Angry Birds comes to Google Android as a free download
Angry Birds has been released on the Google Android mobile platform.
It is available as a free download.
The app has become so popular that the company’s website is down right now due to heavy load.
They are pointing the users to download the app from GetJar.
The GetJar page shows that it has been downloaded around 100,000 since launch already.
DeNA acquiring ngmoco:) for around $403 million
Japanese gaming service DeNA has announced that they are acquiring mobile games developer ngmoco:) for around $403 million.
The combined entity is likely to become one of the largest social gaming company in the world.
Ngmoco:) is a well known company in the mobile gaming market. They develop games for both Apple iPhone and iPad platforms.
DeNA would be paying USD 303 initially for the company. Rest of the payments would largely be based on performance basis.
Bejeweled 2 available as a free download today!
PopCap Games has announced that they are giving away Bejeweled 2 as a free download today from their website.
The company is celebrating the 10th birthday of this popular game.
You can visit their website and get the game for free. It is sold for $19.95 otherwise.
Nintendo confirms the obvious: 3DS would require more frequent recharges
Nintendo 3DS is a major improvement over their previous DS consoles. It comes with support for 3D visuals.
And considering it requires more processing power to handle the effects, the device is going to run down battery faster.
Nintendo too has confirm the same. The company has stated that Nintendo 3DS would require more frequent recharges compared to the previous DS devices.
They are going to bundle the unit with a charging cradle to make it easy for the gamer to keep his unit charged up.
Gaikai to soon challenge OnLive in the streaming games market!
Gaikai has announced that they are nearing the launch of their own gaming service.
Their platform is pretty similar to OnLive in nature. The company said that they would not have a beta period.
Customers would be able to login right-away and start playing games.
Gaikai is working on signing deals with major labels in the videogame world. EA is said to be already on board.
Remains to be seen how it performs in comparison to OnLive which has just made access to their platform free.
Zynga now acquires Bonfire Studios
Zynga continues to acquire videogame companies globally to expand their presence.
They have now acquired a company named Bonfire Studios based in Dallas.
Bonfire Studios is now going to be called Zynga Dallas.
The financial details have not been revealed as usual.
Bonfire Studios started operating in 2008 and is mostly formed by employees of a Microsoft subsidiary.
It remains to be seen if Zynga is prepared to enter the console market with their games. They have been a leader in the social gaming scene. Console market is a totally different beast altogether.
NVIDIA now offering their own branded GPUs at Best Buy
NVIDIA has started selling their own branded GPUs to customers directly though Best Buy.
These units are available with a three year warranty.
The company has stated that this is an exclusive deal with Best Buy and it complements their agreements with add-in-board partners.
Graphic cards are generally made by third party companies so it is not clear how this new development would affect NVIDIA’s relationship with them.
OnLive Game Service no longer charging a basic access fee
OnLive Game Service has announced that they are removing the basic access fee charged to connect to their network.
The company said that they have generated enough funds already and they see no need for this fee any more.
We’re delighted to be able to offer the OnLive Game Service without a base monthly fee on an ongoing basis. There is no precedent for OnLive, so we had to grow to a large number of active users in order to assess usage patterns and operating costs. We’ve arrived at that stage, and as we had hoped, we are able to operate OnLive without charging a fee for access. This opens the door to any gamer seeking instant top-tier game demos, or even just people interested in spectating high-performance live gameplay in the OnLive Arena. Come one, come all.
New users can now connect to their platform for free. They would only need to pay for access to paid content like games and media.
Panasonic launches handheld gaming device The Jungle
Panasonic is a new player into the handheld gaming market. The company is set to announce a new product named The Jungle.
The company however faces intense competition in this market with rivals including Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation Portable, Apple iPod Touch, Apple iPhone and of course the Apple iPad.
Panasonic also announced a new gaming based platform named PCENT.
Little information has been revealed yet as the official announcement would be made in the near future.