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July 23, 2008 2:51 PM

Casual Connect: FlowPlay adds casual games to virtual world

Posted by Brier Dudley

In a twist on the distribution deals happening at the Casual Connect conference, Seattle-based FlowPlay announced that it's going to integrate games into its virtual world.

FlowPlay hooked up with Bothell's Sandlot Games and San Francisco publisher PlayFirst to incorporate games such as "Diner Dash" and "Cake Mania" into its "ourWorld" virtual world.

The release said it's the "first-ever virtual platform to integrate high profile casual games directly into a virtual setting."

From another angle, it's cutting-edge product placement.

Sandlot's "Cake Mania" will be showcased though a bakery built into the virtual world, where players can work as bakers or play as customers and buy virtual cakes.

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July 23, 2008 12:15 PM

Casual games conference: Who's playing what?

Posted by Brier Dudley

Maybe they have to rename the Casual Connect conference that began today at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, the hub of the casual games industry.

In the event's opening speech, Big Fish Games founder Paul Thelen said the term "casual" no longer works as a definition of the industry landscape.

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