Posts Tagged ‘games’

Van Trilogy: The Pathetic Zynga Bus Featuring Zynga, the Anti-Innovation Dog

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

It’s the Zynga Bus!

(A bit smaller than the other corporate buses about town, non?)

All’s I know about Zynga is here from Peter Jamison. Oh well.

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OMG, Nintendo Wii Airstream Trailer! The Free Nintendo Wii Airstream Trailer is Coming to 4 Embarcadero Dec. 11th!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

It’s coming on Saturday. It’s going to be epic. Deets below.

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See you there!


Interactive Wii Party Airstream West Coast Tour Rolls Into San Francisco on Dec. 11

WHAT: It’s not often that holiday shoppers can gather together for a free, hands-on look at one of the season’s most remarkable games. Families and friends in the San Francisco area will be on their feet and having a blast when Nintendo of America’s extraordinary Wii Party Airstream West Coast Tour makes a stop at
Four Embarcadero Center on SATURDAY – one of only five scheduled stops in the region.

Consumers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to experience the one-of-a-kind social fun of the new Wii Party video game aboard a special Nintendo-themed 15-foot Airstream trailer. In addition to providing a fun-filled break for holiday shoppers, the Wii Party Airstream West Coast Tour will offer area residents a chance to win their own Wii console and a copy of Wii Party.

Created exclusively for the popular Wii system, Wii Party is designed to get families and friends on their feet and having fun together. The game features 13 party game modes and more than 80 entertaining minigames, some of which take the action from the TV screen into the living room.

For example, “Animal Tracker” challenges players to pick up the Wii Remote making a particular animal sound, while “Hide ‘n’ Hunt” asks players to locate a controller that’s been cleverly hidden by another player. Whether they’re playing cooperatively or competitively, Wii Party gives every player a turn in the spotlight by putting their customized Mii characters at the center of the action. More information about Wii Party is available at

WHO: Kids, adults, teens, parents, game enthusiasts and holiday consumers of all kinds

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Four Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA 94111


  • A colorful Nintendo-themed Airstream trailer featuring Wii Party demo stations
  • Kids and adults laughing and interacting in fun ways while playing Wii Party together
  • Holiday shoppers cheering each other on during live Wii Party demonstrations

Yahoo’s Bus Stop Derby – Are they Really Hanging Giant Flat Panel TV’s on the Sides of 20 MUNI Bus Stops?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I don’t know, maybe you can leave old-school CRT-TV’s on the sidewalks of San Francisco and have them stick around, but I’m not sure if I’d leave a 72-inch touch-sensitive flat panel screens on the streets 24-7. I mean, I wouldn’t expect to get them all back intact.

But no matter, Yahoo! has its Bus Stop Derby game up and running.

See how it works right here.

And here’s a still photo from Steve Rhodes:

But what will happen when your neighborhood wins and the O.K. Go puts on a concert as your reward? Won’t your area NIMBY’s be all “nobody told us about this?”

Oh well.

Let’s let Yahoo! ‘splain what’s up with the BSD:

“The short answer is it’s a two-month citywide challenge that turns bus stops into social gaming hubs.

An even shorter answer is it’s something that makes waiting for the bus fun.

Most of us don’t really love our daily commute. And even though you soon recognize the same faces that get on the same bus at the same time every morning, it’s pretty rare that we talk to each other. We thought we could make public transport a little more fun.

So we put up 20 Bus Stop Derby bus stops with interactive 72-inch touch screens. We developed four addictive games that you can play right then and there while waiting for your bus—and since it’s even more fun to play together (and especially to beat someone), you can challenge players at other Derby stops to live head-to-head games. And you aren’t just playing for personal glory, you’re playing for your neighborhood.

The Bus Stop Derby pits 20 teams (20 San Francisco neighborhoods) against each other. So choose your neighborhood, rally your fellow commuters, and go break some high scores!  The grand prize is a concert with OK Go that takes place in the neighborhood that wins the Derby. Have fun, and may the best neighborhood win!”

“Riders waiting for Muni buses at select stops in downtown will be passing the time playing video games, as well as the opportunity to win a concert by OK Go. The devices are being installed by tech giant Yahoo!.” From the San Francisco Examiner, click here for the full story.

“Yahoo’s involvement was the most interesting to me….is clearly a sign the company is still actively pursuing new and exciting opportunities.”From DailyDOOH , Click here for the full story.

“Games are the most popular type of mobile app, and to promote its own mail and other apps, Yahoo is putting a twist on mobile games.” From ClickZ, click here for the full story.

“Resembling giant iPhones (but 20x the size), these 72″ touch screens have been installed at bus stops in 20 different neighborhoods so that bored commuters waiting [for] the bus can play games and earn points for their neighborhood.” From Muni Diaries, click here for the full story.

“20 Muni bus shelters in San Francisco are getting a high tech makeover for two months as part of a the Yahoo Bus Stop Derby – a giant neighborhood vs. neighborhood challenge that ends with a huge free concert put on by Yahoo.” From Fun Cheap San Francisco, click here for the full story.

