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Mad Catz announces mobile game and media controllers

Posted by wicked February - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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There are two new controllers announced available for pre-order today from Mad Catz. The company unveiled the L.Y.N.X.3 and S.U.R.F.r controllers for consumers that want optimal gaming and media consumption controllers for their mobile devices. Mad Catz provides plenty of buttons controls while keeping the hardware compact.

For mobile gamers, the L.Y.N.X.3 is the ideal controller as it mimics the design of a standard gaming controller. There are two analog sticks, shoulder buttons, four action buttons, and a directional pad. The L.Y.N.X.3 itself looks so unique because of its ability to fold and fit into tight spaces. The analog sticks fold inward and the clip comes over the entire controller to confirm its closure. Mad Catz ported over the PC, Mobile Game, and Multimedia modes from the bigger L.Y.N.X.9, too. An app available in the Play Store allows gamers to assign controls to specific genres.

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Being that it has a full QWERTY keyboard, the S.U.R.F.r acts as the perfect accessory for media consumption. This controller works with various platforms and services such as Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. In addition to a full keyboard and media buttons like any other remote, the S.U.R.F.r has dual analog sticks. And, for some gaming, it has makeshift shoulder and action buttons as well as a directional pad.

Both products will be available for demonstrations at Mad Catz’s booth at MWC 2015. The L.Y.N.X.3 sells for $69 and the S.U.R.F.r’s price is $79.

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Madfinger Games announces new first-person shooter with zombies

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Madfinger Games unveiled a new game titled Unkilled that drops players in New York City during a zombie apocalypse. This first-person shooter offers a complex storyline, weapon shop, and upgrades to keep players engaged. Madfinger Games explains that the zombie apocalypse outbreak is consuming New York City and players must fight zombies in an effort to stay alive.

Hit the break for more including the trailer.

Madfinger Games had this to say about the gameplay of Unkilled:

Players will have a broad set of possibilities to engage in joint competition and compare results achieved during gameplay. An elaborate storyline full of exciting twists and surprises will add to all kinds of time-limited tasks. Long periods of sustained fun are guaranteed by an attractively designed map displaying hundreds of missions, quick access to a wide number of assorted weapons, and tons of possibilities to share and compare your results with other players.

A demo version of the Unkilled will be showcased during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week in San Francisco. The release date for Unkilled is scheduled for this June.

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Ingress ready to take over the wrist via Android Wear

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Ingress, an augmented reality game produced by Niantic Labs, a company within Google, has announced support for Android Wear will be released next month. Users with smartwatches running the Android Wear system will have access to quickly see the locations of friendly and enemy portals on their device’s screen. Players will also be able to take actions to either defend or capture those portals as appropriate using the smartwatch interface.

Ingress combines GPS data with gaming information provided by the platform to create a virtual reality that overlays the physical world. Where most people may see a statute or a fountain, using the Ingress gaming app players are able to determine that those locations are also portals in the game. The idea behind the Niantic Labs experiment was to get game players off their couches and out into the real world. This not only helps combat the sedentary nature of gaming, it has created a nice avenue for game players to socialize with fellow teammates face-to-face.

The down side is that the game requires users to have their smartphones out and their focus on the screen. This may not be as bad as someone walking down the street engrossed in their social media app, but it does take some focus away from users taking in the real world. By using the smartwatch as a point for interaction, Ingress may reduce the need to focus on a smartphone screen so heavily.

Both gaming companies and smartwatch manufacturers will be watching to see how Ingress is able to capitalize on the form factor. Thus far, gaming has not made much of an inroad onto the wearable platforms that are available. Part of that is because the market has not yet figured out how best to utilize the form factor.

source: CNET

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Rovio’s Bad Piggies reaches 100 million downloads, receives celebratory update

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Most of us have probably played at least one of the games from the popular Angry Birds franchise developed by Rovio, who has just announced that its Bad Piggies game has reached over 100 million downloads. That’s a pretty big number that includes download figures from Google’s Play Store, Amazon’s Appstore and Apple’s App Store. To celebrate, Rovio has updated the game to version 1.6, the details of which are below.

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The 1.6 update includes a new sandbox level called the Little Pig Adventure, which includes a large play area and slippery surfaces as well as a new part called the gearbox. The gearbox allows players to make their contraptions run in reverse. As per the rest of the game, the aim is to steer the piggies to their destination, choosing to fly, roll or even crash them to the target. Along the way, you can collect starboxes as well as other new parts. If you’d like to add to the 100 million downloads, just click the link below.

