viernes, diciembre 30, 2005

I-Play and First Star Software Sign Global Deal for Boulder Dash® M.E.™ 2
Mobile gamers of the world over will soon have a chance to renew their love affair with Boulder Dash® , First Star Software's multi-million unit selling, timeless and much-loved classic action-puzzle game, thanks to a global, exclusive co-publishing deal announced between First Star and I-play, the mobile games company.
TinySolutions brings "Mill" to the mobile world
TinySolutions brings the classic borard game Mill to the mobile world! For the first time in mobile gaming history TinySolutions implemented an incredible AI algorithm with three different diffuclties for this complex classic board game. So try to beat your mobile device!
BananaSolutions releases SmokeFree, the mobile motivator to help giving up smoking
BananaSolutions announces SmokeFree 1.0.3 - the mobile motivator to help giving up smoking.
Qplaze - RME presents "Real Bowling" for mobiles
The name of the game shows everything is genuine in it. "Real Bowling" gives you a possibility to feel yourself at the playground. Each player can choose a character to play for and enter his own name. You can play with your friend on one mobile phone or compete with different computer rivals in a training or tournament mode.
OrangePixel releases a free frantic shoot em up called: XXL
OrangePixel releases a free frantic shoot em up called: XXL. It's easy to pickup and the main task is to kill everything! Second task is to get the highest score you can get. The game features multiple attack waves, various background, weapon upgrades and an ever speeding gameplay to keep you challenged.
Mr.Goodliving have just released Playman Winter Games 3D
The 3D version functions just like the 2D version of Playman Winter Games, with the same physics and controls. However, what you see and control is a 3D Playman moving in a 3D world.
Synergenix announced the opening of a local office and organization in the United Kingdom
Synergenix, the European subsidiary of mobile games publisher Kayak Interactive announced the opening of a local office and organization in the United Kingdom.
Microforum releases "Aquarium Life"
Microforum, a leading North American publisher and developer of mobile Java games and applications, released Aquarium Life.
With A Cherry On Top: Namco Networks On Mobile Strategies
On September 29, 2005, two Japanese entertainment giants – both founded in the 1950s and both major forces in the video game industry – merged into one singular global entity; Namco Bandai Holdings. As part of the ensuing corporate restructuring, Namco America's mobile division will re-launch on January 1, under new management and with the new moniker of Namco Networks America, Inc. In this exclusive interview with Gamasutra, Namco Networks Vice President of Sales and Marketing Scott Rubin discusses the division's products, sales trends, and what the future holds.
Wireless gaming awaits market breakthrough
Mobile gaming for now remains the killer app that still hasn't knocked 'em dead, but market growth and maturity might be on the way if the wireless industry can overcome some key hurdles. The less-than-ubiquitous availability of game-capable handsets, a high-cost game title licensing structure and a previous lack of innovative marketing and pricing strategies may have thus far limited a mobile market segment that many observers long have viewed as a sure thing.
Hurray! to Acquire Magma, a Java Game Developer and Publisher
BEIJING, Dec. 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Hurray! Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: HRAY - News), a leader in advanced wireless value-added services, digital music production and distribution, and mobile telecommunication network software in the People's Republic of China, today announced the signing of definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the equity interest in Shanghai Magma Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (''Magma''), a leading developer and publisher of wireless Java games in China. Founded in October 2001, Magma has built up an experienced wireless game development team, which has successfully published approximately 200 original in-house games including its signature series, "YY Cat'' and ''PP Pig,'' and other popular games, such as ''Han Dynasty'' and ''108 Heroes.''
GPS games get players off their couches and into the real world
It's a drizzly Sunday in Marymoor Park, a leafy hangout for soccer kids and Ultimate Frisbee jocks, in Redmond, Wash. This afternoon, however, a new breed of outdoor enthusiasts has taken to the field.

miércoles, diciembre 28, 2005

Ikivo extends Mobile SVG support to Sony Ericsson Themes Creator
Ikivo AB, the leading provider of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) software solutions for mobile devices announced that its leading edge technology will power the Mobile SVG element of the popular Themes Creator tool from mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson. Furthermore Ikivo Animator, the foremost SVG content authoring tool, will extend its unique pro-view feature to include Sony Ericsson’s widened portfolio of SVG enabled phones.
BitSilver releases ‘Star Fray'
BitSilver (, the game publishing arm of UK-based ( is proud to announce the release of its first game for mobile phones ‘Star Fray'. Star Fray will be followed by a series of titles that will, it is hoped, appeal to a wide audience.
Regional Mobile Games Debut
As part of its "Indianization" initiative, Mauj Telecom has launched mobile games in Hindi and 7 regional languages including Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Urdu. The move is targeted at regional audiences, as only 3 to 5 percent of the populace is familiar with English.
Games open up new avenue of careers for aspirers
BHUBANESWAR: As mobile gaming catches the fancy of the users, creating gaming enthusiasts on its way to carving a niche wireless business, it certainly has given form to a whole new breed of professionals called game developers.
India's new export: video games
With multiple limbs and each hand wielding a different weapon, the fearsome Indian warrior-goddess Kali is a natural video-game character. And next year, Kali will be coming to game consoles, PCs, and mobile phones around the globe.
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lunes, diciembre 26, 2005

