Mobile devices create a personal environment which is then used to take advantage of children. There have been countless scandals with thousands of pounds spent on IAPs. Who buys £69 worth of smurfberries? That is more expensive than a Lego box set which at least has reuse value! Who do companies think pays for IAP - sensible adults, or children?
Following the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, London based Sci-fi convention Nine Worlds Geekfest, has steadily been adding a roster of amazing guests and speakers to its inaugural lineup.
As we move towards Christmas and the release of the PS4 and XBO what's really important is what both companies have chosen to put in the box from day one. What I think is particularly notable is that whilst - controversially - Microsoft have opted to include the next generation Kinect camera and require it for gameplay, Sony have - also controversially - elected to not even include their camera, selling it separately instead.
There's no escaping the heat for the average gamer, it seems. Short of holing up in the garage all summer, gaming for any period of time longer than half an hour is like going for a jog. You sweat buckets. Even at night.
The reveal of the F1 2013 has seen a somewhat frosty reception with a wide range of negative comments abound across the internet, whether these were justified or not, it certainly gives an idea on the wider public opinion of the series which has developed over recent years.
I have always been a geek, refusing to enjoy football, as that was the game of my childhood bullies and no matter how hard I try, I will always associate the sport with assholes. My secret however; is both a sport for the mind and a hobby for the soul! It is creative, strategic and rather ironically a lot like football. What game am I referring to? Warhammer 40 K.
Puppeteer is a brand new franchise developed exclusively for PlayStation 3 by SCE Japan Studio. Set in a magical puppeteer's theatre, the game will introduce you to a strange and fantastic world, where the environment is constantly changing. Players will enjoy a rich, dark fairy-tale where surprises lurk around every corner.
Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros. walks the tightrope between core and family gamers with finely tuned game-play and accessible controls. Although, as the family testing the game suggested, the amount of reading rules out pre-school gamers (even with its PEGI 3 rating), other family members will enjoy the story and progression.
Last week the 2013 GT Academy launched in the UK on the PlayStation 3, the winner of which will gain a place in a real GT motor racing team and become a fully-fledged professional racing driver. It sounds straight forward but becoming the best is a lot tougher than many may think.
With the area of monetisation developing rapidly, now is the time for merchants to consider the most appropriate strategy for their business model. However, merchants first have to explore which model is best. The starting point is identifying consumer demands and expectations and how these trends differ globally.
Here are two mammoth companies that are going to deliver massive games consoles at the end of 2013... the Xbox and the Playstation have finally released a few details about their newest console releases, so here are some things that you may find of interest.
When we play these games (on trains, buses, at work, in waiting rooms), viewed by almost everyone as a tempting distraction from real stuff, we partly enjoy doing so on the level that the associated guilt actually re-enforces our sense of being very important people with 'much more important things to do.'
Guild Wars 2 as been out now for nearly a year and its popularity has exploded. Irecently sat down with Mike Zadorojny who is the Lead Content Designer and talked about the past and the future along with the new Sky Pirates of Tyria update for Guild Wars 2.
Frustrated online Scrabblers are left with is the unwelcome sight of a new version of the Facebook-hosted game which some have described as "brash" and "vulgar". The rankings they have built up over long periods of participation, some players having many games on the go at any one time, have been lost, utterly and without warning.
I've always been a fan of old consoles and I know I'm not alone in continuing to break out the PlayStation, SNES and even the Mega Drive for some old school gaming. Growing up with an older, games-mad brother I would invariably buy his old consoles from him at rock bottom prices so he could afford an upgrade
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."