mobile gaming

Zynga’s Draw Something makes mobile gaming history

Zynga’s Draw Something makes mobile gaming history

The mobile social Pictionary-style smash hit has become the fastest-growing original mobile game of all time. In a span of only 50 days, the game, originally created by OMGPOP and then acquired by much larger social gaming company Zynga, has reached more than 50 million downloads. It recently leapfrogged ahead of Angry Birds Space to be the #1 paid app in Apple's App Store.

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SuperData study suggests mobile games will rake in $7.5 billion by 2015

SuperData study suggests mobile games will rake in $7.5 billion by 2015

That 99-cent Angry Birds download may not seem like much at first. But then you get hooked, you're buying all the extra levels and themed seasonal editions, and then you start expanding your horizons. It's no longer just a 99-cent game download; it's a wall-busting obsession, and before you know if the mobile gaming industry is weighing in at $7.5 billion! Whew, that was quite a ride.

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Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition to include multiplayer support

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition to include multiplayer support

Overhaul Games recently revealed that they would be bringing a refreshed and revamped version of Baldur’s Gate, dubbed the Enhanced Edition, to the iPad this summer. The updated version of the game would feature improved graphics, as well as controls adapted for a touchscreen. You can add another new feature to the list, one that definitely sounds exciting: multiplayer support.

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NPD calculates $3.3 billion in digital game sales in US and Europe in Q4 2011

NPD calculates $3.3 billion in digital game sales in US and Europe in Q4 2011

According to the latest numbers from analyst group NPD, digital game sales are on the rise in a big way. In the fourth quarter of 2011, in the US and Europe - the regions that NPD normally deals with - the amount of revenue that was brought in from digital download sales in the gaming industry was $3.33 billion. In the US, sales in this growing segment were up by 9%. NPD does not have comparative data for Europe or for the US/Europe aggregate.

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Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition heading to the iPad

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition heading to the iPad

Overhaul Games has revealed that it will be bringing the recently announced Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition game to the iPad. It was only a week ago that the retooling of the classic RPG was revealed following a mysterious countdown on the Baldur's Gate website. At the time all we knew was that this new version would feature updated graphics and arrive sometime in summer. But now, we can also look forward to its arrival on the iPad, where it'll be interesting to see how the game adapts for the touchscreen.

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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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Mobile Projection Unit creates augmented reality Snake game

Mobile Projection Unit creates augmented reality Snake game

There are woefully few mobile phone games that rise to the same kind of vintage, classic value in the way that Pong, Tetris, and Mario have in other gaming segments. But one of the few titles that do have historic mobile roots is the Nokia game Snake, and now it's making a comeback in a truly larger-than-life way.

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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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Windows Phone developer says he could transfer 90% of his code to Windows 8

Windows Phone developer says he could transfer 90% of his code to Windows 8

As long as there's a world where not every device runs the exact same operating system (in other words...ALWAYS), the word "porting" will always exist. After developers toil for hours and hours to create a program on one platform, they inevitably need to eventually bring it to another platform. This process can either be a bit tedious or really tedious.

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