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Microsoft finally acquires Minecraft and Mojang Studio for $2.5bn

Microsoft has finally acquired the most popular video game ‘Minecraft’ and the Swedish firm Mojang that developed this popular game for $2.5bn. Minecraft is quite popular among the players and has been downloaded for more than 100 million times since its launch in the year 2009

The deal between the Microsoft and the Mojang Studio was announced by Xbox Chief Phil Spencer.

Minecraft is quite popular and is one of the top-selling apps on both the Apple’s iOS store, and Android’s Google Play. Moreover, its sale has witnessed a great jump, with it being available for XBOX One and PlayStation 4.

As stated by the Microsoft, the Mojang Team will be joining the game studio, which is responsible for games like Halo, Forza, and Fable.

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive, Microsoft said, “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

However, on the other side of the story, before the deal finalized, Mojang’s founder Markus Persson had criticized Microsoft and commented that it is not worth developing apps for. At the same time, not so happy and unconvinced attitude was evident through the words of Mojang Team.  Many also expressed their concerns whether their fans would be able to get the same experience that they used to or not.

Notably, the news of a deal between the Mojang Studio and Microsoft is received well by the industry analyst – who feel that Microsoft has taken a smart step and adopted the massive community of Minecraft fans. It is surely a big deal for Microsoft, which is about to earn good business revenue through Minecraft.

Power packed action games for Android

There is no dearth of action games on the Google Play store. Varying from modern-day war games to cartoony jaunts, action games available for Android are certainly engaging, thrilling, and electrifying. Here are the best five titles available under ‘Arcade & Action’ title on Google Play Store.

Dead Space

Dead Space is a bad hardcore gameplay with rich audio experience. Play this game to immerse in bloodcurdling events and discover the sci-fi horror masterpiece.

Developer: Electronic Arts Inc
Price: $7
Requires Android: 2.1 and up

Samurai II: Vengeance

This game offer stunning looking graphics that looks great on all the Android-based devices. earn experience from every kill and use to purchase combos, inflate health bar, and upgrade attack.

Developer: MADFINGER Games
Price: $3
Requires Android: 2.0.1 and up

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Shoot people, smack ladies, steal cars- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is an open-world game with a character driven narrative. If you want to involve yourself in some serious chase, this game is for you.

Developer: Rockstar Games, Inc.
Price: $5
Requires Android: 2.3 and up

Gunman Clive

It is a very well executed, old-school sidescrolling platform game, which involves saving Mayor Johnson’s daughter from the trap of bandits. It is set in the old west with unique artsyle and 3D graphics. All you need do is jump and shoot across 16 challenging levels.

Developer: Bertil Hörberg
Price: $2
Requires Android: 2.0 and up

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

The modern Combat 4 is all about stunning graphics, various difficulty levels and mindboggling missions. Get indulge in this action filled game to feel the chaos of war on the battlefield.

Developer: Gameloft
Price: $7
Requires Android: 2.3 and up

 

New engaging game titles for iOS

Picking a game from the ever-growing App Store can be quite difficult. Whether you like to play arcade titles, role-playing games, puzzlers or any other genre, from the App Store you can probably find as many as 50 engaging games in each and every category. And lately, three more titles have been added to the App Store. They are:

Dungeon Hunter 4: Since 2009, it is the fourth addition in the famous Dungeon Hunter series. As compared to its earlier entries, Dungeon hunter 4 boasts of sharper graphics and smoother controls. If you are a fan of arena style battle games, this game is definitely worth trying.

Developer: Gameloft
Platform: iOS
Price: Free

 


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Lumber Jacked: Another new title lately released for the App Store is Lumber Jacked. It is a 2D game about a lumberjack who’s tired of a beaver named Bustin Beaver stealing all of his wood.

Developer: Everplay Interactive
Platform: iOS 5.0 or later
Price: $0.99

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Blue Toad Murder Files: It is an episodic adventure game that is stunning, massive, and fiendish. Blue Toad Murder Files includes gathering witnesses, evidences, eliminating suspects, solving the puzzles to find the mysterious murderer.