 

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Nexon, Socialspiel partner for upcoming ‘Legacy Quest’ game

Posted by wicked February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Game publisher Nexon and developer Socialspiel are coming together to release an exciting action role-playing (RPG) game called Legacy Quest.

Hit the break for more, including the trailer and full press release.

The game offers customization and crafting in a visually stunning environment that is inspired by classic 8-bit titles from the past. Players design their style prior to entering massive dungeons for battle. These dungeons contain monsters for slaying and loot for collecting. More success on the player’s end means more unlocked traits and items.

Mike Borras, the CEO of Socialspiel, had this to say about the experience provided to players by Legacy Quest:

“Every time a player takes their hero into a dungeon in Legacy Quest they’re creating their own personal journey that will quite literally echo throughout every other player’s game experience in the form of loot. But it’s not entirely about collecting loot, we’re going to ensure that players are met with an awesome feeling of accomplishment in Legacy Quest as they battle their way through hordes of monsters while sharing that adventure with friends.”

The social aspect is very important for Legacy Quest. Players can trade weapons and armor, join groups, and face enemies together. Then, everyone can compare places on the leaderboards to stay competitive.

An exclusive beta will be held prior to the official launch, so head over to the game’s site to get started.

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NEXON M and Socialspiel Entertainment Reveal Legacy Quest

A Roguelike Dungeon Crawling Action RPG Coming Soon for Mobile Devices

February 25, 2015 – Los Angeles, Ca. – Nexon Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”), a worldwide leader in free-to-play mobile games, and Socialspiel Entertainment GmbH (“Socialspiel”), a Vienna, Austria-based mobile games studio, are developing Legacy Quest, an upbeat, roguelike-inspired action role playing game (RPG) for mobile devices. Legacy Quest will be available worldwide later this year as a free download for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices.

Legacy Quest puts players in the fearless boots of a proud line of customizable heroes, where they will explore massive dungeons while fighting monsters and uncovering rare loot. Death of a hero is permanent in Legacy Quest, but every creature vanquished and Soul collected will give players the ability to unlock powerful new traits, enhancing the next hero in their bloodline to continue their epic adventure and take on increasingly challenging monsters and dungeons. Players will adventure through ever-evolving dungeons set in a unique and highly stylized fantasy universe, inspired by the classic 8-bit RPGs of previous generations.

“Socialspiel is taking a fresh approach to the fantasy RPG genre with Legacy Quest’s unique customization and crafting, and a vibrant, gorgeous art style,” said John Robinson, General Manager of NEXON M, Nexon’s mobile game publishing division.

Players will create, customize and upgrade their weapons to fit their play style through Legacy Quest’s unique crafting and customization system. If a hero is slain in a dungeon, their custom gear will be added as new items to the game world and become discoverable by other players as they hack and slash their way through waves of monsters. Legacy Quest’s social features will allow players to trade weapons and armor with their friends, join Guilds to work together to overcome challenges and compete in the player versus environment (PvE) dungeon challenges to earn a spot on the leaderboards.

“Every time a player takes their hero into a dungeon in Legacy Quest they’re creating their own personal journey that will quite literally echo throughout every other player’s game experience in the form of epic loot,” said Mike Borras, CEO of Socialspiel. “But it’s not entirely about collecting loot, we’re going to ensure that players are met with an awesome feeling of accomplishment in Legacy Quest as they battle their way through hordes of monsters while sharing that adventure with friends.”

Learn more and sign up to receive news, information, and a chance to join the exclusive Legacy Quest beta by visiting: www.playlegacyquest.com

About NEXON M.

NEXON M is the mobile publishing arm of Nexon Co., Ltd., a pioneer of interactive entertainment software and the world’s leader in free-to-play online games. Counting Big Huge Games, Shiver Entertainment, and Socialspiel Entertainment among its development partners, NEXON M’s goal is to support the world’s best mobile developers in making fun and unique games.

About Socialspiel Entertainment GmbH

Socialspiel Entertainment is a creator of AAA free to play mobile games exclusively published by Nexon. Founded in 2010 in Vienna, Austria by a team of ex-Rockstar Games developers, Socialspiel has gone on to create several award-winning free to play games such as “Tight Lines Fishing” and “Asterix & Friends”. Since 2014, Socialspiel has been working together with Nexon to bring high-quality adventures to the hands of mobile gamers around the world. Learn more about Socialspiel at www.socialspiel.com

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Spacetime Studios announces ‘Call of Champions’ with real-time battling

Posted by wicked February - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Spacetime Studios, developer of Arcane Legends and Pocket Legends, has an upcoming multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game slated for mobile devices. This game, titled Call of Champions, condenses the genre into five-minute matches with two teams containing three players each.

