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Windows 10 Featuring Xbox ONE Preview Video Released by Microsoft

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Shouts out to Major Nelson for revealing this exclusive Xbox App on Windows 10 Preview.

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The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Now Available On #AmazonFireTV [HD Trailer]

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The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season  is available right now for the Amazon Fire TV and is listed under the ‘Great Games for Amazon Fire Game Controller’ Section of the Amazon Website (link here). The 400 Days Episode is also included in this offering in addition to all 5 episodes from the first season and can be played now on the new Amazon Fire TV device.

Those using Android Tablets or Phones will also be able to access the game from Amazon’s App Store for Android or Google Play, but the FireTV brings in the ability to hook up to a TV, grab a controller, and sit back to game without the need for overpriced / under-performing adapters and third party accessories. Take a look at the trailer for this game below.

Amazon Fire TV – Available Now

Check out this excerpt from the Official Press Release below:

• “Winner of over 90 ‘Game of the Year’ Awards, 

• All five award-winning episodes plus special episode ‘400 Days’

• Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series

• Choice matters: your decisions change the story around you”

Walking Dead

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Free-to-Play Apps: The Cheap Option, Or A Scourge?

Free-to-Play apps

If you’ve been involved at all with downloading, developing or just playing around on apps for any device lately, you’ll have noticed that “free-to-play” is a term that has found its way onto the marketplace. What it means is pretty straightforward – the app is free. The problem is that whether or not it’s actually free to play as you would have done had you paid for it, is another matter entirely.

Image courtesy of Johan Larrson

Feeling energetic?

The answer, sadly, is “no,” most of the time. Many free-to-play apps have what’s called an “energy” system, which restricts the amount of progress you can make and time you can spend playing the game, which is a shame for anyone who’d rather keep going. However, there’s a solution! Simply give the developers some money, and they’ll give you some energy.

This seems like a viable solution, but what’s not immediately clear to some is that the game exists to endlessly pump money out of anyone looking for a good time on their phones, as you will never reach a point where you have enough energy – these games are designed not to become self-sustaining. If they were able to reach a point at which you’d no longer have to throw some cash at them, the developers would stop making money from you, and that’s not why they lured you in.

Hook, line and sinker.

That’s essentially what’s going on here – gamers are being lured. It’s like the old “pusher” concept – the first taste is free. The game presents it fantastically well at first, but it soon becomes apparent, once you’re completely addicted to it, that you’ll need to keep opening your wallet in order to hit the same highs you were getting from the game when it was free.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all for paying for video games, but unless there’s a constant flow of new content and you’re using a subscription model, this seems wrong. People aren’t banks to be robbed, and if someone wants to enjoy the entire game, forever, by paying one amount up-front and never paying again (bar any downloadable content that appears in the future), that seems like a fair trade.

It’s a genuine issue in the app ecosystem, and while Apple have done an admirable job in ensuring that users’ kids aren’t endlessly spending their parents’ money, there are still those users who prefer shouting angrily at the Californian tech company over reading the manual. Realistically, this boils down to Apple’s control over what apps go onto the store, and I don’t think anyone would regret seeing this particular method of gating game play being stamped out, permanently.

Avoid free-to-play – it’s a toxic way of pumping users for money, and if you vote with your collective wallets, developers will notice the decline and hopefully move to a healthier business model. You deserve to be able to pay a set fee and enjoy something. We’re talking about video games, not drug addictions – let’s not allow them to craft games that operate as such.

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Nadia Hyeong is a freelance writer who likes games, gadgets, apps—anything tech-related. She is an Android enthusiast and is currently obsessed with the iPhone 5s (check out O2 for more info). Feel free to follow her on Google+ and Twitter.

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GTA: San Andreas Now Available On iOS [Hi-Res Screenshots + Detailed Info Here]

GTA San Andreas

As previously promised, GTA: San Andreas has made its way to iOS platforms (compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPad Mini Retina) and is now available for download from the Apple iTunes App Store (listing here).

For those who don’t remember the PlayStation 2 classic title from Rockstar Games (which eventually made its way to the original Xbox platform as well), San Andreas is renowned for its memorable and relate-able characters, the unprecedented amount of character customization in a GTA title, and the fact that it’s one of the largest open world games of all time. I mean, it sure didn’t hurt that it’s damn fun as well.

Check out the following screenshots released by Rockstar below showing off the graphical face-lift that’s been performed and in addition to this a bulleted list of features officially announced as well as character art for the game which is available for $6.99 right now and coming soon to Amazon Kindle, Windows Phone, and of course Android devices.

