Kabam's 'Creature Academy' mobile games no longer available

March 19, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on artist Kevin Konrad Hanna's claims that mobile gaming giant Kabam copied elements from his graphic novel, "Creature Academy: The Legacy," when it repurposed the Korean mobile game "Taming Monster" (originally developed by South Korean mobile games company Netmarble Games Corp.) and re-released it under the name Creature Academy in North America.

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The Guardian Details The NSA's Spying Activities on Leaky Apps Like 'Angry Birds'

January 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: It turns out that this story is incredibly old and a bit of a rerun of a story we wrote last year. Some confusion on the date on the left hand side of The Guardian led us to believe the story was brand new. We apologize for the error. Nevertheless the data in the report is still valuable today because there are still plenty of "leaky apps" out there being used to gather data from. Whether apps in the Angry Birds series still have problems remains a mystery but we assume Rovio took this and other reports to heart and did something about it..

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'Monument Valley' Suffers From High Rates of Piracy

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The award-winning Android game Monument Valley is pretty popular, but it's developer (Ustwo) who says that for all of its critical reception and GOTY awards, only five percent of its installed base on Android actually paid for it.

Of course this number excludes legitimate free copies obtained by users during a one-day Amazon Appstore promotion that saw the game given away for free - as well as other free downloads from other promotions. Ustwo says that the number is a lot higher on iOS - at 40 percent.

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PSA: 'Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition' Coming to Linux, Android, and iOS December 16

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Linux, Android, and iPhone versions of Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition will be released December 16. Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition was released last year at around this same time for PC, Mac and iPad. Linux support will be added via Update 1.3, which will also include lots of bug fixes, better pathfinding, improved multiplayer, German and Spanish language support (and a few other languages), an option to increase font size, and much more.

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The Humble Winter Sale is Underway Now

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Bundle has launched its annual sale, offering steep discounts on top tier and indie games for PC, Mac, Linux and Android platforms. Running now until January 2, the Humble Winter Sale is offering discounts on such games as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition, Kentucky Route Zero, Road Redemption, This War Of Mine, The Walking Dead Season 2, Divinity Original Sin, Final Fantasy III, Dark Wood, and many, many more.

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Google Play Customers Might Be Entitled To A Refund For In-App Purchases

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Google is mailing customers of its Android app store Google Play to let them know that if they made an in-app purchase between March 1, 2011, and November 18, 2014 they may be eligible for a refund. The email to customers is being prompted by a settlement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission over children making in-app purchases without their parents' consent or permission. Apple made a similar settlement with the FTC over in-app purchases.

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Google Removes 'Pirate Bay' Apps From Google Play Store

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Google has removed several apps that make it easier to peruse the Pirate Bay and do other things through a proxy.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 7 Offers Nine Android Games for Cheap

September 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle, Humble Mobile Bundle 7, offers nine Android games for as little as $5. Those willing to pay at least a buck can score The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium Color Zen Premium, Heroes of Loot Heroes of Loot, along with the soundtracks to all three games.

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The 'PAX 10' Flash Sale Launches to Celebrate PAX 2014

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate the launch of PAX 2014 in Seattle today, Humble Bundle has let Penny Arcade select eight games for the PAX 10 Bundle flash sale. Pay $1 or more to get BADLAND Premium, Solar 2, Containment: The Zombie Puzzler and Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony Deluxe Pack DRM-free for select platforms. Paying $1 or more will also get you Solar 2, Containment and Jamestown on Steam for select platforms.

If you are willing to pay more than the average price you'll also get The Swapper and FEZ DRM-free and on Steam.

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'WWE SuperCard' Downloaded More Than 1.5 Million Times

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

2K Games' cards-meets-wresting mobile game, WWE SuperCard has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. That number represents downloads during the game's first week of release on both the iOS and Android versions of the game.

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'Save Trees - A Game for Social Cause' Now Available

August 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Zabuza Labs has launched "Save Trees - A Game for Social Cause" for Android-based devices, a simple game that offers a message about conservation and protecting the environment. The game promises to entertain with simple gameplay mechanics while delivering a "social message" and educational information on trees.

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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop All Patent Lawsuits Outside the U.S.

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a joint announcement Apple and Samsung have agreed to halt all legal cases against each other outside the United States. The two companies have been suing each other around the world over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the U.S., including the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Germany, etc. In the joint statement the companies said that the agreement "does not involve any licensing arrangements," and that they would continue to pursue existing cases in U.S. courts.

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Advocacy Group Criticizes Games That Exploit Israel-Gaza Conflict

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A British advocacy group is criticizing games on Google Play and Facebook that glorify or minimize the tragedies surrounding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The group, Council for Arab British Understanding, said in a statement to the BBC that these games glorify violence and normalize the conflict.