Typically, the real-time aspect of a MOBA game makes for rather long sessions of play; however, Spacetime Studios realizes that kind of time is not meant for mobile devices. Gameplay should be smooth and completed in bursts of time. Players take control of Champions as they battle others for supremacy inside an arena.

The game will be released for Android and iOS devices later this year for free. For people in the Austin and San Francisco areas next month, experiencing the game can be a bit sooner. Attendees of the upcoming Game Developers Conference and SXSW Interactive events will be able to play Call of Champions before anyone else.

Hit the break for the trailer, screenshots, and full press release.

 

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Spacetime Studios Reveals Call of Champions Multiplayer Online Battle Arena in Development for Mobile Platforms

Austin-based studio unleashes first-of-its-kind mobile game tournament at SXSW 

AUSTIN, Texas – February 25, 2015 - Spacetime Studios, a Texas-based independent mobile game developer and publisher, has revealed Call of Champions, a real-time competitive multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game for mobile devices. Incorporating traditional MOBA features, Call of Champions introduces new streamlined gameplay to encourage fast and furious matches. Spacetime Studios will be leveling up the competition at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival from Friday, March 13th, to Sunday, March 15th, where event attendees will have an opportunity to play Call of Champions in a first-of-its-kind mobile exhibition tournament at the Palmer Events Center and areas surrounding Austin.

In the Call of Champions arena, players will be able to control one out of over twenty different Champions across five distinct classes, each coming equipped with their own unique playstyle and special abilities. Players will be immersed in a fiction that takes place in a time beyond the cosmos as they take on the role of a godlike entity that controls Champions in the arena for sport.

“While the concept of the mobile MOBA is not new, we feel there’s significant room to improve the competitive experience, catering to the short sessions in which gamers use their mobile devices,” said Gary Gattis, CEO, Spacetime Studios. “We’ve distilled the MOBA to its core components by removing things like item shops, minions, and jungles and adding powerups, a five-minute clock, and a full suite of crazy abilities at your fingertips. Add on deep social layers like friends, teams, and broadcast/spectator modes, and there is nothing like it on mobile.” 

Call of Champions is a next-generation MOBA designed for competitive gamers with tablets and mobile devices. Matches have a 5-minute limit in order to deliver exhilarating action and swift outcomes in each session while enabling players to enjoy quick games on the go. With competition in mind, Call of Champions features an expansive social toolset for players to recruit team members, plan matches, earn achievements and loot through the Call of Champions social hub, plus view or broadcast matches live.

Call of Champions will be featured in the world’s first mobile exhibition tournament at SXSW in Austin, Texas from March 13th to March 15th. At the top of every hour, attendees will compete against a team of Spacetime developers live-streaming from various iconic Austin locations. Spacetime Studios will be in booth #229 at the Palmer Events Center. The SXSW Gaming Expo is free and open to the public. For more information and to track the mobile team in Austin, please visit: www.CallofChampions.com/sxsw.

Fans can #AnswerTheCall now by checking out the roster of Champions and rate them to determine which characters will be available at launch later this year. To rate the Champions, check out the latest game news, and sign up to receive information on the early access beta program, please visit: www.CallofChampions.com.  

Call of Champions will be available in 2015 as a free download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and on Google Play for Android devices.

About Spacetime Studios:

Spacetime Studios is an independent game development studio located in Austin, Texas. The company was founded by videogame veterans Cinco Barnes, Gary Gattis, Jake Rodgers and Anthony L. Sommers. In 2010, Spacetime released the world’s first 3D real-time mobile MMO, Pocket Legends. The company continues to expand its content and technology to lead the mobile multiplayer market.

Spacetime Studios, the Spacetime Studios logo, Call of Champions, and all associated artwork and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of Spacetime Studios, LLC. Apple, iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.

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Rovio celebrates the Year of the Goat with specials throughout game portfolio

Posted by wicked February - 20 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Rovio is once again celebrating the Chinese New Year with a variety of new additions to several of their game titles. Just in China, Angry Birds has seen close to a half billion downloads, so it should be no surprise that Rovio wants to join in celebrating the Year of the Goat. According to Rovio’s SVP and COO of Games, David Byrne,

Rovio has been a great fan of Chinese New Year since 2012 when we developed a Year of the Dragon update for Angry Birds Seasons. We enjoy seeing fans around the world partake of a unique celebration that has its origins in China.”

