Kirk Hiner has been covering Apple products on the web since 1998. In between writing reviews and covering Apple product news, he has written the novel "Mowin' the Heavenly Lawn" and co-authored the play "Spoon Millionaires." Kirk currently lives in the Mogadore with his wife and three children, where he's always never finishing his next book, playing a lot of video games, and going on and on about Japanese rock bands, the Seattle Seahawks, and Flash Gordon.
TabTale has launched Crazy Labs—a new publishing brand of indie games “for older audiences”—and older audiences apparently love themselves some air hockey. I’m more of a rod hockey man myself, but who am I to argue with Game Connection Europe, which awarded Disky: Air Hockey Mania the “best mobile game” award?
Growing up, I often had to listen to my parents tell me that all that video game playing would amount to no good. That may have been true when I was young, but not so much today, especially if you want to grow up to get kids safely to school…or from Tucson to Las Vegas. Meridian4 has released Bus Driver: Pocket Edition, joining the soul-crushing Desert Bus in the increasingly crowded bus driving sim genre.
D-Link has announced they’re shipping the world’s first portable 11AC router. The Wi-Fi AC750 portable router and charger (DIR-510L, for short) allows mobile users to quickly create a Wi-Fi hotspot from an existing 3G/4G, Wi-Fi or Ethernet internet connection. The DIR-510L features a high-capacity 4,000mAh rechargeable battery that can charge mobile devices.
Alphadia has long been one of KEMCO’s more popular mobile RPGs; Alphadia and Alphadia 2 are both available for iOS. With the newly released Alphadia Genesis, however, KEMCO has created the first game in the series built from the ground up to take advantage of the capabilities of today’s smartphones.
You’ve all seen the animated GIFs on the various entertainment news sites, right? Those looping animations of bizarre facial reactions or of dancers falling down for our entertainment? They can be quite comical and they can be quite annoying, but either way, they’re now very easy to make with apps such as PicGIF from Pearl Mountain Technology.
Blue Microphones has always done a fantastic job of getting audio from its source to your computer or whatnot, but now it seems they’re aiming to deliver that audio back to you. They’ve begun the tease for the Mo-Fi headphones, which they state offer “true mobile high fidelity.” We don’t know much more than that, but we’ve signed up to learn more, and so can you.
It’s no secret that Macworld / iWorld has grown considerably more “intimate” since Apple made its last appearance back in 2009. Since then it, it has shifted dates, locations, and focus. But is it still relevant? Around 175 vendors say yes, even if many who assured me last year that they’d return, aren’t.
Not all Mac games are created equally. There are multiple ways to get a game to the Mac when it was originally released for another platform, and how it is done makes a pretty big difference in how the game performs. To help us understand this, Jon Carr of the GameAgent Blog called class to session in Mac Gaming 101.
If you have a Mac (or a PC, I suppose) and would like to set sail on an epic adventure, look no further than GOG’s weekend promo. They’ve got 21 classic adventure games on sale for 70% off, 12 of which are Mac compatible. In addition, Waking Mars is now available at a special anniversary price of $1.99.
As iOS and Android gaming continue to take over the world, we’re seeing more and more ports of games originally released for the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Vita. I understand this, and I welcome it. What I don’t understand is why developers feel the need to alter the original’s formula. That’s what SEGA has done with Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper, and it’s not for the better.
According to Infinite Monkeys Entertainment (I guess they’re still working on their Hamlet game?), the attraction between knights and grails is “… a force of attraction so powerful that valiant champions will gladly impale themselves upon pits of spikes so their brethren may cross, or fling themselves into saw blades to activate switches.” But hey, Life Goes On, right?
As anyone who’s ever played with them will attest, you can never have enough LEGO pieces. It seems that applies to the video games, as well, as Warner Brothers Interactive and the LEGO group have announced the LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online has made the jump from PC/Mac to iOS.
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