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A newly released study performed by the mobile device research institute App Annie Intelligence, using data collected by IDC, has found that the Playstation Vita is lagging in last place under many handheld markers. Mobile devices are dominating the handheld market, with Nintendo and Sony consoles lagging far behind. It was also found that half of all mobile gamers are female, among other important findings about the handheld and app-based gaming market.
"Following an interview with Phillip Baude, the lead game designer for the ctOS Mobile app for Watch_Dogs, last month Electronic Theatre today brings you a question and answer (Q&A) session discussing the companion app for the videogame: ctOS Mobile. Set to be available alongside the videogame at launch, ctOS Mobile will enable Watch_Dogs’ multiplayer gameplay and a whole host more besides."
"Ubisoft recently announced that legendary platform videogame hero, Rayman, will be back this autumn on smartphones and tablets in a brand new adventure, Rayman Fiesta Run. Following the success of Rayman Jungle Run, Rayman Fiesta Run will introduce players to a new wacky Fiesta world, and Ubisoft has revealed a brand new question and answer (Q&A) session to explain just what this means for fans."
"Game Insight has revealed the range of Chinese warfare made especially for Tank Domination, a cross-platform tank simulator for mobile devices. Tank Domination will feature the most modern models and prototypes of military equipment used by Russian, American and Chinese armies."
"The forthcoming Watch_Dogs is a videogame about action. It’s made predominantly for a single-player to engage with and manipulate the world around them as they face new tasks set for them ahead of time by developers keen to craft a unique and memorable experience. Why then, would such a title need a multiplayer component? ‘Because they can’ would be the only answer Electronic Theatre could offer at this point."
"The forthcoming Watch_Dogs is set to receive a multiplayer mode alongside the highly anticipated single-player campaign, however it’s delivering a change-of-pace to the standard peer-to-peer online service. Utilising a free companion app, Watch_Dogs will allow gamers on a smartphone or tablet to compete against their friends at home, and Ubisoft assure that the ctOS Mobile app has been built from the ground-up to make this a seamless experience."
"The evolution of the endless runner videogame has been a quick an unforgiving one, with titles just a year old looking positively archaic when compared to their contemporaries. Never has the rise of a single genre been so in tune with the popularity of an input device – in this respect, the touchscreen – and so of course it wasn’t long until the big boys wanted a piece of the action. Championing the genre is that 2D rejuvenator Rayman himself, and having already claimed the approval of both c..."
"Following the official unveiling of Rayman Fiesta Run last month Ubisoft has issued a fact sheet detailing the forthcoming videogame. Rayman Fiesta Run is the sequel to the hugely successful Rayman Jungle Run, and is coming soon to smartphone and tablet devices."
"Matmi has today launched their brand new mobile videogame, Rollabear, available to download via the Apple App Store now. Rollabear is also in development for other mobile formats with releases coming to the Google Play and Windows app stores in the near future."
"Matmi has announced that their long awaited nest release, Rollabear, will be coming to mobile devices this autumn. One of the first UK studios to focus on digital branded entertainment, Matmi products have already engaged millions of global users, who have enjoyed top titles such as Monster Pinball HD, Pocket Warwick and Alton Towers’ The Smiler."
"Although certain stereotypes persist, gaming is no longer an activity reserved for geeky kids and young adults. Researchers from the University of Washington present a number of fascinating findings collected by the Entertainment Software Association — perhaps, most significantly, that 68 percent of American households play video or PC games and among those, the age of the average gamer is a surprising 35 years old."
"An established independent developer based in Warsaw, Poland, QubicGames has seen significant success garnered from delivering content through the Nintendo eShop. Confident in their ability to deliver unique entertainment at an affordable price, QubicGames isn’t about to stop there."
"It’s every gamer’s dream to turn the hobby that consumed so many of their hours into a money-making career. Sure, online gambling websites give players the chance to earn big cash prizes, and brands such as Full Tilt Poker offer advice and information on how to improve your skills on the virtual felt, but actually being paid to sit in front of a television screen and play some of the most lucrative videogame titles seems far too good to be a reality."
"The first issue of a three-part comic book mini series is now available at UK retail, as Halo Initiation makes its official debut. The opening of the story of how Commander Sarah Palmer became a Spartan-IV, Halo Initiation leads directly into the exciting new mobile videogame from 343 Industries, Halo: Spartan Assault."
"The recent Xbox 360 dashboard update has seen many subtle changes come to the firmware, including a different highlighting system and slightly different colour scheme in line with the forthcoming Xbox One. However these changes run much deeper than just aesthetic, as Microsoft Studios continues modernising the Xbox brand for a new generation."