Unexplored Genres and Game Mechanics

Unexplored Genres and Game Mechanics

At Casual Connect 2010http://seattle.casualconnect.org/. Here are some of the takeaways from Tim Chang of Norwest Venture Partners presentation today entitled, Casual 2.0: Emerging Trends in Casual Gaming. Slides/Audio Available here.

  • Winster’s multiplayer synchronous collaborative game play
  • Edgy games in social gaming
  • Games for goods
  • Foursquare but with a real life missions (to do, fitness, nutrition, education)
  • Offerpal of offline – earning virtual currency through retail transactions
  • Check in + loyalty + leveling
    • Turn based phrased matched PVP (Staembirds; old school games like Starfleet Battles, Ace of Aces) ex: PVP Zombie Defense?
    • Whale hunting and cultivating – identify your whales and iterate and understand what they are responding to
    • End game – epic win in social games (VS attrition / burn out saturation)
    • P4P – Groupon group shopping / discount mechanics?
    • Reputation + referral based social mechanics – LinkedIn meets Social Gaming

A key factor in today’s discussion – Understanding Behavioral Drivers

Tim’s suggested reading:

  • Predictability Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • Stumbling On Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • Game Based Marketing by Gabe Zichermann and Joselin Linder
Invest Ireland September 28-30, 2010

Invest Ireland September 28-30, 2010

Connecting U.S. and European venture capital and angel investors with Ireland’s most promising entrepreneurial ventures, Invest Ireland provides a unique opportunity to meet and invest in Ireland’s leading emergent growth companies.

Invest Ireland is an exciting new conference which aims to connect Venture and Angel investors with Ireland’s most promising Entrepreneurial ventures. The event will be held at the DCU Ryan Academy in Citywest from 28th – 30th September 2010. Download PDF Flier

\Through Invest Ireland, the Ryan Academy together with Arizona State University will bring a number of carefully selected US investors to Ireland to sit alongside their Irish counterparts and engage with entrepreneurs from all parts of Ireland. (more…)

Under the Radar – 50% OFF: 25 Early Bird Tickets Released!

Under the Radar – 50% OFF: 25 Early Bird Tickets Released!

Friday, November 12, 2010 | Microsoft Campus, Mountain View, CA

50% OFF: 25 Early Bird Tickets Released! Under the Radar has been recognized as the most important startup showcase and deal-making forum in Silicon Valley.


APPLY TO PRESENT! to be one of startups from around the globe to hit the stage and connect with potential partners, customers and acquirers….

Deadline: Preferred consideration will be given to companies nominated before July 31, 2010. (more…)

Summer of '69

Summer of '69

Thursday, July 29 2010, 07:00 PM
Summer of 69′ & evening with photographer/film-maker Jim Sugar
Movie Room, Delancy St Foundation, 600 Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94199

Last Christmas while while spending time with family in Ireland, RTE screened what I though was one of the best films that I’ve seen from them in recent history – Summer of 69′. It was a true gem and one that I believe you and your friends will thoroughly enjoy. So get yourself and your friends out to a very unique event from INBA.
– Gerard Sheridan

In 1968 22 year old photographer Jim Sugar spent three months in the Republic of Ireland capturing the people and places of Ireland for a National Geographic Magazine feature article published in 1969. Thirty-four of those images appeared in the final article but over 10,400 images were actually taken.

During the summer of 1969, RTE asked Jim to retrace the steps of the original National Geographic article. Although some of the people in the original article had died, many of the people and places remained very familiar. (more…)

Pitch at the Investor Forum: Powered by DLA Piper and SDForum

Pitch at the Investor Forum: Powered by DLA Piper and SDForum

Don’t Miss Your Chance to be Selected! (For SDForum Members only so Enterprise Ireland clients should contact John McIntyre)

Meet with top-tier investors including Accel, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, NEA and Scale Venture Partners at the Investor

Forum: Powered by DLA Piper and SDForum in early September 2010. You are cordially invited to apply, information is below.

The application deadline is Thursday, August 5th, 2010.

Casual Connect Seattle, July 20-22

Casual Connect Seattle, July 20-22

Casual Games Association Events are the premiere events for the casual games industry with over 3,000 professionals attending Casual Connect Events each year. Casual Connect Seattle brings together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the casual gaming field to further the casual games industry with the best of networking and learning.


If you are thinking of learning more about an industry which entertains 200 million people each month, you have come to the right place.

The casual games industry is full of incredibly smart, passionate and friendly professionals who are glad to welcome you into our burgeoning industry!

If you are new – WELCOME! (more…)