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Our New Show Is Up / Zombies & Security HMMMM

The Show Is Up !!!  It’s Halloween and we are here talking about New Facebook Security features plus we cover the big Zombie Infestion on Mafia Wars, The new Chicago Districts & whats coming up this week and who knows what else will pop up so join us on the number 1 Social Newtorking show on BlogTalkRadio. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefacebookzyngapodcast/2011/10/31/the-facebook-zynga-podcast

If you want to keep up on the latest Mafia Wars & Facebook news & scam alerts then just join our fan page lots of good stuff there to keep you informed and safe.  And feel free to ask questions on our wall & we will try to get you answers.  http://www.facebook.com/TheFBZyngaPodcast 
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October 31, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

New Chicago Districts 4 – 6 Out + Zombie Loot

Ok everyone looks like a busy time for us all once again the Chicago Mission, Zombie Apocalypse Fight Event and now we have the new Chicago Districts 4 – 6 out along with New Loot Items, New Mastery Loot, Properties, Collections & Achievements not to mention the also released NEW Zombie Loot for Fighting & Robbing.

Here are the new properties and they are a Distillery which regenerates health up to 325% when fully upgraded for you and the Docks build Rob Squads each every 8 hours.

We also have new Achievements and here they are. 

Here are the new collections out.

They have also released new mastery items and loot items for the new districts. And here is a shot of some the loot out now with the new Chicago Districts & some Christmas stuff it looks like to that is in the inventory.

Now on top of this all the have released NEW Zombie Fight & Robbing Loot. Here they are Headpopper 102 A / 51 D ; Zombie Coyote 77 A / 102 D ;  Fellow Survivor 57 A / 100 D ; Fellow Zombie 100 A / 42 D 

So Have fun Everyone !!! 

October 27, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

Zombie Apocalypse The 411 From Zynga Support

Ok the Zombie event has started and alot of people are lost I hope this helps. This was released by Zynga Support as the 411. I know alot of you are getting frustrated and I am too but this helps explain things little bit.  

Zombie Apocalypse

Updated 10/26/2011 at 21:25
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The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us! Put your fighting skill to the test in a battle for humanity.
Fight as either a Survivor fending off the Zombies or as a Zombie trying to turn Survivors into Zombies. The Zombie Apocalypse Fight Event starts on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011.
Your alliance is assigned at the beginning of each season; each season ends when the Zombie contamination has overwhelmed the game. Your alliance is identified by an icon next to your name and your screen border theme.
Earn Mastery tier items by icing other players – Survivors and Zombies, though scores are greater for icing those on the opposing side. There are many opportunities, depending on your score, to collect loot drop and mastery items for both sides, which are granted at the end of each season. Collect the final item in each Mastery tier to claim the reward and move on to the next; there are four tiers – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Ruby. Master both sides in order to become a stronger fighter. 

Q:  How is it determined whether I will be a Zombie or a Survivor?
A:  Which faction you fight for is determined randomly at the beginning of each season.  You will fight the entire season as the faction that you were assigned at the beginning.

Q:  How long will each season last?
A:  Each Zombie Apocalypse wave, or ‘season’, can last from several minutes to a few hours.

Q:  How many seasons are there?
A:  There are not a pre-determined number of seasons. Each season will end when the Zombies overwhelm the game.

Q:  How do I earn the most points?
A:  You will earn more points by icing those on your opposing side.

Q:  How many mastery levels are there?  
A:  For this event there are four levels:  Bronze, Silver, Gold, Ruby

Q:  What are the number of points that I will need to earn for each mastery level?
A:  Each player will begin the season with 0 points.  The chart below shows how many points that you will need to for each level.  Remember, the seasons vary in length so you should ice your opponents as quickly as possible!

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Q:  Can I earn mastery for both Zombie and Fighter?
A:  Yes!!  To become a stronger player you can earn mastery rewards from being either a Zombie or a Survivor.

Q:  What if I don’t want to be a Zombie?
A:  There is will be an antidote available for 7 Reward points that will cure Zombification as well as any new outbreaks for 2 minutes.

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October 26, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | 1 Comment

Zynga’s Response On Fate Of Mafia Wars 1

Looks like Zynga was able to post a response to many peoples concerns on the fate of Mafia Wars including my own. Here is what they put out on the Official Mafia Wars Blog.

While it doesn’t answer everything, it is a start and from what I hear they have a new team in place and they are going working their butts off and will be doing alot to restore the game to it’s glory. I hope so and I know many of you feel the same way.

So The Game Is Safe …For Now. The game still generates plenty of income for Zynga and us players are dedicated to it and don’t want it to end. I hope they follow through with what they say and if they do I have a feeling many will return.  

Mafia Wars 1 In The House!