Mauj Telecom launches mobile games in 8 Indian languages
MUMBAI: Wireless solutions provider Mauj Telecom has launched mobile games in Hindi and seven other Indian languages including Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Urdu.
The Year in Wireless 2005
December 23, 2005 - I use this space every week to discuss, mull over, evangelize, and shame mobile games, wireless gaming news, and the industry that surrounds it. But since this is the final update of 2005 here on IGN Wireless, I thought I'd use my corner of the Intertron 3000 to cast one last look over my shoulder at the year that was.
Nokia Next Mobile Development
Nokia's next generation mobile games development platform was unveiled for the first time to sixteen of Nokia's first party games developers, during the inaugral next generation mobile gaming workshops in Helsinki, on the 1st – 2nd December, 2005 and Vancouver, on the 7th – 8th December, 2005.
Top 5 Game Trends in 2006
Among next year’s trends, big changes for mobile gaming and independent developers.
Readers' Vote 2005: Best of Wireless
December 23, 2005 - This week, IGN published the first Wireless edition of our ultra-popular Game of the Year Awards where yours truly looked back over 365 days of mobile gaming and singled out the best games in a variety of categories: Best Racing, Best Action, Best Platformer, etc. While some categories were easy to size up, believe me when I tell you I sat and agonized over a few lists before going with the winners.

viernes, diciembre 23, 2005

Downloadable Java games mainly bought by old men
ELSPA has just announced the November 2005 Mobile Games Java Download Chart, compiled from information supplied by the top five UK mobile phone service providers: 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone. The fact that Tetris, Tiger Woods Golf, Doom, Pacman and Block Breaker Deluxe make up the top five suggests to SPOnG that its mainly older males who purchase downloadable Java games.
UK's Top Mobile Games Headed By Tetris
UK trade association ELSPA has published its chart of the most downloaded mobile phone games for November 2005 in the United Kingdom. The chart compiles information supplied by 3, O2, Orange,T-Mobile, and Vodafone, and gives an intriguing look at what UK mobile game consumers are actually purchasing this holiday season.

jueves, diciembre 22, 2005

Russia's MegaFon Northwest user base up 35% on year
ST. PETERSBURG, Dec 21 (Prime-Tass) -- The subscriber base of Russia’s third largest national GSM mobile operator MegaFon in the Northwest Federal District increased 35% on the year to 5.4 million users this year, the commercial director of the company’s Northwest branch Nikolai Demenchuk said at a press conference Wednesday.
M6 Beats 200,000 Subscriber Target For Mobile Services
PARIS -(Dow Jones)- M6 mobile, the mobile phone service of French private television M6-Metropole Television and France Telecom's mobile operator Orange said Wednesday that it beat its own target of 200,000 subscribers.
PRESS RELEASE: Skipping Stone scoops IGN’s ‘Wireless Game of the Year’
San Mateo, CA & London, UK – 20th December, 2005: I-play, the mobile games company, today announced that Skipping Stone, the most compulsive 'one thumb play' title was voted 'Best Wireless Game of the Year' overall, as well as 'Wireless Game of the Year for Best Artistic Design'. The game, which has enjoyed unprecedented critical success, was developed by Korean based Gamevil, and published and distributed by I-play last September to its global network of over 100 operators.
Wireless Web Surfing and Mobisodes
December 21, 2005 - The evolution of the cellphone is fascinating -- from its introduction in the early eighties in cinder block-sized form to today's lightning fast, razor-thin handsets. The technology has become a permanent part of modern communication, used in every corner of the globe from Boston to Bombay. But while the cellphone still serves the primary purpose of voice communication, today's newer handsets also offer incredible new services and have rapidly become linked to the other communication marvel of the last decade: the internet.
Mobile Games Pay Off for Ubisoft
Ubisoft's venture into gaming on the go appears to be paying off. Its mobile gaming subsidiary, Gameloft, has sold almost as many games as Ubisoft, said boss Yves Guillemot.

miércoles, diciembre 21, 2005

The competition “IMAGINA GAMES AWARDS”, organised by Monaco Mediax, will be held during IMAGINA 2006 In Monaco from 1 – 3 February 2006. The competition starts 1 September 2005 and ends 3 January 2006. The Awards ceremony will take place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on 1 February 2006.
China Mobile Adds 3.92 Million Subscribers In November
HONG KONG -(Dow Jones)- China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd., the listed arm of China's largest mobile operator, said Tuesday it added 3.92 million subscribers in November, up slightly from 3.90 million additional users in October.

