Nielsen has announced that as of February 2012, nearly 50 percent of U.S. mobile phone subscribers now have smartphones. This rate is up from 36 percent in February 2011, with over 66 percent of new cell phone buyers in the past three months choosing a smartphone over a feature phone.
Android phones have 48 percent of the smartphone market, while iPhone had around 32 percent; over the past three months 48 percent of smartphone purchasers bought an Android phone and 43 percent bought an iPhone. Blackberry’s market share has shrunk to 11.6 percent.
Nexon released the results of the poll of younger gamers, and showed their preference among the presidential candidates if they had a choice. Of the 1,655 U.S.-based MapleStory players polled, over 40 percent are women and most consider themselves politically independent.
“Nexon America gave its players a chance to voice their feelings about the world inside of MapleStory,” the company announced. “The town in Maple World that most appealed to MapleStory players was Lefre, which brings players closer to nature. Meanwhile, 58 percent of players were most concerned about the evil that the Black Mage was spreading throughout their virtual world.”
Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed III has seen 10 times more reserves than Assassin’s Creed Revelations had in the same time period, and the game has already reached Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood‘s life-to-date U.S. pre-order total. The game is set to reach the full pre-order figures of Revelations by June, which would make it the most pre-ordered game in Ubisoft history.
“On October 30th players will experience the biggest game launch in Ubisoft’s history with the highly anticipated release of Assassin’s Creed III,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ubisoft. “With a development cycle of three years, Assassin’s Creed III is the true next-generation experience of the Assassins Creed brand. The production value of the game, combined with the biggest marketing commitment we’ve ever made, will make Assassin’s Creed III the highest-selling Assassin’s Creed game ever. Additionally, the new setting and hero makes this the perfect time to jump into the series for anyone that has not previously played an Assassin’s Creed game.”
For more details on the various Assassin’s Creed III pre-order offers available at participating U.S. retailers, please visit assassinscreed.com/preorder.
Let Comedy Central’s Indecision keeps you and your iPad or iPhone company through the highs and lows of the 2012 election. There’s no video content available in the app, but there are plenty of other things you’ll like. The app includes an interactive Peanut Gallery, featuring real-time Reactions that let you react to news shows, debates and other events while following live commentary from Indecision bloggers and special guests.
With the debut of the second season of Game of Thrones right around the corner, hype is also increasing for the upcoming RPG based around the universe. This new trailer gives snippets of the story and acting from the Cyanide Studio-developed title.
Asura’s Wrath is seeing extensive post-launch DLC, including content that adds more context to what happens between chapters, along with a new four episode bundle. Most exciting, however, are battles between Asura and two of the most famous world warriors: Ryu and Akuma.
The Gears of War series has developed a reputation for being the embodiment of machismo in video games. Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski claims that it was never intended to make the game’s tone the way it was perceived.
“I didn’t always make these dude-bro games at Epic,” he said. “The intent was to make Gears of War a lot more Band of Brothers and take it a lot more serious. If we get around to ever doing more Gears games, I hope we can continue to drift back more towards a Christopher Nolan type dialogue as opposed to a Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher Batman. But that’s way down the line.”
In honor of TOMS One Day Without Shoes, The Sims FreePlay is hosting a contest. Submit a photo of you playing The Sims FreePlay – barefoot – for a chance to win a $50 gift card to TOMS.com. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, check out our dedicated One Day Without Shoes Contest tab.
Kinect Rush is an adventure game that puts you in charge of helping out your favorite Pixar characters like Woody, Lightning McQueen, and others. Your living room is the new playground and Kinect allows anyone to instantly become part of the action. On Facebook, fans can create their own Kinect Rush character from the worlds of The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Toy Story, UP and Cars. Take a quick personality test to get started and save to an album on Facebook or share with friends!
According to Pearl, China’s gaming business jumped 32 percent overall during 2011 to reach a value of $6.6 billion. Tencent, Netease, Shanda Games, Changyou and Perfect World accounted for over $5.3 billion of that amount, with Tencent posting over $1 billion in revenues for 2011.
In the future, Pearl suggests the Chinese gaming industry as a whole will grow to over $9.2 billion by the end of 2014, fueled by MMORPGs, casual, social and web-based games. More than $800 million in revenues were produced from browser-based games, and over 60 percent of those were in the RPG genre, while the most popular title is Tencent’s Qi Xiong Zheng Ba with over 800,000 concurrent users.