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.
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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.
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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.

Read the full press release after the break.
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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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Google Developer Day planned as part of Game Developers Conference 2014

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Greg Hartrell with the Google Play Games team is inviting Android game developers to a special Google Developer Day as part of the larger conference. The Developer Day will be held on March 18th when teams from Google will be on hand to “share their insights on the best ways to build games, grow audiences, engage players and make money.” Hartrell highlights some of the sessions to be held, including:
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Flappy Bird is gone because you were too addicted to it

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You rarely, if ever, see an app get so popular that the developer voluntarily pulls it, but that’s exactly what happened to Flappy Bird. We were lead to believe that Dong Nguyen, the developer of the game, just wanted to go back to living a simple life, but he took a different direction in a recent interview with Forbes. According to Doug, you were only supposed to play the game a few minutes here and there, but you got addicted to it. So the only way to fix the problem was to delete it from the Play Store and iOS App Store.

“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed, but it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”


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Google Glass gets five new Mini-Games to help inspire developers

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Google has released five mini-games for Google Glass devices to help inspire developer’s to think about gaming with the devices. The titles are all rather simplistic and harken back to the early days of video gaming with basic graphics and game play. They do showcase how Glass can be used to involve a user in the gameplay experience. With time, developers should be able to greatly improve gaming with Google Glass, especially if the major gaming studios tie them in to titles on the major gaming platforms to provide an additional screen of information.
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