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Konami President: shifting gears from consoles to mobile

Konami President: shifting gears from consoles to mobile

The gaming landscape is changing rapidly. Smartphones, previously relegated to casual games like snake, have become serious instruments of play, to the point that even stubborn Nintendo can no longer deny its lucrative appeal. The latest big name in the gaming industry to bite the mobile bullet is Konami, whose new president Hideki Hayakawa was quoted, in translation, of course, to practically say that the company's future will lie primarily in mobile games, or at least games that can span the divide separating devices and experiences.

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Snakes on a phone: classic mobile time sink is back

Snakes on a phone: classic mobile time sink is back

Today, hundreds if not thousands of games proliferate our mobile markets, but the one game that really started it all seemingly never made it to the 21 century. That is, until today. Taneli Armanto, who claims to have created not "a", but "the" snake game on the early Nokia handsets, are taking you back to your youth with Snake Rewind. Of course, not it comes with all the trappings of a modern visual design, a mesmerizing soundtrack, ambiguous touchscreen controls, and, of course, in-app purchases.

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SEGA will be taking down some of its mobile games

SEGA will be taking down some of its mobile games

SEGA announced today that it will be taking down some games from its back catalog that it says no longer meets its standards. The decision is said to have been made after evaluating its game titles, and is necessary for the general upkeep of the gamers experience. The entire announcement was shrouded in an air of secrecy, in that none of the games that are going to be removed have actually been named…meaning we don’t yet know what is on the chopping block. What we do know is that they’re mobile games, and they’ll be stripped from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 is now official

Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 is now official

If you’re a Five Nights at Freddy’s fan, you’re likely well aware of all the hoopla that happened last week when that blank image — an image of nothing — appeared, hinting (at least many thought) that a new game was going to happen. Such hope was met with good news this evening, with a fourth iteration of the game being made official. There might be a bit of disappointing news wrapped up in it all, however — the game’s name hints that we might have finally reached the end.

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Blizzard’s ‘Hearthstone’ arrives on iOS and Android

Blizzard’s ‘Hearthstone’ arrives on iOS and Android

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the launch of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for Android and iOS, bringing the strategy card game to mobile users. The interface has been rehashed so that it is better aligned with the needs of small displays, while the game itself is promised to be easy to learn and fast when played. Those who have been using the tablet, Windows, or Mac OS X versions of the game will find the smartphone version to be largely similar, including the different content and features available through those software packages.

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Mortal Kombat X mobile makes you want to grab the real deal

Mortal Kombat X mobile makes you want to grab  the real deal

If all goes well, gamers will get their hands on the latest installment of the blood and gore Mortal Kombat franchise this week. But if you're still on the fence about spending some dollars on the game, maybe you'll want to get the free to play mobile Mortal Kombat X game just to whet your appetite. Or not. While the game does posses the characters, factions, locations, and some of the high quality graphics promised in MKX for consoles, that's basically all there is. It's as if the game was designed to disappoint and frustrate you enough that you'll want to really buy the full thing instead.

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Google’s Niantic Labs intro’s new “Endgame: Proving Ground” game

Google’s Niantic Labs intro’s new “Endgame: Proving Ground” game

Fans of Google's "Ingress" game, the digital game that takes place in the real-world, now have another similar offering to enjoy -- it's called Endgame: Proving Ground, and it ties into Google's previous Endgame: The Calling, which itself is based on a book. Things are just getting underway, so if you missed the last iteration, you can get in on the ground floor with this latest edition, something that is part of a much bigger game that we've detailed after the jump.

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ScreenStick is a stick-on joystick for tablets

ScreenStick is a stick-on joystick for tablets

Mobile gaming has become a sophisticated hobby over the years, and anyone who enjoys it quickly grows tired of on-screen digital controls. The solution is a mobile gamepad, of which there is no shortage, but they all come with the same design: a clip in which a smartphone or tablet is slid, positioning it above a standard gaming controller. ScreenStick is different, putting physical joysticks on your device's display using suction cups for a more natural feel when holding the device.

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Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Consumer attitudes toward so-called freemium games are growing increasingly sour. Many mobile games are available for free, but upon downloading one finds that it was only free to download -- the content itself requires money, or the game is designed in such a way that you eventually have to pay to keep playing, otherwise you're stuck in an endless cycle of losing and then waiting a long time for another life. This has prompted a slow shift to games that have a charge to download and no additional in-game charges.

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