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Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

  • “Re-mastered, high-resolution graphics including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette and improved character models;
  • Dynamic detailed shadows and real-time environmental reflections (iPhone 5 series/iPad 4th Gen and above);
  • Physical controller support for all Made-for-iOS controllers;
  • Cloud save support for playing across all of your iOS devices for Rockstar Social Club Members;
  • Updated checkpoint system;
  • Dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control;
  • Three different touch control schemes and customizable controls.”

GTA San Andreas Android iOS

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Microsoft Announces Xbox Fitness for Xbox One w/ Trailer [HD]

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Microsoft has announced a fitness app for their Next Gen console called Xbox Fitness. It is a subscription based app that allows you to interact with popular fitness videos via the new Kinect sensor. The videos will feature popular trainers Jillian Michaels, Shaun T,  Tony Horton and Tracy Anderson. The app will be able to “read your heart rate without a monitor, see which muscles are most engaged by measuring the power, force, and transfer of weight in your body, and track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form,” all thanks to the Kinect, no physical accessories required. Impressive!

You can also compare scores and challenge your friends to beat your performances through Xbox Live. The Xbox Fitness app launches this fall season and will be free for Xbox Live Gold members until November 2014. Starting in January 2015 unlimited access requires a Paid Xbox Fitness subscription as well as Xbox Live Gold. Peep the trailer below.

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Anomaly 2 Benchmark App Puts Your Android Device to the Test

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The developers of Anomaly 2 have released an Android Benchmark App that will tell you exactly how powerful your Android Mobile device is, this way you won’t have to be wondering anymore and you’ll get a good grip on how well your device can run high-end mobile games like Anomaly 2.

Check out our Review of Anomaly 2 here.

Excerpt from the Official Press Release below:

“11 bit studios is excited to announce a new, groundbreaking step in Android gaming. We’re aiming to go where no Android developer has gone before: to deliver PC-quality graphics to Android devices. Given the quality of the visuals and the overall presentation, we believe that Anomaly 2 truly represents a “AAA” mobile game. The game is well optimized for some of the most powerful devices, but there many of them on the market, utilizing different GPUs and drivers, and it’s hard to gather data for all of these variations. Thus we’re going to deliver the Anomaly 2 Benchmark to invite the Android community to take this next step in Android gaming with us.”

 

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Deep Silver Announces Inauguration Station App for Saints Row IV on Steam, XBL, and PSN

Saints Row IV Release Date

If you haven’t been paying attention lately, we’ve got a dedicated Saints Row IV section full to the brim of information about the highly anticipated open world game releasing for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC on August 20, 2013 in North America and a few days later on August 23, 2013 in Europe.

Today Deep Silver and Volition have announced that players will be able to either move their custom characters from Saints Row: The Third over into SRIV or even better, download the Inauguration Station releasing on Steam (today), Xbox Live (today), and PlayStation Network (on August 13, 2013 in North and South America but in other regions today) which allows you to create a player before the game lands which will actually end up being playable in the game.

This is a pretty cool promotional tool but will also be actually useful for gamers biding their time waiting for the title to drop. Finally a pre-release companion app that actually matters to the gamer. You can even submit the character to be voted on in a presidential race at SaintsRow.com.

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Fantasy Runners for Kakao Reaches Over 1 Million Downloads in 1 Week

Nexon Korea 1 million downloads in 1 week

Nexon’s unique runner title Fantasy Runners for Kakao has reached over 1 million downloads after just being released for the Android Google Play Store and Apple iOS App Store just 1 week ago. Moonrabbit, developers of Fantasy Runners for Kakao, have created what is essentially a new sub-genre to the Runner type of game which has seen booming success on the mobile Android and iOS platforms. In typical Runner games, the main objective is to run. In Fantasy Runners for Kakao players also take control of various ways to defeat enemies depending on the character which is chosen (out of 4 available selections). Take a look at some more information about the title available from Nexon’s Korea branch.

Excerpt from Official Press Release:

“The side-scrolling action game blends elements of role-playing games with unique in-game communications features, including the ability to borrow a character from a fellow player, who in turn receives “gift points” for their character’s participation.”