martes, diciembre 20, 2005

Zingy and G Unit Call for Players' Help to Free Yayo
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2005--Zingy, the leader in mobile media, announced today the availability of G Unit: Free Yayo in the US, the first game to be released through the exclusive mobile publishing agreement with G Unit, 50 Cent's urban brand.
Nokia introduces next generation of mobile gaming development tools to premier mobile games studios
Nokia's next generation mobile games development platform was unveiled for the first time to sixteen of Nokia's first party games developers, during the inaugral next generation mobile gaming workshops in Helsinki, on the 1st - 2nd December, 2005 and Vancouver, on the 7th - 8th December, 2005.
Symbian Game Spotlight: Smartphone Users Want Their Sudoku
In a recent announcement, AOL noted that Sudoku (the Japanese, number placing puzzle) is a term that has quickly risen to the ranks of their leading search terms... the term has made the list of Top 25 AOL search terms for 2005. This addictive game is available from numerous publishers and typically ranges in price from $3 - $9, although free versions can be found if you look hard enough. UIQ, S60, S80, and Java flavors are available.
Picking objects in 3D space using JSR 184
This article describes how you can pick objects in 3D space using the JSR 184 API. Examples of how this technique can be used include collision detection or selecting an object.
Developer Case Study: Digital Chocolate turn 3D games landscape
The Sony Ericsson W550 and W600 Walkman phones boast a screen display that can be rotated 90 degrees (so called "landscape mode" support), aimed specifically for gaming and camera use. Game developer and publisher Digital Chocolate converted their successful Mobile Java 3D game 3D Extreme Air Snowboarding to landscape mode ready for preloading on the Sony Ericsson W550i and W600 mobile phones at market launch.
SavaJe OS Release for 3G Phones
US : SavaJe Technologies is pleased to announce that Release 2.5 of SavaJe OS, SavaJe Technologies' Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) based open operating system, is now shipping to mobile handset manufacturers.
O2 Launch Soccer Addicts for 2.5G and 3G Phones
Europe UK : O2 and Buongiorno team up to launch Soccer Addicts, the world's first mobile sports talk show, as an exclusive for O2's 2.5G and 3G customers in the UK.
Java 4K game programming contest 2006
The latest installment of the Java 4K competition is underway. It runs from Dec 1 2005 to March 1 2006.
MegaFon user base in Russia’s Far East up to 900,000 users
MOSCOW, Dec 19 (Prime-Tass) -- The subscriber base of Russia’s third largest mobile operator MegaFon in the Far East Federal District soared to 900,000 users since the beginning of the year, the press service of Mobikom-Khabarovsk said Monday.
Argentina Telephone Union To Strike Over Hours, Wages
BUENOS AIRES -(Dow Jones)- Workers at Telecom Argentina and Telefonica de Argentina, the country's two fixed-line operators, are planning an afternoon strike Monday to demand a shorter workday and higher salaries, renewing a labor dispute that has been latent for the last year.

lunes, diciembre 19, 2005

Games firm launches Crazy Frog killer
19.12.2005 - Anyone who recalls the video clip that spread like wildfire by email and DVD of a local man who becomes a self-styled GAA commentator that went on to possibly inspire acts such as the D’Unbelievables will be delighted to know that the character has been brought back to life by Dublin games firm Eirplay. The company plans to use the character in ringtones and mobile games in a bid to knock the annoying Crazy Frog off his perch.
PRESS RELEASE: Nokia introduces the next generation of mobile gaming development tools to premier mobile games studios from North America, Europe and Australia
Espoo, Finland, December 19, 2005 – Nokia's next generation mobile games development platform was unveiled for the first time to sixteen of Nokia's first party games developers, during the inaugral next generation mobile gaming workshops in Helsinki, on the 1st – 2nd December, 2005 and Vancouver, on the 7th – 8th December, 2005.
PRESS RELEASE: Mr.Goodliving Brings Popular Pinball Games to Mobile Phones
Helsinki, Finland – December 19, 2005 – Mr.GoodlivingTM, a subsidiary of RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK) announced today the launch of three new pinball games: Hat Trick Pinball, GTi Pinball and 80's Pinball for Europe, adding to the to the company's growing portfolio of mobile titles. Starting today, the games are available from major operators and service providers throughout Europe for prices ranging from 3 to 7 Euros.
iFone Brings Hasbro’s Classic GAME OF LIFE to Mobile
Manchester, 19 December 2005 – iFone, the leading wireless entertainment publisher, and Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR), a leading global publisher of video games, today announced the launch of Hasbro’s classic board game THE GAME OF LIFE as a mobile game. THE GAME OF LIFE, under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), is the latest in the series of Hasbro toys and games offered by iFone through its agreement with Atari. Some of those toys and games include CLUEDO, BATTLESHIP, MONOPOLY and MICRO MACHINES.
MFORMA Launches X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Mobile Game
SAN FRANCISCO — December 19, 2005 — MFORMA, world-leading mobile entertainment publisher and distributor, has released X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse to mobile users everywhere. The sequel to the best-selling X-Men title, X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is produced in collaboration with Marvel and Activision and is based on Activision’s console game. The mobile version incorporates the popular features of the console version, including the ability for gamers to create Super Hero dream teams featuring popular X-Men and classic Brotherhood villains, and earn experience points to upgrade and customize the characters’ levels and powers to unleash brutal attacks on enemies.

