How to Stop Facebook Games

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How to Stop Facebook Games
Get rid of annoying Facebook game updates. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Facebook games such as YoVille, Mafia Wars and Farmville are played by Facebook users all over the world -- but not everyone is a fan. Facebook games often inundate your inbox with requests, posts and tags, even if you're not an avid player. To stop Facebook games from cluttering up your news feed, you can hide them from view or disable outside applications altogether, depending on your preferences and the other Facebook apps you use.

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    Block requests for games from certain users or apps by logging in to Facebook and selecting "Game Requests" from underneath your profile picture. Click the "x" beside any game request, then select what type of request you'd like to block. You can block requests from a certain game or from a certain user.

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    Block notifications from certain games from your news feed. Scroll down on the feed until you locate the latest update from a gaming friend or game that you've played yourself. Hover your mouse over the update until a small "X" appears to the right side of the update. Click the "x" and select "Hide all by" with the name of the game. This will block all future posts from a particular game. Repeat the process for other games.

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    Visit the application for the game if you've been playing yourself, rather than a friend playing. Remove yourself from the application page to stop receiving communication through the application. This is done by clicking "Remove from my Page" underneath the profile picture for the game. This will stop future communication from the application and its users.

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    Block a Facebook game completely from updating you or affecting your profile in any way by visiting the application page and selecting "Block App" underneath the profile picture. This allows you to pick and choose the games that you want to stop receiving notifications from in any form.

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    Remove any type of game or application from affecting your news feed. This is recommended if you expect to use Facebook only for communication and not for any other type of function, such as quizzes, games, media sharing and photo editing. Select "Account," then "Privacy Settings" and then "Applications and Websites." You can then select "Turn off all platform applications." By doing so, you'll lose all information saved to any applications you've used in the past, and friends will not be able to communicate with you via apps. While the action is reversible, you won't be able to recover information.

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