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First Grader Invents Mobile Game App
Who is Zora Ball?  While you may not recognize the first grader’s name now, chances are you will be hearing it again, as she is currently the youngest person to have created a mobile game app.  While computer programming is perhaps not a typical school activity for an average... Read more
King Becomes Number One Gaming Company on Facebook
Do you enjoy Facebook games? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Social networking games are at an all time high for popularity, due in large by increasing mobile accessibility. In a recent report by Flurry, 80% of the $10 billion in mobile app profits are generated by... Read more
What We Know About The PlayStation 4 So Far
The grapevine has been on fire, thanks to speculations about the PlayStation 4, which many a gamer has been waiting for. With the PlayStation 3 being nothing short of awesome, we can only expect the next generation PlayStation console to be even more so. And with all the rumors... Read more
Nvidia Produces a Handheld Gaming Device
Nvidia introduced a handheld gaming console at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. It’s being deemed Project Shield and features a couple of special attributes. This is an impressive device with a Tegra 4 chip and a 5-inch touchscreen. It includes a directional pad and buttons and is more powerful... Read more
Wii U Sales Steady at End of Year
As consumers move from gaming consoles to smartphones and tablets, gaming companies have to get creative to keep making money. Nintendo says the Wii U sales were steady at the end of 2012. Nintendo had its first year of an operating loss and is hoping that the Wii U... Read more
Game Industry Defends Links to Real World Violence
Video games, movies and TV have always been under a lot of criticism for contributing to violent crime. After last month’s shooting at a Newtown, Conn. Elementary School, Vice President Joe Biden was appointed to lead a task force against gun violence. On Tuesday, he is to present a... Read more
The Last of Us to Be Released in May
Sony Entertainment announces the up-coming release of The Last of Us. Naughty Dogs’ innovative, movie-like, and deeply character driven game, will take you to a beautiful, yet graphic world of horror and survival action. The Story The player will control Joel, a hardened survivor and hired gun. He has... Read more
Xbox Live Ads Are a Big Hit
Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE ads have proved such big hit that the company now plans on investing further into the revolutionary and interactive advertising format. The software company launched its natural user interface ads (NUads), which allows marketers to place interactive Kinect-friendly advertising on the Xbox 360 dashboard, in September... Read more
Nvidia Launches Handheld Gaming Device
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled two brand new products at the consumer electronics show on January 7th. The first is Tegra 4, a CPU for tablets and smartphones that will revolutionize the industry. The second is the Shield. The Tegra 4 is pretty much a quad-core system on a... Read more
The Best Games of 2012
Everyone has compiled their lists of the best video games to come out last year. For those of you who haven’t bought any new games in awhile, you want to spend your money on only the best. While each list varies with who is number one, there are some... Read more
Can Ouya Compete with Nintendo?
Ouya started out as a Kickstarter project and now it has proven that it can ship developer units on schedule.  This gaming system just might prove to be a competitor for Nintendo, Microsoft, and other gaming companies. First Consoles Shipped The first 1200 consoles have been shipped to developers. ... Read more
Gaming Sales Sink As Newly Released Wii U Fails To Impress
Last weeks gaming sales numbers have revealed what could be troubling times ahead for Nintendo in the Japanese console market. The company’s new Wii U gaming system has only been on the market for several months but racked up an undersold 122,000 units, down from 133,000 devices sold the... Read more
Most Anticipated Games for 2013
As the year draws to a close, we begin looking ahead to what 2013 has to offer.  One thing that gamers everywhere are looking forward to are the new releases of sequels or totally new video games that offer new challenges and new features.  Here are some that most... Read more
Can Gaming Change the Business World?
Over 40 percent of US consumers play video games at least once in a month.  That statistic is likely to increase with the increase in use of smartphones and tablets.  This presents new opportunities for businesses not usually associated with gaming to find unique ways to interest their customers.... Read more
SpongeBob Game Removed from iTunes App Store
The SpongeBob Diner Dash game was pulled back from the iTunes App store after complaints regarding privacy rights violation and a misleading promotional campaign. An advocacy group took the initiative of contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concerning the issues. The main point in the complaint was that the... Read more
Does Gamification Really Work?
Gamification has become a buzzword this year, although it was coined back in 2002 by Nick Pelling. It has been widely used since about 2010, but I think we haven’t seen it used so often (and maybe sometimes so carelessly) as we have this past year. What is it... Read more
Minecraft Gives Indie Games New Attention
Indie games are often cult followings that never get the attention of their $100 million counterparts.  However, Minecraft may change that.  As the most popular indie game of all time, this game doesn’t look flashy and can even appear underwhelming.  But it has created a loyal following with its... Read more
Top Facebook Games of 2012
Facebook games have changed the landscape of gaming, to the delight of some and to the irritation of many. I am not sure about the percentages, but if my Facebook news feed is any indication, there are a lot more people who declare that they do not and will not... Read more