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The Birds Of Anger: Angry Birds Gets Frightening-- G4 Films' Epictober Film Festival

Inspired by the best-selling mobile game, Rovio's Angry Birds, "The Birds of Anger" harkens back to Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic “The Birds,” and gives gamers a glimpse into a world where birds not only target pigs, but people as well. “The Birds of Anger” is directed by Gregg Bishop, director of the “Dance of the Dead," and stars the great Jaimie Alexander, star of Thor

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If you missed yesterday's selection, "Kart Driver," check it out here. Monday's film of the day, "The Hunt," is available for viewing as well.

10 Best Games For Your iPhone 4S

Want some great games for your iPhone 4S? That A5 microprocessor of the iPhone 4S is the same chip that’s used to power the iPad 2. At twice the speed and with seven times the graphics power compared to the iPhone 4’s A4, there’s a lot of resource room. Developers can now make games - real games - to compete with the likes of the Nintendo 3DS and Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita.

The A5’s horsepower and the iOS’ increasingly always-in-your-pocket presence compared to these rival portable game devices is only going to give developers more incentive to create lifelike environments for you to get lost in. In time, expect to see more than Angry Birds, Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja populating best-selling lists in the App Store Here's our list of the ten best games for your iPhone 4S.

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5 Ways The iPhone 4S Is Great for Gamers

That annual indecision of whether or not we should upgrade our iPhones is upon us. Carriers strong-arm you into new contracts, the feature-rich iOS 5 blunts the allure of some of iPhone 4S’ capabilities and there’s always the threat that an iPhone 5 is right around the corner (for real this time). Worst of all, you can’t let someone else determine your iPhone fate for you; asking for an one as a gift is impossible. The carriers have you personally tied down to that two-year contract so well that you end up getting a gift card from a loved one. Kind of a lame present to open. So, your only solution is to weigh your options carefully.

Luckily for gamers, iPhone 4S has the hardware to back up its hype.

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GTA 3

Has it really been that long? Next week marks the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, one of the landmark games that literally changed everything for gamers. At the New York Comic Con, Rockstar tried hard to ensure that you’ll want to indulge in the open world mayhem of GTA 3 all over again – on iOS devices like the iPad2 and the iPhone 4S.
 
With all the stunning new games being offered every week, why would gamers want to revisit the old game? Aren’t those graphics ancient now, so much so that the game should be nothing more than a wonderful, salient memory of a time gone by? That kind of thinking makes sense. But if you saw what I saw, you’ll probably be psyched to play those classic courier missions all over again.

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Grand Theft Auto fans are getting some seriously sweet news today. Grand Theft Auto 3's 10th anniversary falls next week, on October 22, and Rockstar Games is celebrating that fact with an iOS and Android port of the landmark open-world action game.

The news is confirmed on Rockstar's own Newswire, along with word that fans will also be able to pick up a Claude action figure --Claude being GTA 3's mute protagonist -- for $149.99. Pre-orders are already open for the toy, which includes an array of familiar weapon accessories, everything from a baseball bat to a sniper rifle.

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Tags: iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Toys
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The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.


KATAMARI AMORE
(iOS)
iOS: FREE

I go nuts when a new Katamari game is released. I don’t care what platform it’s on, there’s a general sense of elation for the Prince and his rolling ball of fun. Katamari Amore is a followup to I Love Katamari on iOS, and it doesn’t disappoint. If you’ve never played a Katamari game before, the concept is simple: roll a sticky ball around and pick up increasingly large things (start small with stuff like paper clips and work your way up to skyscrapers). It’s patently awesome in all the right ways: joyful, funny, silly, and weird.

This time around, instead of shelling out cash up front, you’re able to get Katamari Amore for free; however, the only thing available in the free version is one stage’s “Time Attack Mode.” If you want all the story modes, you’ll have to grab them via in-app purchase. While the camera can sometimes be annoying when you’re backed up against a wall, it doesn’t hamper your overall enjoyment of the game, and you can also customize the controls to your liking.

There’s nothing quite like the Katamari franchise, and Katamari Amore is another win for the series.

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Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Lineup

In case it hasn't been made abundantly clear, Microsoft is looking to thread together its PC, mobile and gaming platforms. Next year's release of Windows 8 will bring a lot of these ideas to the forefront, but Windows Phone 7 is already making headway in the cross-platform space. A newly revealed upcoming WP7 app will allow Xbox 360 users to take control of their console... remotely.

The Xbox Companion App is "coming soon" to Microsoft OS-powered devices, according to The Windows Blog. In addition to being able to search through Xbox Live Marketplace and explore additional information about the content there on the web, you'll actually have the option of using your mobile device as what amounts to a remote control for your Xbox 360. There's no specific release date, but you can safely bet we won't see this app until after the new console dashboard launches later this year.

Source: The Windows Blog

Tags: Mobile, Xbox 360

iPhone 4S Details

Apple's new iPhone 4S is the next iteration of the iPhone 4. Its body and screen are identical to that of the iPhone 4, but the new device does feature a slew of upgraded internal features that are sure to get tech junkies excited. Here's a quick breakdown of the iPhone 4S' specs and its new features:

  • Release Date: October 14
  • Retina Display: Same as the iPhone 4's. You'll no longer need to separate between GSM and CDMA models.
  • CPU: A5 Chip Clocked at 1 GHz. This chip supports dual-core graphics and will be able to load graphics seven times faster than the iPhone 4.
  • 8 MegaPixel Camera: The camera will be able to take 3364 x 2248 pictures, a 60% pixel boost over the iPhone 4. The 4S also comes with a backside illuminated sensor to allow 73% more light than the iPhone 4. The camera will also take pictures 33% faster than the iPhone4 due to increased shutter speed.
  • Video Recording: The iPhone 4S can record videos up to 1080p resolution
  • Faster Downloads: The 4S can download at 14.4MBs per second vs. the iPhone 4's 7.2MBs per second
  • Intelligent Assistant: Siri, Apple's new virtual "intelligent assistant," uses voice commands to answer questions you ask or perform tasks. For example, you can ask Siri about the weather, have it dictate messages, ask it for directions, have it set reminders, bring up maps, or even talk about the weather. Siri can also send e-mails and text messages.

