How the Model T convinced Nvidia to build a gaming-focused tablet

The rumors are true: Nvidia is building a tablet for gamers, and you can blame Henry Ford. The Shield Tablet will be available July 29, and pre-orders open today for the 8-inch tablet ($299 for 16 GB and Wi-Fi, $399 for 32 GB and LTE), Nvidia's wireless controller ($59) and its kickstand cover ($39). Today's announcement turns the Shield brand into a family of devices, which began last year with the hardware now known as the Shield Portable, a handheld with a built-in controller. "We've always been thinking about what's next," said Matt Webling, General Manager for Tegra and Nvidia's Mobile Business Unit in a press briefing. "What makes sense to actually bring out next. Shield has actually given us a great device for us to focus on, [as] a company." Must Read Why Nvidia...

Contest winners given early access to game, reward devs by cracking and releasing it to pirates

Modern Combat 5 has been cracked and uploaded to multiple torrenting websites over the weekend. MC5 is a first person shooter for iOS, Android and Windows 8. The developer and publisher, Gameloft, ran a contest recently and invited players into the game early. One of those winners apparently cracked the game and began distributing it online. Modern Combat's dev team is not pleased with the situation. "As you can imagine I am really pissed off," wrote Gameloft community manager Florian Weber on the Modern Combat 4 Hub Facebook group. "To anybody who got MC5 already, shame on you! We are making games for you and all you can do is pirate them? "Anybody which is talking to me and shows in some way that he already has MC5 will get an instant ban. Seriously, this is why we can't have nice...

Why some Magic: The Gathering fans are upset with Magic 2015

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 released on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Android devices this week after a week of iOS exclusivity. It's the fifth Magic game from developer Stainless Games and, in a year where Hearthstone has blown up, arguably the one Duels of the Planeswalkers release with the biggest chance at reaching a new audience.According to some fans, though, Magic 2015 is actually a considerable step back from previous entries in the series. In a Reddit thread full of complaints, user "AwSunnyDeeFYeah" leads the charge, pointing to a sluggish interface, slower gameplay and a more frustrating approach to unlock new cards and decks that can make it difficult to win with your preferred style. User "NeoFalcon2" points to microtransactions as an issue. While...

The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault is set against Warhammer 40,000's civil war

The latest entry in the Warhammer 40,000 franchise, The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault, will be the first game to take place during an era of civil war known as the Horus Heresy, developer Complex Games announced. Drop Assault is a fast-paced tactical game set against conflict among the Emperor's Space Marine Legions in the 30th millennium. After choosing a side as either a Traitor or Loyalist, players work to build and customize their armies. Players can also build chapters with friends or challenge players worldwide. "The Horus Heresy is an iconic and seminal part of our IP that describes the dark period in the Imperium's history that ultimately led to the way the Warhammer 40,000 universe looks now," Head of Games Workshop licensing Jon Gillard said. "As a setting it has been the...

Kim Kardashian's game is making millions of dollars because … it's not terrible

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the mobile role-playing game featuring the socialite herself, is forecast to make $200 million this year, which is significantly more than what most video games make in their lifetime. While it may be easy to attribute most of those earnings to her rabid fan base, which has been known to throw money at anything the Kardashian Klan puts its name on, there might be more to its success than just a pretty face. "There are a couple of things," said the co-founder of Drexel University's game design program, Frank Lee. "If the gameplay itself was really horrible, it probably wouldn't sell as well. Certainly having her name attached to it and given the amount of media interest she's able to generate is a great help, but the underlying gameplay is pretty...

Final Fantasy: Record Keeper mobile game brings back characters from the past

Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a new title in the long-running fantasy series, will feature protagonists and environments from past releases, Square Enix announced. The company is currently accepting pre-registration for the upcoming release, which will give those pre-registered users five Mythril at the game's launch. Record Keeper tells the story of a boy named Apprentice who is sent into the worlds of memories that have been sealed away within paintings. Apprentice will relive these memories from earlier Final Fantasy games, including Zanarkand, the big bridge and the Northern Cave. The game will also feature protagonists from earlier games including Final Fantasy 3's Luneth, Final Fantasy 7's Cloud Strife and Final Fantasy 9's Zidane Tribal, who can all be added to your party by...
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Back to Bed trailer shows the perils of sleepwalking in a world built by Salvador Dali

