Indie Developer Pulls Game From Ouya After Free the Games Fund Troubles

September 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Another indie developer has walked away from the Ouya console because of its Free the Games Fund. The fund, which sees the platform holder matching the funds of successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns, has seen its fair share of controversy since launching. The Free the Games promotion promised to match Kickstarter donations for any game that committed to a six-month exclusivity window on the console and raised more than $50,000 on its own. Since then, multiple projects have been accused of gaming the system.

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Gamestick Coming in October for $80

September 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Today PlayJam revealed that the system will be on retail shelves in North America on October 29, and will retail for $80. The system was scheduled for retail release back in June but ran into a few issues that delayed its release considerably.

Like the Ouya, PlayJam's two inch Android-based console found funding success on Kickstarter, raising $647,658 (it was asking for $100,000) to fund production of the device that plugs directly into the USB port of most modern television sets on the market.

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Leaked NSA Documents Detail Agency's Long-Running Efforts to Exploit Smart Phones

September 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

When the smart phone revolution began five years ago, the National Security Agency began looking for ways to crack the myriad of devices that were hitting the market including iPhones, Android devices, and Black Berry devices. Black Berry devices were the most popular among politicians and business people at the time.

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Xbox Co-Creator Calls Ouya Criticism 'Unfair'

August 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In an editorial on GamesBeat, Xbox visionary and original team member at Microsoft Ed Fries defended the Ouya against criticism about its success. Fries, who is advising the company on its recently released Android-based console, said that the system cannot be judged by old industry metrics on success because he's unsure what success looks like in today's shifting market.

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The Walking Dead Coming to Ouya

August 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Telltale Games announced today that it will bring the entire first season of The Walking Dead game and the extra episode 400 Days to the Ouya. The game compilation will be released this winter on the Android-based micro-console, with more to follow at a later date. The first season's opening episode, A New Day, will also be available free for Ouya users.

The studio has also committed to bringing the second season of the game to Ouya.. at some point. The second season will release this fall on select platforms, though we have no idea when it will be available on Ouya.

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First Two Games Funded Through Ouya's Free the Games Program

August 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The first two games to be funded by Ouya's "Free the Games" program are an officially licensed NFL title and the adventure game Elementary, My Dear Holmes. Both reached their funding goals via Kickstarter campaigns and Ouya took notice.

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ESRB Rating Search App Updated

August 23, 2013 - James Fudge

The ESRB has updated its video games rating search app in an effort to improve the information parents have access to when making decisions about the appropriateness of a purchase for their children. The ESRB recently expanded its rating system to offer more details on "interactive elements" associated with digital games and apps, such as the sharing of personal information, sharing location-based data with others, or the ability for users to interact, communicate, or share media like photos or videos.

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Report: Amazon Working on Android-Based Console

August 9, 2013 -

Game Informer reports that Amazon is moving into the home console space, with plans to launch its own console by year's end. Speaking to GI, several sources close to the situation say that Amazon is developing an Android-based console that will release by the year's end - perhaps on Black Friday.

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Mad Catz Reveals Mojo, an Android-Based Home Console

July 25, 2013 -

In an extensive report over on CVG, Mad Catz reveals its entry into the growing Android-based home console market. The new system is called "Mojo." The difference between the Mojo and other Android-based consoles such as Ouya is that it won't lock users into buying games from a custom app store, according to Mad Catz. Users will have access to Google Play, Amazon's App Store, and Nvidia TegraZone.

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The Bleak Software Sales Numbers of Ouya Games

July 22, 2013 -

According to an MCV report, even the most recognizable and popular titles on the Android-based $99 Ouya platform have yet to make more than $50,000 on their games.

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Report: Tablets the Device of Choice for Mobile Gamers

July 11, 2013 -

PlayFirst and media and entertainment research firm Frank N. Magid Associates reveal the results from the annual Tablet and Smartphone Gaming, Magid Media Futures study. According to the study, tablet devices are the mobile platform of choice for gamers.

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Apple and Amazon Settle 'App Store' Lawsuit

July 10, 2013 -

Apple and Amazon have settled a lawsuit (Apple Inc v. Amazon.com Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. 11-01327) over who has the right to use the term "app store," as a destination to sell applications for their respective platforms. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, on Tuesday dismissed the case at the companies' request, killing a trial that was set to begin on August 19. The settlement came about when Apple promised not to sue, and Amazon promised to ditch its counterclaim in the case.

