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Stormfall: Age of War

Stormfall: Age of War is a browser-based MMO strategy game set in the kingdom of Darkshine. The game features castle building, resource management and PvP warfare under the guidance of Lord Oberon, protector of Stormfall. The game has a top-down isometric camera angle and retro 2D graphics.

Publisher: Plarium
Playerbase: Medium
Type: Browser Strategy MMO
Release Date: November 1, 2012 (International)
Pros: +Huge community. +Solid narration. +Good interface.
Cons:  -Cash shop sells power. -Retro graphics may not appeal to everyone.

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Facebook Launches Gameroom, A Desktop Gaming Service

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Facebook has launched Gameroom, a platform where people can play ported mobile games and Unity games without the distraction of their news feed. You can download it now—if you feel so inclined. We've known Facebook would be launching a gaming platform since August, when the company announced a partnership with Unity.

"From shooter to strategy, builders to bingo, find your game in Gameroom, designed for PC gaming." 

Is this designed to compete with Steam? No, not for now. Gameroom is for people who play games on Facebook but don't want to have to log-in to launch League of Angels 2. In hindsight, Gameroom seems a natural development for the social media kingpin. Plenty of people lead their gaming lives exclusively through Facebook; my aunt is one of them.

Of course, if some killer exclusive shows up on Gameroom it could give the platform an edge. So, eventually—maybe—Gameroom will be the one rival that matters to Steam, considering every other desktop client only attracts people for a single title and then is hastily uninstalled when the game loses its luster.

But I just can't see Gameroom stealing anyone away from Steam anytime soon. Players are embedded in Valve's platform, with thousands of dollars invested in their accounts.

Then again, Facebook is banking on the future. And in the future, maybe there will only be Facebook.

Blizzard Works With Facebook To Add New Social Features To Its Games

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Blizzard announced today via press release that it has teamed up with Facebook to bring Facebook login integration to its games, as well as use "Facebook’s Live API in order to create its own 'Go Live' streaming functionality for its games." The new set of features resulting from the partnership will be available in the following titles: Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.

The full description of the new features is as follows.

The companies announced today that a major step in their ongoing collaboration will begin later this month with the integration of Facebook Login in Blizzard’s PC games. This will enable players to sign up for and log in to games such as World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, Hearthstone®, Diablo® III, StarCraft® II, and Blizzard’s most recent blockbuster release, Overwatch®, using their Facebook accounts.

Adding Facebook Login will pave the way for new social functionality in Blizzard games while highlighting Facebook’s capabilities as a platform for sharing, viewing, and discussing AAA game content. As an example, Blizzard is in the process of incorporating Facebook’s Live API in order to create its own “Go Live” streaming functionality for its games. When this functionality is implemented, players will for the first time be able to livestream their Blizzard-gaming sessions directly to their Facebook timelines, and friends will be able to subscribe and be notified when new streams are available.

A release date for these features has yet to be announced.