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Epic Games app store is solving the right problem the wrong way

Epic Games app store is solving the right problem the wrong way

Epic Games is making rounds in headlines lately and not just because of games it publishes. It ended 2018 with some great news for gamers but bad news for Apple and Google. Actually, it’s bad news just for Google really. While it did not give out specifics, it reiterated what the game developer had already alluded to before. Its Epic Game Store isn’t going to stop at challenging the status quo in the PC gaming market. It’ll be taking its developer-centric cause to mobile but while its intentions are noble, it might do more harm than good in the long run.

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Gaming phones are a fad that’s going away soon

Gaming phones are a fad that’s going away soon

ASUS is reportedly rethinking its mobile strategy around gaming phones, spurred perhaps by the popularity (not actual sales) of its ROG Phone. Razer has definitely been convinced it’s the way to go, enough to create a Razer Phone 2. Xiaomi’s Black Shark and ZTE/nubia’s Red Magic all seem to believe there’s a future in gaming smartphones. They might be right, at least for another year. Two at most. Then gaming smartphones will suddenly vanish not because they’ve become passé. It’s because practically every smartphone will be a gaming smartphone.

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Lemmings makes a surprise comeback on iOS and Android

Lemmings makes a surprise comeback on iOS and Android

In what comes as a surprise to pretty much everyone, Sony has both announced and launched a new Lemmings game. Though the Lemmings series has been around for decades, we haven't seen a new game in it for quite some time. Even more surprising is the fact that this is a mobile title for iOS and Android, despite the fact that Sony is seemingly handling the publishing duties on it.

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Fortnite 7.10 patch arrives: what’s cool and what’s hot

Fortnite 7.10 patch arrives: what’s cool and what’s hot

Fortunately, it didn’t take long for Epic Games to iron out whatever kept its latest patch from going out on time. Just two days after the delay, patch version 7.10 has been made official. And while it packs quite a lot of changes, both augments and nerfs, and still misses out on one much-awaited feature, the biggest news for Android games in this update is the support for more phones, particularly on the mid-range lines.

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Hearthstone card changes: Balance on December 19

Hearthstone card changes: Balance on December 19

This week Hearthstone is getting a few balance changes to cards that've become a bit too powerful for their own good. Some of these cards are new, but some are surprisingly old. Like Saronite Chain Gang, which now only copies Saronite Chain Game specifically - instead of whatever creature is copying the abilities of this creature. Other changes are slightly more obvious.

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Infinity Blade removal shows mobile gaming’s unavoidable amnesia

Infinity Blade removal shows mobile gaming’s unavoidable amnesia

Last week, iOS gamers bid farewell to the Infinity Blade trilogy. By today’s standards, the game may not only look dated but also feel a bit shallow. Epic Game’s decision is perfectly understandable and even justified from a technical and business standpoint. But while this particular news simply borders on sad for those who’ve had fond memories of the games, it belies an inherent problem in the mobile gaming ecosystem and perhaps the whole mobile app ecosystem at large. In a year or two at most, there will be more games that will disappear from app stores and there will be no way for anyone to experience them anymore.

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Pokemon GO trainer battles detailed with release date range

Pokemon GO trainer battles detailed with release date range

After teasing trainer battles for Pokemon GO last week, Niantic has now detailed how the feature will work. Trainer battles, of course, are an integral part of the mainline Pokemon games, and they've been noticeably absent from Pokemon GO ever since the game launched back in 2016. Though they're finally coming to Pokemon GO, they're going to be a bit different from what seasoned Pokemon veterans are used to when they arrive.

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Pokemon GO is finally adding trainer battles

Pokemon GO is finally adding trainer battles

Though Pokemon GO seemingly took over the world when it released, it launched missing a few core features from the Pokemon series. One of them, trading, was added to the game earlier this year, and Niantic is signaling the arrival of another major feature: trainer battles. To that, we simply say it's about time.

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The Elder Scrolls: Blades delayed into 2019

The Elder Scrolls: Blades delayed into 2019

Back at E3 2018, Bethesda made something of a surprise announcement by revealing The Elder Scrolls: Blades. The announcement was a surprise, in part, because we weren't exactly expecting an Elder Scrolls announcement, much less one for an Elder Scrolls mobile game. Regardless, Blades is what we got, and Bethesda said at the time that it would be out sometime this autumn.

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Blizzard reportedly working on Warcraft mobile game inspired by Pokemon Go

Blizzard reportedly working on Warcraft mobile game inspired by Pokemon Go

At their Blizzcon event early this month, game developer Blizzard announced Diablo Immortal, a new entry in the long-running series but the first to be released on smartphones. What followed was a huge backlash from fans, mostly on the basis that the game wasn't a true Diablo 4 for PC that they had been expecting. But rather than backing down on plans for additional mobile titles, it appears Blizzard is moving forward with another project based on the Warcraft franchise.

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Google $0.99 movie rentals offer Thanksgiving distraction

Google $0.99 movie rentals offer Thanksgiving distraction

If spending Thanksgiving watching football and parades doesn't really sound like your kind of fun, Google Play will have you covered. Google is once again putting movie rentals on sale for Thanksgiving, giving users the opportunity to catch some entertainment on the cheap. Throughout Thanksgiving, rentals for Google Play's entire library of movies will be down to 99 cents each.

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Microsoft xCloud game streaming coming to Samsung phones

Microsoft xCloud game streaming coming to Samsung phones

Game streaming is not exactly new but when the big boys start publicly investing in it, it may finally start to get real. While Google’s Project Stream is aiming for the path of least resistance by only requiring a desktop Chrome browser, Microsoft’s Project xCloud is casting a wide net to include as many devices as possible. And, based on its statements at SDC 2018, that would include Samsung’s line of Android-based Galaxy smartphones.

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