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    In the last video series, we've explored Xbox LIVE services on Windows Phone 7 Series, and we're kicking off the next Microsoft talk: "High Performance 3D Games on Windows Phone 7 Series Using XNA Game Studio 4.0." Although Microsoft will implement two screen sizes for Windows Phone 7 Series, developers can code their apps and games using XNA Studio 4.0 to scale appropriately--code for the game and let XNA Studio do the rest. The take away of the session is that although high resolution graphics, which is something that is very capable in Windows Phone 7 Series, is awesome, utilizing that ...

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    This is the final installment of the Xbox Live Services on Windows Phone 7 Series at GDC. We have additional videos on 3D games coming up, but check out this last snippet from the Microsoft talk along with some questions from the audience. As with all the talks at GDC, Microsoft had a recurring theme: wait for MIX10 for the final answers. Be sure to also check out: 1. Part I 2. Part II 3. Part III with push notifications.

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    If you've been watching the Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 Series videos, you've seen Microsoft talking about making some of the Xbox LIVE services available across three screens and now we're getting a glimpse of push notifications on Windows Phone 7 Series platform. Check out the video below. With gaming, Microsoft is looking to unit the three screens by not creating the exact same experience across all three screens, but extending different experiences on different screens. We'll have more on what that means later. However, the three screens will be united with Windows Phone 7 Series: you ...

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    In Part I, taken from Microsoft's "Bringing the Best of Xbox Live to Windows Phone 7 Series" talk at the Game Developers Conference, we got a brief introduction on some of the Xbox Live features and services for Windows Phone 7. Now, in part II, Microsoft gives a little bit more details on what to expect as far as achievements, profiles--linking with your Windows Live ID, and avatars. Be sure to stay tuned for Part III of this series where Microsoft talks about push notifications. As always, for the latest videos, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel at youtube.com/pocketnowVideo. This ...

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    We were at several sessions of Windows Phone 7 Series development at the Game Developers Conference and were able to capture some video of what Microsoft is unleashing onto developers prior to MIX10. In this first of a series of video, you'll be able to get a sense of Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 Series. We've extracted the relevant speech for consumers to understand and trimmed out a lot of the technical stuff--you can learn more about the technical stuff at MIX10. For more videos, be sure to subscribe to check back on our YouTube channel regularly. We'll be posting videos throughout the ...

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    The release of the Android Native Development Kit, otherwise known as NDK, will bring 2D and 3D games to Android closer to reality. The NDK supports OpenGL ES 2.0 and according to Engadget, "the so-called NDK is a bolt-on to the standard Android SDK that gives folks the ability to write and compile critical pieces of functionality in native code, closer to the processor without that pesky Java virtual machine standing in the way." The NDK gives a development platform for developers to code for Android 2.0 or higher systems. With the NDK, hopefully we'll be seeing some 3D Android games in ...

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    It looks like Microsoft's simple Indiana Jones game for Windows Phone 7 Series and Xbox highlights some of the benefits of subscribing to Windows Phone 7 if you're a gamer. The game can be started on one platform and resumed on another, which is nice. (via: Engadget)

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    While we're campaigning for Windows Mobile ports to Windows Phone 7 Series, Palm's on their own mission to get developers to port their iPhone apps to webOS based smartphones, such as the Palm Pre and the Pre Plus. According to Electronostia, "The kit's approach, which runs native code within the platform's web-based framework, is said by AllThingsD to be so direct that an iPhone game can be converted in a "matter of days." Few changes are necessary, and the performance is purportedly as fast as on its native Apple counterpart." The tech news site also "attests" that some iPhone ...

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    Since the beginning of mobile games there has always been a consensus that mobile games are just not that good. No matter how you break it down games on phones were only there to waste time. People do not look to their phones as an entertaining way of playing graphic enriched games. We all would choose to use our PCs, Playstations, Xboxs, Wiis, Macs and even handheld gaming systems before playing a game on a phone. Today Microsoft (MSFT) has recently released the integration of the Windows Phone 7 Series with their Xbox LIVE services. The games hub delivers the first and only official Xbox ...

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    We reported on the latest release of the PlayStation Emulator for Windows Mobile, FPSEce, as soon as it went public near the end of last year. It was such a wonderful surprise as the previous update was released long before that. Well, it looks as though the PlayStation emulator has been receiving updates quietly for supporters on the FPSEce forums as of late. The change log is quite long, but what stands out is that multitouch is finally working on the HTC HD2 and G-Sensor support is also implemented for HTC/Samsung devices. The post mentions that multitouch is "working like a charm" on ...

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    A couple months ago, it was announced that Yuji Naka (co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog) and his team were working on a fun, new game for Windows phone. The finished product, called "Ivy the Kiwi," uses an antique storybook-style backdrop for stages that gives the game an artistic touch. The gameplay is simple and reminiscent of many Nintendo DS titles, which often concentrate on innovative and interactive touch gameplay. Ivy the Kiwi has 50 stages of pure fun and is available on Windows Marketplace for $11.99. Unfortunately, there's no trial, so check out the video below to see it in action.

