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Nintendo making minigames for smartphones: Nikkei

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 8:31pm

Nintendo might be going mobile, but not in the way many people are calling for. Japan's Nikkei business daily reports that the company is planning to leverage smartphones as a platform for marketing videos and, more interestingly, free mini-games designed to drive new users to Nintendo hardware. The mini-games are reportedly designed to make players understand the appeal of Nintendo's software in a short period of time and convince them to purchase the full experience elsewhere. Nintendo will release further details at its investor briefing on Thursday, according to the report.

WTF of the week: The NSA might be watching us through Angry Birds

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:51pm

Is nothing sacred to the international spy community? According to Pro Publica, leaked British intellgence documents reveal that spy agencies around the world are able to determine “[a] player’s location, age, sex and other personal information” by siphoning data from mobile apps such as Angry Birds. One of the British reports even includes the specific code used to harvest user profiles from Angry Birds. “Most profiles contain a string of characters that identifies the phone, along with basic data on the user like age, sex and location,” says Pro Publica. “One profile notes whether the user is currently listening to music or making a call, and another has an entry for household income.” All of this data is collected by advertisers,

The NSA Is Watching People Play Those Terrible iPhone Games

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:14pm

The NSA is sitting quietly along the road data takes between apps on your phone and the advertising companies or the servers hosting your pictures and personal information. A new report published by a partnership between ProPublica, The New York Times, and The Guardian reveals that the NSA's digital spying system — which we already knew monitored internet backbone connections between continents — also stakes out smaller data connections, offering what one NSA slide calls the "Golden Nugget" of data. President Obama has frequently downplayed NSA data collection by contrasting it with the information gathered by private companies for marketing purposes. Well, he should know, since the NSA (and its British counterpart, GCHQ) actually tracks that marketing data, too.

Microsoft might have a solution to fix a huge Xbox One problem

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 1:58pm

As we expected, the battle of the fanboys rages ever onward into the new generation of game consoles. Spurious claims and exaggerated anecdotes are being wielded like weapons as both sides charge through the comments sections of your favorite blogs, but underneath all of the cacophony, one fact rings true: PlayStation 4 games have more consistent frame rates than their Xbox One counterparts. It isn’t prevalent in every multiplatform title, but Call of Duty: Ghosts and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition have been two notable examples of the deficit between the two. Fortunately, Microsoft appears to be working toward a solution, and it apparently involves the Kinect. According a tweet from non-insider and non-activist Pete Dodd, Microsoft is considering reworking its Kinect

Here are 5 games that could make 2014 the year of the Xbox One

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 1:08pm

Now that we’ve seen the five games that PlayStation 4 owners can’t wait to get their hands on this year, it’s time to move to the Xbox One. While our list of PS4 games was a pretty even split between huge blockbuster hits and exciting, innovative indies, almost every Xbox One game that appears below is coming from a major, established studio. The only exception is a first-party title being published by Microsoft Studios. Another interesting pattern — four of the five games we’re most exciting about on the Xbox One are either first- or third-person shooters. Only one standard shooter, The Order: 1886, made the PS4 list. There are still plenty of unannounced games coming to both consoles that

Insider: Xbox One has no hope, will lose this generation of console war to PS4

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:51am

Most would agree that the console war for this generation of video game systems is far from over… but it may have been over before it even really started. According to comments made by well-known industry insider Ashan Rasheed, who goes by the name “Thuway” on Twitter and video game forum NeoGAF, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the clear winner in this generation of video game consoles. He also says that will continue to be the case for this entire console generation according to his sources, suggesting that Microsoft did not build its Xbox One with the future in mind. “Xbox One will be behind all generation, and not buy [sic] some small trivial margin. It will be enough to show up

Heroic Man Braves Burning House to Save His Xbox

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:10am
A Kansas man clearly had his priorities straight when he reentered his burning house to rescue his Xbox.

Upcoming video games: 'Broken Age: Part 1,' 'Dragon Ball Z,' 'Octodad'

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:13pm

Find the truth and change the world in lavishly drawn adventure "Broken Age," clash with over 70 anime characters in "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z," and ROFL at the struggles of a charmingly earnest mollusc man in "Octodad."

EU court says Nintendo can’t stop users from hacking its consoles

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:30pm

There has been plenty of discussion lately on how Nintendo can recover from its downward spiral, but none of the potential solutions have included allowing users to hack their consoles. Nevertheless, this might be a future Nintendo has to face if a recent European Union court ruling is upheld. Europe Online Magazine reports that the EU’s top court ruled on Thursday that “Nintendo cannot prevent its consoles from being tampered with to play multimedia from other providers, except in the case of illegally copied video games.” The issue went to the EU court after Italian company PC Box argued that its hardware, which allows Wii owners to play games from any region (a feature which is prohibited by default on Nintendo’s

Microsoft 2Q tops views; Xbox, Surface sales help

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:13pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Corp. reported revenue and earnings for its fiscal second quarter that topped Wall Street expectations, as the company sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retailers and doubled revenue from its line of Surface tablets from a quarter earlier.

Xbox One to Stream Live Sports

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 9:48am

Fantasy football players as well as diehard basketball and hockey fans may soon have more to cheer about, as additional sports coverage is coming to the Xbox One.