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Trayvon Martin Revenge Game Pulled from Google Play

July 9, 2013 -

An Android game featuring murdered Florida teen Trayvon Martin on a "revenge tour" has been pulled from the Google Play store, according to a report in Salon.

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Report: Google Secretly Working on Android-Based Home Console System

June 28, 2013 -

According to a Wall Street Journal report (sourced by IGN), Google has been secretly developing an Android-based home games console, which could be available as soon as this fall. Citing anonymous sources close to the situation, the WSJ claims that the console is just one of a number of secret projects Google has been working on.

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PSA: Ouya Available at North American and UK Retail Outlets Today

June 25, 2013 -

The Android-based home console the Ouya is available in North America and the United Kingdom today. The system is widely available for $99 at most retailers. An additional controller will cost you $49.95.

Currently the system offers consumers over 170 free-to-try games including Chronoblade and Final Fantasy 3, access to services such as Twitch.tv, TuneIn and Plex, and a whole lot more.

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Gamestick Delayed Until August

June 19, 2013 -

Those consumers who were looking forward to buying that "other" Android home console, the Gamestick, will have to wait a bit longer. The release of PlayJam's Gamestick has slipped to August, citing a delay with manufacturing the micro-Android device. The $500 pledge tier - called "Designed By Me" - offered 50 people the chance to advise on the Gamestick UI. However, the prototype units intended for this stage of production were delayed, and the entire project has been pushed back until August as a result.

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Humble Bundle for Android 6 Launches

June 18, 2013 -

Humble Bundle for Android 6 is alive and kicking, offering five games for Android-based hand-helds. Most of the games are also available for Windows, Mac and Linux too - and all of them are DRM-Free. The games include Aquaria, Fractal, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, Stealth Bastard Deluxe, and Pulse (Android only). If you pay more than the average price you can also get Frozen Synapse and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut. You'll also get digital soundtracks from all the games.

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Revamped Wikipad Launching Next Week

June 4, 2013 -

After missing a few deadlines, it looks like a reworked model of the Android-based Wikipad will finally be released at retail on June 11 at a better price point of $249. A 10-inch version of the hand-held gaming device was supposed to be released last October and was to be sold for close to $500. That model was scrapped in favor of a seven-inch version that does not include a rear camera.

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Nvidia to Launch SHIELD in June for $349

May 14, 2013 -

Nvidia today announced pricing and a release window for its hand-held console system, Project SHIELD (now called simply SHIELD), this morning. The system will cost almost as much as the Wii U, which is surprising given that its other Android-based competitors like the GameStick and the Ouya are priced at right around $100.

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GamePop: 'Netflix for Games?'

May 9, 2013 -

Bluestacks wants its new console system, the Android-based GamePop, to be "Netflix for games." Pre-orders have launched for the device, which won't cost consumers more than a monthly commitment to sign up to its games services and to pay around $10 for shipping and handling. For a $6.99 monthly fee, customers get access to a library of over 500 Android-based games, the GamePop console, a controller, the power supply and HDMI cable.

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Develop Finds Majority of Apps Do Not Warn About In-App Purchases

May 9, 2013 -

An investigation examining 400 apps conducted by Develop shows that there is a lack of consistency in the way in-game purchases are presented on digital stores. The investigation follows the UK government agency the Office of Fair Trading’s recent announcement that it would investigate in-app purchases in children’s games.

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ITC Sides With Apple in Mobile Phone Sensor Patent Dispute

April 25, 2013 -

Apple has won another battle this month at the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ruling dismissed patent claims by Google's Motorola Mobility against Apple's iPhone. If Motorola had prevailed, the ITC could have instituted a ban on imports of the iPhone into the United States from Apple's manufacturers in China.

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Security Firm Finds 32 Apps Containing BadNews Malware on Google Play

April 19, 2013 -

Security research firm Lookout has identified 32 separate apps on Google Play for Android devices that contain malware called BadNews, according to this BBC report. The BadNews malware has been known to steal cash by racking up charges from sending premium rate text messages. Lookout says that the malware can hide on a user's phone for weeks before being detected. As a general rule the BadNews malware targets Android phone owners in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries in eastern Europe.