The launch trailer for indie studio Bedtime Gaming's puzzle adventure game Back to Bed — funded through Kickstarter last spring — shows the perils of sleepwalking in a world that looks like it was built by surrealist painted Salvador Dali. Back to Bed is slated to launch next month through Steam and for iOS and Android devices. In the game, players control a man who has fallen asleep and is now walking with his eyes closed through some very strange dangers. Players must guide him through these walking puzzles and back to his bed, where he will be safe from harm. In February, project manager Klaus Pedersen told Polygon that with financial assistance from Danish game investment company Capnova, Bedtime Gaming was able to set up its own studio and complete work on Back to Bed. The game...

Atari makes good on LGBT-inclusive promises with social sim Pridefest

Atari will release an LGBT-themed social sim game for Android and iOS tablets and mobile devices celebrating one of the community's biggest events called Pridefest, the company announced today. PrideFest is an annual parade and celebration that takes place around the world and in U.S. cities such as New York and San Francisco. Atari's game will allow players to build parade flotillas and decorate their city to keep it "happy and vibrant." As players solve challenges and complete quests, they'll unlock new items for the festival. With the Pridefest's social aspects, players can visit other cities and chat with friends, as well as create unique avatars. Chief operating officer Todd Shallbetter said Atari will continue to offer "a variety of games that are inclusive for all Atari fans." ...

Guardians of the Galaxy makes its video game debut with The Universal Weapon

Marvel's galactic super hero team Guardians of the Galaxy is heading to theaters Aug. 1, but the franchise's video game debut hits today with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon. In The Universal Weapon, players cobble together a team of guardians and do battle in real-time.The game includes six intergalactic worlds and more than 60 levels for players to explore, as well as an Arena Mode and story-driven Battle Mode. Although the game is available shortly before the movie's release, producer Aaron Norstad said The Universal Weapon will introduce its own unique story that draws more heavily from Marvel's comics. "We started the game before we knew anything about the film, other than the release date," Norstad told Polygon. "We knew from the beginning that although we were...

Report: Kim Kardashian could make $85M from her mobile game this year

Late last month, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood launched for Android and iOS, and the game with the celebrity's likeness could earn her $85 million, TMZ reports. According to the publication's sources, Kardashian receives 45 percent of net profits. Assuming that the game earns an estimated $200 million this year, and accounting for $10 million in expenses, that would put Kardashian's cut at $85.5 million. In Kim Kardashian: Hollywood players take on the role of an aspiring celebrity. Using Kardashian's "in-game audio commentary, hand-selected wardrobe, and persona authenticity" to rise to fame, according to developer Glu CEO Niccolo de Masi, players encounter celebrities, visit exclusive clubs and can become an A-list movie actor, fashion designer or cover model. You can download the...

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake - Overview video

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake's motivations are straightforward — get cake! — but little else about the game is.It starts out slow, tasking you with pushing blocks over switches in order to clear paths towards cake; easy enough. Each level, though, throws a new playable character, a new puzzle mechanic or a new objective into the mix, enough to keep you on your toes, or on your claws, on the off chance you're controlling a toe-free character. In this Overview video, Chris Plante and I take a stab at a few early levels in Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake. Make sure to take time to really enjoy that soundtrack — as much as you can, at least, with us squawking all over it. Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is out now on Steam, as well as iOS and Android.
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Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake gameplay video - Puzzles and Pastries

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a charmer, boasting clever puzzles, adorable character design and some truly stellar music. The title, which launched last week on Steam, Android and iOS platforms, may seem like a straightforward cake-hunting affair, but each level throws a new mechanical monkey wrench into the works, keeping things fairly fresh. For a sampling of the first 15 minutes of the title, check out the gameplay video posted above.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ simian flu comes to infection strategy game Plague Inc.

The latest update to Ndemic Creations' mobile strategy title Plague Inc. is inspired by the recent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film, bringing with it a playable version of the Apes franchise's simian flu, according to its app store listings. Update 1.9 brings the Simian Flu Expansion Pack, which includes a mission involving "a growing nation of genetically evolved, intelligent apes" developed in collaboration with film distributor 20th Century Fox. Players can control communities of these intelligent apes, nurturing the disease between them to max out their cognitive functions, as well as send them to tear down research labs and avoid military drones that may drag them into detrimental scientific experimentation. The update, which will allow players to make apes the world's...

