Thursday Appdate: Planet Plop

Thursday Appdate: Planet Plop

My first round of Planet Plop from PiVi lasted all of three seconds. Appearances, I quickly learned, can be deceiving: despite the lighthearted and cartoonish visuals, the upbeat music, and a potentially juvenile name like Planet Plop, I ...

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Wednesdroid: 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

Wednesdroid: 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

Have you ever had one of those days where everything goes wrong? You know, where you're plagued by angry cats, you accidentally destroy a priceless artifact at your job, and then a bunch of mummies ...

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Wednesdroid: Battle Bears Gold

Wednesdroid: Battle Bears Gold

Industry critics and analysts love to throw around the phrase "console quality" when they describe high-end mobile titles, and it's not difficult to see why. Mobile titles, particularly on tablets, have easily gotten up to ...

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Wednesdroid: Monster Blade

Wednesdroid: Monster Blade

Imagine for a moment that Infinity Blade and Monster Hunter had a child. For starters, it would naturally be named Monster Blade, but ideally, it would also inherit the best traits of its parents, it would ...

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Thursday Appdate: Candymeleon

Thursday Appdate: Candymeleon

Recently on Gamasutra, BitMonster's Lee Perry wrote a very insightful blog on an often intangible facet of game design: player feedback, that bit of game "feel" that makes a game not just fun, but injects ...

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Waiting for Superman: The Beauty of Virality

Waiting for Superman: The Beauty of Virality

One day in October 2012, I happened across this YouTube video with a top-down view of PSY’s concert in Seoul. Over 80,000 people were in attendance, with the crowd spanning entire city blocks. Every member ...

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I Play SimCity Social for the Writing

I Play SimCity Social for the Writing

“SimCity Social?” they ask me. “Sure, it’s got the SimCity branding and all, but isn’t it just another click-and-wait Facebook game?” Though I know the look of skepticism it will produce, my reply is, “Oh, I ...

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User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

We at Frisky Mongoose like to play a lot of location-based games; it’s kind of our thing. There have been a lot of them over the years, as designers and developers have tried to gamify ...

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D Opens its Rides to the Public

17. October 2012

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D Opens its Rides to the Public

Tweet I think I understand what took Atari this long to get us a RollerCoaster Tycoon game on a handheld system. They forgot to click the little green flag, is what happened. I understand the problem — it happens constantly to me when I’m playing. I’ll set up the biggest, best, most bad-ass park the world [...]

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I Got 99Games but Nightclub Mayhem is Actually One

3. October 2012

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I Got 99Games but Nightclub Mayhem is Actually One

Tweet 99Games has, according to their website, 11games. We like to think they’re getting there, though, and they’re doing pretty well by the games they’ve got so far, such as Nightclub Mayhem, which just got bumped up to VIP status with its 2.0 update. There’s new mini-games, new levels, and the game is now available for [...]

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Focus Holmes Interactive

14. September 2012

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Focus Holmes Interactive

Tweet You’ve done it again, Holmes — and in 3D, no less. TriplePoint client Focus Home Interactive has announced another pairing with the man who made deerstalkers fashionable, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. This particular outing is on the Nintendo 3DS, and is entitled Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Frozen City. If the solution to the [...]

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Now Enables 3-Dimensional Tossing of Cookies

4. September 2012

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Now Enables 3-Dimensional Tossing of Cookies

Tweet There’s an easy joke to be made whenever news comes out for a game like RollerCoaster Tycoon. For a game as successful and celebrated as the RCT series (over 11 million units sold, according to Atari), you can say any subsequent release is just coasting on the power of the name alone. See? Easy. Then, you read [...]

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New Android Gaming Tablets Arriving in Time for Christmas

29. August 2012

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New Android Gaming Tablets Arriving in Time for Christmas

Tweet Android gamers can look forward to two new toys to play with this fall. The French consumer electronics company Archos is set to release their GamePad in October, and the San Diego-based startup PlayMG is set to launch their MG tablet this November. Let’s take a quick look! MG PlayMG’s device features a unique [...]

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Gaming News Roundup — Monday, Aug. 20

20. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup — Monday, Aug. 20

Tweet After OnLive was quietly and mysteriously appropriated by a new benefactor, the new gaming console Ouya maintains its support for the cloud-based gaming service. PlayStation Vita reports some nice sales records and Phospor Games talks about its new mobile game Horn. Gamorlive creates a new portal for HTML5 cross-platform game development, Sony shows off [...]

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Windows 8 and Electronic Arts: New Mobile Gaming Options Ahead?

14. August 2012

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Windows 8 and Electronic Arts: New Mobile Gaming Options Ahead?

Tweet Electronic Arts is setting its sights on the mobile gaming capabilities of Windows 8, slated for release in two short months on October 26. The company’s COO Peter Moore expressed interest in working with Microsoft on gaming possibilities. “We’re working very closely with Microsoft to understand what their views on gaming navigation are. Anything [...]

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Gaming News Roundup—Monday, August 13

13. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup—Monday, August 13

Tweet Today in gaming news, a market research company reveals that iPads still don’t capture the attention of children as well as Nintendo 3DS and other handheld gaming devices. Regardless, touchscreen displays are poised to become a $32 billion market by 208. Microsoft turns to mobile apps and gaming, TF2 gets a new co-op mode, [...]

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Activision Strengthens Mobile Efforts; Announces The Blast Furnace Studio

13. August 2012

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Activision Strengthens Mobile Efforts; Announces The Blast Furnace Studio

Tweet Activision has re-forged its first mobile effort into The Blast Furnace, a new development studio that aims to establish Activision as a global competitor in mobile gaming. “We’re not the first,” said Greg Canessa, vice president of Activision Mobile, acknowledging the already strong presence of developers like Gree, Electronic Arts and Gamesloft in the [...]

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Gaming News Roundup—Thursday, August 9

10. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup—Thursday, August 9

Tweet Today in gaming news, tablet gamers have two new gadgets to look forward to and Digital Chocolate and Spil Games talk about getting noticed in a tough industry. The makers of The Darkness II have a new F2P multiplayer shooter coming out and Cartoon Network wants you to use two screens at once. Plus, [...]

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New Android Gaming Tablet Available for an Easy $106

6. August 2012

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New Android Gaming Tablet Available for an Easy $106

Tweet Android gamers may be interested to learn of a new gaming console that just went on sale from Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer JXD. The not-so-creatively named JXD S5100 Deluxe Gaming Tablet is available for $106 in white and black and in fact is NOT a Nintendo 3DS without a screen as many may be [...]

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Bubble Witch Saga Magically Appears on Mobile Devices

26. July 2012

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Bubble Witch Saga Magically Appears on Mobile Devices

Tweet Historically, if you dared to suggest that a game could be free to play, function across multiple platforms, and work on devices that fit in the palm of your hand, you would be burned alive for witchcraft. So, it seems at least partly appropriate that the latest title to achieve these features is Bubble [...]

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