Developer: Relentless Software
Platform: iOS 4.3 or later
Price: $0.99


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Curious to download the games on your iOS device? Just go to iTunes and look out for your game.

Sony unveils Amazing Second Screen app for Spider-Man Blu-ray disc

If you are a die-hard Spiderman fan and have vested interest in the making of The Spider-Man, then this one is surely for you! With the launch of Sony’s Amazing Second Screen app, you get an exclusive chance to dig deep into the extraordinary universe of The Amazing Spider-Man. The app, which can be accessed exclusively on Sony Tablet S, Sony Xperia Tablet S, and Apple iPad, will sync with Spiderman’s upcoming Blu-ray Disc. It will give you a complete behind-the-scene entrance into sparkling world of The Spider-Man. Through this app you can check out the making of The Amazing Spider-Man motion picture.

The app was released a month before the scheduled launch of its companion – the Blu-ray disc, which is scheduled to be released on November 9. The release has come naturally as no blockbuster movies in 2012 can have home release without its second screen companion app. This will allow fans to view some extra content while they enjoy their movie on the TV sets. Each week, leading up to the release, new content will be unlocked through this app, which can be easily downloaded on Sony Tablets and Apple iPads.

The app works on dual interactive modes – the production mode and the timeline mode – both of them delving you deep into the Spiderman’s world with a home-bound video. Through the production mode, you can browse through the production notes and can get complete in-depth behind-the-scene coverage of film, ranging from production to development to its completion. In the timeline mode, the app syncs with the Blu-ray Disc allowing you to experience various featurettes, trivia, storyboards, interviews, and much more. In addition to this, you can also refurbish your Twitter and Facebook pages and share facts and trivia about the making of Spiderman with your friends and family.

The app gives you a complete footage of:
• Dangerous stunts performed by Andrew Garfield and the stunt team
• Photo galleries of costumes, make-up tests, and props used in the movie
• 360 degree interactive models of the Oscorp Tower and The Lizard
• Interviews with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee, director Marc Webb, other cast and crew, and much more.

The Amazing Second Screen app is absolutely free of charge and can be easily downloaded from the App Store on iPads and from Google Play on the Sony Tablet.

Image Credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Verizon Wireless® unveils gaming app GameTanium

If you own an Android-based device and love to play games on it, here is an interesting piece of news for you.

Verizon Wireless has revealed an app that features intriguing games for ultimate gaming experience.

Dubbed as GameTanium, the app primarily is a game subscription service exclusively for Android-based smartphones and tablets. Powered by Verizon Wireless network, the app offers unlimited access to over 100 best titles for smartphones and 50 for tablets. For all the existing Verizon Wireless customers, who are thinking of subscribing the service on your Android device, it is available for a monthly fee of $5.99.

From Doodle God, World of Goo, Fruit Ninja, and more, plethora of titles are available to keep you engrossed and entertained.

Apart from this, the service will also include a parental ratings system and genuine review of all the games.
If you would like to try out and see what all is available, Verizon Wireless is offering free trial of the service, which is available for three days. So, what are you waiting for? Go and grab this opportunity.

Experience the new look of Avengers Alliance on Facebook®

Do you spend umpteen hours playing Marvel: Avengers Alliance on Facebook? Developed by Playdom and now owned by Disney, Avengers Alliance has defied the expectations of the players by offering striving graphics and hours of gameplay.

To add to your gaming experience, Marvel has announced that an exclusive operations chapter from the gripping Avengers vs. X-Men will be included soon.

A ground-breaking character Magik will be incorporated along with the new content and Phoenix Five costumes for Emma Frost, Cyclops, and Colossus. In addition to this, it is also expected that the game will let the players uncover the fifth member of Phoenix Five.

Indulge yourself in the most righteous and dependable assembly of the Marvel world by participating in the Avengers Alliance on Facebook.

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