New Game: ‘Band Stars’ hits Play Store, challenge friends to create chart-topping hits

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The folks over at Halfbrick Studios (the creators of hits like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride) have released a new game to the Play Store called “Band Stars.”

In this game, users are tasked with forming a band, creating music and beating high scores to reach the top of the charts.

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Sega’s ‘Sonic Jump Fever’ set for summer launch on Android

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E3 is here, and all of the major gaming companies are beginning to announce the new titles they’ll be releasing in the next year.

SEGA today announced ‘Sonic Jump Fever,’ a new installment of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.

This game is a bit more social than others before it, as it centers around beating your friends’ scores. You can chose your character and compete in vertical jumping challenges, much like Doodle Jump in the Sonic universe. There are a bunch of power-ups and boosters to collect as well as unique character abilities.

The actual release date is not known, but stay tuned for more as the beginning of summer comes closer. Hit the break for the game’s promotional video.

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Mad Catz M.O.J.O. adds support for OnLive

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In case you haven’t been paying attention to your calendar too closely, next week is the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, which means we will likely see a bunch of gaming related news over the next few days. The latest that might interest Android gamers involves the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. micro-console and OnLive, the online gaming service. The companies have announced the completion of a project to optimize the OnLive Android app so that it will run on the M.O.J.O. This will give users of the OnLive service access to over 250 AAA games via the PlayBack game service as well as their own library of games via the CloudLift service on the M.O.J.O. » Read the rest

New FCC filing appears to be NVIDIA Shield 2

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It has been a while since NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang indicated the company was going to produce a successor to their NVIDIA Shield gaming device. The time for a public announcement must be getting close judging by the information starting to leak out about the NVIDIA Shield 2. In late April we saw the device surface in the AnTuTu Benchmark site with a Tegra K1 processor and 4GB of RAM onboard. Now, a device from NVIDIA has surfaced in the FCC database that appears to be the Shield 2.  » Read the rest

Android TV will be showcased at Google I/O, packs a secret weapon

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Google eagerly wants a piece of your living room. A few years ago, they attempted to do so with Google TV and that completely flopped. The Google TV team was separate from the Android team, despite the service running the same operating system. Google TV was trying to bring television components to the forefront rather than relying upon online services like almost everyone else does. There was a lack of focus on the services that people really cared about. But according to GigaOm, that is all set to change at Google I/O when the company unveils Android TV. » Read the rest

Samsung is collaborating with Oculus for VR headset

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Last week, news broke that Samsung is getting into the Virtual Reality headset game, but there wasn’t a whole lot of information about it. Now a few more details are being reported by Engadget.

The first question that came to my mind when I heard the news is how the hell could Samsung create such a device without having much gaming experience like Oculus VR and Sony? Well it turns out that Samsung is working with Oculus VR on this product. Yup, that’s the same company that created the Oculus Rift and was bought by Facebook. Oculus VR is taking care of the software while Samsung handles the hardware.

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Samsung preparing a VR gaming headset to be announced later this year

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Here’s your crazy rumor for the week: Samsung is preparing a virtual reality headset, and they’re planning on launching it later this year to try and beat the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus to market. Apparently, the prototype devices are far enough along in development that Samsung has already sent out some headsets to developers to use with their current flagship Samsung devices. Whether or not you think Samsung getting into the VR space is good, bad, or just plain crazy, there’s some pretty substantial evidence that it’s going to happen. It’s also a completely separate project from Samsung’s rumored Gear Blink device, at least at this point. » Read the rest

Italian Antitrust Authority investigating Google, Apple, Gameloft, and Amazon over in-app purchases

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Everybody deals with those pesky in-app purchases from time to time, especially in mobile games. The in-app purchases help developers make money by luring potential customers in with a free (and often very limited) game, then hitting them with a paywall a few hours in. Sometimes levels are locked if you don’t pay for them, and sometimes leveling up your character is incredibly tedious if you don’t spend real money on in-game currency. » Read the rest

Flappy Bird will return to the Play Store in August

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Flappy-Bird-Flappy Bird had a short life in the Play Store before developer Dung Nguyen took it down in February for it being “too popular,” but it’s making a return. Nguyen told CNBC today that the game will return to iOS’s App Store and Google’s Play Store in August with a few changes, like multiplayer mode and being less addictive.

Flappy  Bird became a cultural phenomenon a few months ago when it was in its prime, before many replicas popped up. It’s a fair question to ask whether the game will be as popular after so many months.

Source: Kotaku

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NVIDIA brings blockbuster titles Portal and Half-Life 2 to SHIELD

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Two of the PC world’s greatest video games, Half-Life 2 and Portal, have been ported to run on NVIDIA’s SHIELD gaming device. According Doug Lombardi, Vice President of Marketing at Valve, “NVIDIA has done a remarkable job bringing both Half-Life 2 and Portal to SHIELD…We’re playing both games here on our SHIELDs and fans of both franchises can expect the same gameplay they’ve come to love on the PC.” The titles have been completely ported over to run natively on Android running on NVIDIA’s hardware to ensure crisp graphics and precise controls. » Read the rest