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Ten Thousand Developers Sign on to Develop Games for OUYA

April 19, 2013 -

The $99 Android-based home console Ouya, has signed 10,000 developers worldwide that have signed on to produce content for the system, according to what head of developer relations Kellee Santiago told GamesIndustry.biz this week. Santiago, who co-founded Journey developer thatgamecompany and this year moved to OUYA, said that partnerships with larger companies will be announced in the coming months as well.

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Almost 60K 'Low-Quality' Apps Purged from Google Play Store

April 10, 2013 -

Google has made a dramatic move in removing apps that are either non-compliant or engage in some way in the art of spam. According to Techcrunch the marketplace for Android apps has about 60,000 less titles to choose from. These titles were removed in the last couple of weeks of February, according to the tech web site.

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Humble Mobile Bundle and Humble Weekly Sale Alive and Kicking

March 26, 2013 -

It's dueling Humble Bundles as two new bundles launch: the latest Humble Weekly Sale and the Humble Mobile Bundle. The weekly sale offers THQ's (who gets the money for these games at this point?) Darksiders; Red Faction: Armageddon; and Red Faction: Armageddon Path to War DLC. If you pay more than the average, you'll also get Steam keys for Red Faction: Guerrilla and Darksiders II. As EZK points out, the bundle is Windows only.

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Humble Bundle 5 with Android Generates over $1 Million in Sales, Adds Three New Games

March 12, 2013 -

Humble Bundle 5 with Android has added three more games into the mix to entice those who have yet to purchase this pay-what-you-want DRM-free PC and Android game bundle - and to reward those who have already taken the plunge. The new Android/Windows/Mac/Linux games include Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Splice, and Crayon Physics Deluxe. Soundtracks are also included. Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, NightSky HD, Super Hexagon, and Dungeon Defenders.

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Ouya CEO Stumbles on Multiplayer at Launch Comments, Company Backtracks

March 12, 2013 -

An interesting story on The Verge quoting Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman reported that the $99 Android-based home console set to launch in June (for those who didn't back its Kickstarter crowd funding campaign) would not have multiplayer capabilities at launch. Obviously this message was not well received by the gaming community and the company quickly clarified it's CEO's statement saying that it was a mistake. First, Uhrman comments:

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Humble Bundle 5 with Android Launches

March 5, 2013 -

Humble Bundle has jumped right into its newest DRM-free pay-what-you want bundle - Humble Bundle with Android 5. Humble Bundle with Android 5 offers six games for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux, along with some bonus material for those willing to pay more than the average price.

The base set of games includes Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, and NightSky HD. If you pay more than the average price - currently at $6.33 - you'll get Dungeon Defenders plus all the available downloadable content (Android users get Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave) and Super Hexagon.

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Judge Diminishes Damages in Apple-Samsung Patent Verdict

March 4, 2013 -

It looks like Apple has just gotten its hand slapped away from Samsung's cookie jar - according to a report this morning on AllThingsD. Judge Lucy Koh, the judge overseeing the Apple-Samsung patent trial threw out part of the billion dollar verdict Apple had previously won in the long-running case and ordered a new trial to determine damages for patent infringement.

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MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoAh yes, because by building something nice they were just asking for people to come push them out. Consequences are protested all the time when other people are implementing them.04/17/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew Wilsonok than they should not protest when the consequences of that choice occur.04/17/2014 - 1:06pm
NeenekoIf people want tall buildings, plenty of other cities with them. Part of freedom and markets is communities deciding what they do and do not want built in their collective space.04/17/2014 - 12:55pm
Sora-ChanI realize that they have ways getting around it, but one reason might be due to earthquakes.04/17/2014 - 4:42am
Matthew WilsonSF is a tech/ economic/ trade center it should be mostly tail building. this whole problem is because of the lack of tail buildings. How would having tail apartment buildings destroy SF? having tail buildings has not runed other cities around the US/world04/16/2014 - 10:51pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the issue is you can not build upwards anywhere in SF at the moment, and no you would not. You would bring prices to where they should have been before the market distortion. those prices are not economic or socially healthy.04/16/2014 - 10:46pm
ZippyDSMleeYou still wind up pushing people out of the non high rise aeras but tis least damage you can do all things considered.04/16/2014 - 10:26pm
ZippyDSMleeANd by mindlessly building upward you make it like every place else hurting property prices,ect,ect. You'll have to slowly segment the region into aeras where you will never build upward then alow some aeras to build upward.04/16/2014 - 10:25pm
 

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