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Report: Google Play Sees More Downloads in Q2, But iOS Earns More Money

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from App Annie suggests that Google Play is winning the app downloads race in the second quarter of 2014, but also points out that iOS is the still the platform that is securing the most revenue.

According to App Annie figures, in the latest quarter Apple's App Store made 80 percent more revenue than Google Play, but Google Play saw 60 percent more downloads. A lot of Google's growth was driven by consumers in Brazil, Thailand and India who helped to drive a 45 percent rise in downloads over the previous quarter.

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Report: Apple Tattled on Google to FTC About In-App Purchase Policies

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In January of this year Apple was the first company to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over Apple’s handling of in-app purchases. The company agreed to make it harder for children to purchase in-game content and apps without the express consent of parents or guardians, and Apple agreed to pay out $32.5 million to parents affected by its lax policy - and if the payouts were less than that amount the balance of the settlement would go to the FTC.

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Report: 85 Percent of 'Top-Grossing' Mobile Apps Are Games

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a study highlighted in The Guardian, 85 percent of the top 50 grossing apps on Apple and Android stores across the world are games. The data comes from Midia Research, and shows that 84.9 percent of the 700 apps covered by the study were games, with the next nearest category being social networking and only accounting for around 4.1 percent.

"The app economy is, for now at least, a games economy," the report concludes.

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OnLive Titles Playable on Mad Catz's Mojo Micro-Console

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We're not sure how cloud-based game streaming service OnLive or Mad Catz Interactive Android-based micro-console Mojo are doing, but apparently those two things have teamed up, according to an announcement by OnLive today.

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AVAST Warns World Cup Soccer Fans to Be Wary of Nefarious Apps

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security software maker and security research firm AVAST Software have found several soccer apps that they describe as "ad-overloaded, data-hungry apps." As fans get ready for the World Cup to get underway in Brazil, the offering of soccer-related apps on the Google Play store is big; there are at least 125 different vuvuzela apps available. But AVAST Software is warning those keen to download these apps that some of them are wolves in sheep's' clothing.

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Game Trading App 'Jiggster' Hits Google Play

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new Android app on Google Play promises to make trading games as easy as 123. The new app is called Jiggster and it allows users to list the games they are looking to swap and what titles they are interested in.

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Amazon Reveals Launch Titles for 'Fire TV'

April 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Amazon revealed the Fire TV set-top streaming entertainment and gaming device on Wednesday. The $99 Android-powered device features 2GB of memory, a quad-core processor, a dedicated GPU and built-in Wi-Fi support. It also supports most of the popular entertainment apps including Netflix, Crackle, WWE Network and more. Today the company has revealed all the games available now for the Fire TV.

The tower-defense shooter title Sev Zero is the system's only major exclusive game. It was developed by Amazon Game Studios.

A full list - from free to $7.99 can be found below:

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Amazon Reveals $99 'Amazon Fire TV' Device

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The long rumored set-top box/gaming device from Amazon has finally been revealed. The device is called the "Amazon Fire TV" and it is available today for $99. The device offers consumers the ability to play games and stream video from Amazon's video streaming service, Amazon Prime.

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Google Play Games Services Enables Cross-Platform Multiplayer

March 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Google announced a new version of the Google Play Games Services that enables cross-platform multiplayer support for iOS and Android games. Play Games Services is a backend API for developers of Android, iOS, and even Web games that gives developers the ability to set up achievements, leaderboards, multiplayer and cloud saves using Google's cloud infrastructure and development APIs.

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More Rumors of an Amazon Set-Top Box

February 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rumors persist that Amazon will launch some sort of set box device or console later this year. According to a new report on the subject over at Recode, sources inside Amazon's "partners" have said that the Android-powered box is real and will compete with Apple TV and Roku's line of steaming devices..

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Report: The Number of Google Play Apps Containing Malware Quadrupled in Two Years

February 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The number of malicious apps has quadrupled in past two years on Google Play, according to a new report from online security services firm RiskIQ. The number of apps that were found to contain malicious code was 11,000 in 2011. That number jumped to 42,000 in 2013, the firm claims. Of course that number correlates to the growth of apps available on Google Play, which went from hosting 250,000 to 1,000,000 apps in the same two year time period.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 88

February 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about why Flappy Bird was pulled from various App Stores, Candy Swipe v. King, Norwegian killer Anders Brevik asking for a better class of video games in prison, and EA's denial that SimCity and Battlefield 4 had crappy launches. Download Episode 88 now: SuperPAC Episode 88 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.9 MB.

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The Flappy Bird Cloning Party is Officially Over

February 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Shortly after Dong Nguyen pulled his popular game Flappy Bird from Google Play and Apple's App Store (because it was "too addictive," he claims), a torrent of clones hit both marketplaces hoping to fill the void and play off the game's unbelievable success.

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Flappy Bird Creator Pulled Game Because It Was 'Too Addictive'

February 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dong Nguyen, the 29-year-old Veitnamese indie creator of the popular mobile game Flappy Bird, said that he removed the game from both Google Play for Android and iTunes for iOS devices because he was deeply concerned that the game was too addictive. There has been plenty of speculation that Nguyen pulled the game because of legal threats from Nintendo (for using art similar to art found in the Super Mario Bros. series of games) or because he couldn't handle the pressure, but it turns out that - he claims at least - he had a lot of concerns about people playing his game too much.

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Report: 40 Percent of Consumers Will Use Mobile Devices to Watch Video by 2018

February 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Around 40 percent of consumers will watch video on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones by 2018, according to a new report from research firm ABI Research. This the firm says, is in spite of strong efforts to bring online video to new devices such as Google’s Chromecast and new video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony.

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Android Devices Get EFF's 'HTTPS Everywhere'

February 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation today released an add-on for the Android version of Firefox that implements its HTTPS Everywhere encryption technology. HTTPS Everywhere is already available for web browsers here.

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UK's Office of Fair Trading Gives App Developer Two Months to Adapt to New In-Game Purchasing Rules

January 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) watchdog agency has given mobile phone app developers two months to adapt to new in-app purchasing rules that better protect children (and subsequently their credit-card holding parents) from in-game micro-transactions and messaging that generally encourages them to buy things to advance gameplay. The OFT has given developers a deadline of April 1 to make their apps for iOS, Windows Phone, and Android devices comply with new rules.

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Andrew EisenI think TT Games gets away with multiple LEGO games a year because they're all based on different franchises. If there were two or three LEGO Star Wars games every year, I think people would feel the same fatigue as they do with Assassin's Creed.03/31/2015 - 6:40pm
Andrew EisenIn other words, a hero is male because that's the default. A hero is female because of a gender-related reason. So, male heroes are for everyone. Female heroes are for women.03/31/2015 - 5:32pm
Andrew EisenHer point is that "When archetypal fantasy heroes in games are overwhelmingly portrayed as men, it reinforces the idea that... women should be able to empathize with male characters but that men needn’t be able to identify with women’s stories."03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
Andrew EisenDaniel - She doesn't say that in any of the TvW videos and I doubt she's said elsewhere that all games with male protagonists are male power fantasies. Anyway, you seem to be conflating two different ideas.03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/Yuriofwind/status/583028257890635776 Oh snap!03/31/2015 - 5:14pm
WymorenceFor me it just boils down to the fact that, even at a giant company, when a game comes out annually it just gives it a vibe of being rushed out the door. And god knows Unity sucked some major lemur with all its bugs...03/31/2015 - 4:22pm
PHX CorpI launched my spotify account today, and I kinda went a little overboard with adding music03/31/2015 - 3:59pm
Sora-ChanCon't. Games like AC are a pain to someone like me who likes to play games in order. So when a game gets too many releases too quickly, it puts me off. Only exceptions are games that have no interconnected underlying stories like the FF games.03/31/2015 - 2:53pm
Sora-ChanWikipedia has rarely let me down on matters like this. But yeah... AC needs a break.. like two.. or three... or eight years.03/31/2015 - 2:51pm
ConsterThere's 9 already?! I think I played 1, 2, and the ones inbetween 2 and 3.03/31/2015 - 2:23pm
Sora-ChanCon't There are now Nine... of just the main entries into the series. There are 13 more in the "other games" department.03/31/2015 - 2:15pm
Sora-ChanI tried to get into AC. Was having a decent time with the first one, at which point they had already released three titles. Then a fourth came out... then a fifth... the wall kept growing before I could finish the first.03/31/2015 - 2:14pm
Daniel LewisI think ubisoft should give AC a break before it's milked to death,and i'm a big fan of the games03/31/2015 - 1:15pm
PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/3/31/8320017/assassins-creed-chronicles-china-india-russia Assassin's Creed Chronicles is now a trilogy, goes to China, India and Russia03/31/2015 - 1:11pm
Daniel LewisThe only thing said i disagree with is the final quote on Men's experiences are seen to be universal but women are gendered,though doesn't anita say that games with male protagonists are male power fantasies,so in turn both are gendered03/31/2015 - 1:08pm
Daniel Lewisi found the video to be much better than any of the TvW series and it's about time the positive women are put in the spotlight03/31/2015 - 1:06pm
Daniel LewisSo feministfrequency released a positive female character video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXmj2yJNUmQ03/31/2015 - 1:05pm
Daniel LewisI think the guy who made the direct leak said it was an april fools joke when a real one was announced03/31/2015 - 12:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNo way Nintendo would let information like that get out. Remember, they shut down a memoir about the localization of Earthbound by enforcing a 20 year old NDA on the author.03/31/2015 - 12:42pm
Andrew EisenOh, there's definitely a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, but that beat-by-beat recap is almost certainly bogus.03/31/2015 - 12:20pm
 

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