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The best Game Boy Advance emulator for iOS is available now, no jailbreak required

Independent developer Riley Testut released on Wednesday a long awaited update to his polished Game Boy emulator, GBA4iOS, and it's far and away the easiest and best looking way to power up your childhood nostalgia and do some classic Nintendo gaming on the iPhone. The emulator now supports Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and original Game Boy games.

Beyond its game playing capabilities, the 2.0 update contains all new features, a refreshed design, and, as was the case with Testut's previous effort and the primary source of its notoriety, it can be downloaded on any iPhone … Read more

'Twitch Plays Pokemon' is now a fight for the soul of the Internet

No one was quite expecting "Twitch Plays Pokemon," the massively-multiplayer Pokemon game being streamed on Twitch.tv for more than 150 hours straight, to virally erupt within a week of going live, let alone accomplish anything by way of in-game progress. Yet the channel has ballooned to mind-boggling popularity as the group of tens of thousands of Twitch users have managed to make surprising advancements in tandem with hilarious missteps.

In the process, a community unlike anything the Internet has ever seen has sprouted up, the strangest aspect of which is the disturbingly elaborate religious narrative crafted by thousands of meme-hungry participants. It would be an understatement to say it's one of the weirder things to happen on the Internet lately.… Read more

Miley Cyrus + Flappy Bird = App Store success

What are the two most popular things in the world? You have 5 seconds to answer.

No, it's not Candy Crush and Kim Kardashian. But you're close. It's Flappy Bird and Miley Cyrus.

So some very enterprising people thought to themselves: "What if we put the two together?"

Please welcome, then, the joy that is Flying Cyrus - Wrecking Ball. This is something of an homage to Flappy Bird, the game many are finding they just can't live without.

It is also a large homage to the Cyrus tongue, which has served as a … Read more

Amazon Coins branch out to all Android devices

Amazon customers in the US, the UK, and Germany can now earn, buy, and spend Amazon Coins via their Android phones and tablets.

Previously available just for Kindle users, Amazon Coins were minted last year as another form of virtual currency but one good only on Amazon. The retail giant introduced the online coins as a way to coax customers to buy apps, games, and in-app items from the Amazon Appstore. Shoppers can get discounts when they buy the coins in bulk and earn coins through certain apps.

Android users who want to check out Amazon Coins need to download the latest version of the Amazon Appstore onto their mobile device. … Read more

BioShock studio Irrational Games closing its doors

The studio behind the seminal video game series BioShock is "winding down," series creator and studio co-founder Ken Levine announced Tuesday.

Irrational Games, which developed the original BioShock and its successor BioShock Infinite -- two of the most successful and critically celebrated games of their generation -- will be closing after 17 years so Levine can focus on a "smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two."

Irrational parent company 2K Games, itself a subsidiary of publisher Take-Two Interactive, will be laying off all but 15 members of the team. Levine has chosen to hand over the BioShock … Read more

Sony PlayStation 4 sales top 5 million worldwide

Sony's PlayStation 4 is proving its popularity among gamers.

The company announced Tuesday that total PlayStation 4 sales to consumers reached 5.3 million units on February 8. That's a bounce from the 2.1 million units Sony announced that it had sold in the device's first two weeks on store shelves at the end of November.

Sony's console has been popular internationally, but it's also tops in the US. Last week, research firm NPD revealed that the PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console in January, beating out the Xbox One in the US.

Looking … Read more

Be one with Flappy Bird: The science of 'flow' in game design

When the smartphone phenomenon Flappy Bird took off not so long ago -- and before it morphed into something uncontrollable and became its own hard-to-swallow lesson for the game industry -- it was as if everyone you'd ever known had suddenly stumbled on mobile gaming's most brilliantly manufactured drug. Facebook and Instragram were awash in high score screenshots and admissions of addiction-fueled guilt while all of Twitter might as well have been Flappy Bird references with some news and global chatter sandwiched in between.

One particularly interesting boast from a friend of mine, who had hit … Read more

The largest multiplayer Pokemon game is happening on Twitch right now

In what can only be described as the best thing to happen to Valentine's Day, about 12,000 people are participating in a collective game of Pokemon Red on the live game-streaming service Twitch, all by simply typing in directions in the comment box in a messy frenzy. Not every single one of the viewers is mashing in commands of course, but because anyone with a Twitch account can comment on a public stream, any viewer is a potential player in this wacky experiment.

Believe it or not, the team effort has already gotten the group past the game'… Read more

Halo 5 won't launch in 2014, Master Chief voice actor says

Halo 5, the much-anticipated follow-up to the successful Halo 4 from Microsoft-owned 343 Industries, might not launch this year, after all.

Speaking to GameZone in an interview published on Thursday, Steve Downes, the voice of the game's protagonist, Master Chief, said that while a Halo game will launch this year, he "wouldn't expect anything until 2015" on the Halo 5 front.

Downes said that he believes a 10-year anniversary edition of Halo 2 will launch in 2014, according to GameZone.

Although the Halo franchise started with Bungie, that company handed the franchise over to Microsoft in … Read more

PlayStation 4 beats out Xbox One as the best-selling console

In the battle for the best-selling console, Sony's PlayStation 4 has come out on top -- beating Microsoft's Xbox One -- for the month of January.

Research firm The NPD Group released new data on Thursday showing that hardware sales were up 17 percent to $241 million in January compared to the same time last year. However, since January 2013 was five weeks and January 2014 was four weeks -- normalized sales of gaming hardware shows a 47 percent increase. And, PlayStation led these sales.

"PS4 led overall hardware sales this month, followed by the Xbox One,&… Read more