sábado, diciembre 17, 2005

TGI Announces the 4th Annual Austin Game Conference
The Game Initiative, the leading producer of conferences for game industry professionals, today announced the 4th annual Austin Game Conference takes place September 7-8, 2006 in Austin, Texas. As the definitive conference for online game development, the Austin Game Conference addresses the specific needs of developers and publishers creating online games for mobile, pc and console platforms.
PRESS RELEASE: Synergenix To Use Terraplay 's Connected Gaming Service For New Titles
Synergenix, the European subsidiary of mobile games publisher Kayak Interactive, will use Terraplay's global gaming network to enable connected gaming in a number of forthcoming games.
G3 Studios Prepares FDG Mobile Games’ Sizzling 'Bowling XXX' for North America
NewswireToday - (newswire) - San Clemente, CA, 12/16/2005 - G3 Studios and FDG Mobile Games have signed an exclusive publishing agreement to globally publish and distribute "Bowling XXX," the best-selling, erotic Bowling game for BREW and J2ME cell phones throughout America.

viernes, diciembre 16, 2005

GlobalFun AB to release 'Absolute Puzzle Deluxe'
GlobalFun AB a global wireless entertainment developer and publisher has announced it is releasing a sequel to the very popular game Absolute Puzzle.
Mr.Goodliving is proud to present "Turbo Camels - We wish you a Hairy Christmas!"
Mr.Goodliving is proud to present "Turbo Camels - We wish you a Hairy Christmas!"
I-play launches "The Weakest Link" in the US
I-play, the mobile games company, announced the North American launch of the mobile game, “ The Weakest Link™ based on the hugely popular trivia quiz game television show. Since the BBC, owner of the show format, first broadcast it in 2000 the game has encountered an astonishing global success, with national versions of the game broadcast in over 40 countries. Phrases from the show have by now entered people's everyday vocabulary, especially the “You are The Weakest Link. Goodbye!” put-down when a contestant is evicted from the show.
Spelless releases 'Senor Frosti'
Spelless releases 'Senor Frosti'
Player One on Cue with Ronnie O'Sullivan Snooker Game
Player One Limited, a leading global publisher of games and content for mobile phones, has pocketed a deal with World Snooker No.1 and double Premier League Snooker Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan to launch his own mobile phone game, Ronnie O'Sullivan Snooker .
HeroCraft releases 'Dragon And Dracula 3D'
«Dragon and Dracula 3D» is a 3-dimensional version of one of the most popular HeroCraft games about adventures of the funny little Dragon who has to fight the scary Dracula in his mysterious world. This game opens a series of 3D games and leads us into the era of 3-dimensional mobile phone future.
EA games to hit mobile phones
Popular titles like 'Need For Speed' and 'FIFA Soccer' are set to hit mobile phones after games giant Electronic Arts announced a deal to buy mobile games company Jamdat Mobile.
Superscape Mobile Games Now Available on Telstra Network
HOOK, England, December 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Superscape Group plc (LSE:SPS) announces that a number of its mobile games titles are now available for download from the Telstra network in Australia.
US Shoppers Willing to Pay Extra For "cool" Phones
According to new research from Compete, USA based cellular phone shoppers are coveting "cool" phones and popular features this holiday season, even if they don't come free. These shopping preferences put the Motorola RAZR and the Danger Sidekick II at the top of consumers' shopping lists alongside advanced Bluetooth and music player functionality.
Brazil's Mobile Cos Register 1.1 Million New Clients In Nov
SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- Brazilian mobile phone companies added 1.1 million clients in November, indicating a minor slowdown in the breakneck expansion in cellphone usage, according to preliminary figures released by telecommunications regulator Anatel Thursday.

jueves, diciembre 15, 2005

Screen Digest Success
A new report from Screen Digest, "Wireless Gaming Business Models – Opportunities for publishers, developers and network operators" has also found that Japan and Korea, once regarded as the power houses of the mobile games industry, have seen their position eroded. During 2005, the Western markets of Europe and in particular the US have seen rapid growth – now accounting for 52 percent of mobile games revenues.
3G Mobile Network Launched in Venezuela
Venezuela : TMovistar announced the commercial launch of Movistar's third-generation (3G) CDMA2000(R) 1xEV-DO network to serve the country's 26 main cities. The Lucent supplied 3G network will allow Movistar to provide subscribers to its Play 3G and Banda Ancha EVDO Movistar services with new high-speed mobile data applications such as Virtual Private Networks to create a mobile office environment, high quality video on demand, and other broadband services at speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second (Mbps).
Multimedia Technology Ready for 3G Mobile Devices
Australia : The World Wide Web Consortium announces the publication of Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL 2.1) as a W3C Recommendation. Thanks to enhancements in SMIL 2.1, W3C is well on the way to making multimedia presentations on mobile devices a reality.

