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Interview: Jan Wagner of Cliffhanger Productions

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AErena: Clash of Champions (freeby Cliffhanger Productions, has been receiving a lot of attention lately from the gaming press. The game was listed as one of the best strategy games of 2014 by PC Gamer magazine and it was a huge hit with the throngs of enthusiastic game fans at the ESL international gaming convention known as Gamescom held last month in Cologne, Germany. After speaking with the managing director of Cliffhanger Productions, Mr. Jan Wagner, I'm excited to see what the future holds, both for this clever team of developers as well as for the increasingly popular platform of mobile gaming in general.


This Week's Distraction: The Firm is Clever, Beautiful, and a Little Bit Crazy

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The Firm has all the right ingredients to be the “Papers, Please” for iOS, but is lacking the scope to really make it great.



Game Centered Special Edition: Rejoice Core Gamers, Bioshock for iOS Has Arrived!

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we’ve got a special edition to pay respect to the console classic first-person shooter, Bioshock ($14.99). This game not only took gaming to the next level at the time, its cinematic visuals and terrifyingly creepy storyline make this game equally compelling today as it makes its way to the gaming platform of the future, the iDevice.



Game Centered: Awesome Breaking News For Mobile eSports Enthusiasts

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we have some awesome news on the mobile gaming front. First, popular game streaming site, Twitch TV, was bought out by Amazon. Hot on the heels of that development is news that we are going to be treated to a first of its kind, Twitch supported iOS game from mobile game developer Gameloft. Finally, if you've embraced the mobile gaming platform and are wondering when it's really going to take off as a competitive level eSport platform, take heart! Reputable research firm, Juniper, just released a report projecting absolutely amazing growth for the mobile gaming industry, and predicts that mobile games, more than ever, are the games of the future.



Kickstart Your iPhone App Development with This Swift Programming class

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I just learned of (and backed) a Kickstarter campaign to learn Swift and iOS 8 programming. It's being run by a friend and colleague of mine, named Paul Solt. He's an award-winning app developer and a great instructor. I've had the opportunity to attend live training from him, and he's offered video training before, also via Kickstarter, with great success.



Game Centered: The CEO and Founder of Skillz on the Future of eSports for Mobile

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week's Game Centered takes a look at a new company in the video game industry, one with truly great potential. Skillz brings the first, for-profit gaming arena to the mobile platform. With video gaming (otherwise known as eSports) bringing in massive international audiences, and equally large profits, the competition to be a top gamer is fierce, and with millions of dollars in prizes and sponsorships on the line, eSports have become a bonafide professional-level sport.



Angels in the Sky Review: First Unreal Engine 4 Game

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This much anticipated game from the developers at AimToG is the first game powered by Unreal Engine 4 to hit the iTunes App Store. Unreal Engine has been an incredible resource for designers and developers wanting to create one-of-a-kind graphic and animation experiences in their action-oriented games, and the newest incarnation of the engine has been much-hyped. The first game powered by it is, therefore, going to open itself up to quite a bit of scrutiny. The big question on everyone’s mind is going to be “Can Angels in the Sky live up to the buzz?” So far the answer seems to be… sort of. 



Battle Fleet 2 Adds New Game Modes and 3D Graphics!

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We reviewed the original Battle Fleet naval warfare strategy game back in 2012, and gave it high marks for its authentic details and realistic gameplay aspects. Now you can experience the even more immersive Battle Fleet 2 ($4.99) with 3D graphics, a new combat system and campaign modes. Get a taste with the embedded trailer or head over to the Battle Fleet home page. More details on the new version follow the break...



Game Centered Special Edition—Modern Combat 5: Blackout

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The wait is over. After several delays, Gameloft's Modern Combat 5: Blackout ($6.99) is finally available. And it is well worth the wait! This is one of the year's most anticipated games and it doesn't fail to impress. With cutting edge graphics and gameplay, and a storyline filled with mayhem, evildoers, and heroic deeds, MC5 is destined to be one of this summer's top blockbuster video games. This week's Game Centered gives you a brief introduction to this latest installment in Gameloft's highly successful Modern Combat series.



Are Most Games on the iPhone Really Worth It?

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With the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, a new demographic of gamers was created that could only be paralleled by the release of Nintendo's Wii in 2006. The iPhone is now technically the highest-selling portable gaming device, and yet challengers such as myself will still come along and ask: are most iPhone games really worth the money that some developers are charging us?



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