September 14th, 2011 09:29
donniebaseball23 writes “PopCap Games and University of Massachusetts Amherst psychology researcher Susan K. Whitbourne, Ph.D. have released the results of a survey targeting the habits of older and younger gamers. Interestingly, PopCap’s Bejeweled Blitz was found to be a good cognitive training tool for older adults. Of those who play Bejeweled Blitz on a regular basis, 47 percent of adults over 50 reported feeling ‘sharper’ while performing other tasks, and nearly 24 percent of adults over 65 felt that their pattern recognition improved. Dr. Whitbourne intends to conduct a series of studies looking into the value of gaming for older audiences.”
Source: Bejeweled Yields Cognitive Benefit In Older Adults
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PopCap is offering Bejeweled 2 + Blitz for free until Sunday morning as part of the FreeAppADay promotion.
Bejeweled 2 + Blitz has been one of the most popular matching games and top paid apps in the App Store.
Interestingly, if you look at the App Activity of Bejeweled 2 + Blitx on App Shopper, it looks like PopCap first released the iPhone game for $9.99 on August 27th 2008 (a month after the App Store was launched). But since then PopCap has dropped the price all the way down to $0.99 by November 2010 and startedÂ offering in-app purchase for a package of coins.
With Bejeweled 2 + Blitz for the iPhone and iPod Touch, you can also play with your friends on Facebook andÂ Â and compete with them in the weekly Bejeweled Blitz tournament.
So don’t miss out on this opportunity and download the app while it is free from the App Store using this iTunes linkÂ and don’t forget to tell your friends.
Source: PopCap’s Bejeweled 2 + Blitz – Popular iPhone Game Is Free For a Day
donniebaseball23 writes “Weeks ago, rumors were that Electronic Arts had stepped up to the plate to buy mobile/casual gaming publisher PopCap, developer of titles such as Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies. Today, EA has confirmed that it has purchased PopCap for a final sum of $650 million and $100 million in shares of EA common stock. There’s also the possibility for up to $550 million in earn-outs for hitting 2013 financial milestones. That would bring the price to a whopping $1.3 billion. ‘We picked EA because they have recast their culture around making great digital games,’ said David Roberts, CEO of PopCap. ‘By working with EA, we’ll scale our games and services to deliver more social, mobile, casual fun to an even bigger, global audience.’”
More broadly, EA’s plan for PopCap is: “don’t break it
Source: EA Buys Bejeweled-Maker PopCap In Deal Worth Up To $1.3 Billion
An anonymous reader writes “A California steel contractor spent 2,200 total hours over the last three years racking up a high score in Bejeweled 2. He exceeded the 2^31-1 maximum score programmed for the score display, proving that there is, in fact, an end to the game. I suppose congratulations or condolences are in order.”
Source: Man Spends 2,200 Hours Defeating Bejeweled 2
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