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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is 'coming soon' to Android

XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis Games' turned-based strategy game that pits a human resistance against alien invaders, is headed to Android "soon," according to a recent tweet from the series' official Twitter account. The game will be available through Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, according to the tweet. XCOM: Enemy Unknown arrived on iOS for iPad and iPhone last June where it's available for $19.99. You can check out the launch trailer for the game's first mobile incarnation below. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is also available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac and Windows PC. XCOM: Enemy Unknown - The Complete Edition, a version that includes its major add-on content, was released last month for Mac and PC for $49.99. For on the game's original incarnation, be sure to read Polygon's X...
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Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male

Over the course of the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve as producer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. During that time, I have been taken aback by the intense and often abusive reaction to the project. This backlash, along with a number of other recent high-profile harassment incidents targeting women, has highlighted sexism in the gaming community and brought the issue to wider public and media attention. One particularly astounding theme I’ve noticed running through online discussions surrounding these incidents has been a consistent denial that there is any real problem with the way women are treated in gaming. Despite the abundance of evidence, I’ve seen many of my fellow male gamers, in comment thread after comment thread, dismiss the issue as...
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Armello: the sneaky, treacherous race to the throne

"What we've always loved in board games is treachery," says Trent Kusters, co-founder of game studio League of Geeks. "Treachery in board games is great. It's like one minute we're buddies, but you know at some point one person is going to stab the other in the back." Kusters is demoing the alpha build of Armello, League of Geeks' debut title for PC and tablets, which is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter. It's a digital board game. Players tap on their hero character to move it around as they would on a physical board. They roll virtual dice like they would physical dice. And they commit acts of treachery, they plot and scheme and form alliances just like they would in a traditional board game. "That's what we wanted to set up," Kusters says, "the ability for people to create...
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Train Jam 2014 offers up first batch of games

The first batch of games conceived out of Train Jam 2014, a 52-hour game jam held on a train travelling from Chicago to San Francisco, are now available on the event's official website. At the time of writing, the growing list currently offers 18 games available to freely download for Windows PC, Mac, Oculus or Android, or play online in a browser. Games include Android title Disconnect from Rami Ismail, Brice Puls and Benedict Fritz; Off the Grid by Ryan Wiemeyer, Jamie Sanchez, David Laskey and Chris Wade; Space Jeff from Matthew Hudgins; and, Oculus Team by Alicia Avril and Andrew Gleeson. The event, which took place March 13-15, offered a way to rally developers heading to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and create games whilst in transit. Train Jam was organized...
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Multiplayer coming to Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile

The mobile version of NetherRealm Studios' fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, is set to receive a multiplayer update, according to a teaser posted by DC Entertainment. Injustice: Gods Among Us was released last year. It features villains and heroes facing off against one other, while the mobile editions use collectible card mechanics. The trailer, which you can view in the video above around the 48-second mark, provides a brief look at the update. Players will be able to challenge their friends and participate in leaderboards; no other details were provided. A date for the update was not announced. Console and handheld versions of the game already include ad-hoc multiplayer and traditional multiplayer over wi-fi. The free-to-play mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us is...
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Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within trailer shows Masters of the Force in action

Zen Studios' is preparing to launch the final round of tables for Star Wars Pinball later this month, sharing a trailer today showing the Masters of the Force table in action. Masters of the Force — a table featuring Force-wielding heavy hitters like Yoda, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine — is part of the Heroes Within DLC pack, which launches on April 29 for PlayStation 3, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC via Steam and Xbox 360. The pack includes four tables for $9.99 on console and PC and individual tables will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. "The past two years of Star Wars Pinball development have been tremendously rewarding," reads a press statement from Zen Studios. "Masters of the Force feels...
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I created my own MMO and lost 100 pounds, interested in signing up?

