mobile gaming

Apple and Google reported to be pulling down games on the basis of “Flappy” names

Apple and Google reported to be pulling down games on the basis of “Flappy” names

Like a zombie that refuses to die, Flappy Bird has still been seeing some activity days after its official demise thanks to imitations and scams proliferating on the Internet. Now it seems that Google and Apple are finally putting an axe to those clones by rejecting or even removing games from iTunes App Store and Google Play Store if they have the word "Flappy" in their name.

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EverQuest testing smartphone gaming for cross-platform guilds

EverQuest testing smartphone gaming for cross-platform guilds

Mobile gaming is a contentious topic right now, variously accused of being the future of play, a passing fad, or the insidious villain undermining and devaluing traditional consoles and the developers that create for them. The next to potentially embrace the smartphone might surprise you, however: Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest, a stalwart of the MMO scene - not one normally associated with another other than hardcore gaming PCs - but one about to shake up the industry by throwing open its latest alpha to the public. SlashGear caught up with EverQuest Next senior producer Terry Michaels to find out why your next guild might include Androids and iPhones.

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Nintendo to develop health products but not wearable ones

Nintendo to develop health products but not wearable ones

Despite frantically trying to keep a sinking ship afloat, Nintendo continues to refuse branching out into the mobile space. Instead, the company will be dipping its toes in an area where it has had a bit of experience: health products.

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Snakebyte Vyper, hands-on with the sleeper hit of Android gaming

Snakebyte Vyper, hands-on with the sleeper hit of Android gaming

Android gaming can be a dime a dozen proposition. So many are getting into the console realm that it complicates the mindshare. Ouya, Gamestick, and the Mad Catz Mojo are the better known competitors in the field, but here at CES 2014, we had the chance to go hands-on with the Snakebyte Vyper. If you’re not familiar with the new “console”, it might be worth keeping in mind for your next Android purchase.

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Samsung GamePad turns mobile devices into full-blown gaming consoles

Samsung GamePad turns mobile devices into full-blown gaming consoles

Samsung has released "GamePad", a gaming controller that attaches to a smartphone or tablet for a console-like mobile gaming experience. The GamePad has a telescoping cradle that accommodates mobile devices turned sideways for devices ranging in width from 4 inches to 6.3 inches. The GamePad connects wirelessly to the mobile device via Bluetooth, so physical attachment to the controller isn't necessary.

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PlayHaven, Kontagent merger to form mobile gamer targeting powerhouse

PlayHaven, Kontagent merger to form mobile gamer targeting powerhouse

PlayHaven and Kontagent are merging in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the companies announced today. The two are both in the mobile gaming analytics market, but with complementary specializations. PlayHaven helps mobile gaming developers identify big-spending users so developers can target promotions at them. Kontagent supplies 360-degree analytics to developers for insights into user information and behavior.

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Facebook Mobile Games Publishing arrives to help devs boost their game

Facebook Mobile Games Publishing arrives to help devs boost their game

It's no secret that Facebook enjoys experimenting with ways to boost revenue as well as helping out developers in exchange for more content on the social network. We've known that Facebook has been trying out a new games publishing platform, and today they're making it official with what they're calling Mobile Games Publishing.

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NVIDIA SHIELD officially arriving last day of July

NVIDIA SHIELD officially arriving last day of July

After receiving a delay past its initial launch date (June 27), NVIDIA's SHIELD handheld gaming device will officially begin shipping on July 31, barely meeting its delayed launch window of this month and arriving on the last possible day inside of that window. That makes it just over a week until gamers will be able to purchase the new handheld.

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Rovio Account rolls out globally for cross-platform syncing

Rovio Account rolls out globally for cross-platform syncing

Back in May, Rovio introduced a new method that would allow Angry Birds gamers to have their progress synced across all of their devices, called Rovio Account. The new feature has been slowly rolling out over the past couple months, and the game developing studio announced today that Account is available to all on iOS and Android.

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Oculus Rift smartphone support may be on the way

Oculus Rift smartphone support may be on the way

A fews days after discussing possible price points and business models for the Oculus Rift, the company is now thinking about what devices that the VR headset will integrate with besides PCs. CEO Brendan Iribe sees the Oculus Rift has working perfectly with smartphones, and he also noted that the headset would release at some point next year, most likely.

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Angry Birds Star Wars II arriving in September with Telepods interactive figurines

Angry Birds Star Wars II arriving in September with Telepods interactive figurines

Last week, we reported on a new Angry Birds teaser from Rovio that briefly discussed a "brand new" Star Wars game that looked to take on the prequels of the film's saga. Today, Rovio has released a teaser trailer that gives us a glimpse at what to expect in the game, which is set for release on September 19.

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Angry Birds updates with new game mode and 15 new levels

Angry Birds updates with new game mode and 15 new levels

Rovio has outed a big update for its popular Angry Birds title. One of the most-downloaded games of all time now has a new gameplay mode, 15 new levels, and even 73 new "pig contraptions" taken straight from Rovio's spinoff game Bad Piggies. If you've been finding yourself getting bored lately with the bird-flinging game, this could renew the lasting appeal for you.

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