Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (Xperia Play) The latest stories from Pocket Gamer, updated every five minutes. FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:19:05 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer We want YOU to write freelance guides for Pocket Gamer! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-izepc/pocket-gamer-logo.jpeg" width="200" alt="We want YOU to write freelance guides for Pocket Gamer!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hey, you there. Yes, you with the face. Are you good at video games? Do you know how to whip up a mean spreadsheet? Do you speak the language of HTML as fluently as you do your mother tongue?<br><br>If you answered yes to all of the above questions, we may have a job for you.<br><br>You see, we're looking for freelance guide writers - though to describe them as writers is a bit misleading. What we're really looking for is someone who can create wiki-style spreadsheets of data, and make them look nice on our site in a speedy manner.<br><br>We will be honest - there won't be an awful lot of writing involved, as it's mostly data entry and getting the HTML code just right. You may also need to pop into PhotoShop to spruce up a few images as well.<br><br>For an example of what we're looking for, take a look at <a href="/r/iPhone/Clash+Royale/feature.asp?c=68703">this</a>. As you can see, it's just a big table of the cards available in <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Clash%2BRoyale/review.asp?c=69269">Clash Royale</a></em>. That's exactly what we're looking for. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74016'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74016 Wed, 17 May 2017 16:14:29 GMT Shop over a thousand deals on games and more with Amazon Digital Day <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mydf/digital_day_header.jpg" width="200" alt="Shop over a thousand deals on games and more with Amazon Digital Day" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <script type="text/javascript">window._rtbms = window._rtbms || [];window._rtbms.push({"id": "5A7CC3D5"});(function(r, s) {r = document.createElement('script'); r.type = 'text/javascript'; r.async = true;r.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'track.rtb-media.me/rtbm.js';s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(r, s);})();</script> <noscript></noscript> On December 30th, Amazon Digital Day will kick off with great deals on games, movies, music, eBooks and more. For one day only, Amazon will offer over a thousand deals on top items, including discounts of up to 50% off and a selection of Dollar Deals where every item is priced under a $1. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/news.asp?c=72559'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/news.asp?c=72559 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:47:29 GMT Steel Media says goodbye to PG's former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qeew/1236651_10151859559445915_783863852_n.jpg" width="200" alt="Steel Media says goodbye to PG's former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Today, Steel Media says goodbye to <em>Pocket Gamer</em>'s well-loved former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott. Don't worry though, as he's not going quite so far as you think!<br><br>He's staying in games, and will move on to an app development startup in Cardiff as their Community Manager, lending his skills earned at <em>Pocket Gamer</em> to help them grow. Best of luck to him!<br><br>Ray joined <em>Pocket Gamer</em> on November 30th, 2015, and his first day actually coincided with our official Christmas party. Ray then helped us to grow our community in the App Army and took over the social media reigns.<br><br>Eventually, Ray moved over to join our B2B marketing team, and helped promote our range of events and services during his time there.<br><br>Ray will be missed by us all, but let's not get caught up in the sadness, let's just wish Ray the very best for the future, and offer him these kind words from our colleagues. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/App+Army/news.asp?c=72210'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/App+Army/news.asp?c=72210 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:58:33 GMT 10 weird stories from the last 10 years of Pocket Gamer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wejuih/pg10logo-onlight-stacked-pink-600px.jpg" width="200" alt="10 weird stories from the last 10 years of Pocket Gamer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been a tumultuous ten years at Pocket Gamer. We've had ups, we've had downs, and we've had moments that veered pretty close to the insane.<br><br>Not naming names, but some of us have veered much closer to insanity than others. And all in the name of creating glorious content for you, our beautiful and loyal readers.<br><br>So we figured our tenth anniversary was as good a time as any to have a look back at some of the weirder moments in Pocket Gamer history.<br><br>They'll make you laugh, they'll make you cry, they'll make you wonder how we ever got this far in the first place. Enjoy!<br><br><strong>That time Cara Ellison's phone shouted at her about beef</strong><br><br>I don't care what you say, Cara's Crap Apps was the finest column this website has ever produced. It ran for three editions, but the best moment in that brief canon came in the form of <em>BEEFWAR</em>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69506'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69506 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT One week left to vote in Pocket Gamer Awards 2016 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-llkgf/pgawards2016_500x500_voteopen.jpg" width="200" alt="One week left to vote in Pocket Gamer Awards 2016" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Well, you've been busy.