It had been this way for years. I’d bounced around various MMORPGs since first laying my hands on Everquest as a teenager. In spite of excelling in school and at work, I found myself preferring the hamster wheel of progression and the continuous, incremental and addictive gratification I found online. I’d log on and leave my 300 pound frame back in reality. That’s a story you’ve probably heard a dozen times before. What you likely haven’t heard before is how my seemingly "night-and-day" weight loss that followed came not by quitting an MMO, but rather by losing myself within one. Two years later, I've been able to lose, and keep off, 100 pounds. The Road To Launch I realized that the only way I’d be successful in changing my ways was to take what I knew and loved best, the massively...
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Hearthstone Fireside Gatherings will help players meet in the real world April 26

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment is encouraging players of the collectible card game to meet in the real world with Fireside Gathering events scheduled for April 26. In Hearthstone, players gather around virtual tables for card battles. Fireside Gatherings invite players to assemble around real world tables to build decks, play tournaments and otherwise delve deep into the game. Those who do will unlock a special card back. You can see a list of April 26 events being held from Alabama to Hawaii on Blizzard's official Fireside Gatherings page, where you'll also find information on how to host your own event. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available on Mac, Windows PC and iPad with Android device and iPhone versions to come. For more on the game and...
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Doctor Who: Legacy first major update will add more than 20 hours of gameplay

Doctor Who: Legacy, Seed Studio and BBC Worldwide's free-to-play puzzle role-playing game, will receive more than 20 hours of new gameplay inspired by the show's fifth season, the developer announced today. In Legacy, players travel through time to put together a team of characters from the show and solve gem-based puzzles. Doctor Who: Legacy Version 2.0: Rise of the Master, the game's first major update, introduces a new perk system, expert level modes and new abilities, in addition to new allies and enemies. With the game's perk system, players unlock additional abilities for their allies. Players will have access to four more forms of the Doctor: the First, Second, Ninth and War Doctor. "The Season 5 story arc, Rise of the Master, sees the most recent incarnation of the Master, as...
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Candy Crush maker King settles trademark disputes with The Banner Saga developer

Social and mobile game developer King has settled its trademark disputes with The Banner Saga developer Stoic Studio and CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom, according to statements both developers recently released. "Stoic is pleased to have come to an agreement with King regarding Stoic's The Banner Saga trademark, which enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks now and in the future," the developer wrote on its website. CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom, who has previously accused King of being overly litigious with its candy-related trademark filings, posted a similar note to his website yesterday. "I am happy to announce that I have amicably resolved my dispute with King over my CandySwipe trademark and that I am withdrawing my opposition to their mark and they...
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Why Square Enix uses DRM

Square Enix uses digital rights management to earn profits and protect its intellectual property, Square Enix America's senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan told TorrentFreak. Square Enix has "a well-known reputation for being very protective of our IPs," Sullivan said, and it employs DRM to further that goal. "The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit," he said. Though he acknowledged that some players have problems and there is "no perfect solution yet," DRM also has other benefits that help developers. "When F2P began trending, lots of people thought it would be the death of DRM. I remember talking with one F2P developer who couldn't imagine why hackers would want to attack his game, since it was free and all. Two months later they...
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Popular Chinese animated lamb joins Where's My Water? mobile franchise

Xi Yiang Yiang, one of China's most popular animated characters, is joining the cast of Disney's mobile franchise Where's My Water? with Where's My XYY?, available today for mobile devices. Players will guide the cheerful and critical-thinking lamb XYY on an adventure through medieval environments, where he must cut through dirt and guide flows of water to goals in order to defeat the Big Bad Wolf, XYY's nemesis. This new version of Where's My Water? also includes two new elements to maneuver — fire and oil — as well as 80 new levels and dozens of in-game collectibles for players to unlock. Where's My XYY? initially launched in China last December. The animation it is based on is still running, having produced just under 800 25-minute episodes since it first aired in June 2005. The...
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FarmVille 2: Country Escape launches on mobile today

It was hard to imagine FarmVille 2 on mobile. The web version, which launched in 2012, was designed with the mouse cursor in mind. It played like a simulation and real-time strategy game. There may not have been enemies or beasts to slay, but there were things to move on a game board, crops to plant and items to craft. The cute farming exterior was, in some ways, deceptive, because if players wanted to get strategic and competitive with their farms, they could. In bringing FarmVille 2 to mobile, developer Zynga had to redesign the game to be "mobile first." Porting the web version to mobile devices wouldn't have worked for a number of reasons. The web version relies on mouse input; mobile devices use swipe inputs. Web players are likely to spend more time with the game during play...
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Smash Bandits Racing comes to Android

British-based Hutch Games launched its mobile racing game Smash Bandits Racing onto Android this week, following a massive update that will drastically change the gameplay of the original Smash Bandits release. Smash Bandits Racing adds a new racing mode with 25 unique racing levels that pit you against three AI opponents. Successful races also give players the chance to unlock "gold" versions of vehicles. Players can still choose to play the standard Smash mode, with racers attempting to outrun the cops for as long as possible. A new attack helicopter will also be added to this mode at higher levels, as well as two new vehicles: the Hot Rod and Hummer. Smash Bandits Racing does away with the earlier timer mechanic, while in-app purchase prices will be reduced overall. As a result,...
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Candy Crush Saga to be distributed in China by Tencent this summer

