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NPD: Q4 2011 European and U.S. Non-Retail Game Monetisation Data

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PlayStation Phone ad leaked on Norwegian website

Over the last several months we have had leaked pictures and video, leaked specs, and actual PlayStation Phones (Xperia Play) that have made their way to websites. Honestly the only thing that was missing was a leaked ad.

This has either been the worst product reveal ever, or Sony has been letting all this info out as part of some strange marketing plan. The good news is that it should all come to an end when Sony announces it at the World Mobile Congress next week.

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Zoo Entertainment Launches indiePub Mobile

Online Community for Independent Game Developers and Players Expands with All-New Mobile Division

Cincinnati, OH – February 1, 2011 – Video game publisher Zoo Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOG), has launched indiePub Mobile via its online community of independent game developers and players at indiePub.com.

The company has established indiePub Mobile as a new division that will collaborate with independent game developers in order to cultivate a number of new games for iOS and Android platforms in 2011. Initial games being set for release include Fractal, Blocks: The Devilish Delivery Game, Paper Venture, Totem Destroyer Deluxe and Cargo Delivery.

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Sony: PlayStation Suite could expand to support other platforms

“We have a completely open stance [with PlayStation Suite]. With carriers and with hand set makers. There are a variety of OSes, but we’re focusing first on Android. There’s also Windows, iOS and so forth, but we don’t have the resources to make it compatible with everything from the start. We’re not ruling out PSS even on products like Sony Internet TV Powered by Google (Google TV) if adoption rate increases, or if it will help push adoption greatly.” – Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai

Personally, I thought the PlayStation Suite announcement was much more exciting than anything we heard about the NGP. We will have to wait and see how all the pieces fall together, but I’m excited to see just how much competition this will bring to Apple.

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Watch the Entire NGP and PlayStation Suite Reveal (6 Videos)

Parts 2 through 6 are after the break. Check out part 3 for how awkward Uncharted will be if they force us to use the back touch pad.

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Microsoft Shipped Over 2 Million Windows Phone 7 Units Last Quarter

AllThingsDigital is reporting that Microsoft has shipped more than two million Windows Phone 7 devices as of the end of December. It’s obviously unclear how many of these shipped phones have actually ended up in the hands of consumers, but there certainly seems to be some demand at least up to the retail level.

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Sony announces “PlayStation Suite” for Android based portable devices

Along side the NGP announcement this morning, Sony has revealed their plans to support Android based mobile systems with “PlayStation Suite”.

PlayStation Suite will launch in 2011 and will allow Android devices to run “PlayStation quality” software, starting with original PS One classic titles. Additionally, the NGP will also be able to access the PlayStation Suite, and we are assuming that this will be used on the PlayStation Phone when it is announced next month.

This seems like it has the potential to be the most exciting Android related announcement since… well ever. Check out the full press release after the break.

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Amico Games Registered Users Surpass 30 Million in 2011 First Quarter

GUANGZHOU, China, Jan. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amico Games Corp. (OTCBB:AMCG – News), an interactive entertainment media Company specializing in developing some of China’s most popular massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs) for mobile phones, today announced that its registered users grew to 30,123,810 in November 2010, an increase of 317,147 over the previous month.

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ESA: Dec 2010 was one of the strongest monthly performances ever for the video game industry

“December 2010 represented one of the strongest monthly performances the industry has ever had at retail. It was a robust finish to a year marked by innovation and engaging millions of consumers through a multitude of delivery models. Computer and video games led all other entertainment options as we responded to consumers’ demands for creative content on every platform from consoles to smart phones to handheld game devices. I look forward to a strong 2011 with a great pipeline of titles, many of which will be unveiled at the global center of video games—the E3 Expo.” – Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association

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GameTanium bringing games-on-demand service to Android

Exent, a games-on-demand leader who has partnered with Verizon in the past, announced today that it would be launching its GameTanium service on Google’s Android platform. This marks the first games-on-demand service for Android, allowing those with Android mobile devices to play more than 100 native titles for a flat monthly rate.

I’ve got an Android phone, but I’m not all that interested in a games-on-demand service. I’ve got Angry Birds and Game Dev Story, what more does a guy need? Answer: Nothing.

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