First, applications that "appeal to children but contain adult themes" are no longer allowed. This is possibly a follow-up to the 'Elsagate' controversy, where thousands of inappropriate videos featuring family/children characters were being uploaded to YouTube. Apps and games with similar content are now banned.
Some of the world's most powerful tech leaders and many esteemed academics have signed a pledge promising not to develop lethal autonomous weapons. The most notable signatories include the three co-founders of Google-owned AI research company DeepMind — Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman — as well as controversial Boring Company founder Elon Musk and the head of Google's AI division, Jeffrey Dean.
There are a few things that will make me love a game. Good graphics, robots, explosions and an easy-to-use interface. Battle Orb delivers on at least three of these fronts with one of the coolest ideas for a game I've seen. Remember the droidekas from the Star Wars prequels? What's that? You've blocked them from your memory? Well, they were robots that could fold up into balls and roll around a ship's hallways. They were awesome. And in Battle Orb you are that, and it kind of rules. Sort of.
There are two modes that your don't-call-it-a-destroyer has. Ball mode, for traveling down hallways, and battle mode for shooting at things.
Wonderful news for the roughly everyone on the planet who plays Shadowgun: Deadzone: a whole bunch of new stuff is rolling out today! Notably, there's the Gangs feature which allows you to create groups of friends to play with. There are also a couple new maps that you can explore. And by "explore" I mean "kill things in."
There are also new weapon upgrades, some additional hats (because every game has to have hats now, right TF2?) and bug fixes and tweaks all over the place. Here's the full changelog:
What's in this version:
☣New Features: * Two New Maps * New Weapons Upgrades * Chat in Main Menu * Gangs (Play with Friends) * New Hats * Rewards for finishing Zone Control or DeathMatch * Player Rank increased up to 50 now ☣ GamePlay Tweaks: * Redesigned Weapons Stats * Weapons&Gadgets Are Limited by Ranks ☣ Bug Fixing: * Improved Hit Detection * Fixed VoiceChat * Fixed Network Code * Renderer Optimization * Fixed Wall Exploits in Several Levels
As a side note: I love the radioactivity symbol for bullet points, Shadowgun developers.
Summer movie season is already underway, which means that you can expect product placement and tie-ins all over the place. Today's synergistic entry: Men In Black 3 For Android, produced by Gameloft. The game puts you in the role of an MiB agent, protecting the world from rogue alien presences.
The game allows players to tackle enemies one-on-one, as well as train agents, build out the facility, upgrade weapons, and travel through time. If only more games allowed you to bend the space time continuum.
The game is free and doesn't appear to have any in-app purchases. Presumably the game makes its money by slipping subtly into your subconscious by making you want to go see the movie, coming out this Friday, May 25th, in theaters everywhere.
Earlier this month, along with the CNN app for tablets, Google demoed 2 3D games that utilized both of Tegra 2's CPU cores - Monster Madness and Great Battles. The former of these games, Monster Madness, just quietly crept into the Android Market with a hefty $10 price tag. The price of 2 Starbucks coffees is a bit steep for a game, but not unheard of.
So, what does Monster Madness offer you? Zombies, upgradeable weapons, power-ups, destructible worlds, and great 3D graphics, powered by Unreal Engine 3. Not a bad package at all, don't you think? Additionally, local co-op mode via Wi-Fi means you can gang up on those monsters with your friends who can jump in and out of the game as they please.