Candy Crush Saga publisher King Digital Entertainment is bringing the sugary sensation to China this summer with the help of Chinese internet and media firm Tencent, King announced today. Tencent will distribute a Chinese version of Candy Crush Saga on its Mobile QQ and WeChat services. Candy Crush Saga is already available elsewhere in Asia — last year, King released the game in Japan and South Korea. "I am thrilled to be launching Candy Crush Saga with Tencent in China," said Riccardo Zacconi, CEO of King, in a press release today. "Tencent has the largest mobile social network in China and is a great partner to work with. I look forward to working together to make Candy Crush Saga as popular in China as in the rest of the world." "Tencent always hopes to bring global premier...
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'Platformer-without-platforms' Magnetic by Nature coming to Ouya first in May

Team Tripleslash's 2D "platformer-without-platforms" Magnetic By Nature will launch in early May on the Ouya Android console as a timed exclusive, developers announced today. The title is a redesign of Magnetic By Nature: Awakening, a short game the team created and released through Xbox Live Arcade in April 2013. The game is reminiscent of a platforming but contains very few platforms for players to utilize, according to developers. In Magnetic by Nature, players will control the last surviving robot exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization. The robot's magnetism can be used to attract and repel objects, propelling the robot against and away from other magnets to navigate through the labyrinthine environment. Magnetic by Nature is single-player only and includes more than 100...
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Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders

Beasts are peeking out of every nook and cranny in the office, a crazy infestation of plastic chaos.The figurines sit on shelves, hang on walls, tumble on desks in states of unpainted nakedness, dismantled and incoherent. They gurn, snarl and claw in an infinity of static poses. This is the place where the little plastic creatures of Activision's breakout monster hit Skylanders are conceived and birthed, the headquarters of Toys for Bob, a tiki-pirate-ship-themed ex-aircraft hanger in Marin County, California. Since its introduction back in 2011, the Skylanders video game and toy series has generated upwards of $2 billion in lifetime sales. It is one of the top 20 game franchises of all time, with 175 million toy sales. The Skylanders monsters have captured the imaginations of...
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Eufloria Adventures out on PS Mobile this week

Real-time strategy game Eufloria Adventures is hitting PlayStation Mobile this week, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The title is a new game set in the Eufloria universe from developers Brian Grainger, Rudolf Kremers and Alex May. In the game, an entity called the Mother Tree has sent you — a Seedling Ship — to investigate a set of alien environments, scouring for resources and artifacts to use. Players will be able to evolve a single Seedling Ship in a variety of different ways, assigning it new attributes and honing its speed, strength and energy levels. Along the way, players can also rescue lost seedlings, defeat enemy seedlings and discover records left by the seedlings that came before. Eufloria Adventures includes both a casual mode and a roguelike mode, for...
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Humble Mobile Bundle 5 includes The Cave, The Room Two

The latest Humble Bundle, the Humble Mobile Bundle 5, is available now and includes six games at pay-what-you-want prices. Buyers who pay below the average will receive DRM-free copies of Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Bag It! and R-Type 2; those who pay more than the average (currently around $4.70) will also get Carcassonne, The Cave and The Room Two. More games are expected to unlock in the future, which will also be available for those that paid more than the average. Games are available for Android devices; check out the trailer above for a quick look at each game. Those who purchase bundles can choose to split their contribution between game developers, bundle organizers and charity organizations. The Humble Mobile Bundle 5 will be available until Tuesday, April 29.
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Mobile AR game Run An Empire brings strategy to the streets

Run An Empire offers mobile gamers the opportunity to turn their local neighborhood into their own fiefdom, by the simple expedient of jogging and a little strategic thinking.It's a GPS-fuelled alternate reality game that passed its recent £15,000 ($25,000) Kickstarter target with ease. Players take their phone out for a jog, and the route becomes the boundaries of their own empire. Until, that is, some other jogger invades and starts to carve up their own little slice of the world. Players can protect their own areas by running its borders over and over again, or by completing the run in faster times than competitors. "We want to bring the competitive challenge of strategy games to the physical world around us," said co-designer Sam Hill (pictured below, right). He called the game a...
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