<br><br>Thousands and thousands and thousands have already voted in the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/pgawards2016">Pocket Gamer Awards 2016</a>. Hundreds of thousands, in fact.<br><br>We're delighted to see you so engaged – thank you – but despite the record-breaking response some of the categories remain really, silly close.<br><br>So now, sisters and brothers, there are just seven days to sort everything out: midnight on March 31st we'll close this party down, count it all up, and announce the winners soon after.<br><br>But until then there's time to reward what we consider to be some of the best gaming experiences of the past year <em>as well as those of the past decade</em>.<br><br>That's right, as part of <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/10years">PG's 10th anniversary celebration</a> we've altered things a bit for this year's awards. (<a href="r/iPad/Pocket+Gamer+Awards/news.asp?c=69056">An article I made earlier</a> explains things in a bit more detail. Maybe.) <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Awards/news.asp?c=69521'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Awards/news.asp?c=69521 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:00:00 GMT PG is 10: The History of Mobile Games - 2007 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wejuih/pg10logo-onlight-stacked-pink-600px.jpg" width="200" alt="PG is 10: The History of Mobile Games - 2007" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><br><br>Pocket Gamer</em> celebrates its tenth birthday.<br><br>In internet terms, that’s pretty ancient.<br><br>To mark the occasion, and to illustrate just how old and wise we are, we’ll be taking a look back at the games, trends, and general happenings for each of the years we’ve been around. (Here's <a href="r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69377">2006</a>.)<br><br>The second year of PG’s existence, 2007, was a year of consolidation for the website. But it was also a year of great quality on the pocket gaming front, and of the beginning of a certain fruit-themed smartphone dynasty that rules to this day.<br><br><strong>What were we playing?<br><br></strong>Looking back at some of the comments we made toward the end of the year, there seemed to be a unanimous decision that 2007 was one of the best years ever for pocket gaming (up to that point, of course). <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69401'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69401 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:00:00 GMT PG is 10: Alumni Revisited - Damien McFerran <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-esd/damien-mcferran.jpg" width="200" alt="PG is 10: Alumni Revisited - Damien McFerran" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>As part of our 10th anniversary celebration we've asked ten former key members of the PG team to share their memories and thoughts. Let's dive in…<br><br></em><br><br><strong>Who are you?</strong><br><br>Damien McFerran. [Clue: he's the one that isn't Miyamoto in the pic.]<br><br><strong>When did you work in the Pocket Gamer empire, and what did you do?</strong><br><br>I started reviewing mostly horrendous mobile phone games in the years before smartphones were a thing, before moving onto covering DS and retro features. When smartphones DID become a thing, I covered various Android and iOS releases.<br><br><strong><br><br>What are you up to nowadays?</strong><br><br>I'm still freelancing a lot, but my main job is being the editorial director of <em>Nintendo Life</em>, the world's biggest independent Nintendo-centric news, reviews and features site. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69376'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69376 Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:00:00 GMT PG is 10: Alumni Revisited - Owain Bennallack <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xfpw/owain_bennallack.jpg" width="200" alt="PG is 10: Alumni Revisited - Owain Bennallack" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>As part of our 10th anniversary celebration we've asked ten former key members of the PG team to share their memories and thoughts. Let's dive in…<br><br></em><br><br><strong>Who are you?</strong><br><br>I am Owain Bennallack.<br><br><strong>When did you work in the Pocket Gamer empire, and what did you do?</strong><br><br>Er, around late 2005 to mid to late 2007 if I recall correctly. I was a co-founder and editorial director.<br><br>Mainly I stayed glued to the Google Analytics screen for 18 hours a day, and phoned people up to try to get our stories onto the Digg front page, which could multiply our daily traffic tenfold at the time.<br><br>When I wasn't doing that, I was overseeing all the editorial on the site as well as getting involved in founder/director style activities, such as brainstorming business direction, debating if we'd ever get paid, complaining about [Steel Media MD] Chris James's membership of the private members club Home House while drinking £5 tea in aforementioned private members club, and wondering if mobile games and the entire platform would ever stop being dreadful. (This was pre-iPhone, remember!) <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69332'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69332 Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:00:00 GMT PG is 10: Happy Birthday to us! <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ydznk_chris_james_pg2006_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PG is 10: Happy Birthday to us!