OUYA changes course to give devs choice about free-to-try model

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OUYA has announced a change to their service that will be implemented in coming weeks to let developers choose whether they want to distribute free-to-try games or just go for an up-front fee for gamers to grab a new title. In a blog post titled “It’s about CHOICE” the company says they had resisted allowing developers to offer anything other than free-to-try games. However, this appears to have been dampening enthusiasm for the platform and could be seen as not being entirely open, one of the principles the company is based on.
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Godzilla – Smash3 game coming to mobile devices this May

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One of the most anticipated movies (at least for me) of the year is coming this May. That’s right Godzilla!! Those that want more than just the movie will be happy to know that the mobile game is coming as well. Rogue Play just announced that Godzilla – Smash3 will land on Android and iOS devices on May 16, the same day the movie is released in theaters.

The game promises to give fans complete control of of Godzilla, including his epic roar. It will be a RPG-style game that will feature puzzle mechanics and 3D visuals.

Hit the break for the game trailer as well as the full press release.


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Looking forward to Rovio’s upcoming Angry Birds Epic game? Check out the gameplay trailer

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With Rovio releasing their Angry Birds Epic game (turn-based RPG style) in the near future, the team released its first teaser video that features the game play. I’m sure many of you are curious as to what the game is going to look like, so check out the video below and let us know what you think! Does it make you any more excited for the release?


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Amazon’s set top device could support full PC game streaming

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When images of a controller linked to Amazon’s rumored set top box device leaked a few days ago, you may have noticed it was very reminiscent of a full blown game controller similar to an Xbox or PlayStation gaming console. That might seem like overkill for Android based games, but it isn’t too much if the games are full game titles like you would find on a gaming console or PC. The latest rumors about Amazon’s device indicate that ability could be part of the package.
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Cross-platform support for Google Play Games is now official

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This morning, word got out that Google Play Games would support multiplayer for both Android and iOS. So now Google has decided to move forward by making it official. As we noted in the previous post, this massive update for Play Games adds multiplayer iOS support, multiplayer invites, deeper statistics, and gift giving. Much of the update includes behind the scenes pieces for developers. At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco tomorrow, Google is scheduled to give an in-depth introduction of the new features.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Google Play Games will have multiplayer support in both Android and iOS

google-play-gamesPrior to the start of the Game Developer’s Conference, that starts today and runs through March 21, Google accidentally released a blog post announcing some new features coming to Google Play Games (GPG).

The first aspect that’s new for GPG is the fact that players can send in-game items as gifts to other players. This can be done with people in your Google+ circles, or through a player search aspect. On top of that, GPG will feature 18 new categories that will make it easier for gamers to discover new games.


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Mount & Blade: Warband is a new mobile game exclusively for Tegra 4 devices

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If you’ve been looking for something to play on your NVIDIA Shield or other Tegra 4 device, you’ll want to check out Mount & Blade: Warband. It’s a brand new action-RPG set in medieval times that really looks like it takes advantage of NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor.

The game is set in a fantasy world called Calradia that’s in the middle of a war, and consists of fully open sandbox-style gameplay. There are hundreds of locations to explore, tons of companions and weapons to use, and a finely tuned battle system that lets you fight on foot or on a mount. The game also has some of the most in-depth multiplayer ever on a mobile game, allowing up to 64 players to battle in multiple game modes.
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Images from Samsung’s new “Kids Store” apps store now available

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Before the Galaxy S 5 was announced, we let you guys know about the “Kids Mode” that would be featured on the device.

The owner of the device will create a PIN to control Kids Mode, and from there, settings can be customized— some of these settings include which apps your child can use and who your child can contact. A timer can also be set to limit how much time your child is playing with your device.

We also had some information regarding a Kids Store which will feature applications in different categories which can be downloaded, including both paid and free apps. (PINs have to be entered before buying an app.)

Now, we have some screenshots of the Kids Store for you to check out. Hit the break below for more pictures.


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Twitch looking into mobile game streaming service and SDK

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Twitch is an extremely popular streaming service that’s dedicated to streaming video games. It’s available natively on Sony’s Playstation 4, it’s coming as a native app to Microsoft’s Xbox One, and it’s a very popular service on its own. One place it hasn’t had much success with has been mobile games, however.

Mobile games may not be killing traditional video game consoles like some people believe, but there’s no denying they’re growing in popularity. Twitch knows this, and they’re working on an SDK for mobile developers to allow users to not only view game streams, but to also broadcast streams of whatever game they’re playing on their mobile device. Twitch already has an excellent SDK in place for console and PC games, so a mobile option would be the next piece of the puzzle.
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