Google's mobile augmented reality game Ingress is now on iOS

Ingress, the smartphone augmented reality massively multiplayer game from Google's Niantic Labs, is now available on iOS, the company announced today. In Ingress, players worldwide use their smartphone to complete missions requiring them to move between locations collecting a kind of virtual energy, "Exotic Matter" or XM. This energy is used for "portals," which are typically associated with public landmarks and spaces such as museums, galleries and monuments. Players can choose to associate with one of two factions: one that believes the energy will benefit mankind, and one that believes the energy should be destroyed. Ingress — developed by the team behind Google Earth, Maps and Street View — went into closed beta on Android in late 2012 and launched in full in December of last year....
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Halfbrick's Fish out of Water comes to Android

Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick has brought its formerly iOS-only release Fish out of Water to Android, the company announced today. The game is currently available on both Google Play and the Amazon App Store, as well as the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Fish Out of Water gives players three throws in an attempt to skip, skim and swim their way across waves in search of higher scores and better performances. The one-touch game features a diverse cast of fish and other sea life, each with their own skills in navigating the dynamic waves and weather.

Leo's Fortune celebrates arrival on Android with a Rube Goldberg machine

Leo's Fortune is now available on Android. Celebrate by watching this amazing Rube Goldberg machine deliver a very short trailer. Then go read our story about the making of this console-worthy mobile game.

FTC files lawsuit against Amazon, calls for refund of unauthorized in-app purchases

One week after Amazon's statement that the company is prepared to fight the Federal Trade Commission in court over its in-app purchase system, the FTC filed a lawsuit against the online retail giant insisting it refund parents for purchases without their consent. According to the FTC's complaint and a post on its website, Amazon has billed parents for millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized in-app purchases made by children, purchases that it feels were facilitated by Amazon's loose account login process. The complaint also says Amazon keeps 30 percent of these charges. The lawsuit includes a court order that Amazon refund these bills as well as a request that Amazon work to prevent its account holders from having purchases made without their consent — tighter parental controls...

New Fieldrunners in the works, published by mobile dev Flaregames

A new installment in the Fieldrunners series, a tower defense franchise from Cambridge, Mass. developer Subatomic Studios, is in the works as part of a publishing initiative with German developer Flaregames, according to a recent joint press release from the two companies. In an interview with, Flaregames CEO Klaas Kersting explained that the two studios would co-develop a free-to-play Fieldrunners title for release sometime in 2015. Despite the new business model for the series, Kersting said the teams would "stay true to the brand and help create a fun game that both hardcore fans of the two original games, as well as new players, will love." The initiative is a result of Flaregames' acquisition of $12.2 million in funding, allowing them to expand beyond the in-house...

Skillz is turning indie mobile games into eSports

San Francisco-based start-up Skillz is broadening the definition of eSports by allowing mobile game developers to implement tournaments into any of their games, regardless of whether the games are single-player, multiplayer or traditionally competitive experiences. And the idea is gaining traction: as of this week, Skillz players have won more than $1 million in cash prizes. The real-money, multiplayer platform launched last year for Android devices, with the iOS version launching last October. Developers who integrated the Skillz SDK into their games were able to create asynchronous multiplayer modes and leaderboards, allowing players to compete with each other. The platform gives players the option to play for free, or to buy into more competitive tournaments with real-world money. T...

Ubisoft touts Q1 2014 sales driven by Watch Dogs success

Ubisoft's sales increased significantly year over year, thanks in part to the success of Watch Dogs since its May 27 release, the company announced today. According to a report focused solely on sales during Q1 2015, which ended June 30, they totaled €360 million (approximately $490 million), an increase of 374 percent over the €76 million in sales reported for Q1 2014. Ubisoft also reported strong sales in its digital segment, whose performance increased 149 percent to €84 million ($114 million), thanks to games like Child of Light, Trials Fusion and Valiant Hearts: The Great War. "Although the financial year has only just started, our confidence for fiscal-year 2014-15 has been reinforced by our first-quarter performance and the keen anticipation for our upcoming games," said...
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