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Comic Book Facebook Game Counts 5.3 Million Monthly Active Users

Marvel’s Avengers Alliance game brought comic book heroes to Facebook, creating a highly successful new kind of storytelling on the social network. AllFacebook has more:

According to sister site AppData, Avengers Alliance has 5.3 million monthly active users. The game has also recently earned a spot on Facebook’s developers blog. According to the blog, the game was up and running quickly. It took just one day to prototype, and then there was one week of internal testing and one week for staging and going live. The game has become successful, Facebook notes, largely because of the quality of its open graph actions. The makers of the game wanted to ensure that the actions sent out by players would rise above the simple ones informing friends of achievements.

Press play below to listen to an encore edition of the Morning Media Menu where we interviewed Alex Irvine, the comic book writer and novelist behind Avengers Alliance.

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Marvel: Avengers Alliance Is Now Live

After months of preparation, Marvel Comics has launched its first Facebook game, Avengers Alliance.

Follow this link to play the game, fighting crime alongside the famous superhero team. Earlier this year, we interviewed comic book writer Alex Irvine about his work writing for the game.

Irvine also shared tips for aspiring video game writers–you can explore the growing field in our Best Video Game Writing of the Year feature.

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Social Game Tools for Publishers

Should more publishers think about entering the competitive and lucrative world of social games? At the Inside Social Apps conference this week, Disney Interactive senior VP of social games John Spinale (pictured) explained how Disney entered the evolving space.

Here’s more from Spinale: “We started off making games for MySpace and it wasn’t obvious that Facebook would be THE social network and I don’t think they realized they’d be a games platform. Games drive usage and purchases and engagement. Apple came reluctantly to the games space and Facebook came accidentally. A lot of the user engagement and adoption of the platform is driven by gaming and now they’re beginning to stabilize their business around gaming.”

The company hired comic book writer Alex Irvine to develop Marvel: Avengers Alliance, the first Facebook game from Disney-owned Marvel Comics.

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Alex Irvine on Writing for Facebook Games

Today on the Morning Media Menu, we talked with Alex Irvine, the writer behind Marvel: Avengers Alliance, the first Facebook game from Marvel Comics.

Follow this link to watch a trailer for the upcoming title that will compete with popular Facebook games like Farmville. Irvine shared tips for aspiring video game writers–you can explore the growing field in our Best Video Game Writing of the Year feature.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “There are a lot of social games out there, as this game gets going, I think there is going to be a lot of opportunities coming. I would expect to see a lot more games like this. I also think, because the gaming space is changing so fast, that a lot of writers are going to see what sort of opportunities are out there in new hybrid forms between prose and animation, gaming and comics. It’s all going to get mashed together, remixed and recombined in lots of interesting ways over the next few years.”

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