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Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

There's a big gap between a young child's love of smart devices and most parents' grasp of what games are good enough - or appropriate - for them to play with. While devices like the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition made some headway into the guidance business for children, we've got a lot of work to do! What follows is a relatively SHORT guide to get you started in the world of apps and games made for very young children - all of them without the threat of your child buying massive amounts of "coins" without your knowledge. One cost or free, then done - that's it.

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Temple Run VR makes a run for Samsung’s Gear VR headset

Temple Run VR makes a run for Samsung’s Gear VR headset

There's a saying that goes "build it and they will come", or something like that. Samsung has indeed built it, with "it" referring to one of the very few, if not the first, commercial virtual reality headset. And now they are coming, and by "they" we mean the apps and games that should make VR actually useful. Almost appropriately, one of the first to the race is Temple Run. Now you can, as the game describes it, "run for your life" in full view.

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Angry Birds Epic update brings player vs player feature

Angry Birds Epic update brings player vs player feature

Rovio teased its new Angry Birds Epic back in March, rolling it out a short while later with all its epic battles, worlds, characters, and upgrades in tow. Unlike most Angry Birds games, "Epic" features turn-based battles with the birds fighting against the green piggies. Ahead of Christmas and potential new downloads, Rovio has pushed out a fairly big update that brings with it, among other things, player vs. player battles, letting gamers go at it with friends rather than digital enemies.

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Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Beyond a mini-game of a press release called INFO QUEST II - which we'll also include here if possible - is the next generation in Minecraft gameplay. This is Minecraft Story Mode, a Telltale Games Series. This is the same group that brings you Takes from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and most recently Game of Thrones - they're the kings of storytelling games in episodic releases, that is to say - since all the way back in 2006 when they released their first episodic series of games. It's time to get pixely.

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Namco is making a Pac-Man themed entertainment complex

Namco is making a Pac-Man themed entertainment complex

Namco is planning to open a large Pac-Man themed restaurant and entertainment center in Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago. The outlet will be called Level 257, and will feature a massive 40,000 square feet of food, fun, and Pac-Man nostalgia. Construction is under way, with Namco dropping occasional pictures of the progress on its Tumblr page, as well as a render of what the eventual store will look like. We've a gallery of the complex after the jump.

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Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

The number of places where you can buy things with Bitcoin just got a bit bigger. Microsoft has announced that its customers can now use the cryptocurrency to pay for Xbox services and mobile content, doing so by first using the currency to add funds to a Microsoft account. Microsoft isn't the first well known company to add support for Bitcoin payments. In July, Dell announced that it would start accepting Bitcoin payments in partnership with Coinbase, and other companies like Overstock have also begun accepting the digital money.

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Sony’s PlayStation Experience: here’s what you missed

Sony’s PlayStation Experience: here’s what you missed

Sony just finished its standalone PlayStation Experience media event in Las Vegas this weekend, and it unloaded a ton of teasers on gamers. Not all of them good, unfortunately. But if you weren't keeping tabs on the press conference, you need not fret as there is plenty of time to catch up before the games hit stores next year. As to what those games are, it's a wide collection of sequels to iconic titles like Street Fighter and Yakuza, as well as a bunch of new inventions from indie developers.

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Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin arrives April 7

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin arrives April 7

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will be arriving on April 7 for a wide array of consoles and the PC. Both Namco Bandai and From Software made the announcement today, and with the game will come both enhancements and Dark Souls II's three DLC packs. The game will be available for the latest-generation consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One), as well as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. We've got a trailer of the game, as well as all the details, after the jump.

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Counter-Strike pro players banned for cheating

Counter-Strike pro players banned for cheating

The world of professional gaming is in a bit of an upheaval, with multiple professional Counter-Strike players finding themselves banned after being discovered cheating. The spat is said to have started when the E-Sports Entertainment Association's tools banned Simon "smn" Beck for cheating. This caught the attention of Valve, which then received details from the ESEA and used that to upgrade its own anti-cheat tools. That, then, resulted in multiple players being caught, including professionals players.

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