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Today I got an email from an EA Mobile representative collecting data from respondents on the current perception of EA Mobile in the industry. Thinking about it, it's actually really rare for anyone from the giant gaming outfits to take time to ask what we think. Communication is typically pretty one-sided, with information controlled behind sanitized press releases and embargoes. When people ask me what I think, I'm often brutally honest, so earlier this morning I drafted a response. After sharing it with the rest of my crew before sending, it was suggested that I just turn this into an open letter, with hopes that it'll actually amount to something beyond just a "Thanks for your feedback."..

As expected, Apple has announced new iPads at their keynote event today. If you follow the Apple rumor mill then there aren't really any surprises here: Apple themselves accidentally leaked the new devices through their own iPad manual in the iBooks app earlier this week. Just because it isn't a surprise though, doesn't mean these new iPads aren't damn exciting. Prior to the unveiling of these new iPad devices, CEO Tim Cook went on to tout the success of the iPad in its lifetime, selling more than 225 million of the various iPads since the first one launched in spring of 2010. The iPad also ranks number one in customer satisfaction. Ok, on to the new devices...

Apple's keynote is going strong right now, and before really dishing on the big announcements like new iPads and whatever else, CEO Tim Cook took the beginning minutes to tout how strong the launch of the new iPhone 6 models has been. He also briefly talked about the Apple Watch, and even more briefly announced a new SDK for the Apple Watch which is called WatchKit...

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

October 16th, 2014 1:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Get your browser over to Apple.com or load up the event on your Apple TV if you're interested in following along with today's keynote. If you're stuck at work, or somewhere else that you can't watch live, you can follow along with the MacRumors live blog. Alternatively, if you need something a bit more discreet, @MacRumorsLive on Twitter might be the key...

Zen Studios recently announced that South Park tables were on their way to Zen Pinball [Free], the multiplatform pinball game, with a release expected this week. And today the new South Park tables can now be downloaded from the Zen Pinball app or a standalone South Park Pinball [$3.99] app. Two tables are available: Super Sweet Pinball and Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Super Sweet Pinball is based on the show itself, boasting a number of references to the show, including a Sarcastaball section, 9 different table modes, which can be stacked, and 3 different multiball modes. Meanwhile, Butters' Very Own Pinball Game has 4 multiball modes, and a "Coon and Friends" miniplayfield. Of course, each table features a number of South Park characters and animation and sound sourced straight from the show...

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

October 16th, 2014 10:02 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

If you're the kind of person who gets super excited for new iPads, today is your personal Christmas. Or, maybe, when new iPads get released instead of just announced, that might be your personal Christmas. Splitting hairs either way, I suppose. Anyway, in just a few hours, today's Apple event will begin which is expected to include the new iPads which hilariously enough, Apple leaked themselves in support documents:..

It's been quite a year for Dragon Quest [$2.99] games on iOS, and with all of those games comes a whole lot of slime-smashing. Those cute, nearly-harmless, little blue gumdrops with a perpetual smile sure take a lot of abuse from the would-be heroes of RPG worlds, and maybe it's time for a little payback. So goes the story of indie strategy RPG Ambition Of The Slimes [Free] from developer Masaya Takahashi. It's available for free in the App Store right now, with one little catch: It's entirely in Japanese. Worry not, however, because the App Store description says that English will be coming in the next update. It's a little tricky to navigate at the moment if you can't read anything, but it doesn't cost you anything to try, I suppose. If you'd rather wait, let me give you a few more details to hold you over...

'Chaos Rings 3' Launches On The Japanese App Store, Worldwide Release Date Still Unknown

It was only a few months ago that we heard Chaos Rings 3 was being made, and time sure does fly, because it's finally here. Well, depending on where 'here' is for you, I suppose. As of today, Chaos Rings 3 has officially launched on the App Store in Japan for the price of 2,800 yen, or about $25 US, with no IAP whatsoever. We've yet to get even an announcement of its release internationally, let alone a specific date we could expect it, but given the general success of the series worldwide, it's probably safe to assume it is coming at some point...