miércoles, diciembre 14, 2005

Inlogic software releases Fatal Fist
Inlogic software, an independent European developer of games and applications for mobile phones, presents a new game Fatal Fist based on the revolutionary engine DecomPOSE, with which it is possible to create a higher number of character animations than it is usual in nowadays mobile games. Inlogic software with a help by DecomPOSE moves the quality of animations in mobile games a huge step forward. DecomPOSE stand out by its simplicity, what spares the very important operative memory of mobile phones. Fatal Fist is an action game, in which the player deals with all the life-and-death street fights. Fatal Fist offers the most unexpected interactivity by now, the player can use all the objects which he or she finds during the game as weapons. He/she can destroy benches, coffee automats, phone booths etc.
'Cannon Fodder' goes Symbian
Mobile games publisher and distributor Telcogames and videogames publisher Codemasters announced the launch of a brand new mobile version of the legendary Amiga title Cannon Fodder for Symbian smartphones.
Ikivo introduces New SVG Software Solution for Java Applications
Ikivo AB, the leading provider of SVG software solutions for mobile devices, announced that their SVG for Java technology is being used in a North America based mobile device supporting JSR226.
Edge Mobile Game Development Contest
Elements Interactive is hosting a game development contest using their EDGE Mobile Game Engine. This competition is open to all developers, whether you are an individual, a group of individuals or a company who is using either an evaluation or commercial version of the EDGE library.
Oberon Media Extends Presence in Mobile Games Market: Acquires Cmate S.A.
Oberon Media, a leading publisher and distributor of casual games, announced today the acquisition of Cmate S.A., a leading provider of mobile games and technologies. Cmate will provide Oberon with technology to enable truly cross-platform gaming experiences, allowing gamers to play on whatever platform they choose, with whomever they choose. Additionally, the combined entity will provide Oberon with a dynamic portfolio of single player, multiplayer, and tournament based mobile casual games.
Mobile Gamers Likely To Replace Handsets Twice a Year
IGN Entertainment has released a new report which finds mobile gamers are key growth drivers for the mobile industry. The survey documents spending habits of mobile gamers, which shows more hardware buys per year, higher minute usage and bigger wireless bills. The report finds that early adopters, who will lead the way for all other cell phone users into the rapidly growing market for mobile gaming, spend 25% more on their hardware and are willing to pay 75% more than other gamers for mobile games. They are considerably more likely than other gamers to switch wireless service providers to gain access to downloadable content, unlimited data (Internet) access, and the coolest phones/latest technology.
Gambling Via Vodafone Live
Austria's GSM network operator, A1 has launched a gambling service through the Vodafone live! portal. Mobile phone bets can even be placed while games are in progress. Every newly registered customer will also receive a gaming credit of EUR5.
CDMA Upgrade for Venezuela
Venezuela's Movistar has announced the commercial launch of it's 3G CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network to serve the country's 26 main cities. Lucent upgraded Movistar's existing Lucent-supplied base stations and mobile switching center (MSC) to support CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology.
Japan October Mobile Phone Shipments Up 32% On Year
TOKYO -(Dow Jones)- Japan's shipments of mobile phones, including personal handy-phone system devices, soared 32.0% in October from a year earlier to 3.17 million units, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association said Tuesday.

martes, diciembre 13, 2005

Is Your Child Ready For A Wireless Phone?
( parents have a number of hang-ups about whether or not their children are too young to own a cell phone. Some experts believe that readiness is not based on age, but responsibility and need.
LG u880 3G Phone Review
A long, long time ago ( April 2004 ), LG introduced the first of the 8100 series of 3G mobile handsets. I bought one and so did Simon Cowell ( X-factor fame ). It was a trailblazer and a hot potato at the sales counter. But then, LG made so many reincarnations of the same model, it would take a younger brain than mine to count exactly how many variations of the same basic phone followed. Now, approaching 2 years later they launch their new offering. Has LG moved on ? asks Kevin Thomas of 3G.
Mobile Content A Key Factor When Buying a Handset
According to research on digital services for mobile phones commissioned by Buongiorno Vitaminic, downloading ringtones, wallpapers and multimedia games comes third place among the favourite activities of mobile holders, preceded only by calls and texting. In comparison to 2004, customers' satisfaction level with the services acquired has increased. They considered services more entertaining, glamorous and closer to personal tastes.

