Sara Thomason

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How Fingerprint is taking its kids’ ‘mobile edutainment’ platform worldwide (interview)

Nancy MacIntyre has been flying around the globe sealing partnerships for Fingerprint Digital, which has created a platform on smartphones and tablets for educational games. That’s her thanks for addressing a tough problem: How to raise the spotlight for educational mobile games.<p>Discovery is the …

Overwatch: What 10 rounds of Blizzard’s chaotic shooter taught me

The biggest stars at this year’s BlizzCon event had nothing to do with space aliens or the denizens of Azeroth. A bespectacled gorilla with a lightning gun and a cheery, time-traveling English soldier stole the show.<p>At its annual fan convention, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced Overwatch, …

Xbox One Master Chief Collection bundle, PS4 GTA 5 bundle get Black Friday price cut at Walmart

Walmart published its Black Friday deals this morning, which include 3DS XL, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles. It also includes three separate sales, an online-only component, and two items that are guaranteed to be in the store.<p>Check out the breakdown below for help navigating the labyrinthine …

PS4 Exclusive 'Bloodborne' Delayed

PS4 exclusive <i>Bloodborne</i> is being pushed back from its February 2015 launch date.<p>Fortunately, it’s only being pushed back a little.<p>The dark action-RPG developed by From Software and Japan Studio—what looks to be maybe more than just a spiritual successor to the PS3 exclusive <i>Demon’s Souls</i>—needed more …

The Fascinating Psychology Behind Free-To-Play Mobile App Games

If you've ever played a free-to-play game like Candy Crush, Plants vs Zombies 2 or Clash of Clans and defied the "free" part by parting with your cash, don't be ashamed. I've never met anyone who actually buys items on any free-to-play, but then again I've never met anyone who's lost money in …

The dangers of crowdfunding those gigantic e-sports prize pools

Maybe more money isn’t always a good thing.<p>Well, in the world of competitive e-sports, a larger prize pool could be a bit problematic. More and more companies are using crowdfunding to beef up their prizes. That’s how developer Valve was able to give out more than $10 million at The International, …

Watercolor Pixel Art Portraits Remix Pop Culture & Classic Paintings

Adam Lister's pixel art remixes of Batman, Superman, and "The Son of Man" will be on display at his solo-show at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco from Oct. 11 to Nov. 1.<p><i>Images courtesy of The Shooting Gallery</i><p>We love seeing the different ways pixel art continues to adapt to modern culture, from …

Digital Art

Amazon Makes a Gaming Push with Previews of Three Titles

As Amazon continues to push its hardware offerings, it needs to offer up interesting content exclusive to these devices. That being said, Amazon Game Studios today announced three games to do just that.<p>First up is Til Morning’s Light, a Fire phone exclusive action-adventure game set in a haunted …

Women in Game Art

With the bad press the games industry seems to be getting over misogyny and sexism, I think we should do what Polycount is best known for:<p>Shutting up …

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Here is how you can make a game controller using your Ikea furniture

If you've ever dreamt of navigating video games using only the controller-like might of Ikea furniture, then you're in luck. Artist Marc Dubois has come up with a way to pair the sensors of your smartphone with household goods which can be used to navigate a specially developed platformer.<p>A video …

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This is the final prototype of the retail Oculus Rift, and we've played it

My arms and legs kept making movements without my brain telling them to do so.<p>The first time I tried the series of demos Oculus was using to show off the Crescent Bay hardware I was unable to fully control my body. When I found myself standing on the edge of a tall building I instinctively jumped …

Apple shows off the new iOS 8-optimized games on the App Store

With iOS 8 now out in the wild, app developers can begin releasing patches and updates that take advantage of the new software’s capabilities. Apple …

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How Nvidia used global illumination to prove we really did land men on the moon

To kick off the launch of its new high-end Maxwell graphics chip, Nvidia used 3D imagery to debunk the moon-landing conspiracy. The graphics chip maker’s researchers did that by reconstructing the moon landing using a “globally illuminated” 3D model of the lunar lander, the moon’s surface, and the …

Mojang slashes Scrolls' price in advance of launch on tablets

<i>Scrolls</i>, the strategy card game coming from the makers of Minecraft, will see a dramatic price cut when it arrives on tablets. Originally scheduled for a $21 pricetag, it's been slashed to $5. Maybe the Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang had something to do with it?<p>If so, Mojang isn't …

Custom Button Menu Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Fans in the West may not know this, but a custom button menu will be available in the full version of <i>Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS</i>.<p>With the …

Bloodborne Release Date And Trailer Unveiled At Tokyo Game Show (video)

PlayStation 4 gamers looking forward to the new Bloodborne RPG game currently under development by renowned Japanese developer FromSoftware and set …

Twitch.tv app updated with Chromecast support

Here at Android and Me, we are huge fans of Twitch.tv (at least I am). Recently in the limelight for being swooped up by Amazon, Twitch.tv is a live …

Ice Climbers Were Cut From Smash Bros. Due to 3DS Limitations

Plus, Sakurai explains the game's staggered release.<p>The Ice Climbers were removed from the upcoming Super Smash Bros. after the development team was …

Fantasy Life Review (3DS)

<b>On paper, Fantasy Life seems like a dream game.</b> Developed by Level-5, it features an open world in which your character can explore and make a living …

Avenged Sevenfold Unveil More 'Deathbat' Video Game Details

Along with unveiling a new trailer (watch above), Avenged Sevenfold have announced Oct. 16 as the release date for their mobile video game 'Hail To …

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With Battleborn, Gearbox looks to set a new standard for co-op shooters

The initial reveal in July of <i>Battleborn</i>, the next new project from Gearbox Software, may have given people a false impression — or at the very least, a limited one — of what the studio calls a "hero-shooter." Gearbox had shown off a 5-on-5 competitive mode called Incursion, which plays out …

'Goat Simulator' is now on iOS and Android

Pay $4.99 to be a rampaging goat-on-the-go<p>Coffee Stain Studios' <i>Goat Simulator</i> might have started as a joke but it quickly became a cultural phenomenon, thanks to its absurdity and cheeky sense of self-awareness. Originally slated for an 18th September release, the Swedish company published the …

Hyrule Warriors Review

Power Trip<p>Hyrule Warriors isn't a traditional Legend of Zelda-style adventure, but it manages to work well as a Zelda-themed power trip. This …

Amazon’s big (and expensive) game-industry ambitions

The term “game publisher” probably elicits thoughts of Nintendo with its stable of beloved characters or Activision’s massive releases like Call of Duty and Destiny. Soon, however, that phrase may make you think of Amazon instead.<p>While the company is best known as an online retailer that …