Posts tagged with "gaming"

Guest Blog: Mobile Gaming’s Growth Shows No Signs Of Stopping

It started with Angry Birds. It reached new heights with Candy Crush. Flappy Bird was so addictive that it’s creator stopped selling it for the common good. The growth of mobile gaming has been quick, incredible, and all-encompassing.

While mobile has become so pervasive that sites like Gambling.com have entire sections devoted to reviewing mobile casinos where players can win real money, and every film and console release needs a spin-off mobile game in the app store on release day, it wasn’t always seen as such an obvious idea. Previous failures in handheld gaming like the Neo Geo had studios wary of devoting resources to games for phones, pessimistic about how effective games could be on cell phones.

Thankfully, some developers saw the opportunity to get their products into the pockets of almost everyone on the planet, just a brief period of downtime and a few screen taps away from billions of eyeballs. All they had to do was figure out the right formula.

The first real hit game, and still one of the biggest in the industry, is the Angry Birds franchise. Released for the first time in late 2009, the franchise currently includes 12 games between the main series and spin-offs. Games have featured pop culture touchstones such as Star Wars and Transformers to bring fresh takes to the games as well as appeal to new audiences, which it has certainly done. A little over four years after launching, Angry Birds games have been downloaded over 2 billion times and boasts 200 million active users every month, an audience on par with Twitter. Countless toys and pieces of apparel have been sold with the titular birds adorning them, and there are multiple theme parks currently in operation based around the games. It’s a massive success, and helped prove that there was a massive and profitable market for mobile gaming.

Others have taken notice, and taken advantage. Game like Candy Crush and Flappy Bird have taken the zeitgeist by storm in the years since Angry Birds showed everyone else how to do it. Now, anyone looking to make a video game has to take mobile platforms into account, and sometimes that includes those outside of the gaming industry.

A prominent example is Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows, who wanted to make a traditional console game before learning of the cost and time commitment it would require. Instead, he turned his attention to mobile platforms and the resulting game, Hail to the King: Deathbat, is slated for release this week as an action RPG heavily influenced by Shadows’ love of classic games. Shadows even went so far as to call games “the next music video” and espouse the ability to tell a story through the medium.

He certainly isn’t going to be the last to see things that way, not with the way the industry is growing. The global revenue from mobile gaming currently sits at over $10 billion annually, and is expected to eclipse $14 billion by 2017. With that kind of money up for grabs, and the patterns created by past successes so clearly available to anyone that wants to study them, the mobile games industry looks poised for continued growth for a long time to come.

Video: Naughty Dog celebrates 30th Anniversary

Naughty Dog has come a long way since its early days of terrible games like Way of the Warrior.  They’re now a gaming industry powerhouse, responsible for some of Playstation’s most beloved mascots such as Crash Bandicoot and recent experiences such as The Last of Us.

This month they celebrate their 30th anniversary, so to commemorate, Sony released this special reflective video.

Video: Madden NFL 15: Madden Season (starring Kevin Hart and Dave Franco)

As the NFL preseason rolls on and Madden NFL 15’s release draws closer, EA Sports unleashes an ad which proves to be one of the week’s best highlights (especially in what will end up being one of the gloomiest weeks of the year).

Comedy ‘it’ guy Kevin Hart links up with James Franco’s younger brother for what proves to be an incredible must-see video.

'Dat Madden' drops on August 26th.  You can preorder now on Amazon, as well as the upcoming Xbox One x Madden NFL 15 Bundle.

NBA 2K15 soundtrack revealed

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The cover has been revealed.  The release date is known.  As usual, one of the last anticipated gems that everyone wants to know about is the soundtrack.  This year’s playlist, which was curated by Pharrell Williams, doesn’t disappoint.  In fact, as somebody who has heard every NBA 2K soundtrack since they started adding licensed music, this might be one of the best.

“Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest
“Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
“Hot ‘n Cold” by Basement Jaxx
“River Styx” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
“Dangerous” by Busta Rhymes
“Grindin’” by Clipse
“Romantic Rights” by Death from Above 1979
“Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode
“Mama Used to Say” by Junior
“Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill
“Team” by Lorde
“Aerosol Can” by Major Lazer featuring Pharrell Williams
“On & On” by Missy Elliott
“Spiderwebs” by No Doubt
“Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic
“Hunter” by Pharrell Williams
“Can I Have It Like That” by Pharrell Williams
“How Does It Feel?” by Pharrell Williams
“Shut ‘Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)” by Public Enemy
“Seventeen Years” by Ratatat
“Suck My Kiss” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Creator” by Santigold
“Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg
“Set It Off” by Strafe
“Everlasting Light” by The Black Keys
“House of Jealous Lovers” by The Rapture
“Under Cover of Darkness” by The Strokes

Gotta give props for them re-adding “Planet Rock,” which was last heard in NBA 2K7.  That brings back tons of memories; 2K7 was the first game I got with my new Xbox 360 at the time, and I had a blast hearing the song on the main menu every time I was about to dominate online with my DWade/Shaq led Heat.