lunes, diciembre 12, 2005

Mr. Goodliving is proud to present 'PileUp!'
Mr. Goodliving presents PileUp!, its latest mobile Puzzle game.
Bandai Networks, Bandai S.A. and Living Mobil release Tamagotchi game for Mobiles
Mobile content leader in Japan and across the world, Bandai Networks Co., Ltd. (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Satoshi Oshita; hereafter Bandai Networks) and Bandai Co., Ltd.'s European operation company, Bandai S.A. (France; President : Masayuki Matsuo; hereafter Bandai SA), are collaborating with industry giant, Living Mobile GmbH (Germany; Managing Director: Thomas Garanin; hereafter Living Mobile), a European developer and marketer of mobile phone games, to offer a mobile phone version of “Tamagotchi” for telecom providers throughout Europe.
DS Effects released 'Xmas Gifts 3D' and 'Cosmic Girl 3D'
DS Effects, the italian mobile game developer and publisher has released two java 3D games: Xmas Gifts 3D and Cosmic Girl 3D. These are two of four 3D games planned by DS Effects this year followed by many more 3D titles in 2006.
Rocket Mobile Embedded Technology Speeds Time to Market for Two New Motorola Handsets
LOS GATOS, Calif., Dec. 12 -- Rocket Mobile(R), a leading provider of mobile phone software, today announced the availability of two new mobile handsets enabled by Rocket Mobile's embedded BREW(R) solution. Rocket Mobile's core handset technologies significantly cut the time to market for advanced mobile devices from leading handset manufacturers. Motorola's much anticipated RAZR V3c and the Motorola V325 will be the first set of U.S. handsets to feature Rocket Mobile's embedded technology.

domingo, diciembre 11, 2005

Electronic Arts Jams With Jamdat
NEW YORK - Big news after the markets closed on Dec. 8: Electronic Arts announced it will pay $680 million in cash (or $27 per share) to acquire Jamdat Mobile. In reaction to the news, the stock was up about 18% the next day, trading close to $27 per share. At this level, Jamdat is up 78% from its 52-week low.

sábado, diciembre 10, 2005

MFORMA and Rovio Launce Horrifying New Mobile Game in U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO — December 8, 2005 — MFORMA, a world-leading mobile entertainment publisher, and Rovio, an innovative European mobile games developer and publisher, are partnering to bring Rovio’s Darkest Fear, already a hit in Europe, to mobile users in the U.S. and Canada. Darkest Fear has been dubbed a “survival horror” game and is entirely original. It defines a new genre in mobile games by combining a genuinely frightening horror theme with elements of role-playing, strategy, and puzzle games. The game has been called “atmospheric and engaging” by one industry mobile game reviewer and “enthralling and original” by another. Darkest Fear is launching in the U.S. in early December and will soon be available on all major wireless operators.
PRESS RELEASE: WonderPhone announces the launch of Manta, the first mobile content portal entirely consecrated to video games
Paris – December 9, 2005 – WonderPhone announces the launch of Manta, the first mobile content portal entirely consecrated to video games with a catalogue of 150 java games and more than 300 logos and ringtones

viernes, diciembre 09, 2005

EA to buy Jamdat Mobile for $680M
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Electronic Arts Inc. said late Thursday it has agreed to pay $680 million in cash for Jamdat Mobile Inc., the top publisher of video games for wireless devices, in a deal that expands its presence in a fast-growing games market.
Report: Publishers Failing to Grasp Mobile
Screen Digest's "Wireless Gaming Business Models -- Opportunities for publishers, developers and network operators" also found that Japan and Korea, once regarded as the power houses of the mobile games industry, have seen their position eroded. During 2005, the Western markets of Europe and in particular the US have seen rapid growth ? now accounting for 52 percent of mobile games revenues.
I-play Score a Powerplay Goal with the Exclusive U.S. Olympic Team Ice Hockey License
SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 8, 2005) - I-play, the mobile phone games company, today announced a continuing partnership with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), exclusive licensee of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), to publish 'U.S. Olympic Team Ice Hockey,' the only mobile phone game licensed by the USOC. The game, a realistic simulation of Olympic ice hockey, is set to launch in the U.S. in January next year, in time for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