“Transit ads drive commuters to get their game on the go, vie for an OK Go block party.” From Yahoo! Advertising Blog, click here for the full story.

World Series Update: Watch Games Three and Four Outdoors with Gavin Newsom, But Leave Your Beer at Home

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

[UPDATE: Word on the street is that this isn’t going to happen after all….]

Erin Sherbet has the deets on the coming Jumbotron-style showings of games 3 and 4 outside in the rain this weekend. But please remember:

This is not a party zone,” said Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker. “It’s a place for families and true baseball fans who want to cheer Giants on — there are lots of other places to party and buy pitchers of beer.”

Harsh. “True baseball fans” don’t drink beer, apparently.

Here’s true fan Homer Simpson enjoying a game without beer for the first time in his life. Now, are your shields up? Good, start at 17:30, Komrad

“I never realized how boring this game is”

Go Giants!

FarmVille FaceBook Game “Creator” Zynga Sued Again – Class Action Suit Alleges User Data Illegally Sold

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Uh oh, looks like San Francisco-based Zynga is in trouble again. The lawyers at Nassiri & Jung LLP down there on Kearny near Market filed a class-action lawsuit in San Francisco federal court yesterday.

Get all the deets, below.

Facebook User Sues FarmVille Maker Zynga for Violating the Privacy Rights of Millions of Americans

Class action suit filed after Zynga shared the personal Facebook information of millions of Americans with Internet tracking companies.

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19 — A class action lawsuit filed yesterday challenges Zynga’s alleged practice ofillegally sharing the Facebook user data of its customers with advertisers and data brokers.

The lawsuit alleges that Zynga, which currently makes six of the top ten Facebook games, collected the Facebook data of its 218 million users and shared it with advertisers and data brokers in violation of federal law and Zynga’s contract with Facebook.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in San Francisco, Calif., is brought by Nancy Graf of St. Paul, Minnesota. The class action seeks monetary relief for those whose data was wrongly shared, and injunctive relief to prevent continued privacy abuses. 

“This appears to be another example of an online company failing the American public with empty promises to respect individual privacy rights,” explained Michael Aschenbrener of Edelson McGuire LLC, co-lead attorney for the class action. “Companies large and small need to learn to follow through on their privacy promises or risk having consumers decide that it is simply not worth it to use their services,” added Kassra Nassiri ofNassiri & Jung LLP, co-lead attorney for the lawsuit.

Aschenbrener and Nassiri are also co-lead class counsel in another case against Facebook that alleges massive privacy violations.

Edelson McGuire LLC is a leading class action firm that focuses on Internet, technology, privacy, banking, and consumer issues with attorneys in Illinois, New York, California, and Florida.

Nassiri & Jung LLP is a boutique litigation firm based in San Francisco that focuses on complex business disputes.

TagDis: A New Kind of Free iPhone Game that Lets You Battle Friends with Virtual Graffiti

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

A few people in San Francisco have been working OT to get TagDis ready enough for you to play on your iPhone. Check it:

“In TagDis you can make graffiti, view it through your iPhone camera, stake out a territory and battle your friends over it. You can download it for free from here. If you don’t have an iPhone 3GS You can watch the game unfold online all over the world at

Download this app and you’ll be a king or a mayor or something in no time flat.

Check the video from E23 Games, why not?

Is It “Nearly Impossible” to Ride the Justin Herman Plaza Zipline? No, No It’s Not

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Per NBCBayArea, our Justin Herman Plaza Zipline is “nearly impossible to ride” owing to its popularity.

And yet, almost 1000 souls enjoy its charms every day. Mmmm. It wasn’t impossible for all those people to ride, right?

(In other news of the day, here are NBCBayArea’s random photos of Playboy bunnies and Hooters Restaurant employees. That’s got to be pure gold, trafficwise, in’nt.)

The Impossible Dream?

Hangtime by Justin.Beck

Are we saying to get there way early in the day? I think that’s what we’re saying.

Irregardless, NBC’s accounts of when people got into line and when they were able to ride that day (if ever) are enlightening. And, agreed, it’s probably not a good use of time to drive all the way up from San Hoser just to try to go for a 20-second zip.

Zoom zoom.

What It’s Like to Ride the Fantastic Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line – Merci Beaucoup, Canada!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The totally-free Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line is a smash success this afternoon. Here’s the 1080p video you’ll want to see, or just take the short tour here.

It’s all a part of the British Columbia Experiencecheck the photos.

But this zipline is leaving on April 18th, 2010, so don’t delay.

Get on down there. This could be you:

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But first, you’ll need to wait in line next to the abysmal Vaillancourt Fountain, sign a waiver, and get harnessed up.

Today’s mise-en-scene. From the left: the temporary Peter Pan (opening April 27th!) tent from England, the temporary zipline tower from British Columbia, and the permanent(?) Vaillancourt Fountain from the bowels of Hell: 

You’ll ascend the 80 foot tower and encounter a friendly Canadian guide at the top. If you need a pep talk, you’ll get one:

You’ll soon be steadying your nerves by glancing at your jump buddy…

…and then you’ll be off, into the wild bleu.

