Havok Releases Project Anarchy, A Free Mobile Game Engine

Havok Releases Project Anarchy, A Free Mobile Game Engine

Nov 14, 2013

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Havok, more commonly known as “that physics engine that makes bodies and boxes fall in shooters”, has released a very peculiar piece of software, namely – a free game engine, named “Project Anarchy.” A free engine in a market like this could mean we’ll get lots of high-quality games with plenty of physics effects hitting the market soon. Find more information and download the engine from here: Project Anarchy Official Website.

Android Emulator Updated with GPU Support, and Hardware Sensor Tethering

Android Emulator Updated with GPU Support, and Hardware Sensor Tethering

Apr 10, 2012

Testing out Android apps on a PC is about to get a lot easier for developers. Android has updated the emulator on their SDK with some crucial new features. First, they’ve added GPU acceleration to the emulator, meaning that performance dramatically improves. As well, for developers working in OpenGL, the emulator now supports that, which should be a boon to developers of games with 3D engines. While not all GPU hardware is supported, they have improved the raw performance of the emulator through floating point operation.

Also helping out is that Android devices can now be tethered to a computer to serve as sensors for the emulator. This makes it possible to test out multitouch and accelerometer input, to go along with the camera support provided in earlier updates. Support for Bluetooth and NFC is coming in a future update as well.

These emulator features are an important part of Android development – the iOS simulator on Macs makes it a powerful tool for app testing, and it allowed for a variety of apps to be released on the original iPad, even before anyone could publicly test on it. This updated emulator will only help developers.

App Inventor For Android Now Available To All

App Inventor For Android Now Available To All

Dec 16, 2010

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at developing an app but get a headache just thinking about learning code? App inventor for Android is an experimental program that allows non programming folks to visually put together simple apps and specify behaviors through the use of blocks. Simply put, it’s a sort of drag and drop way of creating an app. Now, you aren’t going to be developing any Angry Birds on this thing, but they do give some examples of the capabilities and what can fundamentally be achieved. I’m also pretty sure these apps aren’t compatible with the Android Market at this time so forget those hopes of making thousands of dollars trying to sell your new fart app.

Ngmoco + Android + Rumors = “We Rule”

Ngmoco + Android + Rumors = “We Rule”

Sep 22, 2010


Last month, sources reported that Google Ventures (money, money) invested somewhere in the realm of $3-5 million dollars into popular iPhone/iPad game developer Ngmoco. Why would they do this? I’ll let you guys ponder that. Of course, Google Ventures denies any direct correlation between money-money and Ngmoco’s recent announcement to start developing for Android but I’m not buying it (Google is buying it, ba-da-bump). Either way, it’s more good news for Android users.

Has anyone else noticed the recent influx of game developers jumping on the Android bandwagon? One would see it as the next logical step for game developers but why all of the sudden? This brings me to another rumor floating around. The one about Android supporting in-app purchases in the next couple of months. Now these rumors are starting to add up. It just makes sense that highly popular and profitable game developers such as Ngmoco (who rely heavily upon in-app purchases) would be flying over to Android. Another recent addition to the Android gaming market is that of EA Mobile who coincidently develops games that support in-app purchases. You get my point.

Another plausible explanation for this rush of new development could be due to Apple’s recent launch of its new online social gaming service “Game Center” We now see developers of popular Apple iOS games such as Ninja Fruit (which integrate social networking platforms like OpenFeint) heading over to Android. Ngmoco is another huge player who integrates its own social networking platform “Plus+“. It could be possible these once juggernaut social gaming networks are foreshadowing their own demise on iOS and are smartly deciding to search for other ways of survival. More speculation but sensible in my opinion.

What does this mean for us Android users? It means now we too can enjoy the once iOS exclusive games and no longer have to settle for the cheesy knock offs that litter the Android Market. If rumors are true it also means more free games which will support in-app purchases. The only constant I keep hearing is “More Games”. I don’t know about you but every time I say that I get goose bumps.

With that said, I would start working out those game fingers and prepare for the onslaught of gaming greatness that should be hitting the Android market very soon. Rumor also has it the first game Ngmoco will be releasing for Android will be their hit title, “We Rule.” How’s that for an obvious reference to Android and its users. *wink*

So what have we learned today. We’ve learned that some simple math + some reliable rumors = Android awesomeness.

Sources: MobileCrunch, mocoNews