Arkadium Stadium allows you to play games right on your Facebook Wall or News Feed
Arkadium, developers of popular Facebook game Mahjongg Dimensions, have created a new "app" of sorts for Facebook called the Arkadium Stadium. The app can be thought of as a portal, allowing users to play 11 different flash games, right from their Facebook walls, or on friends' walls. That is, you won't have to go to the app's page and wait for the flash window to load there; you can simply allow the games to load right on your profile without the extra clicking.
To add a game to your wall, you will need to install the Arkadium Stadium app, and from there, it's a simple process of choosing the game you'd like to play, and then deciding whether to "post" that game to your own wall, or to your friend's wall. From there, you'll be able to navigate to that friend's page (or your own profile) as normal to see the game available to play. Sure enough, clicking on the "Play" button brings up a flash window for you to immediate jump in and play. You can even play these apps directly from your news feed, if that story shows up in your timeline, along with making them full screen if the small post isn't to your liking.
While the ability to play games directly on my wall never occurred to me as something I might want, I suppose the casual availability of these twelve games (which include basic takes on classic formulas like a word search or sudoku) is a neat idea at the very least. Whether or not this will increase the ability for Arkadium Stadium to spread "virally" remains to be seen, as the overall portal is still an app that can be blocked by users that aren't interested. Still, it does introduce a new way for developers to make their products seen by the hundreds of millions of Facebook members, who may never be interested in installing apps until they see the Stadium while trying to post something on your wall.
It will be interesting to see how Arkadium Stadium takes off (or doesn't), and we'll make sure to let you know either way. In the meantime, tell us what you think of these new gameplay options in the comments.