Microsoft isn’t planning to just let Apple walk away with the mobile gaming space, what with its iPhone and its iPad and iPod touch. No, Big Redmond is “very serious” about Windows Phone 7, and the company said there are too many players in the market to let Apple take that market without a fight.
The highly anticipated Infinity Blade from Epic Games appeared on Apple’s App Store on Thursday, and within hours had already climbed to the top of top grossing apps list.
Graeme Devine, Apple’s head of iPhone Game Technologies, announced he has left the company so he can return to game development. Mr. Devine was hired by Apple last year and was tasked to role ensure quality games were available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Social gaming giant Zynga announced Thursday that it has acquired mobile gaming company Newtoy. Zynga is the developer behind Farmville and Mafia Wars (among others), while Newtoy is best known for recent gaming hits like Words With Friends (or Words With Friends HD). Terms of the deal were not announced, but this is the 7th acquisition for Zynga
Angry Birds fans have yet another way to spend their time now that Angry Birds Seasons is available. The holiday-themed version of the popular iPhone, iPod touch and iPad game is available as an update for the Halloween edition of Angry Birds and includes an advent calendar-style layout with a different level for each day in December leading up to Christmas.
Apple updated Game Center on Tuesday so that user’s names are displayed when making friend requests instead of just their account handle. The company introduced the change with an updated terms of service agreement that appears when users launch the Game Center app on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
Israeli TV show Eretz Nehederet (A Wonderful Country) has produced one of the most awesome things we have seen on YouTube in some time, a real-life sketch spoofing the wildly popular iPhone and iPad game, Angry Birds (and Angry Birds HD). The sketch features large puppet versions of the Angry Birds and their mortal enemies, Pigs, at a press conference to announce a brokered peace deal.
Virtual Programming announced Tuesday the release of Majesty 2 for the Mac. Majesty 2 is a kingdom simulator that puts you in the role of ruler of Ardania. The game takes place some 500 years after the original Majesty, and includes a 16 mission campaign for you to save your kingdom.
Iconfactory announced the immediate availability of its latest iPhone game, Astronut, on Tuesday. The game sends players through space collecting star shards while trying to avoid nasty aliens.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was allegedly in a rage about Microsoft’s purchase of Mac game developer Bungie back in 2000, according to former Microsoft executive Ed Fries. In an interview with Develop magazine, Mr. Fries said that he was tasked by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to mollify Mr. Jobs, and a deal was reached to bring Microsoft-published games to the Mac.
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