Archive for March, 2010

Hotel City is Open For Business!

March 26, 2010

2010 sees the release of Gangster City, Poker Rivals and now…

Check in to Hotel City, Playfish’s latest offering that lets you and your friends design and run your own hotel!

Hotel City joins our simulation games and gives you the freedom to build a hotel the way you like. From decorating the largest suite for your marvelous motel to earning your keep at a friend’s hotel, you’re sure to have a five star experience playing Hotel City with your friends and family.

Read on and find out what you can do and look forward to!

Jump right in and build your fabulous hotel straight away! You’ll start off with a lobby, a couple of rooms and a janitor’s office – the fledgling beginnings of your landmark hotel. The rooms are interchangeable so you can start to create a skyscraper or build a more laid-back bungalow-style hotel. Which will you choose?

No theme is too crazy or too glamourous in Hotel City – the style and layout is completely up to you! Express the inner you or explore new possibilities with new items added to the collections each week; choose from a whole myriad of wallpapers, floors and decorations to spruce up your customers’ rooms. Will you go the classic red carpet look or give your customers something to talk about with a new style of your very own?

Give your workers shifts to run your hotel for you – from 2 hours to 2 days! As they work, you’ll get the coins to bring your grand design to life. Customers will enjoy staying at a well decorated hotel but they will also pay to go the gym, eat at your five star gourmet restaurant or take a plunge in the swimming pool!

If you’re just starting out in Hotel City and need a helping hand, we’ve got it covered: grab a job at your friend’s hotel and earn a bit of extra cash on the side! Yup, now you can visit your friends’ hotels and work for them, too!

This new feature means you can apply for jobs your friends advertise on their profiles – but be quick! Open jobs in Hotel City are limited and someone else might take the spot you wanted and those hard earned coins! If you are lucky enough to get the job, be sure to go to your friend’s hotel and pick up your daily salary!

So in Hotel City it really pays to help your friends! Visit your friends to collect your hard earned coins to build a bigger, better and more luxurious hotel!

Of course what’s a hotel if it’s not the best? Earn coins, decorate and keep those customers happy to gain those coveted five gold stars above your hotel. Will your hotel stay on top or will your friends beat you to it?

Only your customers will tell so and keep your eyes and ears open for tips and suggestions from them.

With so much variety and so many things to do, the sky’s the limit for your hotel in Hotel City! Whether you’re a fan of decorating rooms in Pet Society or starting a fun business head to head with your friends in Restaurant City, you’re sure to love Hotel City. So welcome to Hotel Citywe hope you have a pleasant stay!

Playfish Opens its Doors to the City by the Bay

March 5, 2010

A couple of weeks ago Ken Ward provided some insight about what it’s like to work for Playfish and, in particular, our London studio. This week we’re following up with a conversation with Dan Fiden, who joined Playfish as General Manager of the newly opened San Francisco development studio.

For readers attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, Dan will be speaking on panels at the Flash Gaming Summit, Monday, March 8, and VCON on Wednesday, March 10. Stop by and say hello to Dan if you’re there!

Hi Dan, how’re you doing?
I’m good, thanks! I’ve just got back from lunch, actually. Had a really great sandwich from a nice Italian place down the street.

Awesome. So would you let our readers know what do you do at the San Francisco studio?
I’m managing the studio in San Francisco and taking care of all of our staff’s needs as we expand our offices here, but I’m also doing a little bit of everything, really. We’re expanding fast so I’m interviewing lots of candidates for studio roles here – engineers, artists, producers, product managers – all of whom will be creating social games. I’m even doing a bit of games design in the background.

If you’re interested in working for Playfish, check out our job postings.

Talk about variety – sounds like you’re a jack of all trades!
It’s fun.  I look forward to getting into the office every day. The location is super cool down on the waterfront near the San Francisco bay bridge.  It’s one big open loft space – everyone’s always around. We take plenty of breaks to goof around and crank up the music, chill out in between lots of hard work. I’ve been to Playfish’s London studio too, and it’s the same there. Here, of course, at lunch, we get to walk around the bay. One of the nice things about being at Playfish is the positive atmosphere that is so collaborative; there’s a strong feeling of everyone working toward the same goal.  Everyone has a voice in the creation of games too.

