Mike Becky

Tag Archive for ‘Games’

Apple Arcade ➝

Coming September 19 with over a hundred games for $4.99. And you can share the subscription with up to five family members. That’s a great price. As long as the games are good, I can’t imagine this not being a hit.

I’m sure I’ll give the service a try, at least during the one month trial, but I’m not sure if this is something I’ll keep long-term. I already have a pretty big backlog of games on Switch that I haven’t played yet. And I haven’t seen anything on the service that’s more compelling than what I have on Switch — Super Mario Odyssey, Celeste, and more.

➝ Source: apple.com

Panic’s ‘Firewatch’ Coming to Mac, PC, and PS4 ➝

I believe the protagonist is voiced by Rich Sommer, the actor behind one of my favorite characters on Mad Men and who is now the host of his own podcast, CARDBOARD! I don’t play too many video games these days — currently on Hearthstone and Alto’s Adventure — but Firewatch is the kind of game I could get in to.

Sega to Remove Low Quality Games From App Store ➝

Mallory Day, writing on the Sega Blog:

At SEGA we are committed to making fun, high-quality mobile games and it is with our fans’ best playing experience in mind that we announce the removal of a number of games from our back catalogue. It is important for us to ensure that all of our fans, regardless of platform or operating system, have a great playing experience and after evaluating our complete list of titles, we have determined that a number of them no longer meet our standards.

They will be removing these titles from app stores over the next few weeks, but there’s no word on what specific games will be affected by this.

I think its wise for them to get rid of some of their older, lower quality titles from app stores. For many of these games, they aren’t likely to recoup the costs necessary to update them for the latest version of iOS. But, they also don’t want any negative backlash from customers paying $2.99 for a game that doesn’t fill the entire screen on their brand new iPhone.

I can imagine some of these games returning in the future, though. Maybe they’ll release some sort of remastered collection that includes titles from the early days of the App Store with enhanced graphics and new levels.

(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

Nintendo Announces ‘Mario Maker’ ➝

Nintendo is releasing a Mario Bros. level creator game. There was no release date or pricing announcement, but whenever it hits shelves I’m sure it’s going to sell a lot of consoles.

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things ➝

The developers of Threes speak on all of the recent rip-offs of their iOS game. I can’t imagine how it would feel to work for over a year on an iOS game, only for it to be cloned en masse and for some of those clones to be more popular than the original.

Threes! ➝

Brilliant puzzle game that’s easy to learn and difficult to master. I’ve been playing it for a few weeks and it’s my go to game when I have a few minutes to play.

I’d also suggest you read Ben Kuchera’s piece on Polygon about the development of Threes and why it took its developers more than a year to finish it.

Tony Hawk Working on New Mobile Game ➝

I’ve spent hundreds of hours playing various editions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. One of the key reasons that Tony Hawk games were so good is because they figured out the proper control scheme. If they manage to figure out a good way to control a skateboard on a touchscreen device this game will be very successful.

GBA4iOS 2.0 Released ➝

The developers appear to be using an Enterprise Distribution Profile in order to get the application to install on users iPhones. This typically would allow a company to develop apps for its employees without having to release them in the App Store for distribution.

In order to install the application you will have to manually set the date and time of your device to any date before today before installing. Once the the app is installed and launched once you may set the date and time back to being set automatically.

I’ve played a few minutes of Pokemon FireRed with it and everything appears to be running smoothly.

And if your concerned about security, user t3rminus left a reassuring comment over at Touch Arcade:

I monitored the entire install process, and several minutes of gameplay with a proxy. This application doesn’t seem to be doing anything nefarious (uploading private data to remote servers, etc.), although it’s not to say it can’t or won’t in the future.

I suppose I’ll go waste a bunch of time playing Game Boy Advance games now.