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

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

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 adds three more titles to the package

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Last week Humble Bundle announced the Humble Mobile Bundle 5 which included up to six titles. As they typically do, additional titles are being added to the bundle. Today three more games showed up on the order page for the bundle, Paper Monsters, R-Type and Enviro-Bear 2010. Those titles currently list for $0.99, $1.99 and $1.99 respectively in the Google Play store. These three titles and three of the original titles, The Cave, The Room Two and Carcassonne are only available if you pay more than the average price, which is $5.18 as this is being written. That price has a good chance of going up, so head on over to the Humble Bundle site using the source link to place your order.

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NVIDIA Shield successor shows up in benchmarks with Tegra K1 CPU and 4 GB of RAM

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If these benchmarks are to be believed, NVIDIA is working on a follow-up to their portable Android gaming console, the NVIDIA Shield. The benchmark pegs the Shield successor with a Tegra K1 quad-core processor, and a whopping 4 GB of RAM. The K1 already has some extremely impressive benchmarking and multitasking scores, so NVIDIA is definitely going for the absolute fastest components possible in this device. » Read the rest

Featured Android Game Review: Neon Commander [Arcade]

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Do you like retro style arcade games? Well then you need to check out HeroCraft’s latest effort, Neon Commander. This game is kind of like Space Invaders meets Breakout.

In this game, you will need to stop alien spaceships from taking down your city. In order to do that you will draw on the screen to bounce their shots back and hopefully hitting those enemies. This is called PlasmaShield technology. At the beginning of the game, you will draw simple lines that bounce the laserballs in the direction of the angle drawn. As you progress, you will find other shapes, like circles that force the laserballs to go in different directions.

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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is now available in the Play Store

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Fans of Family Guy — myself included — can rejoice in the freakin’ sweet news that Family Guy’s The Quest for Stuff is now available in the Play Store. Much like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, the game starts with the premise that after some shenanigans that destroys the entire town of Quahog you’re to rebuild the town, house by house — with hilarity along the way. Of course, like Tapped Out, you’re bombarded with in-app purchases with one of the quests being to purchase clams, the monetary unit that’s used to buy premium products and speed up building times. Some of the features include:

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The Walking Dead game series creeps its way into the Google Play Store

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Well it’s about time. Zombie fans have something to get excited about today. Already available in the Amazon Appstore since January, The Walking Dead Season One game is now ready for your downloading pleasure from the Google Play Store. This game comes from Telltale Games, and is a five-part series. The first part is free, and episodes 2-5 are available through an in-app purchase.

This game doesn’t follow the popular hit TV show, but I am told this game is very good. You play Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, that has been given a second chance at life. Interestingly enough, that second chance at life involves a heavy dose of the undead. Your actions will control how the story unfolds.

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Humble Bundle 9 released with six titles

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Humble Bundle has announced the release of a new bundle of games, Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9. Like all Humble Bundles, buyers can select the price they want to pay and what the cut will be between charity and developers. For this bundle, four of the titles are included in the bundle no matter what. These include Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider, and Ravensword: Shadowlands. If you pay more than the current average price, you also get Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition as well as access to additional titles that Humble Bundle inevitably adds to these packages. » Read the rest

Wikipad cuts $50 off its Android gaming tablet, drops to $199

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Wikipad 7, a 7-inch Android gaming tablet, received a price discount of $50 in the U.S bringing the cost from $249 down to $199. The gaming tablet comes pre-installed with popular titles such as Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2. Other territories will soon announce a similar discount later.

In addition, the company has also unveiled a new game control mapping tool that will boost your gaming experience. The tool will allow you to map the touchscreen game controls to the controller. The 7-inch Android 4.2 tablet can also be detached from the controller making it suitable for non-gaming purposes as well.

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Are in-app purchases for free-to-play games effective?

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We have all come across games with in-app purchases, and I often wonder if it’s really all that effective. I don’t mind spending money on any app or game if it’s worth it, but when a developer designs a game that forces you to pay for something to succeed in the game, I have a problem with that. I would rather the developer give me a demo of the game for free with an option to purchase the full version or the remaining levels for a one time purchase. In-app purchases remind me of the 1-900 days in which they tried to lure lonely men into coughing a bunch of dollars and getting nothing in return. Why should I buy a special red ship that has more fire power? Let me earn it the old fashioned way.

According to a survey conducted by Swrve, it appears as though the majority of people aren’t falling for this trap. According to them, only 0.15 percent of mobile gamers contribute 50 percent of all of the in-app purchases. These people are referred to as “Whales”, but I have another name for them that probably wouldn’t be a good idea to say.

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