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LogoJared is getting married this weekend, and will be vanishing from TouchArcade for the next week and a half while he does various honeymoon activities. So, strap in for the last podcast featuring the bearded one as a bachelor. Anyway, this episode starts off with some reader emails and then we hop right in to discussing the Apple TV via the hands on we posted of my time with the Nvidia Shield. From there, we discuss a few games like Mos Speedrun 2 [$1.99] and Shooty Skies [Free]. It's a good time, I promise, and it seems Mike Meade got attacked by bees at the end of the show as he gets a little buzzy.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Mos Speedrun 2'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

October Patreon Update - Thanks Everyone!

October Patreon Update - Thanks Everyone!

October 2nd, 2015 6:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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It's October already, and it's wild how fast this year is flying by. Back when we launched our Patreon in June we had high hopes but we never thought it'd be this successful. Earlier in September when the iOS ad blocker drama hit, we asked readers to back our Patreon if they were going to block our ads it sent our Patreon soaring with over 500 backers and $8,000 in total monthly support. Really, really awesome stuff and we appreciate every last one of you, Patreon backers and fans of the site...

The world is waiting on the Nintendo and DeNA collaboration to come to fruitition. With 5 games expected to release in the next 2 years, but promises of original experiences, what exactly will these be? Well, we have our first big hint from Dr. Serkan Toto, game industry consultant based in Tokyo who historically has been very reliable and well-connected in the Asian video game industry. He says:..

With NBA 2K16 rolling out this week, the companion app MyNBA2K16 [Free] is out now, and if you're playing the console NBA 2K16, you'll want to check this out. The app lets you earn a ton of NBA 2K16 Virtual Currency by using the app, and playing the card game in the app. From what we hear, the VC you earn in MyNBA2K16 is quite lucrative to help you out in the console game. Do make sure to link your NBA 2K16 account to the app to get the rewards, though...

The Journey Down has seen two fantastic entries in the series so far, with the most recent Chapter 2 [$6.99] being an amazing and unique experience. The game is incredibly unique thanks in part to its Afro-Caribbean influence on the stylings, while also being a really cool example of the point-and-click genre. The second chapter ended with a cliffhanger for more adventures to come, and SkyGoblin has unveiled the first glimpses of the new chapter as part of their Kickstarter pitch. It also gives some background on the series, and how the Swedish developers have roots in Africa...

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

Shakira Is Teaming up With Rovio Because, Sure, Why Not

October 2nd, 2015 12:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you thought Mariah Carey getting mixed up with Game of War to star in commercials for the game was weird, strap in for this one- According to E! Online, Shakira is teaming up with the guys at Rovio to do some sort of Angry Birds crossover as revealed by Mashable. Here's the new video they're teasing, showing off Shakira's involvement: ..

Crescent Moon's 'Leave Me Alone' Gets a Trailer and a Release Date of October 8th

If you like skateboarding but hate weird mutants, boy do I have a game for you. It's the latest release from Crescent Moon Games, due to be released next week, and it's called Leave Me Alone. In the game you play as a skater punk kind of dude, skate around, and well, I guess fight giant snakes and other things. Check out the trailer:..

NimbleBit Is Working on a 'Sky Burger' Update

October 2nd, 2015 10:45 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Updates
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Are there people still reading TouchArcade who remember NimbleBit's Sky Burger [Free]? If not, it was released back in 2009 and was the pseudo-sequel of sorts to Scoops [Free], a ice cream stacking tilt-controlled game. Scoops is exceedingly basic by today's standards, but it was a hit when it came out and was among the first few games that put NimbleBit on the trajectory they're on now. Sky Burger was an evolution of that formula, with slightly more in-depth gameplay that had you building huge burgers instead...

The reaction to Tasos's editorial on the oncoming irrelevance of PC gaming and Eli's editorial on how the things you love aren't going away once mobile takes over from the last couple of days struck some nerve, for sure. And it's interesting because there's usually a lot of gaming enthusiasts and even media that are upset by the 'threat' mobile represents. What truly piqued my curiousity is that the negative reaction has included a lot of game developers who have seemingly been freaking out and denying that console/PC gaming is, if not on the downswing right now, then about to see a painful decline really soon. This is utterly baffling, because mobile overtaking other gaming formats feels like the obvious future with the convenience that it offers. The history of technology and especially gaming is full of examples of how people have adapted to technological advances that were more convenient, despite any drawbacks that pop up. And to suggest that mobile gaming is the one exception to the rule is myopic to an absurd degree...

RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Two

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we explored the earliest origins of pocket RPGs by looking at gamebooks and other interactive fiction. From this month on, we'll be following handheld RPGs as they entered the digital media, starting with the first half of the Game Boy's life. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

This Sunday is the Street League Skateboarding Super Crown Championship, basically the Super Bowl of Street League, and as the official video game of SLS True Skate [Free] has added a brand new downloadable park and is going free for the weekend to celebrate. The new course is the SLS Los Angeles 2015, the course from the first stop in this year's SLS. The course was designed by Street League competitor and all-around amazing skateboarder Luan Oliveira, and is modeled after the architecture found in his home country of Brazil. Here's a couple shots of the 2015 SLS Los Angeles park...

Disney's Star Wars Commander [Free] has managed to stake a nice claim for itself in the crowded raiding-strategy genre. Hey, "Clash of Clans [Free] with added Star Wars" is a winning combination. Anything with added Star Wars is a winning combination, in my book. And Star Wars Commander keeps getting updated with new stuff. Check out the new unit, the Droideka Oppressor Platform:..

Well, this is a bit of a bummer. We just got word from one of the developers who were lucky enough to win the Apple TV dev kit lottery (Who we're not naming because we don't want to cause more Apple TV NDA drama!) who raced out and bought a ton of MFi controllers with the hopes of making a 8 player party game. These hopes were quickly dashed as they realized that the new Apple TV will only connect to two external Bluetooth devices at once, along with the included remote. So, presuming the dev kits they're sending out to developers have final hardware, you're looking at only being able to play games with a maximum of three players at a time. When you try to connect an additional controller beyond this, one will disconnect...

Halfbrick is no stranger to movie crossover promotions with their games, and just in the past year have introduced limited time content in both Fruit Ninja [$0.99] and Monster Dash [Free] celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic '80s flick Ghostbusters. Well, another classic '80s movie, Back to the Future, is also celebrating its 30th anniversary, and to celebrate Halfbrick has stuffed the latest update to their action cave flyer Jetpack Joyride [Free] with all sorts of Back to the Future goodness...

Harmonix's 'Beat Sports' Gets Music from the Creator of 'Parappa the Rapper'

One of the games that Apple showed off at the Apple TV launch event was Beat Sports, a rhythm sports game by Harmonix. While many people dismissed this as trash gaming for babies, just now on TV, perhaps a connection to one of the great rhythm games of all-time will turn people's opinions around? Well, Parappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura has compoosed a pair of tracks that you can in the game. You can hop on over Masaya Matsuura's Soundcloud page to listen to "huge hug 5.0" and "speed fighter 7.0" right now. I'm digging the "huge hug" groove that's going on there...

The anti-mobile gaming bias is strong, and if you mention anything about mobile being the obvious future for gaming, since pretty much all the growth in gaming is coming from mobile, it sets people into a tizzy. It's like they're all secret Russian spies, and you said the codeword to turn them into killing machines when you point out that kids are primarily playing mobile games. And mainstream gaming sites exhibit this bias by only begrudgingly covering mobile when something is too big to ignore, or the rare "good game" crosses their path. But so rarely does it happen where someone at a mainstream outlet just comes out and says that they're afraid of change and that mobile gaming delenda est. Well, Brian Altano of IGN's Up at Noon Live has gone and done just that in this unhinged rant!..

The Nvidia Shield Android TV Provides an Interesting Glimpse of the Likely Future of Gaming on the New Apple TV

When it was first announced that the new Apple TV would finally support third party development, a considerable amount of buzz started to form surrounding what gaming was going to be like on the Apple TV. Most of that excitement was quickly extinguished by subsequent announcements from Apple saying that all games must be playable using the included remote and that games for the Apple TV can be universal and also playable on the iPhone and iPad (more on that later). Regardless, the idea of mobile games on the TV seems interesting enough for us to explore, and Nvidia was more than happy to send me a Shield Android TV unit to test out, which I feel has provided an excellent sneak peek of what gaming on the new Apple TV is likely going to be like...

'Minecraft: Story Mode' Episode One "The Order of the Stone" Gets New Trailer

We're just a couple of weeks out from the release of Telltale Games' story-driven take on the Minecraft universe, appropriately titled Minecraft: Story Mode, and today the company has released a brand new trailer introducing players to the first episode of the game. The episode is titled The Order of the Stone, and it sounds like there's plenty of self-referential humor based on the Minecraft fandom. ..

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