Mobile Games

Pac-Man Goes Online as Open Source

Pac-Man
It’s possibly the most famous arcade game. Pac-Man, launched by NAMCO Bandai in 1980, took the world by storm, generating a wide following, a top-10 hit single and an animated television series to boot. It’s also the world’s most recognized video game character, though I’d be surprised if maybe Mario doesn’t come close nowadays. Now, there’s an unofficial open source clone in HTML5/JavaScript that stands out from the crowd as a historical tribute and accurate remake. It can be played online… continue…

How Google Play’s Taming Aggressive Apps and Ads

Google Play
Aggressive, non-relevant ads, along with a host of other questionable content, will soon be a thing of the past in Google Play. In an effort to tighten the reigns and eliminate rogue apps, Google has developed a comprehensive set of content requirements that each one must adhere to in order to remain available. The rules were developed to clear out unruly titles and keep users safe from malware, as well as protect Google and carriers’ financial interests. (Earlier this week, Dice… continue…

Inklewriter Is a Great Tool for Creating Interactive Fiction

Inklewriter
Fancy yourself a writer, more than a software game developer? A UK company called Inkle may help you bridge both worlds, and award you money to do it. But first, let’s get into the “bridging both worlds” part. Inkle’s Inklewriter is an online approach to developing Interactive Fiction (IF). For those who’ve never played or created IF games, it’s all text based. The written commands players give affects the next  response from characters in the IF game, or digital story.… continue…

The Tech Skills Studios Need to Produce Their Games [DiceTV]

Cat Miller
Whether you play them on your smartphone, tablet, desktop or browser, this is the golden age of computer games. They’re as slick as movies — and can cost as much to produce and market. They’re worth big money, too. To create them, studios need skills from across the tech spectrum. Cat tell us more, from our upcoming college app.