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Publisher of Creature Tavern and Bluff Wars 2.0 to Offer Real World Rewards

Creature Tavern

Tired of getting ‘coins’, ‘tokens’, and ‘points’ as rewards for social games? Wouldn’t you rather get real world items/services instead for playing games that you already enjoy? The publisher behind social hits Creature Tavern and Bluff Wars 2.0 which have helped them to reach over $650 million last fiscal quarter will soon release a new series of games that offer exactly that. Exactly what these real world items and services include has yet to be detailed today, however OBJE’s CEO Paul Watson said this about the strategic change in mobile landscape which he and his company are pursuing:

“Essentially, we are giving gamers the option to redeem a product or service for their time spent and a return for the information we use for marketing purposes,”

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Bluff Wars 2.0 Coming Soon; Developer Brags About Google Play’s 2.5 Billion App Downloads a Month

Bluff Wars 2 Coming Soon iOS Android Kindle

In what has to be one of the most exciting and optimistic press releases issued in recent memory for a mobile title, Bluff Wars Inc. and OBJ Enterprises has announced Bluff Wars 2.0 will be coming as well as a new website dedicated to its PR campaign HERE. Bluff Wars for those who don’t know is a game that was started up by Kickstarter and is available today on Amazon Kindle App Store, Apple App Store, and the Google Play Android marketplace.

In Bluff Wars you make up your own answers to ridiculous questions that are served often purely for comedic value, then you make your friends guess. This kind of simple, easy to pick-up-and-play gameplay and social integration is going viral and helping to cause a massive explosion in mobile game sales. One figure among others cited in the official press release from Bluff Wars Inc. today includes seeing Google Play receive 2.5 billion app downloads per day as well as the overall mobile game business forecast to reach a $14.4 billion value by the year 2017. Check out a trailer for the game below released by developer Fang Tooth Studios:

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Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition Available Today on Mac / PC and iOS / Android

Winner of IGN’s 2013 IGF award, Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition has been released today from developer Behold Studios and publisher Paradox Interactive on the PC, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms and if you haven’t heard of it yet it’s likely going to give you something to smile about. The game features an adventure within an adventure as RPG gameplay occurs for the playable characters thanks to the gamer putting his mind to work. How meta is that? Basically, check out the following trailer if you don’t already know about this game.

Trailer Below:

Available Now: PC | Mac

Mobile Version: iOS | Android

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Twitch App Heads to Xbox 360, Expanding Streaming Audience for Next Gen Consoles

The Xbox 360 will be receiving the Twitch app custom made for the system allowing gamers to very easily view their favorite streams and discover new gameplay directly from the Twitch community which is the largest video game streaming community around right now.

This expansion of the audience of streaming material will provide a great stage for the next generation consoles which will heavily focus on delivering streaming abilities built-in. Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 games will be shown off in what is sure to be a huge upgrade to social media arriving eventually at some point after next generation begins as the new versions of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network mature to accommodate the additional hardware capabilities.

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Rayman: Jungle Run “New Update” Trailer

Ubisoft has released the following trailer for Rayman: Jungle Run which details the new update for the Android and iOS mobile game that received numerous awards since its release including Google Play Editor’s Choice Award. Take a look at the video below which showcases the update being made to the title.

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Worms 2: Armageddon is Out Now for Android and Kindle Fire HD

Worms 2: Armageddon, don’t call it a comeback it never left. With sweeping success across the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this title marks the return of the 2D Worms franchise to the gaming world and is already available for the iOS platform. Worms 2: Armageddon is now out for Android devices and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD as well.

If you don’t know about Worms then you need to know. This classic turn-based strategy game will put aside any reservations about “cartoony graphics” or “immature themes” as it has you laughing your head off and scratching yourself wondering what to do next. For all veterans of Worms gameplay you’ll find Worms 2: Armageddon to be the perfect title you remember mastering so long ago, but better (and mobile).

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Around the Internet in a Minute – Human Statistics by Intel

Intel has released the following data revealing what happens on the internet every time a minute passes. For every single minute that passes, the following internet activity occurs:

  • 639,800GB of global IP Data is transferred
  • 204 Million E-mails are sent
  • 20 Million photos viewd on Flickr
  • 6 Million Profiles viewed on Facebook
  • 2 Million Searches on Google
  • 1.3 Million Videos watched on YouTube
  • 100,000 new Tweets on Twitter
  • 64,141 Hours of Music is played
  • $83,000 in Online Sales
  • 1,300 new Mobile users on the Internet
  • 135 Botnet infections
  • 100 new LinkedIn Accounts
  • 20 New victims of identity theft

The following interesting data was also released:

The Internet also experiences:

  • There’s as many online devices as there are humans on Earth.
  • By 2015, there will be 2x as many online devices as there are humans on Earth.
  • By 2015, 5 Years worth of Video Chat is being communicated between Internet users per Second

CLICK HERE to zoom in on the full-size image and get the visual impact on these statistics of the human species and its most widespread electronic communication network, The Internet (As of 2013).

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