John Romero is the creator of the Doom and Quake games that have haunted the memories of a generation of gamers with over-the-top shoot-em-up violence. Now he is trying his hand at making a cute Facebook game called Ravenwood Fair.
As a consultant to social gaming firm LOLapps, this kinder and gentler Romero (pictured, left) designed and built the game in the past couple of months with a team of eight artists and programmers. Ravenwood Fair debuts on Facebook today, and it is one more cog in LOLapps' grand strategy to become a big player in social games.
LOLapps was going to launch the game last Friday, but it got held up by the Facebook police. Facebook pulled down all LOLapps games on Friday and restored them Sunday night, citing only "violation of Facebook's policies." The Wall Street Journal reported that some games, including LOLapps titles, were wrongfully transmitting user data to third-party companies. Of those companies, only LOLapps was singled out and shut down. LOLapps said it worked with Facebook to restore its games and will ensure it can protect users' safety and abide by Facebook's policies.
Hopefully for LOLapps, that will be enough for its users to flock back to its old games and play the new one as well. The privacy concern may spook some users, but odds are strong the bulk of users won't care.
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