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Zynga Lead Game Designer Departs for Idle Games

Michael McCormick, a 20-year game industry veteran and Zynga’s lead game designer on CityVille, is leaving the company to become director of game design at San Francisco-based start-up Idle Games, creators of upcoming Facebook game Idle Worship. The move comes on the heels of the departure of Zynga ad exec Manny Anekal to join Kiip, a mobile games rewards company, as chief operating officer.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus