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Marvel Pinball Coming To Virtually Every Platform Before The End Of 2012

ZEN Studios struck a nerve among gamers with its Marvel Pinball downloadable release for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Fusing two things that are awesome -- namely, superpowers and pinball -- the game has been praised for its elaborate tables and beautiful visuals. And now, finally, it's coming to other platforms.

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Uppercut Games is a newly formed studio founded by 2K Games veterans Andrew James and Edward Orman, who until recently served as art director and lead designer, respectively, on the upcoming XCOM reboot. The mobile gaming-focused studio revealed a first look at its upcoming iOS shooter today, Epoch, which you can check out in the above trailer.

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Angry Birds and cake. Two delicious, utterly enjoyable items with absolutely no downsides or negatives to speak of. But add a dash of reality to the mix and you get nightmare fuel, courtesy of Threadcakes, an annual contest which sees art from Threadless t-shirts shake 'n' baked into cakes. Want an example? Why not check out the Angry Birds cake below?

Angry Birds In Real Life... And A Cake: Nugget From The Net

No, really. You can have the first piece. I'm suddenly not very hungry.

Thank Jamie Masterson for her submission and just try not to think about serving this at your next birthday.

Source: Threadcakes

Bungie Day 2011 Kicks Off With FREE Marathon iPad Release

Halo fans know that July 7 is Bungie Day, a time when gamers come together to celebrate all things Bungie- and number 7-related. Many have hopes that the studio will finally lift the veil on whatever new IP its been working on, but first you'll have to come to terms with the fact that Bungie's seminal first-person shooter Marathon is now available for free on your iPad.

Oh yes, you read that right. Marathon is free.
 

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Tags: Halo, iPad, Videogames

Pokemon

The Pokemon Company announced their plans to bring a free Pokemon-based rhythm game to iPhone and Android smartphones, but don't get your hopes up about an official Mario app from Nintendo or other Nintendo IP iOS or Android games. Nintendo PR Yasuhio Minagawa clarified to Bloomberg that, "there is no change, and no plans for the future."

If you're confused, here's the lowdown: Pokemon actually isn't owned by Nintendo, the IP is actually owned by (who else?) The Pokemon Company, which Nintendo owns a significant share of: 32% to be exact. Nintendo also acts as the distributor of Pokemon titles, as well as owning part of the Pokemon trademark.

In a classic case of "no good deed goes unpunished," Nintendo's stock rose just a smidgen shy of 5% following reports of the Pokemon rhythm game, and subsequently dropped by 3.7% following Minagawa's clarification.

Do you think Nintendo should embrace mobile platforms?

Source: Bloomberg (Japanese) ; Bloomberg (English translated)

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The zombie apocalypse, when it happens - and it will happen - is bound to be a tragic event, full of blood, gore, and little girls falling out of windows. So thank goodness for Plants vs. Zombies, which reminds us that the zombie infection, subsequent turning and merciful death of a close friend can also be hilarious to watch. Or more specifically, thank Dorkly.com, who gave the Internet the lovely gift you can find below:

It's getting to be lunch time around here. Want to know what I'm hungry for? Tell you what, just lean in a little closer, and let me have a little nibble...





In Need for Speed: The Run, Electronic Arts displays a journalist-like taste for puns, change, and high-speed car chases. Okay, so maybe only the first two relate back to journalism, but you probably won't hear anyone complaining about the third come November 15, 2011 when The Run drops. So what are EA and Black Box doing to make this race the most exciting yet? Check out the video below and hear it straight from EA Producer Alex Grimbley!

 

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Like I said: No one's likely to complain come the Need for Speed: The Run release date, November 15, 2011. Vroom vroom!

 

Margarittaville Facebook

Lock up your grandmas! Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Online is coming to the Facebooks, the iPads and the iPods. The wizened singer-songwriter is lending his name and vision to a THQ produced tropical island themed social game that promises to capture the unique, sun-burned, carefree lifestyle that office drones of a certain age yearn for, but will never experience. It will be available in fall 2011.

"The Margaritaville laidback state of mind is inherently social, and THQ has captured the spirit of that lifestyle in this game," said Buffett in a press release.  "With Margaritaville Online, fans across the globe can party together any time and any place."

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The Best Mobile Games To Play In Class, At Work, On The Bus, In Church, Etc.

