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Pocket Gamer Awards 2012 – Connect2Media Receive 2 Nominations

14 Feb

It’s that time of year again! When the red carpets are getting unfurled, the champagne is being poured, and envelope manufacturers are being rushed off their feet. That’s right, it’s awards season.

This year, Connect2Media has been nominated for not one, but two games in the Mobile Game of the Year category in the 2012 Pocket Gamer Awards. Both Farm Frenzy 2 and Square King both received nominations in the category, so now it’s just a game of wait and see. Both nominations mean a lot to us, and it’s truly an honour to be in a category that includes so many other incredible games, and to have been nominated in the awards in the first place!

To take a look at all the nominations, head over to Pocket Gamer’s 2012 Awards page here

Please Help!!!

16 Jun

We want to know what influences people like you to buy mobile games, and the sort of games that you like. This will help us to make even more exciting and fun games in the future!

Our short survey should take you less than five minutes to complete, and as thanks you will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 Amazon vouchers (or equivalent for those in other countries). The winner will be announced on the 20th July.

Thank you and good luck!

Mobile gaming weekly round-up 2

31 May

In the second of our new weekly news round-ups, we cover three topics that have caught our attention here at Connect2Media towers, from the newest whispers about the upcoming iPhone 5 to Coca-Cola powered mobiles:

Psst…. iPhone 5 Rumours

There have been a number of rumours circulating this week about Apple’s next phone release, due for August. Firstly, industry sources in Japan have reported that the iPhone 5 will have a curved glass cover, and that Apple has had to buy at least 200 glass cutting machines because of reluctance from factories to invest in them.

A competing rumour is that the phone will instead have an edge-to-edge screen, which has stemmed from a mock-up by a case manufacturer on Alibaba.com (left). This news may not seem very reliable, but similar manufacturers have in the past obtained insider info about new specs.

Third in the list is the possibility that the iPhone 5 might go completely sim free in a bid to make it as slim as possible.

Then again, a lot of talk suggests that the iPhone will just have a few minor modifications such as better cameras, and a slightly slimmer body, and in fact might be called the iPhone 4S rather than 5. What do you predict? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Windows Phone Mango

It’s hasn’t all about Apple this week. In fact, over in New York, Microsoft was busy previewing their Mango update for Windows phones.

This covers a massive 500 new features like real-time information on the start screen, and easier multi-tasking so that you can jump between games and your other apps at the touch of a button.

Those that have seen the updates have been very positive about them and there are more announcements still to come, including any improvements to the gaming hub. Unfortunately, we will waiting at least a few months before we start to see any of them.

The two ‘new’ functional phones

Okay, so these might not be technically this week’s news, but as we discovered these two new takes on the humble mobile this week, we decided to include them:

First up is the half phone, half shaver known as the Rong Zun 758 Razor Phone. This time-saving device lets you play games one minute, then simply open the cover, flick the switch, and start to shave the next! We can’t think of many occasions when this sort of functionality would be required, but hey, at least it’s original!

Second in our list is the phone that can be charged by Coca-Cola, or in fact any sugary drink. This novel invention is thanks to Chinese designer, Daizi Zheng who invented the phone as part of a University project. She says:

“In order to use the bio-battery as a power source for the phone all that is required is a small supply of a sugary drink. Once the battery dies only oxygen and water remains. Bio-batteries are fully biodegradable and have, on a single charge, a potential life-span three to four times longer than conventional lithium batteries. Meanwhile, bio-batteries are a whole new way of looking at batteries and afternoon tea.”

Which sounds great, but we want to know what games we can play on the device!

 

 

 

Mobile Game Research – Poll Results

22 Sep

The votes are in, the poll is closed and the results have been verified….

We are, of course, talking about our poll to find out how many games people have installed on their mobile devices!

As stated in our previous post, mobile phone storage amounts have increased somewhat in the past decade resulting in more room for the owner to store anything from movies to documents to photos to games. We now live in an age where the physical size and cost of storage hardware is constantly decreasing. This has meant that we are able to store more of what we love; mobile games!

So, what were the results? Let us find out…

Poll Results

Although only 26 votes were counted, there appears to be an interesting trend in the results shown. The majority of respondents have between 1 and 20 mobile games installed (53.85% of respondents). This is generally as expected as the average user is probably only going to keep installed the games/apps that they regularly enjoy playing.

At the other end of the spectrum, 19.23% of respondents have too many games to count. This is nearly 1/5th of all respondents. Does the availbility and ease of downloading games onto a mobile nurture this trend? It is worth noting that this result may include people who did not want to sit and count the exact number of games on their handset! Either way, this is still an interesting find.

Although these results can’t really be classed as a true representastion of the general public due to the low sample size, it does serve as an interesting brief insight into the area.  It would be interesting to see in a future study what handset people own and the types of games people have installed. Do casual gamers tend to rack up a larger game collection?

Were the results as you expected? Would the results look very different if the poll was run in 2 years time?

Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

How many mobile games do you have installed?

13 Sep

We all enjoy mobile gaming. Playing a great game on a handset is pure portable fun. Even better, there is a constant stream of new games becoming available for all types of mobile. However, combine this with an increase in mobile storage capacity in recent years and it is possible to rack up a large game collection.

So how many games do you currently have on your handset?!

It would be interesting to see the average number of mobile games installed, so we have setup the below poll!

The poll will stay active for 7 days from the time this post goes live.

Connect2Media at Gamescom 2010

7 Sep

Last month Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, played host to 100’s of exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest from the world of games and entertainment. Running from the 18th to the 22nd August, it was a fantastic few days that Connect2Media were lucky enough to attend.

Big Title Interest

The range of game variety and innovation was clear to see from day 1. Stars Wars: The Old Republic grabbed many peoples attention, bringing the force to an online multiplayer environment that will undoubtedly attract a large following. Call of Duty: Black Ops unsurprisingly also pulled in a large crowd, building up queues that stretched out of the door.

Movement Gaming

The PlayStation Move stand had a large number of people waving around glowing microphone-like stick-controllers, but thoroughly enjoying it. Little Big Planet 2 looked great – which we think would rock on a touchscreen accelerometer mobile. Microsoft also showcased Kinect; their controller-less, sensor based gaming system. It did look very cool indeed…people dancing and pulling off quick movements which was picked up fairly accurately by the sensors.

Gamescom2010

It will be interesting to see how well both Kinect and Move break into the movement-game market established by Wii, which was showing its latest Sing Star and Dance Dance titles at the event. One thing is for sure however – this progression in gaming is very intriguing indeed. We wonder if the mobile game industry could move (excuse the pun) towards large movement based games? Connecting the iPhone up to the Apple TV to play Angry Birds by moving your phone? Now that would be interesting…

Exhibitor Displays

Gamescom not only brings together awesome new games and tech, but also an impressive amount of creativity in the displays used for promotion. Red Faction Armageddon by THQ looks an interesting game, but check out the huge character at the front of the display!

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Final Thoughts

What is interesting is how digital delivery is changing the gaming industry, with casual titles reaching a wider audience on more devices than ever before. There were bucket loads more of new releases and titles that grabbed the attention of many, but the list is too long to add to this post! The show in Cologne last month was great from start to finish and Connect2Media were very glad to have been in attendance.

Roll on next year!

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