Danny Kitchen, a 5 year-old from Bristol, racked up a bill of £1700 in less than 10 minutes. He'd been buying bombs in the 'free' app Zombies vs. Ninja at £69.99 per pack. He bought 19, as well as various other bonuses. When asked what happened Danny said, "I'm not sure how I did it, I thought it was free."
On the last day of E3 I had some free time, so I said to myself, "I know what I'm going to do today" and so I spoke with the co-creators of Disney's Phineas and Ferb. Based on the top-rated Emmy Award-winning hit series, Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff is expected to release on the Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS this August.
At last week's E3 conference in Los Angeles, the spotlight was shared by Microsoft and Sony as both companies finally unveiled their new consoles for the upcoming Christmas season. Much hype has surrounded the release of Microsoft's new Xbox One and Sony's new PS4, respectively, but now it's time to see how the two consoles will truly measure up against each other.
Max And The Curse of Brotherhood is an unusual game for a number of reasons. Firstly it addresses a family subject that is rarely touched upon by video-games, that of sibling rivalry. Secondly it features a play mechanic where the player uses a magic pencil to interact with the platforming world.
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Game & Wario extends the Wii U fun of Nintendo Land with another tight collection of mini-games that has something for all the family. Nintendo add their usual finesse here and really make this a stand out challenge. Not only can you aim to knock other players off the target but there is also a multiplier puck that can be fired to change which zone scores the most.
Virtual reality seems to be able to increase the fear factor without even steeper drops, more loops and faster acceleration rates. Perhaps it is because virtual reality will always be a more private experience - like playing Dead Space in a dark room surrounded by pizza boxes.
Games have this tendency to simplicity built within them. This is because when you write a game design you have to boil things down to an implementable set of rules that can be interacted with by the players and encoded with the game's system. As such you need to make a whole host of short-cuts, assumptions and abstractions.
Beyond the headlines around the PS4 and Xbox One battle was a fight for the hearts and minds of younger players between Skylanders Swap Force and Disney Infinity. Particularly interesting this year was a range of new figures for Skylanders that can be mixed and matched to create custom characters both with the toys themselves and in-game.
The main area of David's work is the Cordyceps fungi, or the 'zombie ant' fungi. Cordyceps works by effectively taking over the ant's systems, before killing the insect and bursting out of its skull, often high above an ant nest, so that infecting those below becomes that much easier.
Sure from what we've seen the PS4 is slicker, faster and packing more power, but the Xbox One demands you to feed it blood every 24 hours so it can grow and understand the Earth before it lays waste to mankind...
My compunction to play video games has grown even as have (and I admit this is an inelegant way of introducing my gender) my boobies. And I'm not alone in this.
If you don't want them on computer games every hour of the day, don't let them. Seriously. Just tell them to get off it. Set a daily time limit and stick to it. Starve their addiction, and enjoy the awesome power you've gained.
Over the past decade, as technology has improved, developments such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have enabled mobile gamers to achieve the Holy Grail: Multi-player gaming. For mobile phone users, an Infrared, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G, Wi-Fi, AI, MMS, or Wireless LAN connection meant being able to play anything from Tetris to F1 together.
As E3 opens its doors in LA, the yearly video-game show is garnering plenty of excitement among gamers young and old.
Although the Disney Fantasia brand is front and central, this is not usual video-game tie-in experience. In fact in our demo we didn't see a single Disney character. Don't get me wrong, there will be that side of things as Yin Sid guides us through the story, but the game looks to recreate the feel of Fantasia rather than plundering it scene for scene or for particular characters.