Thank you, Mafia Wars players, for your concern about the fate of Mafia Wars 1. To be clear, our dedicated team continues to pour its heart into the game. We are very excited about all of the new content and updates we have planned, and about our renewed focus on the top concerns we continue to hear from you, our players. Some of the things on which we are focused include:

  • • Bugs & performance issues that impact your game play — especially those related to fighting.
  • • The number & rate of new features and events. We have heard your feedback about there being too much to do in too short a time. We remain dedicated to keeping the game fresh, but will try to do so without making it overwhelming. In fact, you may have already noticed longer timers, fewer events, and breaks between them.
  • • The gifting experience – You’ve told us it’s frustrating, difficult, and takes too much time; we aim to improve it.

We can’t fix everything overnight but, rest assured, we will be focusing on these items and any additional player concerns as they arise while also developing new content. We continue to be excited about the future of the original Mafia Wars, and we hope you are too! We are also excited about the addition of Mafia Wars 2 to Zynga’s collection of crime games and encourage you to give it a try. Thank you for your continued passion for Mafia Wars. We look forward to continuing to receive your feedback via the Mafia Wars forum.

- The Mafia Wars Team

October 26, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

New Mission : Money On The Water

Well we got the new Chicago mission rolling out “Money On The Water” so the new districts 4 – 6 in Chicago cant be too far behind as they are coming this week per Zynga. 

So you know the drill do the stuff in the missions to get Loot items, Loyalty Points, Victory Coins, Clams & Experience. Here is a peek of the 1st part and if you dont have it yet be patient it is coming, you all know how Zynga loves them slow rollouts.  

October 25, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

The Zombie Apocalypse Is Upon Us!

 

Well The Halloween Event in Mafia Wars is coming and here is what the Official Mafia Wars Blog it is called The Zombie Apocalypse

Mobsters! The Zombie Apocalypse Is Upon Us!

It’s time to put your fighting skills to the test in a battle for humanity. For approximately 1.5 weeks beginning tomorrow afternoon, October 26th, fight as either a Survivor fending off Zombies or as a Zombie trying to turn Survivors into more of your kind in the Mafia Wars Zombie Apocalypse Fight Event!

Collect Ices Just Like Ice Seasons, But Otherwise Different

  • • Instead of a 1-2 week “season,” multiple zombie “waves” will occur until the event ends approximately 1.5 weeks after it begins. Each wave ends when the Zombie plague has overtaken the vast majority (~90%) of the population, which should occur multiple times by November 4th. The exact number of zombie waves that will occur isn’t certain, however, as each could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the number of people icing at any given time.
  • • At the beginning of each wave, you are assigned the role of Survivor or Zombie and your role is visible to all as an icon next to your name in fight lists. The color of your pop-up windows’ borders will remind you of your current role, which will switch at the beginning of each new wave. If you are a Survivor, there is also a chance that you will be turned into a Zombie any time you are iced. In the event that you are turned into a Zombie mid-wave, the ices/points accumulated while you were a Survivor continue to count toward mastering that wave. The item you can receive at the end of each wave is based on your role at the time the wave ends.

Each Role’s Goal + How to Maximize Your Score

The goal as a Zombie is to convert Survivors to Zombies by icing them. The goal as a Survivor is to stave off the Zombie Apocalypse by icing Zombies while keeping yourself alive. To help you accomplish this, Zombie Protection and Antidotes will be available for purchase on the fight page and on select pop-ups. While your score will increase for each person you ice during this event, you will receive bonus points for icing players on the opposing side.

Zombie Apocalypse Fight Event Loot

There are many opportunities, depending on your score, to collect loot drop and mastery items for both sides. Collect enough ices to master all 4 of the tiers as a Survivor to earn the Ruby level Apocalypse Bike (125/85), and collect enough ices to master all 4 of the tiers as a Zombie to earn the Ruby level Brain Cage (76/117). The item you can receive at the end of each wave is based on your role at the time the wave ends.

Remember to keep your brain with you at all times,
The Mafia Wars Team

Thanks to Mafia Wars Loot Lady for Loot Images Above 

October 25, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

It Is Award Season & We Need Your Votes

Once again award season is upon us and yes we are up for multiple awards and need your help to win. 

The Facebook & Zynga Podcast is nominated for our 2nd Mashable Award as Must-Follow Media Personality on Social Media and we need your help to win. 

You can submit one nomination per category every day. Mashable’s editors will select seven finalists for each category, and finalists will be announced on Nov. 21, then readers will vote for the winners. Awards winners will be announced on Mashable on Dec. 19. 

To vote you can go here click Facebook Connect and then type our Name in ( The Facebook & Zynga Podcast ) and please go everyday to vote for us if you can. 

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We are also Nominated as Best Podcast in The Blogger’s Choice Awards. To vote for us here you must register then you can vote for by going HERE. This one is just one vote per person per email address.

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And finally our Radio Station, Social Network Radio is up for a Mashable Award for the first time as Best Music Service/App.

Again you can submit one nomination per category every day. Mashable’s editors will select seven finalists for each category, and finalists will be announced on Nov. 21, then readers will vote for the winners. Awards winners will be announced on Mashable on Dec. 19.

To vote you can go here click Facebook Connect and then type our Name in ( Social Network Radio Station ) and please go everyday to vote for us if you can.