I’m sure you’ve been in this situation: the class lecture seems to be dragging on forever while the monotonous droning of your professor is wearing thin on your patience.  Or you're in meeting number three of a five meeting day, and your boss has used the word "synergy" 15 times already. Or your pastor is embarking upon a full exploration of the old testament. And as eager as you are to soak in the mind-numbing academic babble/workspace confab/religious edification, the siren call of your cellphone is far too appealing to ignore.

You’ve got video games in there, after all!  Glorious, wonderful, fun-packed games!  So, unable to withstand the beckoning lure of digital entertainment, you discretely slip your headphones on beneath your hood, quickly dial down the brightness of your screen to avoid detection, and settle in for a pleasant distraction.

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EA Expanding Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 To Handheld Platforms

Want to play Battlefield 3 on your Nintendo 3DS or Mass Effect 3 on your iPad? Looks like you'll be able to later this year and early next year. During EA's financial earnings call today, they released a chart full of future releases, and two entries caught our eye: Battlefield 3 handheld/mobile, and Mass Effect 3 handheld/mobile. EA is definitely a fan of the handheld and digital download market, with handheld revenue up 25% over the last year, and digital revenue turning in a record-breaking $844 million dollar profit, up 46% from last year. 

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Sword and Sworcery EP Review Verdict

Reviewed by Dan O'Halloran

Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP Review

Pros: 

  • Immersive gameplay
  • Unique soundtrack
  • Awesome 8-bit graphics

Cons:

  • Slow pace is not for everyone
  • Puzzle solving sometimes too easy
  • Restricted to iOS devices

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP takes the classic point and click adventure game and brings it to a whole new level. The developers have carefully designed every aspect of the game to be a slightly strange and totally immersive experience. A perfect combination of simple puzzle solving, retro graphics and finely-crafted audio. It’s a work of art masquerading as an adventure game. A true showcase of what games can do on new platforms.

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By Dan O'Halloran

New MMORPGs are rolling out fast and furious these days. Everyone wants a piece of the World of Warcraft pie, but what may surprise you is that we aren’t here today to talk about RIFT or Star Wars: The Old Republic. Some of the hottest MMOs in development aren’t just for the PC, but are begin hand-crafted to play on your mobile device. Here are four that have us most excited.

MMOs On Your MMObile: Four Upcoming Mobile MMOs To Watch

Order & Chaos Online

What better way to capture the hearts and pocketbooks of World of Warcraft players than to port the game to mobile devices? But wait, you say, Blizzard hasn’t announced that! And you would be correct. Gameloft, a French game developer known for cloning popular games, is behind this very familiar looking title. Order & Chaos Online is not an official mobile version of WoW, but it sure looks like it. To find out more, keep reading!

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There's a new Mike Tyson video game out, but it has nothing to do with Nintendo. Instead, it's an iPhone boxing title called Mike Tyson -- Main Event. Spoiler alert: It looks a lot like Mike Tyson: Punchout!! but it's free, and you can download it right now.

I wonder if Nintendo is mad? It's a lot like Punchout, with a roster of colorful boxing opponents, with names like Jordy McDirt, Fluke O'Brady and Jay Shore Tenerelli, and the same kind of over-the-shoulder, swing your fist action.

Is it fun? Sort of, sure. It's worth the price, anyway. The commercial above, however, is better than the game, I have to say, if only because it stars old Iron Mike, who is among the most enigmatic, charismatic figures in popular culture. I (heart) Mike Tyson!

Source: Kotaku

I've avoided the iPad frenzy up until now, mostly because I have an iPhone (albeit, an old one) and a Macbook. Why on earth would I need an iPad? After all, I can do everything I need to do on the existing platforms I have, and how lazy do I have to be to not just go pick up one of those two things, or even flip a console on to play something? Forget you, iPad.

At least, that's what I thought until last week when I picked up Sword & Sworcery EP and played it on a borrowed iPad. It's not really the type of game that can be explained in a single line of text. Instead, you really need to experience it in order to understand it. Here's fifteen minutes worth of wondrous gameplay and audio that will kick your retro-gaming gene square in the crotch and make you crave an iPad with every fiber of your being.

 

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Angry Birds

Any time my aunt is aware of a video game, that game has jumped that proverbial shark. Case-in-point: Angry Birds. The ubiquitous iPad and iPhone application has taken over the public imagination in a way no other app has, but the latest addition to the title may alienate more people than it wins over, even my aunt. Last night, Angry Birds HD added 15 new levels...and unskippable advertisements to the game.

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