jueves, diciembre 08, 2005

Nokia Launches S60 3rd Edition Challenge for Mobile Developers
ESPOO, Finland, December 8 -- Nokia, the global leader in mobility, today announced the Forum Nokia S60 3rd Edition Challenge, a competition designed to drive development of innovative new mobile enterprise, music, location-based and Macromedia Flash applications for the S60 3rd Edition Platform.
Growth Opportunities & Challenges Facing the Mobile Sector
The mobile entertainment industry is still relatively young but is expanding quickly. Many areas of the market leave plenty of room for growth but there are numerous obstacles as well. We chat with David Danon, the CEO of Sonic Branding Solutions (a leading worldwide provider of mass market mobile entertainment), about these issues and the future of the mobile market.
Indiagames and EA to launch key mobile games
MUMBAI: Indiagames has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Electronic Arts, a leading interactive entertainment company, that will bring EA's roster of mobile games to consumers across multiple mobile carriers in India.
Digital Chocolate Receives Forum Nokia Pro Award For 'Wordking Poker' Mobile
HELSINKI, FINLAND and SAN MATEO, CA, USA, December 7, 2005 - Digital Chocolate, Inc., a leading publisher of software for mobile phones, has been awarded a Forum Nokia PRO Award for its mobile game WordKing Poker. The Forum Nokia PRO Awards 2005 recognize outstanding achievement among members of Nokia's advanced developer support program, Forum Nokia PRO. The awards are presented to developers who exemplify "best practices" and who have made significant contributions to driving innovation in the mobility industry.
Net Lizard released a great game: "Price of Egypt"
The unmatched hit of 2005-2006 from NET Lizard Company for your mobile phone!
Egypt…2000 years before Christ…the beginning of the decline of the great civilization.
The sacred signs of the god Ra have been stolen by the high priest Anubis willing to get the control of the Kingdom of Egypt.
You will have to find the god’s signs wandering in the palace of the Great Pharaoh and cold and gloomy dungeon of Anubis. Find all the god signs in the dark caves of the palace avoiding all the traps and abysses, fighting with the enemy warriors, pharaohs and alive mummies. See other games:
Presentación de lo mejor de "Siggraph 2005"
El lunes 12 de diciembre a las 19 y 15 hs. tendrá lugar en el Auditorio ORT Centro (Cuareim 1451) la presentación de lo mejor de "Siggraph 2005", el mayor congreso de Animación y Arte Digital a nivel mundial. La actividad es organizada por la Coordinación de Animación y Tecnologías Digitales de la Facultad de Comunicación y Diseño. La presentación la brinda el Lic. Alejandro Erramún (Coordinador Académico de Animación y Tecnologías Digitales - Escuela de Diseño - Universidad ORT)
II Jornada Java/J2EE
Ayer tuvo lugar en la Universidad ORT del Uruguay la segunda jornada Java, dentro de la cual Fernando Sansberro (Batovi Games Studio) dio una charla titulada "Programación de Juegos para Celulares Java", la cual mostro una audiendia muy interesada en el tema.
En la charla se dio una noticia importante: La Universidad ORT del Uruguay va a instalar un laboratorio de investigación en videojuegos donde los alumnos podrán realizar electivas, investigaciones, proyectos, etc. Por mayor información contactar a Daniel Szabo, Coordinador Académico de Computación en la Universidad.

miércoles, diciembre 07, 2005

Sony Ericsson 3G W900i Exclusively Available from Vodafone
Europe UK : From December 8, 2005, the Sony Ericsson W900i Walkman mobile, will be available to buy exclusively from Vodafone. The handset will be exclusively available from Vodafone throughout December and January.
NEC N343i I-Mode Phone Review
This prepay i-mode primer flaunts distinctive looks, almost mimicking the iPod’s white livery. Its rigid, clean lines look classy while its slimline frame gives it aspirations above its affordable prepay status.
NEC N411i I-Mode Phone Review
The N411i may appear more advanced than the N343i but, apart from a more powerful 1.3-megapixel camera and vastly improved screen, the improvements are negligible.
Change of mode
FORTY-TWO million Japanese can’t be wrong, can they? This is the number of subscribers Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has amassed since the inception of i-mode in 1999. Now this mobile internet revolution has spread across Europe and made its way to UK shores courtesy of O2. I-Mode is essentially the internet scaled down to fit snugly on your mobile handset. It offers a breadth of content and web partners WAP has never been able to amass while its ease of use and payment schemes are as transparent as a Big Brother contestant.

martes, diciembre 06, 2005

Mobile Games Forum 2006
Once again, industry leaders from across the globe will be meeting at MGF to discuss and debate how to make into reality the glorious growth predictions made by certain analysts. To secure the growth of the mobile games market all players in the ecosystem will need to work together to find out how to deliver games to the mass market, minimize the cost of QA and device support as well as make ommunity gaming a profitable proposition.
3D Pac-Man Game for Mobile Phones
Namco Europe's Web & Mobile Content division has announced the launch of PAC-MANIA, the 3D sequel to the world famous video game PAC-MAN. In PAC-MANIA, PAC-MAN can jump in all four directions. Competitors now have to keep an eye out for bonus fruits and foods like ice cream, hamburgers and coffee, which can add to PAC-MAN's points, increase his speed, or the height of his jumps. In addition to the antics of Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde there are now three athletic new ghosts who can also jump and try to nab PAC-MAN in a sneaky ambush.

