New report shows Google Play taking second place in mobile gamer spending


A new analysis by IDC and App Annie shows that Google Play games have moved into second place during the second quarter of 2013 in worldwide spending by gamers on portable platforms. In moving up a spot, Google Play displaced dedicated portable gaming devices like the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita. Google Play still trails Apple’s iOS App Store by a wide margin.

The growth in revenue for Android games is attributed to three primary factors by Greg Hartrell, Google Play’s project manager. First, Google Play has expanded into 130 countries compared to only 30 countries as recently as early 2011. This broader market serves the gaming community well as three out of four Android users play games on their devices. Developers have figured out new ways to collect revenue from games, notably through the use of direct carrier billing. Hartrell also thinks Google’s game services platform has contributed to the growth in revenue. By using Google’ game services platform to handle things like multiplayer function and saving to the cloud, developers can focus more on the actual games and producing better, more compelling titles that consumers are willing to pay for.

Like the growth in the number of countries where Google Play is available, the explosive growth of the Android platform is helping developers in the space for portable games. There are about seven times as many Android devices in the hands of consumers as there are dedicated handheld gaming consoles. The dedicated devices will probably still prove attractive to game developers though as they can generate more revenue per user.

In a related analysis, IDC also looked at the overlap between handheld console gamers and other devices they own. The analysis indicated about 40% of the owners of Nintendo and Sony devices also game on Android or iOS devices.

Do you think dedicated handheld gaming devices will go the way of the manual typewriter due to the ability of gamers to use their tablets and smartphones for gaming?

source: AllThingsD

Save the World Behind the Scenes with Middle Manager of Justice


Sometimes saving the world isn’t the glorious task newspapers crack it up to be. Sometimes it takes the skills and know how to wrangle up a group of superheroes and have them work together to save the day. Sometimes even heroes need… a Middle Manager. That’s exactly what Middle Manager of Justice tasks you with. You’re mission, should you choose to accept it, is to hire and maintain a group of heroes, upgrade your facilities to facilitate more efficiency in your attempts to maintain the peace.

That’s right. You’re the middle manager. You’re the behind the scenes player. Besides building up your team, leveling them and fighting bad guys you have the ability to build up your base and customize it to your liking. Those of you sporting Tegra devices get an added perk of added costumes. For the rest of you, the game sports the typical freemium model you see nowadays. If you’re interest isn’t peaked yet, we have a game play trailer for you after the break. I’ve just started playing this game but it looks like one I’ll be playing for a while. Enjoy!

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Amazon could launch an Android-based gaming console by the end of the year


I was just thinking the other day that Amazon should probably come out with their own console since they refuse to offer their Prime Instant Video streaming app to all of Android. Now today, news is coming out of Game Informer that Amazon is readying a gaming console for later this year. This is according to sources so nothing is official, but if you think about this, it makes a lot of sense for Amazon. Amazon is all about their ecosystem and if they pair it with multimedia capabilities such as the Prime Instant Video, it could be pretty successful. Sources say that it will include a gaming controller as well.

With companies like Ouya, BlueStacks, GameStick, and Mad Catz, this should be an interesting battle. Lets also not forget that Google will likely release their own gaming console as well.

Thanks Michael!!

source: Game Informer completes 20-step tear-down of NVIDIA Shield Android-powered portable gaming system

Teardown_NVIDIA has completed a tear-down of the recently released NVIDIA Shield Android-powered portable gaming system. The tools that they used include a Spudger, Plastic Opening Tools, T5 Torx Screwdriver, Phillips #0 Screwdriver, Tweezers, Zippo Lighter, and a Metal Spudger. If you plan on doing repair work on the device, definitely check out their instructions beforehand, which detail all 20 steps required in order to properly take the NVIDIA Shield apart.

