New augmented reality game based on ENDGAME coming late 2014 from Google’s Niantic Labs and James Frey

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Google’s Niantic Labs already created the augmented reality hit, Ingress, and today it was revealed that they are working on a new one based on the new book trilogy called ENDGAME by bestselling author James Frey.

The first book in the series, called ENDGAME: THE CALLING, will come out on October 7th, 2014. Each book in the series will feature an interactive puzzle, which will include clues and riddles throughout the text. There will also be a major prize for each book. For ENDGAME: THE CALLING, there will be a public display of gold that is in a bullet-proof glass case. Players will join the battle from around the world, and whomever is able to solve the puzzle, they will get the key and will be able to open the case and claim the gold. Whenever that happens, it will be broadcasted on YouTube.

Also part of this deal is fifteen original e-book novellas, and Google will be distributing six of them exclusively in the Play Store. You can expect the game to launch on Android and iOS devices in late 2014.

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R.B.I. Baseball 14 set to hit consoles and mobile devices this spring

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Major League Baseball (MLB) announced yesterday that it was only 42 days until the start of Spring Training games. As if that was not enough to whet the appetites of baseball fans, they followed that announcement with another indicating R.B.I. Baseball 14 was coming back in Spring 2014. The R.B.I. Baseball franchise was popular on the NES. This new iteration is coming for “current and next generation consoles and mobile devices.” The game is being developed in house by Major League Baseball Advanced Media which also produced titles for WWE as well as MLB.tv and the At Bat app.

You can hit the source link to head over to MLB’s sign-up page for updates if you are going to be ready to grab R.B.I. Baseball 14 as soon as it is available.

source: MLB
via: Engadget

Google Play Services sees update to version 4.1 with several new features

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Google has updated their core Play Services to version 4.1 which includes a handful of nifty new features. They’ve added in turn-based multiplayer for Google Play games with support for up to 8 players and a new transition splash screen for when games ask to connect to Google Play. Developers will also now have access to a Google Drive API which they can use to allow apps to read and write files saved to Google Drive so apps and programs can remain synchronized across devices. That’s something that will definitely take the headache out of switching devices in the future.

There are also some minor tweaks, including updates to Google’s Mobile Ads SDK and improved Google+ integration. Nothing major in this update, but there are enough cool new tricks to stay interesting. Like all of Google’s new updates, this Play Services update will likely roll out over the next few weeks to your devices.

source: Android Developers Blog

Huawei takes a stab at the Android video game console market with Tron mini-console

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Android video game consoles are a popular trend lately as we’ve seen with the OUYA console and the Mad Catz MOJO console. And of course, anything that’s worth doing is worth overdoing, so Huawei is going to throw their hat in the ring with their latest mini console titled Tron. It’ll run a slightly tweaked version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Huawei’s own digital store for content. That probably means no Play Store, unfortunately.

The actual hardware isn’t bad, with a Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and standard WiFi radios. The Tron will be available in 16 and 32 GB storage variants, as well as black and white color schemes. The console itself is cylindrical and looks pretty basic with no LEDs or anything. The controller sticks out the most looking like an Xbox 360 controller with a touchpad crammed between the buttons. That touchpad will likely come in handy when trying to play touch-screen only games, though, so you can’t fault Huawei for trying. » Read the rest

Could Sony PlayStation be coming to your Android device?

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At CES 2014, Sony has announced the launch of a new streaming game service, PlayStation Now (PS Now). The service is expected to launch in the U.S. this summer and will give users access to titles from the PS3 library. The games will be playable on PS4 and PS3 systems, with PS Vita systems close behind. Sony indicates that they want to eventually expand the offering beyond the PlayStation platform and even beyond Sony devices, allowing consumers to play their titles on a wide variety of Internet-connected devices, notably smartphones and tablets. » Read the rest

Hands on with the Archos GamePad 2 at CES

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Last year at CES, Archos showed off their GamePad tablet device. It was a pretty unique tablet-hybrid, but it wasn’t without faults. This year, Archos has brought a much improved GamePad 2 to CES that improves a number of things to create a really great Android gaming experience.

The device runs a quad-core CPU with a Mali 400 GPU and 2 GB of RAM for excellent performance, and the 7 inch screen has a 1280 x 800 resolution for crisp details. The gaming buttons on the device have been polished and improved with the GamePad 2, and Archos has included a handful of new software tweaks and improvements. Overall, it looks like a great follow-up to the original GamePad. You can check out our hands on video below to see it in action.

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Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 is heading to mobile devices with Tegra K1

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Thanks to NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 Super Chip, Epic Games can bring their Unreal Engine 4 to mobile devices. According to their press release, NVIDIA stated “the lines between mobile, desktop and console don’t make any sense any more. They’re gone forever. It’s now possible to run the same UE4 based game on all three platforms today.”

The Tegra K1 chip can produce graphics on par with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 while performing like an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Incredible if you ask me. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says that his company “can take absolutely anything that runs on PC or on a console and run it on Tegra.”

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Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed races onto the Play Store for $4.99

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Sega is continuing their tradition of releasing Sonic the Hedgehog games on mobile devices, with the latest being Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed. It’s a little pricey at $4.99, but there’s a laundry list of features to make it a compelling purchase.

There are 10 available characters to choose from, each with their own unique transforming vehicle, with more scheduled to be released at some point in the future. The tracks are dynamically generated and there are multiple routes, power ups, and road hazards to deal with, which adds some replayability to the same courses. The control scheme has also been tailored for mobile devices, and Sega has built in full controller support if you use a mobile gamepad. » Read the rest

Bought Humble Bundle 8 for the above average price? Get three new free games in newest update

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If you purchased Humble Bundle 8 for the “above average price,” you’re about to receive three new free games. If you didn’t get the game-pack before, you can still get it if you pay above $4.31. The original pack included 6 games, so the current 9 games are pretty much a steal at the current price.

The games include Solar 2, The Bard’s Tale, and Bad Hotel.

Looking to support charity? Go ahead and get the pack if you already haven’t!

Source: Humble Bundle