Out Now: 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'NBA 2K15', 'Sentinels of the Multiverse', 'Helix', 'Angry Birds Transformers' and More

It's another Wednesday full of new iOS games, which have been making their way across the globe all day and have finally arrived in the US App Store. Probably the biggest release of the week is Hail to the King: Deathbat, for a couple of reasons. One is simply because it looks like a neat hack 'n slash dungeon crawler, but it's also associated with a big-name band (Avenged Sevenfold) and is doing quite the opposite of most licensed mobile games in that it unapologetically targets hardcore gamers rather than trying to appeal to a more mainstream, casual crowd. Should be interesting. Also, the popular card game Sentinels of the Multiverse has arrived on the iPad, and early signs seem to point that it's a winning digital conversion. As always, let us know what you're getting in the comments below!..

The list of games that support Twitch streaming on iOS is slowly growing, and once again, it's a Gameloft game that supports streaming gameplay online. Order & Chaos Online [Free] is the third Gameloft game after Asphalt 8 [Free] and the MOBA Heroes of Order & Chaos [Free] to support the game, and the fourth game overall. That other game is TouchFish [Free] which is a virtual acquarium, and I am not joking. I think Order & Chaos Online makes a bit more sense for streaming – as an MMORPG, and quite the established one at that, there's probably going to be a bit more interest in this, though the uptake of Twitch streaming on iOS has been minimal at best so far. But maybe having more games is the jumpstart Twitch streaming on mobile needs...

First Screens for Upcoming 'Micro Battles' from Donut Games

Everyone loves Donut Games, right? For years they've been consistent providers of perfect "coffee break" gaming experiences for our mobile devices, though they broke that trend with their last release, the ambitious action platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99]. However, for their next game they're getting back to basics. It's called Micro Battles and it's a collection of quick, head-to-head mini-games. Here's some screens...

'Angry Birds Transformers' Rolls Out Worldwide

October 15th, 2014 12:45 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Those of you looking to get new release day started early will be happy to know that Rovio's Angry Birds Transformers [Free] has launched globally today after being soft launched for a few weeks. This is a side-scrolling auto-running action game based on both Angry Birds and Transformers. Players fight enemy pigs standing on structures that normally you'd have to launch a bird haphazardly at to try and knock down. But here in Angry Birds Transformers, instead, you fire lasers at them. Lasers are a lot more effective than bird bodies...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Adrenaline Rush Miami Drive', 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'Necklace of Skulls', and More

Headlining this week's releases is Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King: Deathbat. Both our recent hands on and our original preview have thrown down some insane amount of page views, which seems to have a lot to do with A7X's commanding presence on social media. It'll be interesting to see whether or not that buzz turns into game downloads. Hopefully it does, as it's pretty admirable that their goal is to just make a great game, even if it doesn't turn a killer profit...

It never fails to blow my mind just how incredibly deep the game of Minecraft is. What on the surface seems like an adventure that's all about exploring, crafting, block-building and survival has evolved into something that's sophisticated enough people can build working computers inside the game itself. The world of iPhone games hasn't been immune to the "can you make it in Minecraft" phenomenon, and we've seen versions of both Plague Inc. and Flappy Bird recreated inside Mojang's masterpiece. However, this next one takes things to a whole new level. As noted by TUAW, a German Minecraft player has built a functioning iPhone-like device inside of Minecraft. Not only does the device "work" but it even has useable apps. Unfortunately, the following video is not in English, but I still found it impossible to turn off until I'd seen the entire 13 minutes...

There's a New 'Street Fighter' Match-3 Game Heading to iOS and Android in Japan

One of my all-time favorites is Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, or simply just Puzzle Fighter, which blends together the Street Fighter fighting game series with matching gameplay to great effect. We haven't heard much from that series in recent years, but according to the source for all things Street Fighter Shoryuken (via Just Push Start), Capcom is readying another Street Fighter matching game mashup for mobile devices in Japan. The game in question is called Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits, and you can see a Japanese language trailer for it below...

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