Catching up on other blogs a bit. Some of these links are a bit old, but still interesting (to me, anyways):
Greg Costikyan has a great post on his experiences presenting at a venture capital conference. I haven’t attended a VC conference, but parts of his post accurately echo my experiences at various game-oriented conferences.
He also writes a bit about another VC’s comments on the casual game industry.
Besides this blog, I run (through New Crayon Games) the site CasualGameBlogs.com, which aggregates content (feeds) from a bunch of casual game type blogs. I did some updating of that site recently, and added Bret on Social Games. I suppose it’s not a perfect fit, because, as I understand things, “Social Games” are a bit different from casual games, with the former primarily run through social networking sites like Facebook. I’m way behind the times on these social sites (I don’t even have a MySpace page – the SHAME!!!), but probably need to bone up a bit on this stuff. Bret’s site may be helpful for this.
AOL appears to be making efforts to improve its casual games site (Games.com). The community manager, Laurent Courtines, had asked me to add the blog for this site to CasualGameBlogs.com. I declined – blog.games.com is a bit too commercialized for what I want for CGB, but it’s still an interesting read, with a loto of top X lists of various kinds for Games.com.
Finally, while this site has been around for a while (originally under a slightly different name), for those who haven’t found it, CasualCharts.com is a great way to see which games are on top now, and what has fared well historically.