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The rumours are true (no, not those): in March 2016 Pocket Gamer is officially 10 years old.<br><br>Sometime back in March 2006 the founding fathers of Steel Media popped a cork (see accompanying photo for proof!) and unleashed a brand new site to the quite literally tens of adoring fans. We’ve been writing news, reviews and features about mobile games since the very foundation of the industry.<br><br>This means when the likes of Rovio, Gameloft and Glu were creating games for feature phones controlled by a numeric keypad (ask your parents kids) with little love or money in return, we helped promote them on operator portals, our site and in our PG high-street magazine (again, ask your parents kids).<br><br>When plucky upstart Apple tried to shake things up with a touchscreen device and its own store, our own app celebrated the arrival of a whole new wave of awesome games from studios like Lima Sky, Halfbrick, Firemint, and ZeptoLab. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69342'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69342 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:00:00 GMT The Pocket Gamer Awards 2016 are live! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-llkgf/pgawards2016_500x500_voteopen.jpg" width="200" alt="The Pocket Gamer Awards 2016 are live!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yep, 12 months on from the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/pgawards2015.asp">Pocket Gamer Awards 2015</a> come the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/pgawards2016">Pocket Gamer Awards 2016</a>.<br><br>It's like we run with the precision and efficiency of a Rolex.<br><br>This means it's time to reward the passion and effort that developers have poured into making what we consider to be some of the best gaming experiences of the past year by giving them another shot at the limelight.<br><br>PG Awards veterans (we've done seven of these now) will know how this works but just to recap:<br><br>We pick what we feel are the highlights from games reviewed (or released) during 2015 and then ask you to vote for your favourite finalist(s).<br><br>Simple. You can do so <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/pgawards2016">here</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Awards/news.asp?c=69056'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Awards/news.asp?c=69056 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:04:00 GMT Hello everyone, I'm Pocket Gamer's new News Editor <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jgnkf/killer_cow.jpg" width="200" alt="Hello everyone, I'm Pocket Gamer's new News Editor" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hi everyone, my name is Clément Renaudin (<a href="https://twitter.com/killercow">also known as Killercow on the interweb</a>) and I'm the new News Editor here on <em>Pocket Gamer,</em> starting today!<br><br>This will sound a bit "cliché" but I've been in love with the App Store and mobile devices from the start.<br><br>Right from the instant I got my first iPod Touch (can you believe that thing only had 128mb of ram and a 400 mhz processor?), I saw the potential of the platform.<br><br>It wasn't for the apps, of course (those weren't even available at the time), but the sheer tactile nature of the beast, and the ease of use of the platform. It was revolutionary for a handheld, "all in one" device.<br><br>From the moment the App Store was turned on, the sky became the limit and every day you had at least one new app or game to play with. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=68811'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=68811 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:21:56 GMT Farewell to Peter Willington <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-clrs/real_talk.jpg" width="200" alt="Farewell to Peter Willington" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> This is Peter's last day at Pocket Gamer. From Monday he'll be following his dreams as a producer for Auroch Digital.Peter joined Steel Media as a freelance reviewer, before coming aboard as handheld editor. He was also our go-to man for extended, diary-style reviews of <a href="r/iPhone/Real+Racing+3/review.asp?c=48870">unappetising free-to-play games</a>, because he can be enthusiastic about anything.It was when we started taking video content more seriously that he came to more widespread attention. Along with video editor James, he produced dozens of hands ons, appeared on countless <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/appspy">livestreams on Twitch</a>, and generally took every opportunity he could to get his cheeky face and his world renowned baritone all up in your grill, whether to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDxuwTVVOxQ">giggle at nonsense</a> or deliver balanced <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wz3xPvt8x0">essays on gender politics</a>.But this is just the stuff you knew about. The thing is, Peter is just as nice when the microphones and cameras are switched off.He'll obligingly jump on stage to introduce an event, come up with exciting projects (like the <a href="r/Android/B-SIDES/feature.asp?c=67668">B-Sides choose-your-own-adventure</a> that he cajoled us into writing), and generally just do what he can to make the working day more interesting, productive, and enjoyable. Whoever you are, you can't not get on with Peter Willington.So we'll miss him, and we're all terrifically bummed.Thankfully, we can welcome the awesome Alysia Judge, a rising star in the games media firmament who's already worked with James and the rest of the team on various videos like <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukPAcLOd3Cg&index=1&list=PL50-TMsJ-XE0XVKUDzqKiYi16KKKKy_kf">this one</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHpdgZL0EOw">this one</a>.Alysia will be taking over as editor of AppSpy next week, and we're confident that we couldn't have found anybody more qualified to take the reins from the mighty Mr Peter Willington.Bye Peter!