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February 13 2014

Farewell, Flappy Bird

It's gone. The popular mobile game that was beloved — and sometimes hated — by millions of users was recently removed from app stores by the man who created it. While those who had already downloaded Flappy Bird prior to Sunday still have access, but many will never get the opportunity to play game.

To commemorate this loss, Mashable is hosting a MashTalk Hangout on Air today at 2:15 p.m. ET for a discussion about the rise of Flappy Bird, its critical reception and removal of the game. Join Mashable Senior Tech Analyst Christina Warren, Games Reporter Chelsea Stark, Impending co-creator Phill Ryu and Inside Gaming's Adam Kovic and Bruce Greene today as we reminisce and reflect on all things Flappy Bird. Read more...

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February 11 2014

Punk's Not Dead, and Neither Is 'Flappy Bird'

Fall Out Boy is making the latest attempt to fill the Flappy Bird hole in our lives after the creator of the popular mobile game removed it from Apple's App Store and the Google Play store on Sunday.

The band announced its plans to release a Fall Out Boy-themed version of Flappy Bird called Fall Out Bird.

"Rome wasn't built in a day, but this game was," the band said in a blog post. "Shoutout to the OG Flappy Bird, RIP."

Judging by the screenshot posted with the news, the game will look very similar to the original Flappy Bird, but instead of a bird, the game will star the members of Fall Out Boy: Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, Andy Hurley and a fedora-clad Patrick Stump. Read more...

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'Flappy Bird Song' Helps You Vent All Your Gaming Frustrations

This song goes out to all you gamers who ever wanted to throw your phones out the window after playing Flappy Bird.

The tune perfectly encapsulates the love/hate relationship that smartphone users have experienced since the simplistic game shot to the top spot on the App Store barely two weeks ago. The addictive game is extremely difficult to master, so it's not surprising that many fans are feeling some frustration.

However, YouTuber Jonathan Mann is quelling his rage through song rather than through damaging his property. His cutesy, bubbly tune for "The Flappy Bird Song" paired with his blatantly honest lyrics really get down to the real reason why the game is so popular — we just want to beat our high score. Mann also astutely points out the suspicious similarity between Flappy Bird and Super Mario Read more...

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February 10 2014

House of Cards Against Humanity: For the Vengeful Party Planner

At the intersection of cutthroat politics and party games for the twisted sits House of Cards Against Humanity.

Yes, you read that correctlyNetflix is joining forces with Cards Against Humanity to create a special 25-pack deck inspired by its original series House of Cards. Cards Against Humanity offered a printed version of the deck for free, but has run out at time of publishing. Disappointed fans can still download both plain-text and print-and-play versions.

Cards in the new deck include "carbon monoxide poisoning," "discharging a firearm in a residential area" and "strangling a dog to make a point to the audience," along with — fair warning — other spoilers Read more...

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February 08 2014

'Flappy Bird' Creator to Take Popular Game Down

The popularity of Flappy Bird, a mobile game for iOS and Android, has exploded over the past few weeks. But it looks like the rush of attention and success surrounding Flappy Bird has finally taken its toll on its Vietnam-based creator, who has decided to discontinue the game

Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, tweeted on Saturday, at 11:02 a.m. PT, that he planned take the game down in 22 hours, noting that he "cannot take this anymore." This news comes just a day after the game rolled out an update.

I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.

— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014

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January 31 2014

Feeling 'Flappy Bird' Rage? You're Not Alone

Are you ready for the newest mobile game that will make you want to throw your phone against the wall? Say hello to Flappy Bird.

Flappy Bird shot to the number one spot in the App Store this week, outranking mobile titans like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. The game has a pretty simple premise — help a bird fly through tubes by tapping on your screen. Sounds easy, right? Nope.

YouTuber Lamarr Wilson, who's highest score is currently eight, shares his rage about the new game. Check out the video above to see that, plus his feelings on Netflix binging and Madonna. You can catch new episodes of his Mashable show Socially Awkward every week, so do us a personal favor and subscribe to his channel — there's a lot more awkward fun in store. Read more...

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January 30 2014

This Is the World's Top-Earning App

Line's active user count might be an enigma, but the latest edition of the App Annie Index shows outside of games, Line was the top earning app and publisher in the world in 2013.

Line ranked ninth in the list of most downloaded publishers in the world. It's the sixth most-downloaded app outside of games.

According to the report, Japan surpassed the US as the top country in terms of app revenue, driven largely by games on Google Play. That means Line's home market likely helped push it to the top of the highest earners list.

Within Japan, Line's game lineup took seven of the top ten highest earning mobile game spots, beaten only by fellow Japanese game Puzzles and Dragons. Line and Line Camera are the two most-downloaded apps in the country outside of games. Read more...

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January 29 2014

How the Future of Gaming Looks on Google Glass

Google launched a series of mini-games for its high-tech Google Glass specs that allows players to use their heads as rackets to play a round of virtual tennis or slice shapes out of thin air like a karate master.