Some of the titles impacted by the goat include Angry Birds GO! which gets a new Goat Kart and Angry Birds Epic in which players can enjoy a special player vs player Chinese Year event. From February 17 – 28, Rovio’s Plunder Pirates game is getting some Chinese Pirate ships and legendary pirate “Ching Shih” is present as well. Meanwhile, Angry Birds Stella has a new Chinese New Year themed level that users can enjoy. Rovio also says their new game Jolly Jam pays homage to the Year of the Goat.

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Relive the classic game of Pong with Soccer Pong

Posted by wicked February - 19 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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I know some of our younger readers may not have heard of Pong. It was introduced in 1972, and it was the Pac-Man of that era. It was the simplest of simple in terms of game play and graphics, but we couldn’t get enough of it.

For those of you that are old enough to remember, it’s time to relive those memories with a new game called Soccer Pong. If you don’t remember, that’s okay, because you can relive your parent’s memories and wonder how we made it through life without Call of Duty.

Soccer Pong plays just like the classic, except it takes place on a soccer (or football) field, giving it a more updated look. OriginSoftware also added some modern day elements such as the ability to put spin on the ball as well as play against others from around the world (Beta). That’s something we never imagined back in the 70s.

Another cool feature is the ability to upgrade your paddle. Paddles are rated by size, speed, and the ability to put a greater amount of spin on the ball. You know the drill……you will earn coins as you play that can be redeemed for better paddles, or you can purchase coins with your hard earned money.

Soccer Pong is the perfect game for those of you that love retro and just don’t have a lot of time for games. You can play matches against the computer at easy, medium, or hard, as well as play against a friend, either with you or online. The online version is in Beta for the moment.

Soccer Pong is free with in-app purchases in case you want to buy more coins, but trust me, this game will provide a lot of fun without the need to drop any change.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Monkey King Escape, an endless running game from Ubisoft, released in the Play Store

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Games of the endless running genre have a lot of popularity on mobile devices. It makes sense considering the learning curve is basically nonexistent and the genre is rather flexible when it comes to gameplay and environment. From Temple Run to Dinosity, there is an endless running game for everyone. Today, we say hello to Monkey King Escape from developer Ubisoft. Players control the Monkey Key as he avoids being captured by the Emperor of Heavenly Kingdom. The Monkey King, after being told that he would not have a place among the gods, decided to consume the Peaches of Immortality, causing the Emperor to pursue him. Now, the Monkey King must escape Heavenly Garden without being captured.

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These are the features highlighted by Ubisoft:

  • BECOME THE MONKEY KING and learn his amazing powers
  • RUN, JUMP, SLIDE, FLY… and dash your way through Heaven!
  • DEFEAT EPIC BOSSES in exciting one on one fights
  • TRANSFORM INTO ANIMALS to wield their special powers!
  • Enjoy beautiful and colorful HD GRAPHICS
  • UNLOCK 4 additional playable characters
  • ColLeCT boosts and power-ups
  • HELP your friends, or COMPETE against them for the high score!

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Nvidia’s Shield Tablet receives Update 2.2 with new GRID games and improved standby times

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Nvidia Shield Tablet received its first taste of Android Lollipop back in December, and here it is getting a second helping with Tablet Software Update 2.2. Both the WiFi and LTE versions of the tablet are eligible to receive this latest update, which is based on Android 5.0.1. The update brings a few new PC games to play via its GRID cloud gaming service such as Grid 2 and PixelJunk Shooter amongst others. There are also compatibility tweaks and bugfixes present, as can be seen from the changelog below.

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  • More great streamed PC games, for free – No PC required - You can now play popular titles such as Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7, PixelJunk Shooter, and Grid 2 among many others. New games are added every week on #SHIELDTuesday
  • Standby battery life improvements - Improved battery life in standby/idle conditions, especially with WiFi turned ON
  • Improved charging performance and compatibility - Broader support for high-performance chargers
  • Overall experience enhancements - Additional UI responsiveness and memory optimizations, Graphics corruption resolution
  • Support for SHIELD Hub 4.1 – Includes GameStream multi-controller support

Don’t fret if you haven’t received the update notification yet, you can simply go into Settings, select ‘About Device’ and tap ‘Check for Updates’ to manually download and install the latest software.

Source: Nvidia

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