∞ Emma and the Inventor comes to iPad

Tricky Software has announced the release of Emma and the Inventor for the iPad. It’s a free download, though unlocking the full game requires a $4.99 in-app purchase. Emma’s Grandfather Jenkins has completed his greatest invention ever, but the mysterious … Continued

∞ Spiderweb announces new Avernum RPG for Mac, iPad

Spiderweb Software has announced the forthcoming release of Avernum: Escape from the Pit, a reboot of their popular “classic”-style role playing game series. The game is coming to Mac OS X, Windows and iPad.

∞ Former Sony boss: 'Apple will be the games industry'

Phil Harrison, the man who launched the original Sony PlayStation console and later because president of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios, recently offered his vision of the future of gaming to Edge Magazine. And Harrison sees Apple as ground zero … Continued

∞ Deathsmiles iPhone game conversion adds new content

Japanese game developer Cave is known for making frentically-paced and gorgeous-looking “bullet hell” shooters. Nowhere is this more evident than in Deathsmiles, a “Gothic Lolita”-themed shooter that’s headed to the iPhone. The forthcoming iPhone version will get a new character … Continued

∞ Assassin's Creed Brotherhood available at MacGameStore

Good news tonight for Mac gamers. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is available from the MacGameStore as a digital download — that means you can get it right now.

In the game, you assume the role of Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, in his enduring struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood who will rally to his side.

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∞ EA acquires Real Racing, Flight Control maker

Electronic Arts (EA) has announced plans to acquire Firemint Pty Ltd., the software developer responsible for the hit iOS games Real Racing and Flight Control. Financial details weren’t disclosed, but EA said the deal will close within four weeks.

∞ LEGO Indiana Jones 2 headed to Mac April 28th

Feral Interactive has announced the forthcoming release of LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues for the Mac. It’s coming on April 28, 2011 for $29.99, and will be available in boxed and downloadable formats.

∞ Atari's Greatest Hits released for iOS

While the brand has fallen by the wayside in recent years, Atari will always hold a special place in the hearts of gamers of a certain age. A new iOS game download called Atari’s Greatest Hits is bound to appeal to them and to many others with an eye towards video game history.

Atari’s Greatest Hits is a free download that comes with the classic game Pong, and for 99 cents more, you can download one of 25 separate game “packs” that include classic Atari coin-op arcade games and games originally designed for the Atari 2600 home game console – one of the first popular home consoles. If you want to buy them all in one fell swoop (18 arcade games, 92 Atari 2600 games) you can get them discounted for $14.99, all managed through in-app purchases.

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∞ Final Fantasy III comes to iOS

Square Enix has announced the release of Final Fantasy III for iPhone and iPod touch. The game is available for $15.99. Square Enix has noted that an iPad version is due out in April.

∞ Real Racing 2 budget hits multimillions

While the original Real Racing was produced on a more modest scale, indie iOS game developer Firemint went into seven digits to make the iPhone version of its new game, Real Racing 2 HD – one of the first games … Continued

∞ Valve to "simplify" Source SDK

The Source Software Development Kit (SDK) is Valve’s technology that’s been used to bring unforgettable games like Half-Life 2, Portal and Left 4 Dead — available for Mac, PC and other platforms, thanks to Valve’s introduction of Steam to the … Continued

∞ New video game museum project seeks Kickstarter funds

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE) has kicked off a fundraising campaign through We at The Loop are bringing it to readers’ attention because The Loop’s executive editor, Peter Cohen, is on The MADE’s advisory board … Continued