Sisters doing it for themselves:

Can you see the nervous giggles? There’s your team bonding right there.

And this is what it feels like. Everything zooms by with a quickness, and there’s a loud buzzing above your noggin. Some people go upside-down even.

And they’ll totally let you bring a camera to make your own YouTube:

You owe it to yourself to try.

Don’t dissappoint lovely Ashleigh. She brought her Olympic Gold all the way down here just so you’d consider Vancouver as the starting point for your next vacation:

via Amy Widdowson

See you there!

Are You Brave Enough to Climb This Tower to Ride the Justin Herman Plaza Zip Line?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

[UPDATE: I had the guts. Will you?????]

Will you have the guts to climb this temporary tower (80 feet tall!) down near Embarcadero Station to earn the right to tell your friends you rode the Justin Herman Plaza Zip Line?

Just asking.

The fun starts tomorrow, April 8th around lunchtime and it’ll stay all the way ’til April 18th, 2010.

via Josegee

The latest:

The zip line will start from a launch tower 80 feet off the ground and will carry users 680 feet to a 30-foot-tall landing tower. The zip-line will be free to the public and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 18. Thursday’s launch event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will include performances by the Le-La-La Dancers, an aboriginal dance troupe from Vancouver Island.”

See you there!

Urban Zip-Line Coming to San Francisco! Zoom 680 Feet Over Justin Herman Plaza for Free

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

[OMG, they’re here putting up the tower. It’s actually happening. Oh Canada! UPDATE: It’s here!]

Those people in British Columbia, they like to have fun. So, in order to get you to think about taking your next vacay up in the Great White, they’re going to install a 600 680-foot-long zip-line* in Embarcadero Square and run it for eleven days starting April 8th, 2010. And, assuming you meet their physical requirements (it looks like I’ll qualify, but 280-pound Epic Bearded Man Thomas Bruso probably won’t), you’ll be able to harness up and go for a 225-yard ride FOR FREE.

Imagine zooming over the giant white tent they’re constructing for Peter Pan (opening April 27th!) at neighboring Sue Bierman Park. You can fly, Wendy, you can fly.

Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line! Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line! Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line!

You’ll also be able to look down over this $1000-a-day monstrosity. (Try not to tell our friends from western Canada the actual name of “Vaillancourt Fountain.” Shhhhh….)

Justin Herman, as captured by the talented David Yu

See you there April 8th. (Can you already visualize people using their iPhones to Tweet about how long they have to wait for their free rides? I can. If not for our generous Northern Cousins, this kind of thing should cost about $100 American (or Canadian, don’t think there’s much diff these days)).

Zoom zoom.

*Aka flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide or tyrolean crossing

When: Thursday, April 8 – Sunday, April 18th 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. What: The British Columbia Experience, featuring: – Free 600 ft. Urban Zipline: Open to the Public. Note: There are no age restrictions, but guests must weigh more than 65 pounds and no more than a maximum of 275 pounds. The ride will be free of charge.  Where: Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero Square, San Francisco, California”



“VICTORIA – One of the most popular activities during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is heading to San Francisco as part of an exciting tourism marketing campaign, announced Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. From April 8 to 18, a 183-metre (600-foot) zipline will be set-up in Embarcadero Square in San Francisco as part of the BC Experience showcase. The showcase will feature the Whistler-based Ziptrek Ecotours zipline, free public dance performances by the Le-La-La Dancers – a world-renowned Aboriginal dance group – an interactive video display featuring videos and beautiful images of B.C., a 3-D art installation and an updated version of the “You Gotta Be Here” advertising campaign in subway stations throughout the city.“We’ve just finished hosting the largest and most successful celebrations in the world and the zipline in Robson Square was obviously one of the most popular public activities during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said Krueger. “We want to bring that excitement to San Francisco, a city that is one of our key markets for attracting new travellers, to show people the diverse range of travel experiences they can find in B.C. and invite them to visit.”The Canadian Tourism Commission is also hosting their annual US Media Marketplace in San Francisco April 12-14, at which over 150 US-based travel writers and editors will meet with Canadian tourism representatives.To help launch the BC Experience, two gold-medal winning Olympians, Canadian ski cross racer Ashleigh McIvor and US speed skater Shani Davis, will be among the first to try the zipline and participate in a public autograph signing.As a result of the Olympic marketing campaign, the number of Americans in the target demographic considering a leisure trip to B.C. has nearly doubled. This increase represents nearly nine million more potential U.S. visitors. Approximately 14 per cent of US visitors to B.C. come from California.The BC Experience is part of a post-Olympic North American consumer marketing campaign that will use online advertising, social media and search marketing to reach potential visitors. The campaign will reach out to consumers who have already expressed interest in travel to B.C., and present customized offers based on their interests.The campaign will focus on a range of experiences, including golf, food and wine, and outdoor adventure to create a greater depth of interest in experiencing B.C.’s tourism products.”

For more information on B.C. tourism opportunities, please visit

Leaving the final words with Alex P Keaton – in re: British Columbia, “You Gotta Be Here.”