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    It looks like Omnia II may be a gaming system after all, though not the mobile gaming system but the devices could possibly serve as Nintendo Wii-like controllers for game play with a Samsung HDTV when connected via WiFi. To see the Omnia II as gaming controllers, you can catch the video over at WMPowerUser.

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    Last month, we reported on the latest version of the PlayStation Emulator for Windows Mobile, FPSEce. It's been all the rage for gamers using devices powerful enough to take full advantage of its abilities, such as the HTC HD2. Apparently, the default configuration menus of the emulator aren't so finger friendly. This can be a problem for HD2 users because of its capacitive screen. Thankfully, a new skin, created with the HD2 in mind, has been designed to help make navigating menus less painful. Users on XDA and the FPSEce website seem thrilled about its release. Owners using other WVGA ...

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    If the apps in Palm's App Catalog hasn't caught your fancy yet, some developers are showing off the potential behind Palm's webOS engine and the Palm Pre's hardware with some game titles--like Quake and Doom--that make use of the hardware on the device. In the latest update of webOS 1.3.5, Palm has added some files for OpenGL ES as well as SDL (Simple Direct Layer) to take advantage of the hardware. Hopefully, we'll start seeing some official releases soon as the Pre's CPU and hardware is plenty capable. Additionally, with the port of the popular gaming title Quake, we're starting to see ...

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    Crayon Physics Deluxe is a fun game that comes packaged with the Samsung Omnia II. It's a port of a PC game of the same name and is very similar to Numpty Physics, where the object is to get a ball to the goal (marked by a star) by using properties of physics. This is where the uniqueness of the game thrives. To help accomplish the mission, you can draw/create objects, link or erase them. Check out the video below of the PC version to get an idea of how it works. It's more or less the same game. Crayon Physics is fairly easy at first, but the difficulty increases as you progress. There are ...

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    After many, many months of waiting, gamers are now able to download a new version of FPSEce, a Playstation emulator for Windows Mobile. The latest version has been completely rewritten for better performance and features a new interface. It also supports a greater portion of games than its predecessor. Something that stands out is the addition of a touchscreen analog stick, which instantly improves gameplay for many games that require diagonal movements. I'm certainly digging the onscreen controls, but there also seems to be support for Bluetooth gamepads. Check out the changes and see it ...

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    Some of you may be familiar with a fun game called Totem Star Lite. It's essentially a game in which you use your touch screen to circle and collect stars of the same shape. Combining multiple sets of stars acts as a multiplier. Players can also combine two or more different stars to form a new star. There's a power meter that drains slowly as time passes, which keeps things interesting. The meter can be filled by quickly collecting stars, eventually resulting in a victory. Although simple, this game has a certain charm about it. Well, Touch Dimensions has decided to release a new, full ...

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    Mobile devices are perfect vehicles for playing puzzle/strategy games like Sudoku. However, there are so many Sudoku apps for Windows Mobile that it's hard to figure out which one is the best. The bad news is that it just got a bit harder to decide. The good news is that the latest variant was developed by a reputable team in Panoramic Software. If you're not familiar with Panoramic Software, you should be. They're the great minds behind moTweets, which is a fantastic Twitter application for Windows Mobile. Panoramic Software looks to expand its library with a new game, called Panoramic ...

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    Tripplix is a new Windows Mobile puzzle game that closely resembles the popular Bejeweled series. The idea is to match three or more blocks of the same color to blow them up. Chain reactions or multiple groups earn you bonus points. There are also power-ups to add to the excitement (bombs, time/point bonus). Here's the kicker; you have a power meter that drains slowly as the clock ticks and the only way to keep it filled is by destroying more tiles. The total points you score at one time correlates to the amount of life you get in return. Once the power meter is empty, the game is over. ...

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    The Xperia X1 came with a great game called Xtrakt, which is still one of the best games available on Windows Mobile. This time, with the Xperia X2, a new puzzle game is bundled. It's called Experiment 13 and has fantastic gameplay with great graphics. The wonderful folks at XDA-developers have managed to rip it from a dumped Xperia X2 ROM. It's available in CAB format for easy installation and is working wonderfully on multiple devices. Grab it on XDA-developers and give it a spin to see if it works on your device. Enjoy! The goal of the game is to guide the character, Roy Tate, through a ...

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    Yuji Naka, former Sega executive and co-creator of the original Sonic the Hedgehog game, has been working on a new title for Windows Phone. The game is called "Ivy the Kiwi?" and it takes advantage of the touchscreen technology found on most Windows phones. Judging by the images and video, the game looks fantastic. It uses an antique storybook-style backdrop for stages that gives the game an artistic touch. The gameplay is simple and reminiscent of many Nintendo DS titles, which often concentrate on innovative and interactive touch gameplay. For the most part, it's much like Sonic the ...

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