I'm a handheld video game enthusiast. I'm sure of this, because people in the office make fun of how much I use and love the PlayStation Vita (hi, CNET!). The first console I owned was a Game Boy, and I've owned and loved every Nintendo and Sony portable released since (even the PocketStation). I have a long commute, so I always have a dedicated gaming device in my backpack. But lately, I've been spending an exceptional amount of time on a platform I had previously written off: an iPhone.Now that your eyes have rolled, I want to clarify that I'm not talking about the kinds of games you might traditionally associate with being "phone games," though I do love those--I've played far more than a healthy amount of Marvel Puzzle Quest, and I love playing the cool stuff that crops up in the bespoke iOS scene: Florence, Reigns, Threes, 80 Days, and anything by Zach Gage. Instead, my recent revelation involves the kinds of video games that I would have previously preferred to play on a home … [Read more...] about Playing Games On Your Phone Is Good, Actually
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ANGRY Birds is now available in ‘augmented reality’ – letting you play the virtual game on any table or floor using your phone’s camera. Today marks the launch of a new sequel for the addictive mobile game called Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs. Angry Birds first launched in 2009, and quickly became one of the most iconic iPhone games on the App Store. Since then, it’s spawned 18 sequels – and even two feature films – helping game studio Rovio turn over around £255million a year. But despite endless sequels, the game hasn’t really changed since the beginning – until now. Angry Birds AR lets you put a stunning 3D version of the game on any surface you like. It uses the same technology that powers Pokémon Go, allowing you to see tiny critters in the real world using your phone camera. It’s also similar to the surface-mapping tech that allows high-grade Snapchat-style filters to conform to your face. You can plonk the game … [Read more...] about Angry Birds AR lets you play virtual 3D game on ANY surface using iPhone camera
Microsoft will remove a Logan Paul-inspired game mocking suicide from its Xbox Live Creators Collection program, a representative confirmed to Polygon, after Xbox One owners expressed concern over and reported the content. The Suicide Forest requires players to explore Japan’s famous Aokigahara Forest, colloquially known as “the suicide forest,” and search for the bodies of people who have killed themselves in order to boost views on their YouTube channels. Paul’s real-life actions inspired the game: The popular YouTube creator uploaded an offensive, controversial video of finding the body of a man who appeared to have committed suicide in the Aokigahara Forest. “This content violates our Store policies and we’re in the process of removing it,” the Microsoft representative told Polygon. “Users can report inappropriate content on the game product page or by sending a report directly to [email protected]” Microsoft’s … [Read more...] about Logan Paul-inspired ‘suicide forest’ game to be removed from Xbox Marketplace
Four days from today, Nintendo's latest console will go on sale. A little over four years since the launch of Wii U, a little over four months since Nintendo announced Switch, and to many, the system seems like a breath of fresh air — a game console Transformer full of potential with a steady stream of software to back it up. To some, though, the system seems incomplete. From early reports of controllers that don't properly sync to a limited launch lineup, a lack of non-game apps like Netflix, a missing Virtual Console library and lingering questions about the online service, there's a simplicity to Switch's launch that recalls the '90s — Zelda is Mario 64, and if you don't want that or a few other games, you might not need the system right away. In time, Nintendo will address those issues. Yet more than most consoles, Switch remains a bit of a mystery at launch. Are motion controls going to be a big part of it? What type of player will Switch developers cater to? And will … [Read more...] about What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch
The game industry of 2022 is big, messy and hard to find. Those who define it might be children. They could be solo developers on just enough funding to scrimp by for the next project. They could be retirees, artists or marginalized children in a war-torn country. They may create works of genius that go undiscovered until long after their death. Following up on Polygon’s recent fifth anniversary, we decided to ask a range of experts in the game industry the same question: What will things look like five years from now? While some cited practical predictions, like the rise of virtual reality, most centered around the structures that enable games to be made in the first place. And while many people see things improving, several also sounded warning bells about what the industry may be like and who may be in charge of it. The future isn’t necessarily what you think While many developers imagine a future where the game industry is overrun with new and exciting technology, many … [Read more...] about What will the game industry look like in five years?