The company posted a new video to YouTube that reveals how we will be able to play video games with Google Glass. The clip also aims to encourage developers to build games for Glass.

The mini-games take advantage of Google Glass' voice recognition software and sensors, so you can fire weapons with your voice, slice with your hands or tilt your head back to maintain balance. Read more...

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January 25 2014

Nintendo Fans Rush to eBay for Rare Game

If you pride yourself on being a devoted Nintendo fan, a rare video game has popped up on eBay that may pique your interest.

Nintendo collectors are racing over to eBay to bid on an auction for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game Nintendo World Championships.

Initial bidding started at $4,999, but, at the time of this writing, the latest bid on the rare game cartridge was $98,601. According to BBC News, one Nintendo expert thinks the cartridge is likely to earn more, despite the item's poor condition (a ripped label and the words “Mario” written on its casing), as genuine copies of Nintendo World Championships are hard to come by. Read more...

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January 21 2014

Iconic '80s Game 'Simon' Gets Modern Touchscreen Twist

The iconic game Simon holds a very special place in the hearts of those who grew up in the '70s, '80s and '90s. Childhood wouldn't have been the same without the hours spent slapping colors — and hearing that hypnotic beeping — in the back seat of your parent's Volvo station wagon.

Now, Hasboro is introducing a new version of the memory game with a very modern twist: touchscreen swiping. (Buttons are so 30 years ago.)

Instead of just remembering which colors to tap next, users will have to know when to swipe too.

“The Simon brand was extremely popular in the '70s and '80s, so we’re excited to reintroduce the game to a new generation,” Jonathan Berkowitz, VP of marketing for Hasboro Gaming, told Mashable. “The Simon Swipe game combines favorite elements of the classic game like colors, lights and sounds with today’s touch technology and “swipe” action to offer kids a bold new way to play.” Read more...

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January 05 2014

In Brain Wave Experiment, Whoever Feels the Strongest Emotion Wins

Brent Hoff wants to piss you off

Well, it's not that simple. The filmmaker's current project, the Emotional Arcade, pits regular people in a competition to experience emotions as strongly as they can, while monitoring their brain activity. Once you've worked yourself into a boiling rage, a peaceful bliss or a meditative chill? You get a lollipop.

The Emotional Arcade is a blend of art, neuroscience and technology. According to Hoff, it's a portable version of earlier films he's made. Hoff's film Love Competition, for example, challenged seven competitors to love someone or something as strongly as they could for five minutes, while a Stanford fMRI brain scanner and several researchers measured participants' neural activity. The Emotional Arcade expands the range of emotions and takes the experiment on the road. Read more...

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December 25 2013

11 Best iPad Apps of 2013

Whether you're new to the iPad or looking to add to your app collection, 2013 brought in a healthy dosage of innovative, addictive options for Apple tablets

From strategy games to educational apps, some of the most engaging iPad downloads may be ones that slipped under the radar.

Above, take a look at some of our top picks from the year. Which apps stole away hours of your day? Let us know in the comments below.

Image: Mashable, Christina Ascani

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December 07 2013

10 iOS-Friendly Toys for Kids

Your children love your iPad, but if they're spending too much time glued to the screen, it might not be the kind of play that will benefit them the most.

As children use digital devices more and more, they miss out on opportunities to work on fine motor skills, spatial reasoning and other skills that require tactile play, instead of the rather 2D experience of tapping on a screen

But just when you're thinking about taking that screen away from your media-saturated children, a new crop of toys pops up that utilizes the iPad by taking it out of their hands, allowing them to practice other physical skills as well as playing on your device Read more...

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November 23 2013

13 Vine Videos to Bring You Back to Your Gaming Childhood

This week, we asked Mashable readers to recreate vintage games on Vine. We didn't limit the challenge to any one material or style, so the submissions were extremely creative. We saw retro arcade games constructed using food, paper, clay, dolls and sketches, as well as classic board games acted out IRL. We were especially impressed with the videos that incorporated accurate sound effects

We've embedded our favorite submissions from this week's Mashable Vine Challenge, below. Take a look, and scroll through the #OldSchoolGame hashtag to see the remaining videos. Read more...

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November 13 2013

'Temple Run' Movie Possibly in Works With 'Harry Potter' Producer

Temple Run may be joining the ranks of popular mobile games becoming movies, according to a recent report.

According to a scoop by The Hollywood Reporter (via Touch Arcade), Warner Bros. is in negotiations to make a film adaptation of the seminal endless running game. And the producer said to be attached to the incipient project is none other than David Heyman.

A frequent collaborator of Warner Bros., Heyman most recently produced the critically and commercially successful sci-fi survival drama Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. But Heyman is undoubtedly best known for producing all eight installments of the Harry Potter film series, all of which are also critically and commercially successful. Read more...

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