There is a new application that has just been released onto Android and iOS that will be focusing solely on mobile gaming videos, live streams, and news called Core. Staffed by some fairly heavy hitters from the video games industry, including former Machinima VP of content strategy Matthew Cohen as CEO, the app’s goal is to “help solve the discovery and community problem in today’s fragmented mobile games market”.
AirJamz Music by Zivix LLC isn’t necessarily a game, but it isn’t just an application either, but a bit of both depending on how you look at it. What this neat little application does is allow for users to make music using the app and any physical movements you happen to do while it is running. This is, of course, assuming you have the official AirJamz toy that goes along with this application.
Emulators are certainly not new when it comes to the Android platform. There’s pretty much an emulator for everything you could want, whether it is for running console or PC games on your Android device, or the exact opposite, which is running Android games on your PC. There’s a new emulator that has just received its first public release called LeapDroid and it claims to be the fastest Android emulator in the world.
As a kid, I remember enjoying a few different types, be they the Tiget handhelds, my brother’s Game Gear, or Nintendo’s Gameboy, all of which (plus more later) enabled gaming “on the go. Hyperkin is a company that has been working on an emulator that runs Gameboy games, and is dubbed the Smartboy. “Big Deal!”, I might hear you say. Well, it might interest you, dear skeptic, to know that this emulator is different from just downloading and running ROMs in two ways.
As eSports continue to rise in popularity, it should come to the surprise of no one that a site focusing on the topic, namely PvPlive.net, would now be releasing an Android app. In their new app, they cover things such as scores (including live scores that are up to the second), highlights, analysis, and so on.
RiftCat has an application called VRidge for Android which allows users of Android-based VR headsets, such as Google Cardboard, to play PC Virtual Reality games on those non-PC VR headsets. Today’s announcement is a big one, which is an update to VRidge that adds SteamVR and OpenVR support. This essentially means that if you own a Google Cardboard VR headset you can play most, if not all, SteamVR games without needing to pay $799 to own an HTC Vive.
eSports as an industry has come a long way in the last 10 years, growing a lot in size in pretty much every way possible including with the creation of mobile eSports tournaments and games. Needless to say there are plenty of avenues in which to keep up with all the goings-on when it comes to eSports. Yahoo has launched their own mobile application dedicated to eSports coverage.
While at GDC, there was plenty of mobile game related goodies as well as Virtual Reality items to check out. One product we sat down with is called MyDream Swift which, in a general sense, is a lightweight program that essentially turns your PC games into Virtual Reality games.
Codeweavers’ Crossover is a program that allows Linux and Mac to run some Windows programs. While this may not seem overly related to Steam running on Android at first, last year Codeweavers announced that they would be working on bringing their software over to Android.
Twitch is a great platform to watch broadcasters playing games, regardless of the platform they are playing it on, and having gamers watching them do that or the latest eSports event. However, one major feature that has always been missing from the mobile application has been the ability to properly support your favorite streamer with a subscription.