IGN – An eagle-eyed IGN reader stumbled upon something interesting.
The power of Podcast Beyonds listenership has struck again. This time, NickoMcBrain (I assume thats not his actual name) comes through with some fascinating stills from a video chronicling the development of Naughty Dogs upcoming PS3 exclusive The Last of Us.
In the video embedded below, Jucker found something at the 2:42 timestamp. N4G: news feed
The Art of Video Game Madness
Games have always borne an unusually close relationship with madness. Any creative medium that asks you to accept jumping twenty feet into the air or killing two thousand soldiers single-handed as a normal state of affairs has clearly got a screw loose. Read more on IGN
Video games to keep guns, ditch gun makers
With the nation bitterly debating gun violence and weighing gun control legislation, gun makers and video game developers are in the middle of a stand-off of their own. First-person shooters such as Medal of Honor, which depict very graphic violence … Read more on Fox News
Game On: Videogames May Be Making a Comeback – CNBC.com
"Online game platforms are competing for a share of the entertainment budget and time playing videogames," he wrote. And similarly, "the advent of social networking and social network gaming … may over time reduce the time available for console gaming. Read more on CNBC.com
Design and build cutting-edge video games with help from video game expert Scott Rogers!If you want to design and build cutting-edge video games but aren’t sure where to start, then this is the book for you. Written by leading video game expert Scott Rogers, who has designed the hits Pac Man World, Maxim vs. Army of Zin, and SpongeBob Squarepants, this book is full of Rogers’s wit and imaginative style that demonstrates everything you need to know about designing great video games.Features an
The other day, I was scrolling through the app store and came across Dots: A Game About Connecting by Betaworks One. Having recently downloaded the app, Skill Game (a fabulous connect the dots type of game in an adult form), I was curious to see if Dots: A Game About Connecting could steal my attention the way Skill Game did. I went back and forth deciding if I should download it or not. This was because all I had to go off was the title and screen shots. iTunes description said eight words (TOTAL) about the app – “Dots is a game about connecting the dots.” LOL! Although the description was absolutely ridiculous, I still downloaded it. What can I say? I’m an adult that still enjoys connecting the dots!
Dots: A Game About Connecting doesn’t have a tutorial, and if you read my reviews at all, you know that’s one of my biggest pet peeves. You’re completely on your own with learning anything about the game. To play, you’re given 60 seconds to remove as many dots as you possibly can. Dots are removed by connecting them. To connect them, they must be the same color. Because there isn’t a tutorial, I figured out the gameplay by trial and error. So if you’re reading this review before playing this game, you can learn from me! You cannot connect dots that are diagonal. They must be either side to side or up and down. You can connect dots that are connected side to side and then up and down, but no diagonal connecting will work. Once the timer is up, you’re given a score based on how many dots you removed (or connected). Dots: A Game About Connecting isn’t played by levels; you’re just playing to beat your best score. Every time you play, the number of dots you removed is tallied up and can be used to buy the following power-ups.
Time Stops: Stop the clock for five seconds. This can only be used once a round. This power up costs 1,000 dots for 5 of them.
Shrinkers: Shrink a dot off the board. Double tap a dot to quickly shrink.
This power up costs 500 dots for 10 of them.
Expanders: Expand a dot and remove all dots of that color from the board.
This power up costs 5,000 dots for 5 of them.
Dots: A Game About Connecting offers a sharing feature where you can share your score via Twitter, email and texting. Although the replay value isn’t super high for games that only challenge you to beat your best score, this game is still fun. It’s different. The screen is completely plain, which is simple and calming. It’s a nice little stress reliever. I’m not sure how long Dots: A Game About Connecting will keep my attention, but it has it for now!
