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Sony God of War iOS game teased in interview

Sony God of War iOS game teased in interview

Sony Santa Monica Studio senior director of product development Shannon Studstill recently hinted that the studio's critically acclaimed God of War franchise may one day be expanding its horizon to beyond Sony platforms. Specifically, the hot-selling shooter franchise might be coming to the iPhone and/or iPad, but with a lot of stress on that word "might." All that was said was basically that the studio isn't ruling it out just yet.

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Juniper Research predicts $3.1 billion in tablet game revenue by 2014

Juniper Research predicts $3.1 billion in tablet game revenue by 2014

It's already pretty well established that smartphone games are becoming a significant chunk of both the mobile and gaming economies. But a new report from analyst group Juniper Research says that tablets will start taking a bigger chunk of that pie in the next couple years. By 2014, it will be a $3.1 billion market, analysts project. And by 2016, it says tablet games will account for a third of all mobile game revenue.

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EA’s poor-performing console, iOS game servers being shuttered

EA’s poor-performing console, iOS game servers being shuttered

Electronic Arts has announced that beginning at the end of March and for a couple weeks thereafter, it will no longer be supporting online gameplay options for a large number of Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and iPhone/iPad games. The company noted that the affected titles, though seemingly large in number, only accounted for less than 1% of all peak online gameplay connections. The maintenance of keeping those servers running just wasn't worth it.

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The Pokemon Company issues statement on fake App Store game

The Pokemon Company issues statement on fake App Store game

In a world where Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonists struggle getting their own content approved as an iPhone app, somehow a lone developer managed to submit a game that was a blatant ripoff and trademark infringement of one of the most recognizable franchises in the world, which didn't even work, and rise to the #2 spot in the App Store charts. That's Apple for you. Of course, by now the 99-cent Pokemon Yellow game has been removed from iTunes but not before there was a huge kerfuffle.

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EA expects Simpsons mobile game to be one of its biggest titles of 2012

EA expects Simpsons mobile game to be one of its biggest titles of 2012

The yellow-skinned Fox cartoon series has kind of fallen out of favor in recent years, but Electronic Arts is planning to release a new mobile app based on The Simpsons that it expects to be a big cash cow moving forward. Or, as Mr. Burns might say, "Excellent." The company is developing the app as a freemium title, meaning players can download it for free and will then be suckered into paying money once they get hooked.

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Zynga says 10% of Words With Friends players have hooked up

Zynga says 10% of Words With Friends players have hooked up

Whether you're a master wordsmith or you're the kind of person who thinks about punching in random words on the popular social game Words With Friends, there's one word that is combining more players than you might think - sex. In honor of Valentine's Day, Zynga surveyed 100,000 active Words With Friends players and asked them if and how the game has become part of their love life.

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Hasbro grabs Zynga licensing rights for toys

Hasbro grabs Zynga licensing rights for toys

Mattel made a huge killing in its partnership with Rovio and its merchandise like the Angry Birds board game. So rival toy conglomerate Hasbro is saying, "Gee, I'd like a piece of that." It has forged a deal with fellow newly minted gaming giant Zynga to bring a line of games and toys based on some of the most popular social game franchises in the industry. Among the licenses it now has access to are Mafia Wars and Farmville.

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Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 comes to iOS with Infiltrator

Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 comes to iOS with Infiltrator

The Mass Effect 3 bandwagon is making its way to the iPad, bringing the larger-than-life sci-fi world to a 10-inch device you can take with you on-the-go. It is a special, exclusive installment in the Mass Effect storyline available only for the portable platform and its name is Mass Effect Infiltrator. Unlike its console counterparts, this game is strictly a fighting game.

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