Amazon’s first mobile game: ‘Air Patriots’ for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire

Amazon’s fledgling game development studio released its first mobile game this morning, Air Patriots, a tower-defense game with a military aviation theme. It’s available for Kindle Fire, Android, iPhone and iPad. The simultaneous cross-platform release gives Air Patriots a widespread presence out of the gate — or the hangar, more specifically. On Amazon’s Kindle Fire… Read More


Game experts debate: Is Microsoft Kinect a passing fad or here to stay?

The gaming panel today at the WTIA’s TechNW conference featured some well-known names from the industry talking about a wide variety of trends and technologies: Bungie‘s Pete Parsons, veteran game designer Jordan Weisman, and Big Fish Games CEO Paul Thelen, moderated by former Microsoft games chief Ed Fries. One audience question toward the end, from Kevin… Read More


1st Apple-approved iOS game controller makes its debut

Digital and social game publisher Gameloft and Duo Games, a unit of Seattle-based Discovery Bay Games, unveiled the first Apple-approved handheld game controller that can connect to iOS devices and essentially turn your iPad into a gaming console.  The Duo Gamer is bluetooth-enabled, takes two AA-batteries and mimics a typical six-button gaming controller with dual analog thumb-sticks… Read More


Microsoft’s Halo 4 is done, set for November release

Halo fans rejoice: Ladies and gents: we are Yoinking thrilled to announce that #Halo4 has gone gold. #WakeUpJohn — Halo Waypoint (@HaloWaypoint) September 28, 2012 That’s a tweet from the official Twitter account of Microsoft’s 343 Industries, which is the developer for Halo 4, after taking over the franchise from Bungie. The latest installment of… Read More


Valve for sale? Asian firms reportedly in talks to purchase video game studio

Even though Valve CEO Gabe Newell said it’s more likely that his company will “disintegrate,” rather than be bought out, reports are out that two major Asian online game companies are discussing a possible purchase of the Bellevue-based video game company. Nexon and NCsoft reportedly met in Hawaii on Wednesday to discuss a merger and valued… Read More


Jordan Weisman: ‘Warning: Startups may be dangerous to your health (and ego)’

Jordan Weisman is a veteran game designer who made headlines this year for an epic Kickstarter campaign, raising $1.8 million for Shadowrun Returns, a revival of the franchise from his current company, Harebrained Schemes. The serial entrepreneur is known for startups including FASA, Virtual World Entertainment, Wizkids, 42 Entertainment, and Smith & Tinker. Weisman shared… Read More


Is that a PC inside your Atari 2600? Well, yes, it is

Building on the recent Internet Explorer/Atari link up, in which they built eight classic Atari games using HTML5, Hard Drives Northwest has created a limited number of Atari 2600 consoles retrofitted with modern PC internals. And just look at them—time warp!  Bellevue’s Hard Drives Northwest repurposed many of the original functions, so watch that “game reset” switch—now it’s hooked… Read More

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Nintendo Wii U will be $300 and $350, debuts Nov. 18

Nintendo will sell its new Wii U game in two versions, starting at $300, beginning on Nov. 18 in the United States. The company made the announcement a few minutes ago at a news conference in New York, answering the biggest remaining question about its new console. The 8GB Wii U basic set, in white, will… Read More


Steam ‘Big Picture’ game mode arrives today in beta

Look out, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo: There’s a new player in the living room. Valve, the video-game company behind the Steam distribution system, plans to launch the public beta of its “Big Picture” mode later today, giving PC gamers a new option for playing PC games on large-screen displays such as TV sets. It’s part… Read More


PAX: ‘Pitch Your Game Idea’ 2012 (Full Video)

One of my favorite sessions each year at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle is the “Pitch Your Game Idea” session, also known as the American Idol of Video Games, in which avid gamers, um, pitch their game ideas to a panel of industry insiders. It’s a not-very-serious, often funny and occasionally insightful look at… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Duxter is a LinkedIn for your gamer life

Hard-core gamers are a different breed. So, it makes some sense that they need their own social network. Duxter, which recently relocated from Los Angeles to Seattle, is hoping to be  that place where gamers of all stripes hang out. Even better, users of Duxter earn rewards — known as Duckets — that they can spend… Read More


PopCap: Plants vs. Zombies sequel in the works for 2013

A sequel to the hit Plants vs. Zombies game will be released by late spring 2013, PopCap Games announced this morning. As the company puts it in a news release, the follow-up is “germinating and advancing with rigor.” The game will have a “bevy of new features, settings, and situations,” PopCap says, but beyond that, details… Read More


Facebook tests UK gambling in possible preview for US

The characters are cuddly, but don’t let those wobbly eyes fool you — the stakes in this Facebook game are very real. It’s called Bingo Friendzy, and it’s the first game on Facebook to let players win (and lose) real money. It launched this week exclusively in the UK, where online gambling is already a… Read More