If you find yourself wasting time by constantly digging through your Contacts List, you might want to check out ReachFast Contacts. This app makes it easier to search your contacts, initiate phone calls, and save contacts for later. We’ve also got Iron Man 3 – The Official Game, an endless runner based on the film’s characters, and Deep Sea Deli, a matching game about making sandwiches for undersea critters. Appolicious Articles
New iPhone apps worth downloading: ReachFast Contacts, Iron Man 3 – The Official Game, Deep Sea Deli – by johnsonspa (johnson)
Skill Game by Good Apps UG is similar to a connect-the-dots type of game; only it has huge twists! First of all, you’re connecting numbers – not dots. Second of all, there are various objects around the page. You must connect the numbers without touching them. You can cross through numbers that have already been connected, which can help out immensely. Be sure not to go off the edge of the page. Sounds tricky, doesn’t it? Who would have known a connect-the-dots type of game could be fun for an adult?
Skill Game offers a few helpful hints that you’ll appreciate when you first start playing, as well as when you’ve moved on to harder levels! The magnifying glass shows what is happening under your finger, as well as the directions to the next number. Your points are automatically calculated based on how well you play. You can skip a level if you don’t like it or restart it if you can’t complete it from where you are at the moment.
Skill Game is a never-ending game, meaning there is no certain number of levels you need to beat. The levels are unlimited. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself! The game features adaptive difficulty, which means that the game adapts itself to whatever you’re capable of, making the game a challenge that’s possible for you to beat! Gotta love a game that doesn’t leave you hanging – playing the same level 40 times in a row! Skill Game definitely gets harder and harder! When I first started playing, there wasn’t anything on the page besides numbers. A little later they added in different objects and lines that you couldn’t touch. Now, they have one-way streets – meaning you can only connect in one direction! Exciting! Skill Game is a one-of-a-kind game! It’s so unique, while giving you a serious and rare challenge! You have to check it out!
iTunes lists Skill Game’s features as such:
unlimited number of randomly produced levels –> never-ending fun
the level of difficulty adapts itself to your capabilities –> challenging but not impossible
skill and strategy –> you must play accurate and clever
an ingenious and unique game only for touchscreens –> you can start immediately
exciting gambling with the shady character –> Will you accept his deal?
Game Center integration –> Prove everyone how good you are!
41 exciting achievements –> Will you get them all?
for one minute, or one hour –> a game for anytime, anywhere
beautifully handcrafted graphics –> supports the high-resolution Retina Display
That’s right. The highly addictive, tilt-driven survival game Tilt to Live is getting a sequel. And according to Tilt to Live creator One Man Left, the sequel is going to be Redonkulous.
No kidding. That’s apparently the title of the upcoming game. As indicated in the logo above, the game is going to be called Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous.
Well, redonkulous or not (although I’m really hoping for the former), I’m delighted to know that a sequel to one of my favorite iOS games is already in development — “very early in production,” as One Man Left puts it.
One Man Left teases that Tilt to Live 2 will feature “new weapons, prettier graphics, a brand new scoring system, and the color red.”
“We also plan on rubbing your friends’ high scores in your face a little harder,” the studio adds.
If you’re as excited as I am about the game, you should sign up for One Man Left’s mailing list to be notified as soon as Tilt to Live 2 is released. You can also look out for updates on One Man Left’s blog, Twitter timeline, and Facebook page.
Video game invades classroom, scores education points
Tinkering for the past several months at the Silicon Valley offices of one of the world's largest video game developers, the alliance is pushing to develop materials based on off-the-shelf video games that will get kids ready for "college and career … Read more on USA TODAY
Video Games May Improve Reading Skills In Children With Dyslexia: Study
Think video games are bad for kids? You might have to reconsider. A team from the University of Padua published a paper Thursday called "Action Video Games Make Dyslexic Children Read Better," which presents evidence that playing action-oriented … Read more on Huffington Post
Developer Simogo is one of the few indie darlings in the mobile space. The dynamic duo, comprised of Simon Flesser and Magnus “Gordon” Gardebäck, is known for making cute, intuitive games (Bumpy Roa, Beat Sneak Bandit, and Kosmo Spin) that mix easygoing fun with emotional subject matter. Its games are often colorful and lighthearted with simple yet enjoyable mechanics. Appolicious Articles