The developer of the ubiquitous Havok engine has a new home under the Microsoft banner. On October 2nd, the Redmond tech giant purchased the Dublin firm from Intel corps for an undisclosed sum of money. Swift to assuage industry fears that the move would bring the popular Havok engine in-house only, Microsoft put forth this statement on their blog.
Author: Brandon Matsalia
With all the stealth skill of Sam Fisher hanging from the rafters in a shroud of darkness, Electronic Arts snuck into your favorite app store and permanently removed several titles from their online catalog with little ruckus, fanfare or announcement. As of September 1st, Electronic Arts has taken down a rather lengthy list of titles.
Just days after Google announced its latest iteration of the popular Chromecast streaming device, Amazon has made an announcement of its own; Amazon sellers are banned from selling any version of the device, or its peer, the Apple TV. The move demonstrates just how serious Amazon is about bolstering its own streaming service, but that hasn’t stopped Amazon from offering a friendly spin that seems unrelated to competition.
Humble Bundle began as a niche platform for indie game promotion but is now one of the major brands associated with the digital distribution of video games. The organization, renowned for its charity program, steep discounts and solid curation of obscure games, is looking to add a new distinction to its already stellar resumé; a subscription service.
Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga may be the high point of fantasy in the worlds of literature and film, but in video games, that crown belongs solely to the Legend of Zelda. Sure, Warcraft has an indelible legacy and Skyrim took the Elder Scrolls series to a new level of popularity, but no fantasy game has been as oft imitated or is as beloved as The Legend of Zelda.
The wearables category of mobile devices has gone from being a niche space in consumer electronics to becoming the new frontier of mobile hardware and software development. San Jose based tech firm, Titanium Falcon, hopes to join the ranks of Google, Apple and Fitbit with a clever offering of their own; a gesture driven smart ring known as Talon.
When gamers are vetting their options for new games, the guiding factor common in the decision making process is how much value a game offers. In seeking an answer to the question of whether or not a game offers a great value, reviews are often a useful metric. User reviews in particular have increased in popularity over the years, so much so that no popular online platform is without a section devoted to consumer feedback for products and services. Consequently, this means that word of mouth diffuses expeditiously and can adversely affect public reception of a product very early on. Content producers are very aware of this fact and many have been caught engaging in all manner of unethical behavior, from deleting negative comments about their products, to banning users from games and services.
Crescent Moon Games, the studio behind the lauded Ravensword series of RPGs, has recently declared that the premium revenue model has met its demise. In a public response to a one star review of their first person shooter, Neon Shadow, a staff member Josh responded to a complaint about the title being switched from a paid app to free-to-play game.
If you’ve never been convinced to use the Amazon app store on your device, then one of Amazon’s seemingly monthly app giveaways should at least nudge you to take a peek. Following up on previous deals that saw gamers getting a free copy of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and many other titles, this one is actually pretty decent.
What once began as an Easter egg in the once formidable Project Gotham racing franchise, has spun out into its own series of games. Yes, I am talking about the dual analog, neon colored mayhem known as Geometry Wars. The franchise has enjoyed surprising success and has gone from being exclusive to Microsoft devices to becoming a multi-platform staple.