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.
Aspyr Media announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing Sid Meier’s Civilization V for the Mac in time for the holiday buying season.
Japan-based DeNA is buying the popular iPhone and iPad game maker ngmoco in a US$403 million deal. DeNA is the company behind Japan’s successful Mobage-town social game site, and has been working to expand its presence in the U.S. social gaming market.
Blizzard Entertainment announced Thursday that the subscriber base for World of Warcraft has reached the 12 million people mark worldwide. That’s 12 million people, each paying north of US$10 a pop, which some quick, back of the napkin math shows us that Blizzard is ringing up something close to $150 million each and every month.
The Sims 3: Ambitions from Electronic Arts hit the App Store Thursday. The newest expansion of the people simulator is designed for iPhone and iPod touch, and works on the iPad in compatibility mode. It adds several new features, including Career Mode, Build Mode, the ability to import and expoert from other Sims game, and the most important feature, Babies.
We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting a game where you can play a mover, and developers Ed and Fred have, at long last made the dream come true. The Movers is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch (iPad in compatibility mode), allowing you to live the dream of being a mover!
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