Rovio Updates Angry Birds Friends For Halloween and Kicks Off New Tournament Tomorrow (Video)

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Everyone’s favorite furious flying fowls have gotten yet another update by Rovia in Angry Birds Friends. Fast on the heels of an update to Bad Piggies, Rovio is pushing the Halloween theme out just in time for the holidays. In their latest, you’ll now find plenty of zombie pigs, skeletons and other spooky game play.

In addition, the game comes in time for a new Halloween tournament breaking ground which the company is starting tomorrow, Oct 23rd. Aside from the normal game play, the update has more Halloween, in app purchases for new sling shots for added power and  a few other scary surprises for you as well. As mentioned above, the tournament begins tomorrow and here are some of the details involved:


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Humble Bundle with Android 7 adds four new games

humblebundleWe’ve discussed Humble Bundle, a great pay-as-you-want bundle of games, on numerous occasions here at Talk Android. They keep adding new features, and today they’ve added four new games: Anomaly Korea, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut and the Ticket to Ride Europe DLC. The old bundle featured four games: Ticket to Ride and the USA 1910 DLC) Greed Corp, Incredipede and Anodyne, in addition to the soundtracks for Ticket to Ride, Greed Corp, and Anodyne.

Remember, with Humble Bundle you can pay whatever you want and decide where your money is allocated, whether it’s to charity or the HB team. Paying over the average will get you The Bard’s Tale and Worms Reloaded, in addition to the new additions mentioned above.

Source: Humble Bundle

NVIDIA CEO says the Shield 2 is on the way, next-gen Tegra chip under the hood

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In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.

Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.

Source: Engadget

Oculus Rift dev kit to be available soon, consumer model expected to run Android

 

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The revolutionary Oculus Rift virtual gaming system should be making waves when it’s released— it markets itself as the one true virtual-gaming  headset that immerses the user in the experience.

Oculus’ CTO, John Carmack, (the lead programmer on many pioneering video games including Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, etc.) said, “The way I believe it’s going to play out is you will eventually have a head-mounted display that probably runs Android, as a standalone system, that has a system-on-a-chip that’s basically like what you have in mobile phones.”

While the company plans to release their consumer version at some point next year, a new dev kit will be available soon. We’re looking to see how this new project pans out— it looks like it’ll definitely be something to keep an eye on. Check out a video after the break.


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NVIDIA to consolidate game streaming technology as GameStream brand, includes NVIDIA Shield and GRID streaming

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NVIDIA used their game streaming technology as a major selling point for the NVIDIA Shield, and now they’re taking that one step further by consolidating all of their streaming technology under a single brand: GameStream. It doesn’t fundamentally change how anything works, so you’ll still be able to stream PC games to the Shield (if you have a proper NVIDIA graphics card). Now, any streaming done from PC to Shield or from NVIDIA GRID (their own cloud based game streaming solution) to PC/Shield will be titled GameStream.

The Shield will be getting a few extra tricks thanks to this rebranding, though. NVIDIA is introducing a new microconsole mode that will allow the Shield to be connected to an HDTV while having PC games streamed to it, complete with BlueTooth controller support and 1080p support. 108op streaming requires extra bandwidth, though, so if you’re planning on doing this over the Shield’s native 720p streaming, it’s going to require some type of hard-wired USB connection.


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Spacetime Games announces Battle Command, a strategy MMO due out in November

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Spacetime Games has announced they will be releasing a strategy MMO for Android later this year titled Battle Command. It’s essentially a city building game where you’re tasked with managing a military base to build up structures and offensive and defensive units, complete with all of the traditional unit and resource management that’s typical of the strategy genre. It’s also an MMO, though, so you’ll be able to interact with other players and form alliances and enemies.

It sounds like an interesting take on the mobile strategy genre, and it’ll be available sometime in November. Who’s excited to try this one out?

source: Droid Gamers

Humble Bundle 7 launched, includes six fun-filled Android games

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The folks over at Humble Bundle have launched the seventh installment of their popular game-pack series, and this time, it has six games included at release. The team tends to add more games in updates as time goes on.

Probably the best part of it all is that you can name your price. That’s right, you can decide whether you want to pay one cent or a hundred dollars, and also decide how the money is allocated— it can go to charity, or to the Humble Bundle team.

Playing games for a good cause? I’m all in for that.

The pack comes with four games, and if you pay over the average price, you will get two extra games thrown in. Catch the titles and a video after the break.


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Where’s My Water? 2 splashes down in the Google Play store

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After capitalizing on their popular Where’s My Water? game with a series of spin-offs like Where’s My Mickey?, Disney has finally released an official sequel to the puzzle challenge game. Where’s My Water? 2 let’s players pick up again with Swampy, Allie and Cranky as they work their way through a series of physics-based puzzles. New locations like the Sewer, the Soap Factory, and the Beach have been added, giving users over 100 levels of fun. The available levels could be even more than that as a new challenge mode has been added that lets players replay a level in a new way, like upside down.
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GamePad 2 from Archos officially announced, will ship in Q4 to U.S. for $200

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Just a few weeks ago, Archos’ GamePad 2 was outed on a retailer’s website, displaying all the new device has to offer. Today, Archos finally made an official announcement on the gaming tablet, which will feature a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, and 2GB RAM.

Control responsiveness was also greatly improved, and will ship with Android 4.2 and a more powerful battery. The GamePad 2 will hit Europe at the end of October for around $243, and will be shipping in the US during Q4 for $200. Hit the break for the full press release.


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Mad Catz finally announces specs and price for M.O.J.O. console

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Mad Catz has already directly stated they were planning on jumping into the Android console market, they just didn’t give any details on exactly what that console was going to be. Today, they’ve revealed everything you’ve wanted to know about M.O.J.O. including specs, pricing, and a release date.

Under the hood, this thing packs a Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory and a slot for microSD cards up to 128 GB, a full HDMI output, and two USB ports, one of which is a USB 3.0 port. It’s running Android 4.2.2 and comes preloaded with NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone, as well as Google Play. No need to rebuy all of your games again! No word on if it’ll be completely stock Android, but it’s pretty likely we’ll see some type of custom launcher to work with the controller that’s boxed in with the console. Fortunately, the controller looks very well designed, although considering Mad Catz is a company that makes aftermarket controllers and accessories, that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’ll be available December 10th for $249, which is a decent date and price to set this thing up to be a hot holiday item.
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