What excites you the most about getting into the office each day?
We’re just getting started on building some amazing game teams. We’ve already got an enormous amount to talent here.  There’s lots of brainstorming and ideas coming from all around the studio. That’s one of my favorite aspects and it’s a really fun part of the game creation process and we encourage everyone to pitch in. We just throw ideas on to the whiteboard and imagine how various ideas would work in a game.

You mentioned you’re interviewing people. What kind of person are you looking to hire?
Above all, they’ve gotta be passionate about games, about making games and making really good games. They’ve really got to love games to do that well – it’s the single greatest criteria in my mind. It’s important that the people we hire enjoy the creative and collaborative environment we have here. The creative process is social – just like our games.

What’s your kind of game?
This is going to sound corny, but honestly, social games – the kind of game where the crowd gets involved and people are shouting to their friends about it in the background. Games people want to huddle around and poke their nose in. Those bring about great memories and are so much fun. That’s what Playfish games are like, too.

What final thoughts would you like to leave us with?
Just a great big thanks to our players! Keep talking to us through the forums and on our fan pages. We enjoy your feedback and love integrating your ideas into our games whenever possible.  We hope you continue to enjoy Playfish games!

Announcing the winners of our movie awards competition!

March 4, 2010

OK, we admit, we messed up again.

We thought 11 awards was going to be enough. I mean it seemed like quite a lot. We know you well enough by now to realise if we run a competition you’re going to amaze us with the sheer number of amazing entries but yeah, we thought 11 awards felt like plenty.

We were wrong.

Not only did we have to add another couple of categories: Best Frame and Best Fantasy, we still couldn’t decide between two entries to win the Fantasy award so we thought what the hey, we’ve already totally changed the rules and added more categories, we might as well have TWO winners for Fantasy!

So without further ado, introducing the first ever Pet Society Movie Awards!

[theme tune and pan around star studded audience before cutting to the Mayor of Pet Society introducing the awards]

*clears throat*

Welcome everyone to the Pet Society Movie Awards! The first category was for Best Fantasy. There are two winners for this one. Would ah *adjusts reading glasses* Brunella Rizzo and ณัฐวดี สุชาโต please step up to the podium to collect your 50 Playfish Cash and Golden Mayor Awards!

The Action Award goes to Adityansyah Irendra Nugraha, who also wins 50 Playfish Cash and a Golden Mayor Award!

Step up Eduardo Galvez, winner of 50 Playfish Cash and a Golden Mayor Award for best comedy!

The prize of 50 Playfish Cash and a Golden Mayor Award for Best Drama goes to Ivett Ariana Ponce Guevara!

Please join us at the podium Lilian Sachiko to collect your 50 Playfish Cash and Golden Mayor Award for Best Horror!

Best Miscellaneous Award goes to Andrea Lombardi who wins 50 Playfish Cash and a Golden Mayor Award!

The award for Best Romance goes to Aliz Szebényi, securing them 50 Playfish Cash and a Golden Mayor Award!

The newly created Best Frame Award goes to Regina Vargas Mancilla winning them 50 Playfish Cash and a Golden Mayor Award!

Step up to the podium and collect your 50 Playfish Cash and Golden Mayor Award Marti Zangari!

The Best Science Fiction Award earns 50 Playfish Cash and a Golden Mayor Award for Cergio Ortiiz!

Step up Julianne Ting for your 50 Playfish Cash and Golden Mayor award for Best Thriller!

The Gangster City Award goes to Timmy McDonald for his excellent entry. Well done Timmy, enjoy your 50 Playfish Cash and Golden Mayor Award!

Finally, the big one. Best Picture Award. This award goes to our favorite entry of all, so they win a huge 1000 Playfish Cash as well as their Golden Mayor Award. And the award goes to…

*drum roll*

Sometime Zili! Congratulations Sometime Zili! Time for an acceptance speech?

And that’s about all we have time for folks, but congratulations to all the winners as well as the many, many other talented people who entered the competition!

See you at the after show party!

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