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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Ouya Shipping to Kickstarter Backers Beginning March 28

February 28, 2013 -

Ouya announced that its $99 Android based console of the same name will begin shipping to backers of its Kickstarter crowd funding campaign on March 28. Consumers who were not involved in early funding will have to wait until June when the system hits retailers like Best Buy, GameStop, and Amazon, among others.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 40

February 11, 2013 -

This week hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about fresh Xbox 720 rumors, new game bills in America, the releases cycle of the Ouya, and last week's GamePolitics Poll. All this and more awaits in Episode 40. Download it now: SuperPAC Episode 40 (1 hour) 55.5 MB.

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MattsworknameTotal bisquit talkes about why teh Deus X pre order systems is garbage.09/01/2015 - 3:18am
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PHX CorpI'll probaly Start the stream around 8PM Eastern08/31/2015 - 10:09pm
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Andrew EisenFeel free to leave us suggestions on Facebook or Twitter too. We're going to be busy but we'll try our best to keep an eye on 'em.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenIt's an interesting idea though. If we do anything, we probably won't know until after the site goes offline so keep an eye on GP social media for announcements.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenYeah, we could use my Twitch chat box too. There's always IRC but we don't currently have a GamePolitics channel.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Goth_SkunkThough I think the limit is 9 at a time in the hangout, so anyone who can't get in would be stuck out in the 'on air' portion.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Andrew EisenFor the show, I'd like the chat open to anyone who wants to watch.08/31/2015 - 8:55pm
PHX CorpI could Set Up a Temporary chatroom on My twitch.TV page while GP is busy updating the site(since I'll be Fighting Megaman Legacy Collection on Xbox one)08/31/2015 - 8:54pm
Goth_SkunkI don't see a problem with inviting viewers. It's not like I'm advocating this to be an open forum, just something specific to GP members.08/31/2015 - 8:53pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I embed the chat box from my Twitch Page. Can't get chat on the YouTube page to work either.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenI do but I haven't seen a way to incorporate viewers to chat without specifically inviting them to the event.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Goth_SkunkThough I'm surprised you'd not be familiar with this, Andrew. Do you not use Google Hangouts when you do S.P.A.C.?08/31/2015 - 8:45pm

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