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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:45:52 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Top 10 Best Finnish Hardware <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vcdtm/413f5kp_jjl_1_.jpg" width="200" alt="Top 10 Best Finnish Hardware" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Finland celebrates its <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">100th Independence Day</a> today, and to join in with the celebrations, we've listed 10 of the best pieces of Finnish inventions and technology.<br><br>Finland has a strong history of creating hardware and technology that changes the world, as you’ll soon discover as you go through this list.<br><br>So many incredible pieces of tech, things that you can’t imagine the world without today. Let’s take a look at just ten…<br><br><strong>Nokia 1100<br><br></strong><br><br>When it comes to legendary pieces of tech, few things have the recognition that Nokia phones do, and the 1100 might be king among them all. The, at-the-time, tiny wonder was a revelation, and to top it off, Finland invented SMS messages too. Where would we be without them? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:53:00 GMT The 25 best Finnish characters <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xlmp/ab_android_beta.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best Finnish characters" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's fair to say that Finland has a pretty intriguing history when it comes to the characters that it's created.<br><br>And since it's <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">Finland's 100th independence day</a> today, we thought that was something worth celebrating.<br><br>In this list we're going to look at 25 of the best. Some of them you'll have heard of, some of them you won't, and at least one of them has a funny name.<br><br><strong>Red Bird</strong> - Angry Birds<br><br>Red Bird has become the Finnish pop culture export of recent times. From smash hit games to a blockbuster Hollywood movie, from novelty socks to kid's backpacks, it's hard to think of something that hasn't been branded with his cheery visage. I mean, his visage isn't actually that cheery. He's an Angry Bird after all. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:36:00 GMT Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mcb_coin_front-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We didn’t host a giveaway in a while, but we have today an amazing one for our UK readers. And if you are a fan of Summoners War, you’re in for a treat. We have for you an all-expenses paid trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th.<br><br>The Summoners War World Arena Championship pits devoted fans from around the globe against each other, with competitions happening in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and China. The top 16 European players will be facing off in October’s event for $5,000 prize money. The top two competitors will then get a chance to compete in the World Finals in the United States!<br><br>One lucky reader from the UK will get two VIP passes, travel, and accommodation to the EU finals in Paris, with exclusive access to a private VIP area where they can meet and mingle with influencers and Summoners War developers. Most importantly, VIPs will also be treated to complimentary food and drink at the event. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:00 GMT Review: Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-acpix/sennheiser-gsp-350.jpg" width="200" alt="Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're in the market for a decent set of headphones that don't cost you an arm and a leg, you can't really go wrong with Sennheiser.<br><br>Though prices do vary pretty drastically across their range of products, you can rest assured you'll not only find something to match your budget, but that it will be of solid quality.<br><br>It makes sense then, that the music-loving gamer might consider grabbing a Sennheiser headset to both chat with their friends and listen to music without compromise.<br><br>And Sennheiser claims to deliver just that with the GSP 350. Does the sound wizard succeed in its goal? Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Sennheiser GSP 350 won't win awards for its design any time soon, but nor will you be embarrassed to whip it out and shove it on your head at a LAN party.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:06:00 GMT Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vfkfi/play-nyc-twitter-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Calling all gamers and developers, this Summer will see a new dedicated gaming convention open its doors in New York City for the very first time. Simply dubbed Play NYC, the ambitious event will run from August 19-20th, and is organized by veteran gaming events company Playcrafting. Expected to play host to well over 5,000 attendees, Play NYC will intends to connect players and creators alike.<br><br>The venue for such an occasion? Manhattan’s prestigious Terminal 5, perhaps best known to people as a live concert venue that normally sees the likes of The Cranberries and Kasabian play to sell-out audiences. Play NYC however will see it teeming with passionate people from all corners of the gaming industry across 21,000 square feet of indoor Expo space, 3 floors, and a rooftop deck.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/feature.asp?c=74952'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/feature.asp?c=74952 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:34:32 GMT Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jciqi/razer-pro-kraken-v2-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Kraken Pro V2 is designed to be the only gaming headset you'll need. The focus is on comfort, durability, and clarity of sound in an affordable package.<br><br>And I'd say Razer has done a pretty good job of achieving that - particularly as it works across all of the devices you own.<br><br>But it does fall slightly short of the mark. At £79.99, you'd want this headset to be sufficient for every single purpose, and it doesn't quite reach that.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Kraken Pro V2 comes in three distinct colours: black, white, and Razer's signature green. The design is very minimal and stylish, and as long as you choose the right colour you'll feel pretty happy wearing them.<br><br>It also looks distinctly premium, thanks to a liberal use of quality and durable materials. It's mostly metal, rather than plastic, which is always a pleasure. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Xperia+Play/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:10:50 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 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 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