Source: iFixIt

Gameloft hits 10 million Facebook fans, celebrates with giveaways


Over the years, Gameloft has really associated itself as the top-of-the-line gaming developer company for mobile devices, as it puts out one hit after the next, successfully showing how mobile gaming has become very similar in quality to console gaming. Since the company’s Facebook page launched in 2009, it has reached 10 million ‘likes,’ and they’re looking to celebrate by giving away some free stuff!

Check out their Facebook page in the source link below where they’re hosting some activities, as well as the ability to make your own infographic.

Source: Gameloft Facebook

OUYA officially released to retailers for $100, flying off shelves


The Kickstarter favorite, OUYA, has been officially released to retailers and is flying off shelves at $100 a pop. The console was originally supposed to launch on June 4, but after a slight delay, it’s finally here. This is great news, however some of the Kickstarter backers haven’t received their consoles yet, but founder Julie Uhrman is working overtime to resolve the issue. The package comes with the console itself, a controller, an HDMI cable, and batteries for $100, and you can purchase additional controllers for $50 each. OUYA has sold out on Amazon, but you can look elsewhere for it online for now, or get it in person at a Best Buy, GameStop, Target, or GAME. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more

NVIDIA drops price of Shield to $299


The NVIDIA Shield seems pretty cool, but is it $349 cool? NVIDIA has been showing the device to many gamers recently at shows such as E3, and although they love the device, the feedback is that it would be a homerun if it were priced at $299. NVIDIA is the kind of company that listens and has officially dropped the price down to $299.

Don’t fret if you pre-ordered because you will get the new lower price as well. They also just officially announced that June 27 will be the official release day. Did you pre-order yet? If not, does this new price entice you a little more?

source; NVIDIA

Crayon Physics Deluxe makes its way to the Play Store


Up until now, Crayon Physics Deluxe was only available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, iOS, and the PC, but it just landed in the Play Store for any Android device 2.2 or higher. This one is a 2D physics puzzle game. Imagine if your drawings could be magically transformed into real objects. That’s exactly what Crayon Physics is all about. You will use your S Pen, stylus, or finger to replicate a crayon to guide a red ball to touch a yellow star. You do this by drawing the solution. You might draw a bridge, a ramp, or even a pulley system. It is your artistic vision that will solve the puzzles.

It’s priced at $2.99, which is much cheaper than what’s offered on iOS. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.

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Mad Catz to unveil Project M.O.J.O. android gaming micro console at E3


Well it looks like 2013 is going to be the year of Android gaming consoles. We already have the OUYA and the soon to be released GamePop, and it looks like Mad Catz is about to join the party. We really don’t have much information about it other than it will be shown at next week’s E3. The only reason we know that it exists is because Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson referred to it in their latest earnings report:

“At next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles we will unveil the keystone product in our GameSmart initiative, Project M.O.J.O., an android micro console configured to harness the maximum gaming horsepower from an android device. The Project M.O.J.O. android micro console is being designed to interact seamlessly with our GameSmart controllers, mice, keyboards and headsets. With our long history in the gaming industry, Mad Catz has the technical capability, product breadth, global distribution, and developer and publisher relationships that uniquely position our company to embark on this ambitious initiative. We believe the GameSmart initiative fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers and our strategy of expanding into emerging markets.”

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BlueStacks announces pricing for upcoming GamePop console with expanded game lineup


About a month ago, BlueStacks announced that it was going to unleash a gaming console on the world to compete with the likes of the OUYA console. One thing they didn’t do, however, was announce an exact price.

Buying a GamePop is going to run a cool $129, but BlueStacks has extended their subscription promotion to get a free console. In case you forgot, you can sign up to pay $6.99 per month to get the console for free in addition to getting access to every game available in the GamePop service. To sweeten that deal. BlueStacks has gotten a few major developers on board with GamePop, including Intellijoy and Korean COM2US. COM2US is apparently getting some special treatment with their own channel on the console, but both companies’ games will be available in the subscription service.

BlueStacks is definitely going to give OUYA some tough competition. Anyone planning on buying either of those consoles?

source: The Next Web