Apparently the gaming world doesn't slow down on a Friday. So we captured a stack of quick stories to fill your time as you wait for your next energy pack refill.
- Halloween fiends with a love of Zynga's new Roller Coaster Kingdom can now gain coins for their creations. Simply add any of the game's new holiday themed items and submit a pic of your park and drop it in the Halloween Decoration Contest Entries folder in the Zynga forums. Win and you'll score 500,000 Coaster Coins.
- Everyone started believing the rumor that EA had already bought Playfish. Now there's word that the makers of Pet Society and Restaurant City) might be considering other (read: higher than the rumored $250 million) offers from companies looking to get into the social gaming world. (TechCrunch Europe)
- Social games as child labor? Just as the world felt modern enough that kids could go to school, one blogger discusses a recent company deal that seeks to monitize younger players without their parents' consent. Might social games become the new youth sweatshops of tomorrow? Hopefully not.
- Bloomberg finally catches on to the social gaming fire by equating Facebook's success to the increase in users playing Mafia Wars, Pet Society and FarmVIlle. You already knew this, right? (Bloomberg)
- Big companies like Electronic Arts are catching up to the social gaming buzz by creating things like Dragon Age: Journeys, a free browser-based game that's based on the company's Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game, Dragon Age: Origins. It's got a Lord of the Rings vibe, we like it. (EA)