How to Make a Facebook Game: Just Add 'Wars'
When it comes to naming their games, Facebook developers are prone to imitation. Many of them take their cue from Zynga, who is known for its 'villes -- the big three of which are FarmVille, FrontierVille, and CityVille. But before those three, the word Zynga seemed to love most was "Wars". Poking fun at this unoriginal naming convention, Kris Naudus, a logophile on Wordnik, created a list of actual Facebook games called "How to Make a Facebook Game". She jokingly sums up the process, thusly: Dragon Wars, for example. Other discontinued titles are Fashion Wars, Space Wars, Dope Wars, and Gang Wars (which you can tell once existed by the "add me" Facebook groups it left in its wake). But Mafia Wars and Vampire Wars are still going strong. So far, Zynga makes up 7 out of the 51 games on Naudus' list. I've looked into many of the others, and they're all active or were once active Facebook games. The one exception being Mustache Wars, an app which sends photos of mustaches to your friends without any pretensions towards gamehood.Read Full Story
A larger number of these games were personal projects, such as Prestige Wars, which is made by "A Computer Engineering student at Bogazici University in Istanbul." Chav Wars was created by Dave Potts, a freelance PHP developer. Several are obviously done by otaku, such as Anime Wars, Gundam Wars, and Bleach Wars. If those weren't dropped by their developers, they certainly would've brought down the wrath of copyright holders.
Examples of more well-known developers and titles that made the cut are Mob Wars (which got Zynga started with the whole "Wars" deal), Broken Bulb Studios' Office Wars (which got a favorable review by Inside Social Games last summer), and 6 waves' Gangster Wars.