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Oceanhorn Taps Zelda's Goodness in All-New iOS Adventure
November 18, 2013
Oceanhorn is a delightfully odd adventure game for iOS, at once fresh and yet heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda, a classic title from the days when Nintendo ruled video gaming. Beyond evoking fond memories of exploring a wide open land while trying to save a princess, Oceanhorn is interesting because it's on iOS. Success? Definitely. It's a fun diversion.
PlayStation 4 Launch Dampened by Dearth of Hot Games
November 15, 2013
Sony's first new console in seven years, the PlayStation 4, hit the market Friday, but the launch was not without its glitches. Among the reported hardware problems were some complete failures. Less catastrophic, some systems would not output a signal through HDMI. Some issues cropped up following installation of the Day 1 patch, intended to offer additional functionality.
Google Reveals Skyrocketing US Data Requests
November 15, 2013
The U.S. government once again heads the list of those requesting data from Google, and lately it's been asking for a lot more. Google's Transparency Report, a twice-a-year reminder of how often governments ask for information, says that the U.S. submitted 10,918 requests for 21,683 user accounts during the first half of 2013. U.S. requests had the highest rate of compliance.
Countdown Begins to PS4 Launch
November 13, 2013
After months of buildup, the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console is now just a day away. The $399 console will go on sale at 12 a.m. on Friday, and Sony predicts that sales will exceed 3 million by the end of the year. While preorders will likely dominate the first day transactions, Sony has announced that it is ready with a steady stream of systems to arrive at retail through the holidays.
Reactive Grip Brings a Magic Touch to Gaming Control
November 12, 2013
If you think about the failings of existing game controls next time you're playing, you might come up with touch feedback -- the game's tactile responses to your actions. Video has improved over the years partly because of increased computer processing power; audio improvements have been due to improved sound engineering. We're also finally beginning to see usable virtual and augmented reality.
Duck Dynasty: Battle of the Beards: Redneckify Yourself
November 11, 2013
Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E featuring a band of redneck family men who sport ratty beards. They became wealthy by making the popular duck call, Duck Commander, and the reality show itself? It's a wild phenomenon -- the fourth season premiere snagged a whopping 11.8 million viewers. When I saw that the show had a No. 1 paid app game, I had to take a closer look.
Apps Lineup Promises Xbox One Entertainment Edge
November 08, 2013
Microsoft on Friday announced the first wave of entertainment apps for its upcoming Xbox One video game console, which will arrive in stores Nov. 22. In the United States, the announced apps for the Xbox One include streaming-video offerings from Amazon Instant Video, ESPN, Fox Now, Hulu Plus, Machinima, Netflix, Redbox Instant by Verizon, the NFL on Xbox One, and VUDU, among others.
RagTag Army Fights to Rescue America in New Call of Duty
November 05, 2013
Activision on Tuesday released Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U and PC. The game will be released later this month for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ghosts is the latest arrival in the popular first-person franchise, which has generated billions of dollars in sales and has been an annual hit for the company.
Niantic Opens Ingress to AR Gamers Hot to Trot for Exotic Matter
November 05, 2013
Google's Niantic Labs on Monday announced that it was lifting the invitation-only restriction on its augmented reality game Ingress. The game launched in beta about a year ago, and interested players needed an invitation code to participate. Now all Android users can download the free massively multiplayer game from Google Play. The game will officially exit beta status on Dec. 14.
Nintendo Shrugs Off Weak Wii U Sales, Plunges Ahead
October 30, 2013
Nintendo on Wednesday reported a net loss of about $81 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30 and blamed the dismal results at least in part on disappointing sales of its Wii U video game console. The company had reported a profit of roughly $87.5 million the previous quarter. Sales of the Wii U were actually up this quarter and nearly doubled from 160,000 for the previous three months.
Obduction Comes Out of the Myst
October 23, 2013
Way back in 1993, a little exploratory puzzle mystery game called Myst was released for the Mac. It took off to become one of the best-selling -- and moodiest -- games ever, expanding to a variety of other platforms. The creators followed up with Riven, and now, 20 years after Myst, they are using Kickstarter to launch a new indie-developed game, Obduction.
Sony Gets Its Videogame Mojo Working
October 21, 2013
Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console showed in September that it still was able to pack a bit of a punch, dethroning Microsoft's Xbox 360, according to the NPD Group. The Xbox 360 had been the top-selling video console for 32 straight months since January 2011. The Xbox 360 also passed a significant milestone, though, with more than 80 million systems sold worldwide.
Ubisoft Won't Be Letting the Watch Dogs Out
October 17, 2013
Ubisoft -- Europe's largest video game publisher -- might have a less-than-merry holiday season. It announced Wednesday that two of its hotly anticipated titles, Watch Dogs and The Crew, would be delayed until sometime in 2014. Shares fell on the news by as much as 32 percent -- the most since Ubisoft made its debut on the Paris exchange in 1992.
Softbank Plugs $1.5B Into Supercell
October 17, 2013
Supercell has closed on a round of funding totaling $1.53 billion. SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment, which made the joint investment, will hold 51 percent of Supercell's outstanding voting stock. Supercell creates games for mobile and tablet platforms on the free-to-play business model. Games are free, but in-game purchases enhance the gameplay and help players advance through levels.
Linux Gaming Is Cleared for Takeoff
October 16, 2013
Close to a third of all websites use Linux, according to W3Techs, and Linux system users are arguably second only to Mac users in their devotion to their platform of choice, yet Linux gamers have traditionally been the red-headed stepchildren of the gaming community. Xbox 360 was the top-selling console for the 32nd straight month in August, NPD's video games sales figures indicate.
castAR Makes the World Your 3D Playground
October 16, 2013
Do you remember the scene in an early Star Wars movie where R2-D2 and Chewbacca played a holographically generated, Jedi 3D board game while killing time in their light freighter? Full-color, three-dimensional game pieces were projected onto the board. Chewbacca wasn't a particularly good loser, and R2-DR2 blipped and beeped a lot.
Russia to Battle Thug Image With Patriotic Video Game
October 14, 2013
The Russian government plans to produce a patriotic video game to offset the legions of games in which Russian soldiers are the villains. Russia is also mulling a ban on foreign video games that it claims "distort historical facts." Russia's culture ministry cited Company of Heroes as particularly problematic: The plot depicts a World War II Russian soldier as a criminal and arsonist.
Dragon's Lair App Lets You Relive Dirk's Glory
October 14, 2013
One of the amazing things about our new connected world of software development and easy access to consumers is how old-school games can find new life with entirely new audiences through iOS and OS X. Case in point? The Dragon's Lair 30th Anniversary app for iOS. Dragon's Lair is a really old arcade game. Seriously old, as in it was a laserdisc video game. I barely remember laserdiscs.
Unu Plays 3 Ways to the Android Gaming Crowd
October 12, 2013
The Android gaming market is becoming increasingly crowded, but on Thursday Sunflex announced a fresh contender: the Unu, a combination console, tablet and home entertainment device that will arrive at retail next month. The Unu offers the promise of bringing virtually any game from Google Play to the living room TV via a TV-connected dock.
Foxconn in Trouble Again Over PS4
October 10, 2013
Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, one of the world's most vilified workers-rights violators, confirmed reports that it is manufacturing Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 on the backs of university interns. Chinese media broke the story, asserting that thousands of students from an engineering program at the Xi'an Institute of Technology are being forced to work at Foxconn's Yantai plant.

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