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Facebook game developers made $2.8B in 2012

Facebook game developers made $2.8B in 2012

Executives from Facebook have revealed that game developers generated around $2.8 billion in revenue last year. Sean Ryan, Facebook's Director of Game Partnerships, spoke at the Game Developers Conference trying to entice more developers to join Facebook's gaming platform. Ryan stated, "Anywhere in the games business we are investing heavily." Ryan rolled out a bunch of impressive statistics to get more developers on board.

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Verizon Wireless to preload Games Portal onto its Android phones

Verizon Wireless to preload Games Portal onto its Android phones

Verizon Wireless is teaming up with PlayPhone, a social gaming network, to preload all of its future Android smartphones with Games Portal. Games Portal (like PlayPhone's current iOS/Android app) will be a social gaming platform that allows you to easily connect to your online friends in order to play mobile games together. There will also be many social aspects such as leaderboards, message boards, and achievements included with the service.

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RetroN 5 revives classic video game cartridges

RetroN 5 revives classic video game cartridges

Hyperkin's upcoming RetroN 5 gaming system will allow you to dust off those old, video game cartridges you have lying around and play them once again. The RetroN 5 improves upon the old RetroN 3 by adding support for more, old gaming consoles. Like the RetroN 3, you will be able to play game cartridges made for the original Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis, but unlike the RetroN 3, you can also play games made for the Famicom, Super Famicom, Sega Mega Drive, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and original Game Boy.

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Jak and Daxter Collection en route to the PS Vita

Jak and Daxter Collection en route to the PS Vita

It looks like another classic is heading to the PlayStation Vita. Jak and Daxter, a fan favorite and a nostalgic game from the days of the PlayStation 2, has just received an ESRB rating for the PS Vita. While there still isn't any official confirmation that the Jak and Daxter Collection will be heading to the PlayStation Vita, the ESRB rating should be a dead giveaway.

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Mega Man’s 25th anniversary brings goodies to die-hard fans

Mega Man’s 25th anniversary brings goodies to die-hard fans

One of Capcom's most iconic classics, Mega Man, is turning 25 years old this year come December. The Mega Man franchise has seen a huge amount of success, with over 40 game variations of the series being created, over 30 million copies of its games being sold, and with several TV shows being created/based off of it. To celebrate its upcoming 25th anniversary, Capcom is looking to give back to the players that helped make the series so successful.

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The Walking Dead is coming to the PS Vita

The Walking Dead is coming to the PS Vita

Fans of AMC's The Walking Dead, as well as fans of zombie apocalypse-based games will be happy to know that The Walking Dead video game will be making its way to the PlayStation Vita. The news was confirmed by IGN, and Telltale says that the game is set to be released sometime this year. The game should be released sometime before the Fall, when season 2 of The Walking Dead is set to launch.

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Diablo 3 gameplay footage for the PS3 unveiled

Diablo 3 gameplay footage for the PS3 unveiled

Gameplay footage for the PlayStation 3 version of Diablo 3 has been released. The video shows the PC-game with a very different UI. Gameplay is smooth (for the most part), the new control system seems very user-friendly, and the new dynamic camera system seems very appealing (the fight against Belial looked very entertaining). All in all, the PlayStation 3 port seems very well done and should appeal to Diablo 3 fans.

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Zynga distances itself from Facebook

Zynga distances itself from Facebook

Zynga has announced that it will no longer be requiring people to log into their Facebook accounts when entering its site. Zynga wants to distance itself from Facebook in order to become a more independent game developer. You are now able to access your favorite games, like Farmville, Chefville, Draw Sometihng, and more via a stand-alone Zynga account.

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Steam offers “Early Access” to developing games

Steam offers “Early Access” to developing games

Valve has just announced a new program in Steam called "Early Access". This allows gamers to purchase and play games that are still in development. It's like a beta mode where you test drive the game in its current state, and report bugs and give feedback to the game's developers. Valve believes this program will help developers form bonds with gamers as well as help them make better games.

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Ryan Seacrest leaks Draw Something 2 on Twitter

Ryan Seacrest leaks Draw Something 2 on Twitter

Ryan Seacrest, known as the host of American Idol and also as a radio host for New York's Z100, leaked out what appears to be a sequel to the ever popular social game, Draw Something. Seacrest wrote in a tweet, "I somehow convinced them to give me #DrawSomething2 first... this may be the best Mariah & Randy have ever looked." Alongside the tweet, he posted an image of a very well drawn picture of the American Idol judges.

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