Dan Porter, chief executive of OMGPOP, has gone from having less than $2,000 in his bank account, to somewhere around $180 million in less than one month. That sort of money would make just about anyone feel invincible, but as he learned this week, Twitter is the great equalizer.
Engadget reports that Android will soon see its first Unreal 3 engine based game this month in the form of Dungeon Defenders: First Wave. The Unreal 3 engine powers such iOS games as Infinity Blade. Dungeon Defenders just dropped on iOS recently, and should be on Android (2.1 and higher) on December 23rd.
Dungeon Defenders is an online multiplayer tower defense game with some excellent graphics. But it's those graphics that will be keeping a lot of Android users from joining the party. Developer Trendy Entertainment has included a list of minimum specs that phones will need to have to run the game. We're looking at 512MB of RAM, an 800MHz processing core, a GPU capable of OpenGL ES 2.0, and 400MB of free storage space on the SD card.
Most high-end phones released in the last year should be able to meet the minimum specs. Even the quickly fading Nexus One is listed as fully compatible. Trendy did, however, point out that the game will run best on a Tegra 2 handset. Only one of those has been announced, and it's not slated for sale in the US yet.
If you pay attention to technology in any way whatsoever, you've heard of Angry Birds. This smash hit mobile game is available on Android, iPhone, Symbian, and WebOS. But developer Rovio has announced that the game will be arriving on full game consoles in the near future, the BBC reports. The game will be distributed through the online markets on the Wii, Xbox, and PS3.
The shift from touchscreen input to controller input will be interesting for Angry Birds. In the game, players pull back a slingshot to launch birds at villainous, egg-stealing pigs. We imagine the game will have support for the motion control accessories on the various consoles. That would only make sense, and might end up a bazaar selling point of the Kinect. Would you play Angry Birds on your console?
For mobile gamers, the PSP Go was a bit of a disappointment. But if these new rumors are true, Sony fans may be getting a gaming gift of the smartphone variety. Sony Ericsson is said to be working on an Android 3.0 based smartphone with a slide-out game pad in place of a standard QWERTY keyboard. The device is being supported by Google, and the games will be made available through a special area of the Android Market. Other phones would likely not be able to access these high end games unless they met internal hardware and button specs.
The phone is reportedly going to have a screen in the 3.7-4.1 inch range with capacitive multitouch abilities. Internally, it is expected to run a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. There will apparently be enough power to run PSP level games on the device. The Android 3.0 Gingerbread OS is still a mystery, as Google hasn't released details about the upcoming platform update. This mystery phone may launch with the Xperia branding, or it may have the PlayStation brand slapped all over it.
Android's gaming experience has, thus far, lagged the iPhone. A project like this could pique the interest of gamers. Rumored titles for the platform are Modern Warfare, God of War, and Little Big Planet. We're not sure about the idea of replacing a keyboard with a game pad, but those looking to game on the go could appreciate it. Would you use this device as your smartphone?
The folks over at 3M’s Optical Systems Division are excited to announce a new field sequential 3D optical film for handheld devices. They are crazy about their films over there at 3M and are hoping to change the mobile market with this latest development.
The new film should help motivate manufacturers to create new 3D mobile devices, applications and gaming products around the technology. “Our 3D optical film solution is designed to enhance communication and interaction by providing an immersive, compelling visual 3D experience for mobile devices” said Jim Bauman, VP of 3M’s Optical Systems.
3M Optical also managed to make the new film easy to integrate into the assembly process. It only requires the modification or upgrade of a couple layers in the optical film stack to produce the extra sensory experience they hope to achieve.
If you happen to be in Korea next week, they’ll be demoing the product at the Korea International Exhibition Center.
In his QuakeCon 2008 keynote today, John Carmack stated that he thinks the iPhone developer's kit is much better than the ones for Java or Brew-based phones. In terms of pure graphics, the iPhone is roughly the equivalent of a Dreamcast, said Carmack. It's feature set and horsepower can deliver what gamers saw on the PS2 or original Xbox, especially since it has a lot of RAM.
Originally, Carmack contemplated porting Orcs and Elves for the iPhone, but he didn't want to devote 3 man-months to make it happen, when he wasn't sure the company could make the money back (Carmack estimated that only about 15% of the QuakeCon audience had iPhones). Instead, id has plans for two new iPhone games. One will be an RPG syle game, and the other a "graphical tour de force." This second game will be beyond anything you've seen on the PSP or Nintendo DS. No release date was announced for these tiles, only that they were in early development.
Carmack's enthusiasm for for mobile gaming was readily apparent in his keynote. He's excited by the success of iPhone game sales, and hopes that the iPhone will drive other providers into making better hardware.