Just because Niantic, the creator of Ingress, is no longer part of Google, doesn’t mean that the search giant has abandoned it. Google and some other companies have committed to investing up to $30 million in Niantic in a round of Series A financing.
NVIDIA has updated their Shield TV set top box to software version 2.1, which is overall looking like a pretty minor update. The new software fixes some compatibility issues with HDMI and improves black levels on screen over HDMI. Nothing major there, but a welcome fix for anyone having issues after the 2.0 update. Read more
Samsung has released a useful new utility onto the Play Store that should be especially useful for gamers. The app, which is called Game Tuner, allows you to adjust the resolution and frame rate of specific games on your device for fine-tuning performance. Read more
Looking for game to play on your phone or tablet this weekend? Google Play has thirteen titles discounted all the way down to just one dime. The mobile games come from Electronic Arts and Chillingo, so you know you’re getting quality.
Working with Playdigious and Pastagames, NVIDIA has released Pix the Cat for their NVIDIA SHIELD devices, both the Tegra K1 and Tegra X1 variants. Pix the Cat is an arcade style game in which the player takes on the role of Pix as he plays his own game. Read more
Now is the time to get a mobile gaming controller if you don’t already have one. Power A’s MOGA Pro Power controller is available through Amazon for just $32, a discount of 60%. It offers full-size control for supported games and even has a built-in 2200mAh battery so that you can continue gaming even when your phone’s battery is begging for mercy. The controller connects to mobile devices via a Bluetooth connection, but you can place it into the controller’s stand for easy use.
Disney has removed many popular games from the Play Store. Disney says that by removing these games it will allow them to focus on building new and more engaging games for the future.
Players of YAHTZEE With Buddies have the opportunity to work with Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that provides surgery to children with cleft lip and palates. Scopely, the mobile game’s developer, is using the Dice Monster Showdown as a way for players to compete against Dice Monsters in order to win in-game prizes while raising money for Operation Smile. Download and install YAHTZEE With Buddies and start taking on Halloween-themed Dice Monsters in the Dice Master Tower. Operation Smile will see an increase in donations as players collect more candy.
Funds raised by players will be met with Scopely’s minimum donation of $25,000.
Telltale Games has released a trailer for the first chapter of Minecraft: Story Mode. The first episode is called “The Order of the Stone” and sets the backdrop for the scheduled five chapters. Read more
The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Vainglory is launching their 2015 Autumn season of play. With the latest update to the game, taking it to version 1.9, Vainglory will now use a seasonal structure. During the seasons, players will have to do their best to rise up in rank and rack up achievements before the season ends, which is slated to be sometime in early January for the new season. As part of the latest update, developer Super Evil Megacorp put a lot of attention into the Android app version to help expand the audience. Read more