PopCap recently conducted a survey of US and UK gamers showing around 50% of respondents preferred their phone to PC, console, or dedicated handheld gaming systems. For tablet owners, the result was a little more, at 57%. PopCap determined the most popular place for mobile gaming is in fact at home. 69% reported to play games on their phone at home on the couch (78% of tablet owners), 41% while watching TV (52% of tablet owners) and 57% while laying in bed (51% of tablet owners). In addition to that, PopCap is reporting 3% of those in the US questioned play mobile games while in houses of worship.
If you think about it, most of us live our daily lives either at work or at home. Since most of you can’t (or shouldn’t ;-)) play on your phones at work, the statistic makes sense! I know for me personally, I game while I’m sitting on the couch and relaxing. So there you have it, hit the source link to see all the polling information and let us know where YOU game in the comments!
source: Information Solutions Group
We know there’s plenty of you that fancy gaming on your Android devices, but loathe playing on devices with small screens and lackluster controls. Enter the DROIDX360: an Android workhorse crammed into a Playstation Vita body. The ICS-powered toy features a 5-inch screen (800 x 480), a 1.5GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 2-megapixel camera. On the controls side, the DROIDX360 features two analog sticks, a D-pad, 4 front buttons and two shoulder buttons. Oh and there’s also an HDMI-out slot to play games on your TV, a mini USB port for charging and a front-facing 0.3 megapixel camera.
While you can download games from the Play Store to run on the DROIDX360, it will arrive preloaded with nine video game emulators for you to run Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear games. You can check out the device in action by looking at the video once you hit past the break. Read more
What do you get when you cross Android with zombies and Call of Duty? Pure amazingness Ie. Call of Duty Black Ops: Zombies. The popularity of zombies, rather, the popularity of killing them has grown exponentially. So much so that there is a version being developed for Android and by the looks of it, is almost ready for prime time! Are you freaking out yet?
At the present time little information is known about the game but we have been able to get some stuff for you thanks to a manual obtained by Xperia Gamer. You will be able to play with your friends in multiplayer mode via bluetooth, or you can play online with people all over the world. There will be 50 levels and as you can see from the image below even some hidden ones!
Currently we have no specific time as to when the app will be unleashed in the Play store. It very well could be in the next couple hours or could be a couple days. We will be sure to update you as soon as we know something! Until then, get your game face on cause it could land any moment.
Madfinger Games’ newest mobile gaming masterpiece Dead Trigger is receiving a hefty update very soon. If you haven’t already purchased this gem of a game, then maybe this update will finally persuade you. Dead Trigger is a game with wonderful graphics and set in a zombie apocalyptic world where you shoot up as many zombies as you can while staying alive. Any Walking Dead fans out there?
This update also brings support for devices that don the Adreno 205 GPU (Snapdragon S2 processor) such as the Sony Xperia Play and numerous popular HTC phones such the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Desire HD, etc. The update brings the game to versions 1.1.0 and Madfinger was kind enough to provide a changelog ahead of it’s impending release: Read more
Gaming. Smartphone. Gaming smartphone? That’s what manufacturing giant ZTE currently has up its sleeve as we speak. The company used its Twitter page to announce it will be launching some of the “most advanced gaming smartphones” in just six days from now. While it definitely did the trick to generate some curiousity, anticipation and excitement— ZTE stops there and won’t give up any additional details such as what processors we can expect, which OS will run the show or if it’ll have a form factor like say, Sony’s Xperia Play line of smartphones.
But naturally, we’ll see everything soon enough come to light in less than a week, so try to contain yourselves until then.
source: ZTE Twitter
Marvell announced today that their ARMADA 1500 HD Media SoC is being used by OnLive in their app to provide high-end video games to Google TVs and Google TV devices. By using the app, users can avoid the use of a game console. The ARMADA 1500 chip is a dual-core CPU able to run at more than 6000 Dhrystone MIPS with integrated Qdeo video processing technology, support for 3DTV, and full HD video running on a fan-less, small form factor.
According to Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO, “OnLive’s focus is to make the highest quality gaming accessible to everyone,anywhere, and anytime they want it.” OnLive is able to deliver video games on-demand to PCs, Macs, TVs and tablets. With this latest move, their games will now be available on Google TVs.
OnLive and Marvell do not indicate specific Google TV devices that will include the ARMADA 1500 chip. Full press release after the break. Read more
In the next year, I’m expecting to see more and more Android-related media devices and set-top boxes such as the Nexus Q. Last week we told you about a new Android-based gaming console called OUYA, but we really didn’t know much about it. Well it just became a Kickstarter project so we have more details.
The concept and idea behind the project is to make it easier for developers to bring a console game to market. Every OUYA console is a developer kit and there won’t be a need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. So basically no licensing fees, retail fees, or publishing fees so anyone can create the next big title. All games will have the freemium model so everyone will at least be able to try any of the ones they’re interested in.
One of the great things about Android devices is that well, you get to modify them and put them through unusual jobs, such as putting it to use as a topnotch gaming device. Okay, so many of you are looking perplexed, so let me explain: a crafty Galaxy Note owner realized the 5.3-inch screen of the device is too good to not be taken advantage of when it comes to gaming. So in having some time on his hands, the crafty developer went ahead and did the unthinkable— he literally gathered ports of popular games like Mario on his Galaxy Note, created an attachment terminal mount on his Playstation 3 controller, mounted his Galaxy Note to the controller and successfully configured the setup to allow his PS3 controller control the games. Impressive isn’t it?
Don’t take my word for it— check out the cool achievement in all its glory once you hit past the break.
A couple of days ago we mentioned that Dead Trigger would be available on the Google Play store beginning July 2nd. Due to last minute bug fixes, the game was delayed by one day and is now officially available for purchase on the Google Play store for a very, very low price of $0.99. This is a steal for such a great game so grab it while the sale is still going on!
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Sonic 4 Episode II is now available in the Google Play Store for the price of $6.99. This has been out since May, but was only available for Tegra 3 devices. Now it’s available for all devices running Android 2.3 or higher, so most of you can get your hands on this classic Sonic game. While the price may be a little steep compared to other high end 3D Android games, Sonic has always been one of those nostalgic games that everyone loves. Still skeptical on picking this game up? Head over to our review of the game which also includes a video to further see what game-play is like.
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