Forget making Mario for iPhone — here’s a real plan to save Nintendo

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:45pm

There’s no denying that Nintendo had a rough year in 2013 that included disastrously low Wii U sales. This has led many analysts to say that Nintendo should just throw in the towel on making games exclusive to its own hardware and start building Mario and Zelda games for tablets and smartphones. Wired’s Chris Kohler thinks this is foolish because it’s just not in Nintendo’s DNA to make disposable games on the same level as Candy Crush Saga or Plants vs. Zombies. He also thinks that porting older games to tablets hasn’t shown itself to be a winning strategy for many developers. “Clunky ports of old games might have had early success, but you have to scroll deeply into the Top

Following Wii U flop, Nintendo reportedly already prepping next-gen ‘Fusion’ console

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:45pm

Nintendo’s Wii U home video game console isn’t exactly dead and buried yet, but at this point it’s safe to call the device a complete and utter flop. Games made for the new console are no less entertaining than they were on the original Wii, which was a massive success, but the Wii U lacks any sort of appealing innovation that might woo families and casual gamers. As a result, sales have been terrible and Nintendo slashed its 2014 outlook by 70% from 9 million units to just 2.8 million. Things may have gotten so bad that, according to one report, Nintendo is already starting to work on the Wii U’s successor. According to a report from Nintendo News, which

Time-Efficient Robber Calls Ahead To Reserve The Xbox He’s Stealing

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:17am
A man who is suspected of robbing a GameStop store in Tennessee didn't want to waste anytime. Police say the suspect called ahead and asked the store to put a XBox One console and some video games on hold, but ended up stealing them instead.

Nintendo console rumor befuddles experts

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:50am

The Fusion DS and Fusion Terminal appear to combat Nintendo's Wii U woes with their powerful specifications, but a few key anomalies prevent the hype train from going full steam ahead. The Fusion Terminal, on the other hand, would be based on AMD's RX 200 line of graphics chips, running on an IBM CPU as has been Nintendo's preference for home consoles. Both would accept Nintendo 3DS cartridges as a bonus. The Fusion DS's cameras are suspiciously low-spec, AMD doesn't have rights to use Qualcomm's Adreno tech, and its 3GB memory capacity is far too small for the sort of tasks required of it, as Pallab Chatterjee of the Silicon Valley Trade Council pointed out on VentureBeat.

Soon you’ll be able to watch NFL games at 60 FPS through the Xbox One

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 7:15pm

From the outset, Microsoft has marketed the Xbox One as not only a gaming platform, but an all-in-one media center. Although it hasn’t reached its full potential quite yet, the next several months will bring a slew of new features to the console that should move it closer to Microsoft’s original vision. First up: access to the NFL Network. CED Magazine reports that Microsoft is working with NeuLion, an online video streaming company, to bring live NFL games to the Xbox One at 60 frames-per-second. The NFL Network app will be available to users with a subscription to Xbox Live Gold and a cable subscription that carries the channel. Xbox One owners already have access to an NFL app, but

Video: How to use a PlayStation 3 controller with an iPhone or iPad

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:20pm

Various game controllers have been specifically created for use with iOS devices in games that support MFi (Made for iPhone) controllers, but Sony’s PS3 DualShock 3 controllers can’t be used by PlayStation owners to play iOS games. Running the default iOS 7 operating system, the iPhone and iPad won’t connect to the PS3 controller, but as soon as they’re jailbroken, they can be used together with Sony’s controller. In order to make it all happen, there’s a $1.99 jailbreak app called Controllers for All, which pairs the controller with an iOS device with help of a Mac/PC/Linux utility called SixPair, iDownloadBlog reports. The creator of Controllers for All says that more controllers will be supported on jailbroken devices in the future,

Here’s a massive list of PlayStation 4 games set for release in 2014

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:23pm

Late last year, BGR pitted the PlayStation 4 against the Xbox One in a head to head analysis that sought to determine which console was the better buy for gamers. While each box had advantages over the other, we determined that Sony’s PS4 had a clear edge in the early days. As it turns out, sales numbers reportedly recently by both Microsoft and Sony suggest that our verdict was right on the money. There was one area where the Xbox One had an advantage over the PlayStation 4, however — the selection of games available at launch — but Sony will look to level the playing field in 2014. Sony said during last year’s E3 expo that more than 140

Microsoft reportedly paid YouTube video makers to promote Xbox One

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 4:10pm

It has been hard to escape the endless barrage of next-generation console coverage over the past several months. The launches of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were accompanied by two of the more extensive marketing efforts of 2013, but it appears that Microsoft might have taken its strategy a step outside of legal boundaries. Ars Technica has rounded up evidence that shows Microsoft offered incentives to Machinima video partners for mentioning the Xbox One in their videos, but the coverage couldn’t be negative. Last Friday, iGame Responsibly shared an email addressed to Machinima “influencers” which details the offer. Beginning on January 14th, in order to earn an additional $3 for every 1,000 views, partners would need to include a 30 second

Enough with the drama – Nintendo isn’t dead just yet

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 2:45pm

Shares of Nintendo were hammered early Monday morning on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, down as much as 18% following Nintendo’s admission on Friday that the Wii U is indeed a flop. Nintendo confirmed that it will report its third consecutive annual loss and it slashed its 2014 Wii U sales forecast by a jaw-dropped 70% from from 9 million units to just 2.8 million. In other words, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 each sold more units during their first month and a half on the market than Nintendo expects the Wii U to sell all year in 2014. But by the end of Monday’s trading session in Japan, Nintendo’s stock had recovered to close at 13,745 yen, down just 6.15%