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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Your Rock Band 3 Peripherals Are …

13. June 2010

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Your Rock Band 3 Peripherals Are …

Tweet The peripherals for Rock Band 3 have finally been confirmed, just in time for next week’s E3. Mad Catz will be selling the new instruments for some pretty hefty price tags, announced on Friday. Early rumors had speculated that the new keyboard instrument would actually be a keytar, a rumor that appears to be [...]

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Where It’s At – DJ Hero 2 With Two Turntables and a Microphone

12. June 2010

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Where It’s At – DJ Hero 2 With Two Turntables and a Microphone

Tweet Details on Activision’s DJ Hero 2 have been officially announced, including new songs, modes, and peripherals. The game, a sequel to the 2009 DJ Hero, is scheduled to come out this fall in time for the 2010 holiday season. Whereas the first DJ Hero came with only one turntable controller, the sequel will sport [...]

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Green Day: Rock Band Now Available in Stores

8. June 2010

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Green Day: Rock Band Now Available in Stores

Tweet As a friendly reminder to all of your Green Day fans out there, Harmonix and MTV Games today have launched Green Day: Rock Band to both brick-and-mortar and online retailers nationwide. For our friends overseas, the game will hit stores on June 11. Green Day: Rock Band follows the group through their career from [...]

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Redbana Launches Audition Spotlight Facebook App

8. June 2010

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Redbana Launches Audition Spotlight Facebook App

Tweet TriplePoint client Redbana US has announced the launch of a Facebook app that will link players’ Audition Online game accounts and their Facebook accounts. The app is called Audition Spotlight, or Spotlight for short, it will allow players (who have linked their accounts – that much is mandatory) to play games, earn achievements and [...]

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Is the New Rock Band 3 Instrument a Keytar?

29. May 2010

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Is the New Rock Band 3 Instrument a Keytar?

Tweet A source at Ars Technica has started the as-yet unconfirmed rumor that the new Rock Band 3 instrument is not a piano-type attachment, but rather a keytar. If you are not familiar with a keytar, it’s pretty much what it sounds: a keyboard with a strap, held like a guitar. The attachment will most [...]

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Unannounced Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Leaked

27. May 2010

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Unannounced Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Leaked

Tweet We all knew Guitar Hero 6 was coming, that was never even a question in any gamer’s mind. What we didn’t know is that it could have the subtitles “Warriors of Rock”. The possible subtitle was noticed a few days ago by Siliconera on Amazon. The leaked listing showed the title would be for [...]

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Green Day: Rock Band Demo Now Available on 360 and PS3

26. May 2010

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Tweet Yesterday, Harmonix and MTV Games announced that the demo for Green Day: Rock Band is now available to download on both Xbox Live Marketplace and on the PlayStation Network. Both 360 and PS3 users will be able to play through the same two songs included in the demo: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Welcome [...]

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And the Next Rock Band/T-Mobile Artist of the Month is…

25. May 2010

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Tweet It doesn’t seem like a second month has gone by in T-Mobile and Rock Band’s Artist of the Month contest, but indeed it has, as the two companies have announced the winner, and therefore Artist of the Month for May – The Main Drag. The Main Drag are an indie-pop group from Boston, who [...]

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Skelanimals Dance Party Announced for iPhone

21. May 2010

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Skelanimals Dance Party Announced for iPhone

Tweet TriplePoint client Flying Penguin is set to bring the world of Skelanimals to the iPhone and iPod Touch with the franchise’s first video game, Skelanimals Dance Party. What are Skelanimals, you ask? If you don’t have a pre-teen girl around to answer that question, Skelanimals (a combination of “skeleton” and “animals”) is a line [...]

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Rock Out in Rocktropia, New Virtual World for Music Lovers

16. May 2010

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Rock Out in Rocktropia, New Virtual World for Music Lovers

Tweet Tuesday saw the debut of a new virtual world for rock music lovers, Rocktropia. Created by Jon Jacobs, the 3D “theme park” world allows players to dress up like rock stars, immerse themselves in rock lore, explore a rock-inspired landscape and listen to live events. Jacobs believes that 3D worlds will be the next [...]

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Guitar Hero World Tour Now Available on Android, Blackberry

15. May 2010

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Guitar Hero World Tour Now Available on Android, Blackberry

Tweet The newest entry in the Guitar Hero series is now available on the Android Market and Blackberry App World. The title is called Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile: Backstage Pass, quite a mouthful, and was created by Hands-On Mobile, Inc. in partnership with Activision Publishing, Inc. After being kicked out of a band just [...]

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Miyamoto: Wii Music 2 Is a Possibility

12. May 2010

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Miyamoto: Wii Music 2 Is a Possibility

Tweet While Wii Music was not the blockbuster hit everyone at Nintendo had hoped it would be, they likely aren’t taking it lying it down. Nintendo is possibly planning a sequel to Wii Music at some point. Edge Magazine had an interview with Nintendo developer extraordinaire about his feeling of the family music game he [...]

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