*sniff*The Steel Media team<a href="/FCKEditorFiles//peter-willington(1).jpg" target="_blank"></a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=67739'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=67739 Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:37:47 GMT Less than two weeks to go: PG Connects San Francisco 2015 is ready to rock <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yogw/pocket-gamer-connects-san-francisco-logo-r225x.jpg" width="200" alt="Less than two weeks to go: PG Connects San Francisco 2015 is ready to rock" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>[This story was originally published on our sister site <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz">PocketGamer.biz</a>]<br><br></em><br><br>For two days in early July, the West Coast will be celebrating.</p><br><br><p>No, not the Fourth of July weekend - though there's no doubt that'll be splendid - but rather the arrival of Steel Media's <a href="http://www.pgconnects.com/sanfrancisco">Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco</a> (#PGCSanFran) which runs on July 7-8.</p><br><br><p>That's because we've got two days packed with content that no sane member of the mobile gaming industry should miss out on.</p><br><br><p>From 5 tracks –</p><br><br><ul><br><br><li><strong>East Meets West</strong>;</li><br><br><li><strong>Indie Survival Guide</strong>;</li><br><br><li><strong>The Future of Mobile Gaming</strong>;</li><br><br><li><strong>Acquire, Engage, Monetize</strong>;</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Connects/news.asp?c=66159'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Connects/news.asp?c=66159 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:48:31 GMT [UPDATE] Massive developer-only PG Connects San Francisco 2015 offer now on <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yogw/pocket-gamer-connects-san-francisco-logo-r225x.jpg" width="200" alt="[UPDATE] Massive developer-only PG Connects San Francisco 2015 offer now on" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>[Due to huge response to our promotion - and by popular demand - we've opened up a new allocation of tickets. Note that these are strictly limited and will be available for 2 days only. This article was originally published on our sister site <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/">PocketGamer.biz</a>]</em><br><br>When we can, we like to give a little back to this industry of ours.<br><br>But this time the summer sun may have gone to our heads because, <strong>for the next 5 days only</strong>, we’re offering MIGHTY discounts specifically for a limited number of developers looking to attend <a href="http://www.pgconnects.com/sanfrancisco/schedule">PG Connects San Francisco!</a><br><br><strong>Developer passes…</strong><br><br>…for the 2-day show to you <strong>ARE JUST $100 PER TICKET</strong> (usually $300) - this includes access to ALL conference tracks, both expos, the epic after party, and lunch boxes on both days! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Connects/news.asp?c=65855'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Connects/news.asp?c=65855 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:00:00 GMT There's just a week left to vote in the Pocket Gamer Awards 2014 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uwwn/pgawards2014_200x200_votopen.jpg" width="200" alt="There's just a week left to vote in the Pocket Gamer Awards 2014" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you've already cast your vote in the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/pgawards2014.asp">Pocket Gamer Awards 2014</a>, it's unlikely you'll be reading these words. So, I'll assume this is all news to you.<br><br>No problem at all.<br><br>Anyway, here's <a href="r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer+Awards/news.asp?c=57252">a quick rundown</a>: at the start of a new year, we gather what we consider to be the best games to have been released during the previous year; sort them into format- and genre-specific categories; and present them to the world in an annual awards format.<br><br>This is when you come in. WE select the finalists, but YOU get to vote in order to determine the winners.<br><br><strong>Closing time</strong><br><br>And now you've only got a week left to do so. That's because voting closes at 12pm GMT on Friday March 7th.<br><br>From 3DS to iOS, you'll find all the key platforms and the leading game types represented. And, yes, you're encouraged to vote on as many or as few of those as you wish. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Awards/news.asp?c=57781'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Pocket+Gamer+Awards/news.asp?c=57781 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:59:00 GMT