Augmented Reality Game “Ingress” Beta Now Open For The Rest Of Us

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If you’re of the augmented reality type and enjoy wandering around your neighborhood with face in phone, we’ve got some updated news for you. The long awaited augmented reality game, Ingress,  is now available for those who didn’t make the beta cut or never got an invite. Ingress is a sci=fi action game created by Google’s Niantic Labs and it looks like they’re ready for more prospects to join in on the festivities. If you’re ready to join the resistance and save humanity, all you need to do is download the game. Check out the description from the play store and don’t forget to hit up the video trailer as well. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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New NFC-Enabled Bluetooth Gaming Keyboard for Android Announced by Mad Catz

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It appears that Mad Catz, the manufacturer of quite a number of not-so-cheap gaming companions like mice, controllers, games and even apparel, have just announced they’ve heard the vast cries for a more Android centric gaming keyboard. That’s right, the company is introducing their latest product, the S.T.R.I.K.E. The keyboard is an NFC-enabled device with bluetooth capabilities solely focused on Android gaming. Remember the M.O.J.O. console from E3? Yeah, that’s them. The team is dubbing this as “GameSmart” and will be showing off their implementation of micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys which provide precision actuation and tactile responses.

In addition, there’s an optical finger navigational mouse sensor with dedicated hardware buttons for a better gaming experience on Android. Furthermore, the company is clearly pushing the aesthetics department a bit with their futuristic Bill & Ted excellent design. Overall, we think they look pretty innovative. The company is offering the option of three different colors for now. You’ve got the choice of gloss red, black or white.  Check out the rest of the images below as well as the presser and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.


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“Call of Duty: Strike Team” Now Available In The Play Store, Sports $7 Price Tag and Demands 2GB for Download (Video)

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Well, after waiting for quite some time (one month) since the game was released to iOS fans, Android is now getting its long awaited taste of Call of Duty: Strike Team. With a vigorous focus on mobile gaming for phones and tablets, the game offers a ton of action packed sequences with some extra features never before seen in the Call of Duty brand.

Call of Duty: Strike Team delivers an all-new, first-person and third-person Call of Duty experience built from the ground up for mobile and tablet devices. Fully customize your squad’s loadouts and abilities before leading them into combat in diverse gameplay environments. Call of Duty®: Strike Team features the revolutionary ability to dynamically switch from run-and-gun first-person view to reconnaissance and coordinated squad attacks in third-person view.

The year is 2020. Tensions run high amongst the world’s superpowers. In a surprise attack, the U.S. finds themselves in a war with an unknown enemy. Your mission is to lead a Joint Special Operations Team in a global effort to hunt down those responsible.

Play your way. Switch between first-person and third-person action at almost any time. Strategically customize the members of your squad with weapons, perks or body armor.

New Controllers and Ouya 2.0 Geared Up For Next Year’s Release

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Ouya, the popular game console manufacturer is at it again with what appears to be a follow through on promised new Android powered gaming devices. Announcements of Ouya 2.0 are already in the works and is geared up for a release to the masses some time next year. In addition, the company is in favor of updating the look of their consoles with a whole new design leaving previous models behind. CEO Julie Urman made the following statement to further corroborate:

Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven’t finalized the date of that. We’re still determining what exactly we want that to be. For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what type of performance we want.  
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Android-powered console GameStick delayed one month due to unfinished UI

 

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Much like the highly anticipated Ouya, another crowd-sourced Android-powered gaming console has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The GameStick, originally announced around the beginning of the year, has delayed the first non-developer run of systems to its Kickstarter backers by about a month, citing an unfinished UI as the cause of the delay.

On the bright side, the manufacturing tooling is finished and the first run of GameStick’s have rolled off the line, including a last-minute change which entailed redesigning the analog sticks for easy removal, allowing users to apply custom decals. Early backers should expect theirs to ship sometime this August with a retail release sometime this fall. Hit the source for the full update from the GameStick team.

Via: Engadget
Source: Kickstarter

Asphalt 8: Airborne officially on its way to Android devices

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Racing fanatics rejoice as Gameloft has officially taken the wraps off of its latest installment of the Asphalt series— Asphalt 8: Airborne. This latest games comes jam-packed with all sorts of goodies, starting with the insane graphics engine powering the game. The new graphics brings not only a higher number of frames per second, but the game also brings some new maps in locales like London and Tokyo with new terrain and cool effects like new slow-mo crashes or sweet flares from the exhaust pipes of the various vehicles out there. Complimenting the cool features some slick multiplayer modes that utilize both online and offline play, ensuring tons of awesome replay value.

So now that the game has been announced, it’s only a matter of time before we see it land in the Play Store. Gameloft confirmed Asphalt 8 is due for a summer release and will cost a hair under a buck. Considering summer is right around the corner, it’s not a bad wait fortunately— but while you do wait, check out full trailer vid below to get a better idea of how the game will look upon its arrival.

 

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Granny Smith Apple gets updated to bring leaderboard and achievements through Google Play Game Services

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The ever-popular Granny Smith Apple has just gotten a nice little update to make it even better than ever before. In addition to the already standard 57 levels and awesome Granny ups, the latest update brings the addition of leaderboards and achievements through Google Play Game Services. This means that those of you out there will be able to have de facto competitions against friends and family or just see how good you really are (or aren’t) in comparison to the masses out there in the world.

As usual, the game is available for all Gingerbread+ users— so if you’re an owner of an Android 2.3 (or higher) device, hit the Play Store link today in order to get in on all the updated fun.

 

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NVIDIA to begin accepting SHIELD handheld gaming device pre-orders from today

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Those of you who were giddy and/or impatient at waiting for the original May 20th pre-order date are probably going to start salivating at this tidbit of news: NVIDIA formally announced it will start taking SHIELD pre-orders from today. The reasoning for pushing up the pre-order is quite simple really as there has been an insane amount of buzz and hype not just from potential customers, but developers as well. That means some of you fanatics out there won’t need to wait any longer to shell out $349 for the Tegra 4-based beast from Newegg, Gamestop and Canada Computers.

Now enough with the chit chatter— prospective customers can hit the source links below to pre-order the device today.

source: NVIDIA | New Egg | Gamestop | Canada Computers

NVIDIA announces SHIELD pre-orders will begin May 20th and will have a cost of $349

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It’s been a while since NVIDIA announced its game-changing Project SHIELD handheld gaming system, but the wait is finally over gang as NVIDIA is finally taking pre-orders will begin as early as next week, May 20th. In case you’ve forgotten about this puppy— the Jelly Bean-powered handheld gaming system features a boatload of sweet features including the killer Tegra 4 chip + 2 gigs of RAM, a 5-inch 720p retinal multi-touch display, custom bass reflex tuned port audio system and a full-fledged control pad.

Oh and for those of you that want to stream the sweet gaming content to a larger display, SHIELD will also give you the power to wirelessly access your NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU-powered computer from the comfort of your couch with GeForce game streaming– while NVIDIA promises to bring PC streaming to SHIELD devices at a later date. Speaking of games, it’s looking like there will certainly be a nice lineup of titles for gamers to choose from once SHIELD is finally available. Among the games that will be headed to TegraZone are Broken Age, Costume Quest, Flyhunter: Origins, Skiing Fred and Chuck’s Challenge. Naturally, there will be more titles released as time moves forward and all that good stuff.

And now for the important deets— pricing and availability. As mentioned earlier, the device will be available for pre-order from Newegg, Gamestop, Micro Center and Canada Computers on May 20th, while devices will ship around sometime in June. Additionally, SHIELD will cost $349, so it won’t break the bank too much.