28th June 2010 by Martin
Recently I expressed my interest in games using the gyroscope built into the brand new iPhone 4. Sadly, I won’t receive my device before middle of July, but Apple has already sold 1.7 million iPhone4s within 3 days. Ngmoco, an experienced iPhone games developer, already placed a game using the gyro in the app store, showing off what can be done with it.
I couldn’t test the game, Gun Range, myself but there is a video on YouTube and while it seems to offer a very basic gameplay, it’s obvious how much closer this way of aiming in video games comes to the real thing. Instead of using a controller or swiping the screen to rotate the character in the game, the player actually has to move around with the iPhone, thereby changing the viewing angle in the game.
14th June 2010 by Martin
Steve Jobs announced in his WWDC 2010 keynote that the iPhone 4 will have a gyroscope. The numerous developers in the audience applauded and are obviously looking forward to working with this new piece of hardware. This is not surprising as it adds exciting new functions for gaming in a 3D environment.
Until now iPhones have been equipped with an accelerometer which has been used in some games but was very limited in terms of sensitivity and precision of the movement. Now the accelerometer and gyroscope will work together and enable iPhones to sense precise motion on six axis – up/down, left/right, forward/backward. Additionally airplane-like movements like pitch, yaw and roll can also be detected. Similar techniques are used in Wii controllers and the upcoming Playstation Move.
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16th December 2009 by Diane
As the European online games market is becoming increasingly competitive, we are starting to see some casualties, games and companies not meeting the success they planned and closing operations or shutting some games down. In the recent weeks, the following closures have been announced, all in the Free to Play category:
- Italy-based Gametribe portal, operated by Game Media Networks, subsidiary of Digital Bros, a retail videogame distribution company, will be closing down on December 31st. The portal had already lost or not renewed the license for Dekaron from developer GameHi since September. It also operated action online game Infinity, cel-shading MMO Dreams of Mirror Online (DOMO) and football session game Kicks Online.
- UK and Spain-based company Rourke Online has seen its portal Key2Play and game servers disconnected after failing to pay for the hosting at the end of November. They were operating F2P MMOs Priston Tale 2 and Ys Online. Ys Online’s service termination had already been announced.
10th November 2009 by Jen
Yesterday, in response to an inflammatory article in the Daily Mail concerning the content of Modern Warfare 2, geek-savvy Labour MP Tom Watson started a Facebook group called Gamers’ Voice to represent the interests of people who love video games. There are a LOT of us: in two days, the group has amassed over 9000 members!