Read on to learn more about the iPhone 4S, including its battery usage and its availability and pricing.

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Tags: Apple, iPhone, Mobile, Tech

Epic and ChAIR are teaming up again in the name of Infinity Blade 2. The iOS exclusive title will be hitting the App Store on December 1, 2011. The game will serve as a follow-up title to Infinity Blade, a game many members of the G4 staff have wasted an amount of time with we shouldn't admit to.

Infinity Blade 2 is powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 3. That engine will come in handy when you're playing in new locations with 3D environments. All the role-playing goodness you loved in the first game will return for Infinity Blade 2. Plus it will have new online features like "Clash Mob."

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iPhone's Plus+ Developer, ngmoco, Excited For Apple's Game Center Plans

At one of its famous announcement events moments ago, Apple announced some interesting new changes to iOS's Game Center.

According to Apple's new CEO Tim Cook, Game Center has only been out for about a year, but it’s been a huge hit, racking up sixty-Seven million users during that time. Not content to rest on the success of the product, Apple is making the following changes to Game Center:  Adding achievement points, photos, and friend recommendations to the service.

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The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.


SHADOWGUN
 (iOS)
iPhone/iPad: $7.99

Just when the rising shouts of handheld gamers screaming “mobile will never look as good as console or dedicated handhelds” hit its peak, Shadowgun came blazing in and shot everyone down. This game looks incredible, and plays better. This third person shooter is everything you want a mobile game to be: there’s a good story, a compelling protagonist, and a flat-out fun time shooting down anyone that gets in your way.

You play as John Slade, a ruthless bounty hunter who happens to look scarily similar to Bruce Willis. You’ve been tasked to bring in (or hunt down) Dr. Edgar Simon, a geneticist with an underground fortress filled with experiments gone bad. Make no mistake, Shadowgun really delivers on its single-player experience; going through the game on normal difficulty took around 6 hours for me, and I found it challenging, yet never frustratingly hard. It also translates well to iOS’s smaller screens, which was a welcome surprise.

If it’s any indication, the Unity platform (what Shadowgun is built on) has a bright future ahead in terms of game graphics and development. If you don’t believe me, check out their next titleBladeslinger. And those of you on Android, longing for some gorgeous TPS action? You won’t have long to wait, as it looks like we’ll see Shadowgun on Android in October.

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Amazon Announces Kindle Fire, A Color Tablet That Plays Games Too

Amazon just announced the Kindle Fire, which lets you do a whole lot more than read books. The company released a total of four new Kindle devices, that range in price from the cheap-as-dirt $79 Kindle to the would-be iPad killer the Fire.

The Android-powered Fire is full color and only costs $199. It's a color tablet featuring book-reading, video playing, web-browsing, cloud-storage, a touch-screen, and because nothing can be announced without them, games. Examples given include Plants Vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja, and, of course, Angry Birds. But there will be thousands of apps and games available, as any Android app will run on the thing.

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Announced For The Android

Square Enix has announced that PSN and 360 Arcade title Tomb Raider game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, is coming to Android on the Xperia PLAY (aka the PlayStation phone) in November 2011. This action/adventure title is just the first in an ever growing partnership between Square Enix and Sony Ericsson. Meaning, more SE games will be coming to the PLAY in the future.

“With a unique control pad and immersive graphics that enable an enriched gaming experience, Xperia PLAY is bringing a unique and exciting dimension to smartphone gaming,” said Ben Cusack, Head of Mobile for Square Enix Europe. “This is just the start of what we plan to do together, but right now, we are delighted to be able to show off the full potential of our games with this innovative smartphone, bringing them to life as our creators intended.” --

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I'll admit it - I love Minecraft. It brings back a lot of fond memories of building ridiculous structures with Legos. Well, on September 29, Minecraft will be heading to Android phones. And on that day productivity will die around the world. Check out the video showing off the touch-screen controls.

 

The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.


SERIOUS SAM: KAMIKAZE ATTACK!
(iOS/Android)
iPhone/iPad: $0.99 (Launch Sale)
Android: $0.99 (Launch Sale)

If you’re looking for a game that will make you constantly wonder “...what the hell is this?” and keep you amused because of its outright weirdness, Serious Sam: Kamizake Attack is a great choice. Play as a headless kamikaze looking to blow Sam into smithereens, all while completing bonus challenges and dodging hazards in each stage.

While the arcade action sounds pretty straightforward, it’s also anything but boring. I can’t help but love SS:KA for its totally bizarre premise and gameplay. I found myself in fits of giggles as your headless muscle man bellows whilst kicking various items out of the way. Too much kicking, and your rage meter overloads. Kick while overloaded, and your kamikaze explodes in a shower of human meat. It’s delightfully morbid. If you do happen to make it to the end of the level, Sam appears and you leap onto him, taking out the both of you in a spectacular full-body explosion.

It’s on sale right now in both the App Store and the Android Market, so snatch it up and revel in its quirk for a buck. Let’s all blow up Sam together!

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