Blockdot

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Blockdot is a branded entertainment and game studio based in Dallas, Texas, owned by Media General, that builds many of the games for Microsoft's Club Bing.

History[edit]

Founded in March 2001 by Michael Bielinski, Dan Ferguson, and Jason McMinn. In August 2005, it was boughtout by Media general.[1]

Games[edit]

  • Chicktionary: a variation on the game of anagrams, it features an egg rack, replete with three to seven-letter sequences of eggs. Seven chickens appear at the bottom, each bearing a letter. When the player clicks on a hen, its letter is dropped into a box. Clicking on three or more hens in sequence can create a word. If it is a valid word, a sequence of eggs of the appropriate length will be filled up with the word. The game increased Microsoft's share of the search market increased by 13.2% in June 2007.[2][3]
    • Spelling Bee: similar to Chicktionary, players are given seven letters from which to form words
    • Word Slugger: similar to Chicktionary, players are given seven letters from which to form words
  • Banana Shuffle: players transform one word to another by changing one letter at a time.
  • Clink: phrase-matching game
  • Coffee Break: sampler consisting of short versions of Chicktionary, Crosswire, and Clink
  • CrossWire: items on one side must be matched to corresponding items on the opposite side.
  • Dingbats: players solve a puzzle and may guess letters, similar to Hangman
  • Discover the World with Matt Lauer: world trivia game with 8 questions per game
  • Flexicon: crossword-like game.
  • Quote a Pillar: players spell out famous quotes using the letters provided.
  • Red Carpet Reveal: celebrity trivia game.
  • Seekadoo: word search
  • Taxi Wrangler: time management game consisting of three rounds
  • Time Capsule: daily question of events related to present day in history
  • Trivia Bound: multiplayer trivia contest consisting of five rounds of questions. Players score points by inputting answers that rank the highest on a Bing search query
  • Truffula Shuffula: the official game of the movie, The Lorax (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ STEPHANIE STOUGHTON (2005-08-16). "Media General Buys'advergaming' Business". AP Online/HighBeam Research. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (2007-07-19). "'Chicktionary' Game Helps Microsoft Boost Search Ratings", Fox News.
  3. ^ Blockdot (2008-04-15). "Blockdot Game Portfolio", Blockdot.

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