Ghost Recon Commander offers headshots in a Facebook game (hands-on preview)

Brenda Garno Brathwaite and John Romero, two well-known game designers, never made a secret of their passion for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon games. They played for hundreds of hours and tweeted about their victories. Ubisoft’s Chris Early took notice and hired their company, Loot Drop, to make the Facebook game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Commander. Some of its features, such as blood splotches and head shots, are not your usual fare on a social network where many of the titles are about matching gems or growing crops.

Game of Thrones Ascent aims to please fans with a Facebook game (exclusive)

Game startup Disruptor Beam has announced today the first Facebook game based on the award-winning novels by George R.R. Martin and the award-winning television show on HBO. Titled Game of Thrones Ascent, it is slated for an unspecified “future release” on Facebook. The developer plans to impress fans of the show and books alike with an authenticity and close-hewn relationship to the story-lines and characters of the popular series.

The Facebook gaming boom is fizzling out, analyst firm says

Facebook’s gaming boom has come to an end, according to a report from IHS Screen Digest Media Research. The subject is open to debate and players such as Facebook and Zynga will no doubt dispute this. But IHS Screen Digest has put together an argument that will likely get a lot of attention, as games such as those made by Zynga have driven the growth of the social network…

Bejeweled maker PopCap bets on Facebook casino-game gold rush

Ever since the Justice Department opened the door to the legalization of online gambling, the leading creators of social games are feeling increasingly lucky. PopCap Games just launched Lucky Gem Casino with a collection of seven slot machines themed after its brands such as Bejeweled and Zuma. It marks the entry of the Electronic Arts subsidiary into the increasingly active casino game market.