Ingress Updates App, Adds Zipcar & Jamba Juice Portals

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Ingress, Google’s augmented reality capture-the-flag meets X-Files game, has begun its evolution. The app, updated to version 1.20, has improved rendering, fixed a few bugs and FINALLY allows players to enable/disable email notifications. It’s still in closed beta with a scarce number of access keys, but active players saw portals pop up at Zipcar and Jamba Juice locations this Tuesday.

Portals were originally located at museums, libraries, historic landmarks and other points of interest in Google’s massive database. Players have since been able to submit  portal site submissions to NianticLabs@Google. Tuesday’s round of portal creation, however, marks the first time Google has attempted any form of monetizing the game.

Check out our initial Ingress announcement for a brief recap of the game. Those interested in joining the resistance can still request an invite from Ingress.com. Those leaning toward joining the enlightened should really reconsider.

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Alien Vs. Predator Evolution Trailer Offers Glimpse At Gameplay And Story

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The trailer for Alien Vs. Predator Evolution by Angry Mob Games, developer of the popular Muffin Knight game, shows off plenty of 3D action and gore. The trailer reveals a few facts about gameplay such as: players can play as Alien and Predator. As you can guess by the word “evolution” in the title, players evolve from “facehugger to alien warrior” or “young blood to master hunter.” No release date but last we heard, it was slated for Q1 of 2013. Check out the trailer below!

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Temple Run 2 dropping onto the Play Store on January 24th

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Temple Run is one of the biggest mobile games to hit the market ever, ranking right up with the likes of Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. Unfortunately, Android users had to wait quite a long time to have the game ported, but it looks like we won’t have to wait as long for the much anticipated sequel. The Guardian reported that Temple Run 2 should sliding into the Play Store on January 24th. Developer Imangi said they wanted to make the game cross-platform right from the start, so that played a huge role in getting it to both app stores so quickly. From the stunning new visuals and gameplay elements I’ve seen (which include a zipline and a mine cart) waiting at all is torture, but better late than never, right?

source: The Guardian

Pitfall! Now Available On the Play Store

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There’s just something about playing classic titles on our small devices these days, although some titles are best left in our memories. The latest game to grace our mobile devices is Pitfall! Well-known console software developer, Activision, has taken the 30 year old title and has breathed new life into it with an all new look and gameplay sure to appease fans of the classic while also in hopes of gaining a few new fans. Now, time to explain to your little one what an Atari 2600 was. Grab it via the Store link below.

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Spacetime Studios In Giving Mood, Updates Arcane Legends MMORPG

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‘Tis the season for giving. Arcane Legends’ developer is feeling a bit generous and wants to give owners of the recently released MMORPG an update just in time for all of that holiday downtime. We aren’t talking about just slapping some Santa hats on the characters either. To begin with, players will now see a level-cap of 21. Players will also be greeted with five new dungeons to explore, a new loot chest to unlock above level 16, and new achievements along with a weapons-type shakeup for each class. There are also numerous holiday-themed goodies but we’ll leave that for you to explore and find. You may want to jump on it though as the holiday-themed goodies end – you guessed it – when the holidays wind down.

Gameloft’s 2013 game lineup leaked?

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Good news for Gameloft fans or gaming fans in general. Gameloft, one of the most well-known game developer/publishers, had its 2013 game lineup leaked last night. While we can get a pretty good idea without the list of what to expect based on their history, this leak seems all but definitive. Among the games slated for a 2013 release are: A new Asphalt game, a new Dungeon Hunter title, a new Gangstar title, and a new Order & Chaos game. Additionally we’ll see another Brothers in Arms game, Modern Combat 5, and a totally different FPS game will be introduced. Interestingly, a N.O.V.A. title wasn’t listed but perhaps the ‘new’ FPS mentioned will take its place, or will it possibly be a spin-off? Regardless, the gaming front looks nice for 2013 from Gameloft. Now, if we can only get an update on the availability of Modern Combat 4 on the Play Store…

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Validation issues force Rockstar to pull Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from Play Store

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Rockstar Games announced it would bring the 10th anniversary edition of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to the Play Store on December 6th, and they did. Unfortunately due to some weird errors, they’ve had to pull it right after getting it up. There appears to be some validation issues with the application, and Rockstar is aware of them:

We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors.

Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it. We’ll keep you up to date and let you know as soon as the game is live and available to purchase.

Not good news, but hopefully the issue gets resolved sooner rather than later.

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Over half of all application revenue comes from top 25 developers, according to reports

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According to some research recently done by Canalys, the distribution of wealth from app sales is pretty heavily skewed towards the top. According to their findings, a group of the top 25 developers rake in about 50% of all money made through Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. They reportedly made $60 million over a 20-day period at the start of November 2012. Even more interesting is that 24 of the top 25 are game developers. (Pandora was the 25th with its radio application) » Read the rest

OUYA developer consoles begin shipping December 28th

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It appears as though the highly anticipated and long-awaited OUYA consoles have officially been given a firm ship date of December 28th today, in addition to the news that the console’s SDK, dubbed “ODK”, would be available later that very same day. This announcement means Kickstarter backers can expect to receive the device “within a couple days” of the 28th, effectively kicking off their new year with a bang.

Production units are still expected to ship some time in March of next year, though the company has yet to announce an official release date. On the software side of things, users can expect to set up their units, including account activations by Christmas day. For the full run-down, be sure to hit the source link below.

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