December 2011

If you’re used to iOS games that serve as simple time wasters that you can play to occupy your fingers and half your mind while the other half pays attention to a Law & Order rerun, you’ll have to set aside your expectations for Infinity Blade II (download Infinity Blade II for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad). Much like its predecessor, this is one of the rare mobile titles that delivers a game-console-like experience demanding your full attention to play.

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When credible reports about Zynga’s upcoming IPO filing started flying this July, expectations for the social gaming giant’s value were running $15 billion to $20 billion. Now, with Zynga detailing the offering ahead of trading set to start December 15th, the actual offering price could value the company from $5.9 billion to $6.99 billion, or $7.6 billion to $8.9 billion including employee stock options.

With options included, Zynga’s value will be $7.6 billion to $8.9 billion. That’s bigger than Electronic Arts’ $7.7 billion, but far short of just five months ago. One of the consequences is that some of the investors who invested in February are underwater. Those pre-IPO investors such as Fidelity Investments put money in at $14 per share.

What could have caused such a precipitous change in fortunes in just a matter of months? Here are a few possible explanations:

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