In light of the UK’s OFT (Office of Fair Trading) ending investigation on the ethics of free-to-play, Rovio has released a statement affirming that they use the free-to-play model ethically and continue to do so. - Continue reading
Do you want to be the next great Indie dev? Well here is your chance, maybe, GameMaker Studio Standard edition is available for free for a limited time. Regular price is $49.99, GameMaker Studio Standard is a significant improvement upon the free version of the software which imposes harsh restrictions on the resources that developers can make use of. - Continue reading
Flappy Bird is a mobile game that is part skill, part reaction, and every bit full of frustration — and that’s where the addiction comes into play. ”… it happened to become an addictive product,” Dong Nguyen, its creator, said in an exclusive interview with Forbes. “I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”
Let’s forget for a moment that Flappy Bird had grossed its creator nearly $50,000 per day in ad revenue. Let’s look past its all-too-familiar 8-bit style that resembles a certain iconic platformer of the 80s. We must also unhinge from our minds the fact that the creator has pulled the game from all mobile marketplaces at the time of this writing. Unlike his game, when things got too stressful, Dong Nguyen quit.
Nvidia has reported a succesful Q4, based not on sales of their mobile or cloud based processors, but their long standing bread and butter, the GPU business.
While their Quadro workstation and Tesla supercomputer GPUs take some credit, they really made the most money on their GeForce line of consumer GPUs for gaming PCs. - Continue reading
Rovio has announced a sub-brand for Angry Birds, called Angry Birds Stella. The brand will be centered around Pink and her friends, and really, it’s Angry Birds for girls without Rovio being upfront about it.
What I mean by that is Rovio’s press releases won’t even use the words women, girls, female or something similar to identify the brand, but that’s clearly what it’s about. They will use words like empowerment, inspiration, and real issues. Rovio seems to have forward looking aspirations with the brand, but it does not all appear to be on the level. - Continue reading
It seems like bands have decided to stop making music and enter the games industry instead. Not only have Fall Out Boy released their own Flappy Birds game but the hugely popular British rock group have created their own game, PolyFauna.
Music has always played a large role in video games. From the 8-bit tunes that graced the NES to the sweeping scores that are featured in the likes of Red Dead Redemption and Metal Gear Solid, music has the ability to intensify a game and make us hardcore gamers all emotional. This idea is being explored by Radiohead in a free game called PolyFauna where gamers explore a never ending series of abstract environments which are inhabited by different life forms. The player can create new life forms by using the touch screen to draw them as they explore the strange world whilst Radiohead’s music plays in the background.
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