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October 25, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

The New Show Is Up / Chicago Districts 4-6 Coming Soon & Game Future

*** The Show Is Up ***  We are back today with a ton of stuff to cover / lawsuits / site changes / game changes / new stuff coming and the list just goes on and on I hope we have enough time to cover it. We will see right here on the #1 Social Networking show on Blogtalkradio.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefacebookzyngapodcast/2011/10/24/the-facebook-zynga-podcast 

If you want to keep up on the latest Mafia Wars & Facebook news & scam alerts then just join our fan page lots of good stuff there to keep you informed and safe.  And feel free to ask questions on our wall & we will try to get you answers.  http://www.facebook.com/TheFBZyngaPodcast 
Hey everyone want to have our show at your fingertips well then get it on your android phone just go here and download our new app FREE for your phone. You will even be able to listen to us live via your phone while we are doing the show LIVE.  http://www.appsgeyser.com/getw​idget/The+Facebook+and+Zynga+P​odcast 
I always forget to let you know but you can get our show on iTunes just go to the store and download it FREE right to your phone, iPod or into iTunes itself.  http://itunes.apple.com/podcas​t/the-facebook-zynga-podcast/i​d413972114 
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October 24, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

Mafia Wars Retires Get Satisfaction & Other Game Features Is The Game Next ?

Mafia Wars & Zynga seems to be cleaning things up a bit, retiring game features & the the much liked Get Satisfaction Feedback forum is the Game next ???

 As many of  the Mafia Wars players have already seen game features are being eliminated such as the Secret Stash & Crime Spree, they are releasing only a few new items such as fight loot just to keep people interested,Customer Support is just paying players off with reward points & loot items instead of fixing the game issues, they are retiring a very popular Get Satisfaction forum, which has helped get many things done, are bringing things back to the original forums which 99% of the player hate and dont use & they have been offering 50 – 60% discounts on reward points, which where I come from is a sign a company is preparing to go out of business or in this case a game closing.

Many players are seeing the same signs that many players from MySpace & Tagged.com had seen before the game was eliminated from those platforms. Plus now with announcement of the new Project Z, Zynga’s own gaming platform, is there really room for an old point and click game like Mafia Wars when all the others are now flashier interactive games. Not to mention the popularity of it mobile platform & mobile gaming in general where does a dinosaur like Mafia Wars fit in, in my opinion it doesn’t. 

When Zynga decided to make a new Mafia Wars game called Mafia Wars 2 ( The Flash Version as I call it ) the writing on the wall became clearer. Zynga before and right after it came out has always maintained that this was a completely separate game and that Mafia Wars would not be closing. However when you hear from them and ask them now if the game will be closing they seem to be saying not at this time.

Unfortunately right now Zynga is in what is know as the quiet time before the much anticipated IPO so they can not comment on what games are closing or pretty much anything that has not be release publically. So we are stuck waiting, however some other reliable sources in the gaming industry are privately saying they hear it will be closing in the first quarter of 2012. Again this is just a rumor but a rumor that in my opinion that could be very true unfortunately.

As a businessman I can understand Zynga’s position if they do decide to end Mafia Wars as the game does not fit into its new gaming platform they have just set forth but as a player it is sad that that it has come to this when all the players gave them ways to improve the game including the, now what seems defunct, PAC ( Player’s Advisory Committee). But I understand the costs involved in doing a complete revamp of the game section by section to bring it up to speed as it is cheaper to just make a new game and that is what they did with Mafia Wars 2. 

I know the many players out there who have quite honestly spent 10’s of thousands of dollars are going to be outraged if the game closes and I am sure will never spend another penny on any other Zynga game. Some will even try to sue to get some of their money back but that is like suing an arcade to get back your quarters because they removed your favorite game to add a new improved game. Not gonna happen. 

I am sure after the IPO we will get a better picture of what is actually going to be happening with all the Zynga games and I am sure Mafia Wars is not the only game on the chopping block. You can bet on that one but it will be sad to see happen especially as a player of the game since it’s inception and I have played on MySpace, Tagged.com & yes even Yahoo so I have also seen the signs when a game is closing so in my opinion I think they will be closing it on Facebook next in favor of the new game Mafia Wars 2.

Now The Waiting Begins…

October 20, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | 34 Comments

The New Show Is Up / More Privacy Concerns w/ Facebook & MW 2 Review

The Show Is Up / We went over the ever changing Facebook changes and some of the privacy issues as well as the many adventures of Zynga and the new changes and whats upcoming in the week plus the opening of Mafia Wars 2. Here on the #1 Social Networking Show on BlogTalkRadio. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefacebookzyngapodcast/2011/10/10/the-facebook-zynga-podcast 

If you want to keep up on the latest Mafia Wars & Facebook news & scam alerts then just join our fan page lots of good stuff there to keep you informed and safe.  And feel free to ask questions on our wall & we will try to get you answers.  http://www.facebook.com/TheFBZyngaPodcast 
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I always forget to let you know but you can get our show on iTunes just go to the store and download it FREE right to your phone, iPod or into iTunes itself. http://itunes.apple.com/podcas​t/the-facebook-zynga-podcast/i​d413972114 
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October 10, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

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