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In Honor of The Nor’Easter: 5 Snow Game Apps

Eat That Snow AppA nor’easter (or, as we said in Maine: nor’eastah) whipped through New York and into New England Thursday night, dumping snow, snarling travel and closing schools. Some people might have the urge to take up their sled and head for the nearest hill. But if you’re stuck in the office, or prefer staying curled up on the couch on snow days, you can still enjoy the wintry scene via your mobile device.

Try one of these snow-themed game apps to get your fireside winter fix. (Descriptions via iTunes or Google Play, but all exclamation points were removed.)

5 Snow-Themed Game Apps

Stickman Snowboarder (Android/iOS): “Grind, spin, slide, grab, race and jump your way to glory as you tackle a variety of terrain from the ski slopes to the city. Grind on whales, avoid the crush of falling snowballs, launch off giant chilis and escape the cops.” Price: Free or $1.99.

Snow Slopes (Android): “Create the snow slopes that your characters surfs on. Snow Slopes lets you control your snowboarder with the slopes that you draw. Use your touchscreen to create the snow slopes you want in real time. Keep your character alive while collecting coins and power ups to keep the clock running. Perform front and back flips for additional bonus points.” Price: Free or $0.99. Read more

New Gadget? 5 Free Game Apps to Download Now

dotsDid Santa leave you a new phone or tablet?  Well let’s fill it with some free game apps to help pass the rest of the holiday week with a little more cheer. Here are five favorites to get you started, er, addicted fast.

Five Free Game Apps

QuizUp: Face off with your spouse, Facebook friend or a stranger in this trivia game that will test your wit across a multitude of subjects from the serious to the silly (iOS only).

Dumb Ways to Die: Defend your three lives in this super simple but satisfying game where you try to keep yourself from dying in a dumb way like being eaten by bear or stung to death by wasps (iOS/Android). Read more

Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2 Releases Mobile Game Appropriately Filled with Scotch

Will Ferrell’s Anchorman team is losing no steam with the movie’s promotion. The latest marketing stunt is a mobile game that’s filled with scotch drinks and shrewdly named “Scotchy Scotch Toss.”
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Sony Sells 2.1 Million PS4s

PlayStation 4Sony said it has sold 2.1 million of its new PlayStation 4s in about two weeks. Fans snapped up a million of those units in the first 24 hours they went on sale Nov. 15.

“It’s an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn’t have done it without you,” wrote Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, in a blog post. “I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence.” Read more

Tamagotchi Returns From the 90′s as Free, Colorful App Game

tamagotchiRemember those pocket-sized Tamagotchi from high school? Admittedly, I never got one of those digital keychain pets, but ever since online games like Smurfvillage and Farmville started appearing, we’ve been waiting for the resurgence of Tamagotchis as a phone app.

The app allows you to choose between Toy or App mode. Toy looks just like the old school version with a Tamagotchi device, while app is a full screen colored pet. Once you get your Tamagotchi, you can feed it and clean its poop. There’s also a mini-game that you can play with your pet to increase its happiness.

The app is available for iPhone and Android (already over 600,000 downloads in just one month). The apps are ad-supported, but you can pay $0.99 for an ad-free version.

Chipotle’s New Online Ad Campaign Includes a Mobile Game to Fight Factory Farming

Chipotle’s new ad campaign against factory farming was gaining a lot of steam on Twitter over the weekend, but its accompanying mobile game is still leaving some users underwhelmed. This is only the company’s second video ad, this time with music provided by vegan songstress, Fiona Apple. The tune sets the scene for a dystopian future of scary factory farms with drugged up cows and caged pigs. The video’s protagonist is a scarecrow who fights back by providing Chipotle style home-grown goodness.
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Disney Introduces Free Interactive Video App and Toy Box Companion to Gaming Console

Disney’s latest Infinity gaming console is getting two companion apps – one for more mobile playtime in the Toy Box and one for interactive shareable, videos complete with animated Disney characters. The two apps work in conjunction with Disney’s new Infinity Games and Toys and are intended for more playtime away from the console.
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Developers Revive Atari’s Paperboy as 3D Fitness Experience Using Oculus Rift and Stationary Bike

In a truly progressive shift, the developers at Globacore combined the Oculus Rift with Atari’s Paperboy and Kickr’s stationary bike fitness regimen into a fun and experimental exercise routine. When Atari created Paperboy in the 80′s, they didn’t have access to Oculus Rift or Kickr’s fitness app or we would all be world class cyclists by now since newspaper delivery jobs are pretty obsolete.

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Portable iPad Dock Turns Your Tablet Into Miniature Foosball Table

Never get stranded without your foosball table again with this mini-foosball dock and app for iPad. Perfectly sized for eight tiny hands, this app and dock turns game time into a cozy foosball tournament.

The iPad dock is powered by your iPad, so it’s portable and ready to go as long as you have a charged tablet. while at home, the foosball table and accessories doubles as charging and syncing station for your iPad.
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Former Zynga Employee Answers Questions on Reddit

One of the 520 people laid off by Zynga took to Reddit to answer readers’ questions in a IAmA interviewthis week.

The former employee received four-and-a-half months of severance along with insurance. They also shared some ideas about why the company is currently struggling. Check it out:

Their major issues are the inability to adjust to the changing market. They did great when Facebook gaming was on the rise, but now it’s declining and Mobile is on the rise. They’re trying to change over, but employ too many of the same game development “best practices” that were developed for Facebook games. These just don’t translate to the mobile market, which is why they’re suffering in that market.

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