Thursday 25 February 2010

Final Fantasy on iPhone

Final Fantasy I and II are now available on the App Store (iTunes link) in the UK.

Critics have lauded Square Enix's RPG-defining franchise and with justification - a series known for its audiovisual splendour and rich play tactics! Final Fantasy VII is amongst my top ten video games of all time and I recently revisited the game on PSN. Lets not forget the film franchise either. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within foreshadowed James Cameron's Avatar.

With only a matter of days until Final Fantasy XIII appears on both PS3 and Xbox 360, these classics are not to be missed!

Tuesday 23 February 2010

iPad Wi-Fi pre-orders from Thursday?

Rumours have been circulating that Apple will start taking pre-orders for iPad Wi-Fi from this Thursday.

Presumably this will include international markets, but don't be surprised if not!

Doubtlessly demand will be high for this first generation product. I'll checkout the iPad at Apple Store Princesshay before making a final decision on whether or not to purchase.

Incidentally, I've written a post Basic Mac OS X Security Tips on Posterous. Download the free eBook here (PDF).

Sunday 14 February 2010

David Crane forms AppStar Games

Video gamers of a certain age will recall playing the likes of Pitfall!, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, Ghostbusters and Little Computer People (LCP) on home computers and video game consoles during the 1980s. These seminal titles were created by David Crane who was a founder of Activision.

Last week David Crane announced that he's formed AppStar Games with Garry Kitchen. Here's an extract from the press release:

“Garry and I have worked together on a number of successful ventures over the years, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for investors and stakeholders. We’re very excited about the dramatic shift that is occurring in the game industry with the advent of direct-to- consumer distribution of our titles. AppStar Games is committed to taking a leadership role in that transition by delivering the highest quality product in the marketplace”, said Crane, CTO of AppStar.

David Crane is a programming hero of mine, and I can't wait to see what AppStar Games has in store. How about Pifall!, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns and Little Computer People for iPhone, David?

While we wait for the first gaming titles to be released. Download Appstar Games' The Internal Magic of the Atari 2600 (iTunes link).

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Commodore Amiga coming to iPhone

The App Store is replete with retro gaming greatness. For example PC-Engine (known as TurboGrafx-16 in the US) fans can download and play Military Madness: Neo Nectaris (iTunes link).

Manomio, creators of C64 (iTunes link), are toiling away on an Amiga emulator, which will be released on the App Store later this year.

Amiga was home to some of the greatest games of all time, like Peter Molyneux’s Populous and Syndicate, FTL’s Dungeon Master, EA’s Earl Weaver Baseball, and everything by Psygnosis and the Bitmap Brothers.

Bring on Marble Madness...

Thursday 4 February 2010

Android mini collectibles series 01

Vinyl artist Andrew Bell has teamed up with Google to produce this cool collection of vinyl figures based on the Android mobile platform.

Despite my Apple allegiance, an Android would look great, in ceramic white, on my desktop.

For further information on stockists and availability visit here.

3 mobile should consider a mascot too! MiFi from 3 looks like WALL-E!