Iron Man 3 Trailer

In the aftermath of the first Avengers movie, probably the most anticipated follow up is Iron Man 3 and it’s clear from this trailer it will be the darkest Iron Man movie yet. We also get a tease of Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, who will strike Tony Stark at home and force him to fight for the people he cares about the most with his ingenuity rather than his vast wealth.

 

Facebook Sees Zynga Payments Down 20 Percent

Facebook announced that Zynga’s payments to the social network dropped 20 percent in the last quarter, while payments from other gaming companies have increased by 40 percent. Facebook’s revenues were up 32 percent for the third quarter, but the company posted a net loss of $59 million.

“Overall, gaming on Facebook isn’t doing as well as I’d like, but the reality is that there are actually two different stories playing out here,” said Zuckerberg. “On the one hand, our payments revenue from Zynga decreased by 20 per cent this quarter compared to last year. But the interesting thing is that the rest of the games ecosystem has actually been growing.

“Our monthly payments revenue from the rest of the ecosystem increased 40 per cent over the past year since payments has been adopted,” he added. “This evolution is pretty encouraging.”

Source: GamesIndustry International

Xbox 360 $99 Program Expands

Microsoft has announced it is expanding its special $99 pricing system for the Xbox 360 out from just Microsoft stores. Starting late in October, GameStop, Toys ‘R’ Us, Best Buy and Wal-Mart will be selling the system itself at a discount for a two-year Xbox Live subscription at $15 per month.

For the $99, gamers will be able to get a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect or a 250GB Xbox 360 without the Kinect. For a limited time, those who want a bundle including the Kinect sensor and a 250GB Xbox 360 can pick it up for $149.

Nintendo Characters Will Invade Scribblenauts Unlimited

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and 5th Cell announced that they are working with Nintendo to add even more themed bonus content to Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U. This will allow players to create dozens of characters and items from the Mario and Legend of Zelda franchises.

“Players will delight in producing fantastical and sometimes hilarious interactions between the Mario and Legend of Zelda characters and objects, alongside everyone’s favorite word-wielding Scribblenauts adventurer, Maxwell,” announced Warner Bros. “Discovered Nintendo characters and objects will behave in the fun and fantastical ways they do in their respective game worlds.”

iPad Mini: 14 Million Americans Are Interested

According to a report by Newzoo, 7.4 percent of all Americans aged between 10 and 50 were seriously thinking about buying the iPad Mini before the device was officially announced.

“The device is cool. What surprises me is the price,” said Peter Warman, CEO Newzoo. “I realize that Apple is caught in between pricing of the iPod Touch and the iPad and the fact that they keep selling the iPad 2 doesn’t make things easier. I think Apple missed a great opportunity to restructure pricing for all their products. Now they are leaving the door wide open for Google, Samsung and especially Amazon. Amazon is rolling out their business in price-sensitive Europe at an enormous pace. Even if they had lowered pricing of their total product range with only $20 per device that would have given the Apple brand an enormous boost in terms of sympathy amongst consumers that are facing a serious recession.”

Source: Newzoo.com

Apple Lights Up iPad Mini And More

At a press event, Apple unveiled the iPad Mini, surprising absolutely no one. The tablet, both thinner and lighter than the iPad, comes with a 7.9-inch screen with a 1024×768 resolution, a dual-core A5 chip, a FaceTime HD camera, and a 5-megapixel rear camera.

The iPad Mini will start at $329 for a 16GB Wi-fi only version, while a 64GB version with Wi-fi and 4G will be priced at $659. iPad Minis will start shipping November 2 with pre-orders being offered starting on Friday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also boasted that the company sold its 100 millionth iPad and that the company’s tablet computers comprised 91 percent of all tablet web traffic. Part of the reason for this, they say, is that the iPad browser winds up with a 67 percent larger display in landscape mode, and 50 percent larger when upright.

In something of a surprise, the company also showed off the fourth generation iPad, with a A6X chip said to be twice as powerful as the previous iPad’s A5X, an updated camera, faster Wi-fi, expanded LTE coverage, and 10-hour battery life. It will come in black and white versions with the same configurations as the last iPad, starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only versions

Apple also announced the 13-inch Macbook Pro sporting a high-resolution Retina display, which is thinner and lighter than any previous MacBook. The laptop is available in a variety of configurations, but starts at $1,699 for the model sporting a dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive.

Motion City Soundtrack Goes 8-bit

Motion City Soundtrack recently launched an 8-bit video game where fans can play as their favorite band member. The game is the classic tale of a man on a mission to rescue a woman who ended up on the other side of a treacherous 8-bit obstacle course. After beating the game, you are awarded a free download of an 8-bit version of their new single, True Romance from the album, “Go”. You can check out the game now by clicking here.

Amazon Offers Special PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Costumes

Amazon revealed that it will have a very special pre-order bonus for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Those that pick up the game early will get an exclusive set of costumes for Kratos, Fat Princess, PaRappa, Colonel Radec, Sweet Tooth, Sly Cooper, Nathan Drake, Big Daddy, Heihachi Mishima, and Toro Inoue.

Amazon notes that purchases from the retailer of the PS3 version of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale also include the downloadable version of the same game for PS Vita. The game will launch for both Sony platforms on November 20.

Source: Amazon.com