace profiles as you can for a FREE Macy's Gift card!

7. Stability 2: Navigate the site as long as you can until you get the "Sorry! An Unexpected error has occured!"

8. Browser Crasher 3: The Fuzzing - Customize a myspace profile with so many bells and whistles until you can get Firefox or Internet Explorer to crash from sheer lack of GDI resources!

Re:myspace games (1)

HoshiToshi9000 (786883) | more than 6 years ago | (#21125567)

LOL, so true. Hehe. I bet you something along these lines will actually end up being a real game.

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