lunes, diciembre 05, 2005

Elements Interactive releases Edge SDK 2.10
Elements Interactive B.V. releases version 2.10 of its multi-platform mobile game engine Edge. This new version adds support for more platforms including Symbian Series 80 (Nokia 9500), Symbian Series 90 (Nokia 7710) and Windows Mobile 5.0. Additionally it adds native support for the newest Visual C++ compiler, packaged with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Developers targetting Windows Desktop are able to use the Visual C++ 2005 Express edition to develop Win32 applications.
Shamrock Games releases “Night Watch”
Shamrock Games, part of Next Media Group - leading Russian integrator, developer, and distributor of mobile content and services – presents a new Java game for GSM mobile phones – “Night Watch” . Game is based on the famous book and blockbuster of the same title. Two versions are available – Night Watch Darkness and Night Watch Light. “Beet'em all” is one of the most popular mobile game genres – player is fighting “one against all”, and scrolling function provides for extra maneuver and opportunity.
Glu Mobile launches 'Alpha Wing 2'
Glu Mobile, a leading creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, announced the release of Alpha Wing 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the award-winning mobile hit, Alpha Wing. Alpha Wing 2 features an engaging story, cutting edge sound and graphics, and fast-paced high-quality action gameplay. Developed internally at Glu Mobile, Alpha Wing 2 is also the company’s first release with 3D graphics.
Kuju Wireless Publishing Spins Off To Finesse Mobile
Kuju Wireless Publishing Ltd, the specialist UK-headquartered mobile game publishing division of Battalion Wars developer Kuju plc has announced that it has been acquired by The Finesse Publishing Group.
Superscape Mobile Games on T-Mobile US
SAN CLEMENTE, California, December 5 -- Superscape Group plc (LSE: SPS), the world's leading publisher of 3D mobile games, announces that three more of its titles are now available for consumers of the T-Mobile network to download.
DOOM RPG Wins "Mobile Phone Game of the Year" Award
LOS ANGELES -- Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: JMDT) announced today that id Software's popular title DOOM RPG(TM) has been named "Mobile Phone Game of the Year" at the 2005 Digital Entertainment & Media Excellence (DEMX) Awards, presented yesterday evening at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. DOOM RPG was co-developed by Fountainhead Entertainment and id Software, and is published by JAMDAT Mobile.
Nokia N70 3G Phone Review
Nokia’s niche Nseries isn’t renowned for its mainstream appeal. Could the latest model, the 3G, Symbian-powered N70, be about to change that? We get upgraded to premium class and take a look.

domingo, diciembre 04, 2005

Big Mobile Games. Really, Really Big
Ever wanted to play pong on the side of an entire office building using your cell phone as the controller? Now you can.

sábado, diciembre 03, 2005

Crash Tag Team Racing Launches on Cingular Wireless in North America
SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) and I-play, today announced that the mobile version of Crash Tag Team Racing(TM) has launched on Cingular Wireless. I-play has exclusive North American mobile game rights to distribute VU Games' Crash Tag Team Racing mobile release.
VinaPhone provides Mobile Games Download
VietNamNet – After two weeks of testing, VinaPhone has provided customers with first copyright protected games in Vietnam.

viernes, diciembre 02, 2005

Exactmobile hosts World Cyber Games Mobile Finals

Four mobile gamers will be sent to the World Cyber Games in Singapore in November by Exactmobile to represent South Africa in the inaugural mobile competition at the event.
PRESS RELEASE: Synergenix partners with Samba Tech to deliver games in South America
Synergenix, a leading global mobile entertainment publisher, chose the Brazilian mobile aggregator Samba Tech as their partner in South America. The agreement closed this week foresees the distribution of Synergenix' mobile versions of best-selling PC and console titles such as the Conflict series; Conflict: Vietnam, Conflict: Desert Storm, and Conflict: Global Storm, and Synergenix cutting edge portfolio of 3D games.
The mobile phone craze could come handy in fighting the HIV/AIDS menace, with four cellphone games launched here today on the occasion of World AIDS day to spread awareness among the people on the deadly virus.
3G UMTS Mobile Phone for the Americas
US NY : Nokia unveiled one of the industry's first mobile handsets designed to support 1900MHz UMTS networks expected to go online in the Americas during 2006.
Nokia 6233 Offers 3G Performance in Sleek Package
US NY : Nokia unveiled the Nokia 6233, a classically designed model tailored for business and entertainment.
Nokia 3G Mobile Phone Exclusively for Vodafone
US NY : In connection with its annual Capital Market Days event, Nokia today unveiled the 3G-enabled Nokia 6234. Featuring a 2-megapixel camera, a 320 x 240 QVGA color screen, digital music player, stereo speakers and a wide array of features and applications which take advantage of WCDMA mobile broadband services, the Nokia 6234 will be available exclusively for Vodafone customers world-wide. The stylish and classic Nokia 6234 (WCDMA 2100 / GSM 900/1800/1900) is expected to begin shipping in the 1st quarter of 2006.

jueves, diciembre 01, 2005

Orange Netherlands Selects End2End for Fully Outsourced Mobile Games Proposition
December 1st, 2005 – Orange Netherlands, part of Orange Group, one of the world's largest mobile communications companies, and End2End, Europe’s leading provider of outsourced solutions for mobile data, today announced a strategic partnership in mobile gaming.
PRESS RELEASE: IN-FUSIO Mobile Games Available On i-mode®
30th November 2005: O2 has today announced it has partnered with IN-FUSIO to provide award-winning mobile games to i-mode consumers in the UK. The partnership sees IN-FUSIO's site available immediately and features an exciting line up of mobile games helping IN-FUSIO to build a close relationship with increasingly mobile consumers. The site offers mobile consumers access to IN-FUSIO's play+ mobile games on its i-mode site. As an official partner, IN-FUSIO will be available through i-mode's intuitive interface under Games on the i-mode menu.
Crazy Frog Displaced by Baaarmy Sheep
The Crazy Frog's Christmas single - Jingle Bells -gets its first UK airplay today and is widely tipped to become a music chart Christmas number one. But the "Baarmy Sheep" of the Lake District are launching a pre-emptive strike by making their own version of Jingle Bells available for free from the website of Cumbria Tourist Board at