Overall, the playlist looks like it will be quite memorable.

Kevin Durant tweets first look at NBA 2K15 on PS4

Last season was two months ago and next season is two months away.  As such, this is usually when the thirst for more b-ball starts to pop up.  Kevin Durant helped that a little by tweeting a new teaser for 2K15, featuring himself.  Check it out below.

For those that can’t see the tweet: Video Link

The first new thing I noticed was the signs in the crowd.  Wow… finally!  Will be interesting to see what other enhancements they add to the environments in arenas.

NBA 2K15 drops on October 7th.  Pre-orders are available now.

Update: The video is low live on Youtube via 2K Sports.

Video: Tekken 7 Announcement Trailer

Nerdgasm on deck.  Despite earlier leaks in the day, Tekken 7 has now been “officially” revealed with more info coming soon at Comic-Con San Diego later this month.

"The Final Battle" is kinda saddening.  Then again, Namco pulled the same thing with early Soul Calibur IV trailers, making it seem as though it would be the last game.

All in all, fighting game players have Mortal Kombat X and now this to look forward to presumably in 2015.

Video: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain E3 2014 Gameplay Demo

Your hype for The Phantom Pain should be through the roof after watching this gameplay footage.  This 30-minute clip was done behind closed doors, and Konami today has unleashed it on the public.

A definitive release date still isn’t known but it will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  Pre-orders are available.

Video: Grand Theft Auto V PS3 and PS4 Graphic Comparison

The folks over at Digital Foundry have become a go-to spot on the net for comparisons of games across different platforms, highlighting key differences and determining which version is better.  So with that, it should be no surprise that this video is close to 1 million views already.

When the next-gen GTA V trailer dropped last week, people were quick to break it down and determine if it truly was an improved game visually.  So with this, DF takes parts of the trailer and matches it up with footage from the PS3 version.  The results are actually pretty surprising.

Better lighting, more people and cars on the streets, more wildlife and elements in previously barren spots, and overall just a better looking game.

Rockstar might be trying to make a pretty good case for people to buy the game again if they’re on next-gen consoles now.  It drops later this year in the Fall and pre-orders are now available.

In other GTA V news, the “I’m Not a Hipster” update dropped today.

Scoop that the next time you’re on your PS3/Xbox 360.

Video: Grand Theft Auto V announced for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC + E3 Day 0 Runthrough

At long last, Rockstar has answered fan demand by teasing last year’s mega release GTA V on the new consoles, as well as the long awaited PC release.  The cool thing of course is that your GTA Online progress carries over.  This is just one more reason for folks to get onboard and ditch their last gen console.

Yesterday was a big day, with tons of new games and gameplay footage seen via Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony’s conferences at E3.

Here are some key links:

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Announced for Xbox One

Rise of the Tomb Raider Announce Trailer

Batman: Arkham Knight Gameplay

Far Cry 4 Gameplay

Mortal Kombat X Gameplay (New characters shown)

Assassin’s Creed Unity Gameplay

Sunset Overdrive Trailer + Gameplay Demo

Rainbow Six: Siege Gameplay

Tom Clancy’s The Division Gameplay

Fable Legends Gameplay

Little Big Planet 3 Announce Trailer

Playstation TV Announcement

Killer Instinct: Season 2 Announced - TJ Combo Trailer

Scalebound Revealed (New Xbox-exclusive from Platinum Games)

ID@Xbox Montage Trailer (Xbox indie games)

Ori and The Blind Forest Revealed

Inside Revealed (From the makers of Limbo)

ABZU Revealed (From the makers of Journey)

No Man’s Sky E3 Trailer

Bloodborne Revealed

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Trailer

Plenty of other things were revealed, including DLC for Dead Rising 3 and Infamous: Second Son (standalone game, Second Son not needed), as well as a look at Sony’s original TV show Powers.

Microsoft releases PC drivers for Xbox One controller

#BeastMode is an understatement for describing Microsoft in these weeks leading up to E3.  They added another to the long list of good things with the ability to use your Xbox One controller on Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs/devices.

Download links:

PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x86)

PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x64)

Many are hoping for the ability to use the controller(s) wirelessly in the near future.

Via: Major Nelson’s blog