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Putt-putt threatens minecraft over fa...

Putt-putt threatens minecraft over fan-made minigolf courses (wired uk)
  Minigolf company Putt-Putt has sent a cease and desist letter to Minecraft creator Markus Persson claiming that the game company is infringing on Putt-Putt’s trademark. The evidence given by Putt-Putt is a screengrab of YouTube videos uploaded by fans of the game who have recreated minigolf courses via the medium of Minecraft an [...]

Mario was a plumber, not a salesman: ...

Mario was a plumber, not a salesman: the turning tide of free-to-play games (wired uk)
Nate Lanxon Editor of Wired.co.uk Follow @NateLanxon As the are freemium games evil? debate rages, a bizarre fact is emerging in mobile entertainment: charging for a game up-front could become its best advertisement. If a credit agency called on an hourly basis to ask you to pay up for that games console you’ve had for six m [...]

App brings real world objects into mi...

App brings real world objects into minecraft (wired uk)
A company called Dekko has built an iOS app capable of scanning real-world items and recreating them in your Minecraft game. The app is currently pending approval by Apple for sale in the App Store and has its roots in an earlier technology created by Dekko that was part of another game. The game was Tabletop Speed (for iOS), which lets pl [...]

Former zynga team creates jiggerypoke...

Former zynga team creates jiggerypokery for free-to-play mobile gaming (wired uk)
  A trio of Zynga UK’s former employees have teamed up to form JiggeryPokery, a company specialising in free-to-play multiplayer iOS gaming. Matthew Wiggins and Alan Harding co-founded Wonderland Software in 2010, which was bought by Zynga and translated into the social game company’s UK arm. Wiggins headed up Zynga UK befor [...]

Playstation targets next generation o...

Playstation targets next generation of developers in uni with ps4 dev kits (wired uk)
  Sony has announced it’s seeking Expression of Interest from universities hoping to get their hands on a PlayStation 4 dev kit. The dev kits are being awarded as part of the Academic Development Programme, which is an academic licensing programme for universities and academic groups that want to use PlayStation development tools [...]

Nostalgia alert: theres a nintendo po...

Nostalgia alert: theres a nintendo power glove documentary coming (wired uk)
  Glove is, but just in case, here’s a quick primer: the Power Glove was a controller for the original Nintendo Entertainment System that came out in 1989. The idea was that it could use hand gestures to control gameplay. It was a cool(ish) idea that never really took off, but in recent years has garnered a certain panache amongst [...]

Splinter cell: blacklist: spiderbots,...

Splinter cell: blacklist: spiderbots, morality and shotguns in the clancy-verse (wired uk)
  At the beginning of Splinter Cell: Blacklist you walk along a corridor littered with dying men, your colleagues finishing them off with occasional bullet fire. The men die and the narrative strides on into a different space. But in that corridor there was a rare, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it twinge of discomfort over the actions ons [...]

Epic founder predicts photorealistic ...

Epic founder predicts photorealistic graphics within ten years (wired uk)
  Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic and co-creator of the Unreal game engine has predicted that the next decade will bring computer graphics which are indistinguishable from reality. Sweeney made the comments as part of a talk given at the Develop conference in Brighton. We’ll be able to render environments that are absolutely photorea [...]

Deus ex: the fall review — scre...

Deus ex: the fall review — screenshots, how to stop crashing, android version (wired uk)
  Nate Lanxon Editor of Wired.co.uk Follow @NateLanxon Having hacked into a stranger’s computer, I’m presented with a curious email: My game of the year is Final Fantasy 27. Giving it back to the Japanese developer was the right move! Yes, Deus Ex: The Fall has a subtle sense of humour if you go looking for it; the iOS sci-f [...]

Thq liquidation plan approved (wired ...

Thq liquidation plan approved (wired uk)
Former games developer and publisher, THQ Inc, has received court approval for its liquidation plan. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in December, 2012 listing assets of $204.8 million (?135 million) and debt of $248.1 million (?163 million). The hope was for an orderly purchase and restructure arrangement but it was judged that [...]
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