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Download Hero Of Sparta For Android For Free

Remember the Gameloft Twitter Advent promotion under which the company made Dungeon Hunters for Android available as a free download for 24 hours? Today, continuing their Twitter Advent promotion Gameloft is giving away Hero Of Sparta game for Android as a free download for the next 24 hours. While the game is available for free download, the official page of the game still lists it for $4.99.

Users who want to grab their copy of Hero Of Sparta for free need to visit this link from their handset to download the game. On visiting the link from their handset, users will be prompted to download and install a 22KB 100% Free HD Game’ apk file.

The app   then opens up a webpage, which looks exactly like the page from where you downloaded the 22KB apk file, from where users can download the apk file of the game for free. The apk file of the game is 3.07MB big and after installing the game it downloads another 66MB of additional game data.

Here is a video of Hero Of Sparta in action :

Trying any other method/link to download the game may not prove successful given Gameloft’s crappy store. There is another twist to the tale as well here. Not all Android handsets are capable of running Hero Of Sparta. The selected handsets which are capable of playing Hero Of Sparta includes the Google Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid and the HTC EVO 4G. Readers can find the whole list of compatible devices here.

Minecraft “notches” it up with Beta

It’s been indie gaming’s very own rags-to-riches to story (well, approximately at least). When Markus Alexej Perrson, better known as Notch, started work on Minecraft back in May 2009, he had no idea that it’d grow so huge before release that he’d have his own company before the Beta release. The blocky (literally) sandbox game is what I have phrased to a friend as lego for grown-ups. Assuming, of course, that these fine folks are still kids at heart.

However, lego for grown-upsisn’t an accurate descriptor of the game at all, I must confess. But then again, if punching trees for wood, making rollercoasters, USS Enterprises and giant statues of dragons, constructing 8-bit CPUs and portals to the netherworld and, of course,   riding pigs on saddles isn’t up on your list of things to do in a game I’m afraid you’re wasting your time here. Minecraft has been infinitely discussed and the number of videos of it on YouTube exceed Quake’s.

Nevertheless, we aren’t here to read about the game, we are here to know what’s new in the game, aren’t we?

Well, actually according to Notch, there’s nothing major planned for Beta. It’s still going to be the same old game as the latest alpha version. However, a few game changes have been planned and implemented, such as these:-

* Working server-side inventory! (the biggest part of the update)
* Made SMP servers save chunks way less often in most cases.
* Moving too far away from a container, or having it blow up, closes the inventory screen
* Fixed /kill
* Introduced leaf decay again. It acts differently from before
* You can now throw eggs

Oh, and the price has gone up from 9.95 Euro to 14.95 Euro. Also, say bye bye to free expansions from today.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Free Giveaway

Update: This giveaway has now ended. Thanks for the overwhelming response. Hang tight for the Apple iPad and Alienware or Dell XPS giveaway coming soon. We are not accepting entries for this giveaway anymore.

Congratulations to all you winners. We request all the winners to send us an email at [email protected] to claim your copy of Call of Duty.

Oh it is Christmas time. We do giveaway stuff for free this time of the year. If you might ask what we are giving away for free, let us tell you that we are giving away a Vanilla Alienware for free worth $1500 in next few days, apart from that we are asking users what they want too on our fan page, if you are not a fan, head here to tell us.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Well we do have the , Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Tab and more in choices, but here is your chance to win a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops game for free, well three people have a change to win it.

So are you game at winning the Call of Duty Black Ops? Here are the rules, which we initially posted on our notes site:

We are giving away 3 COPIES of Call of Duty Black Ops game to three lucky Techie Buzzers. Contest starts now and ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (20 December, 2010 [added]). What you have to do is become a fan of our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TechieBuzz) or follow us on twitter (@techiebuzzer) and leave a comment, wall post or a tweet on why you want this game.

MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #tbgamer in your comment or tweets. The more you comment or tweet, the more your chances of winning. Sharing this post will earn you more brownie points.

The best entries will be picked by our team and the Call of Duty: Black Ops game will be shipped to you. You have the choice to choose which version of the game you want… aka Xbox 360, PS3, Wii or PC.

Winners will be announced on December 21, 2010.

Have fun and cheers.

Techie Buzz Team

Have fun and we hope you win one of copies of the game.

P.S. Activision is not sponsoring this contest. You can also go and buy this game at Amazon.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored by Activision and is entirely sponsored by Techie Buzz.


Winners Announced

Here are the winners of the contest, and their status updates, we’ll get in touch with the winners in a short time to send them the game. We picked 5 instead of 3 winners, we just could not resist it.

All you winners you’ll get your COD soon.

Jen Twark Gersch on Twitter

I want to have this because I have 5 kids and a husband that love to play video games.

http://twitter.com/#!/bdiane34/status/16923710615191552

George BlackTemplar Solon on Facebook

Want one coz i don’t have the money to buy an original copy and would love to try out the multiplayer(never played COD multiplayer)

http://www.facebook.com/Dark69Slayer/posts/469056856598

Simrandeep Singh from Facebook

I need this game as I’m the fan of Call of Duty and I love to play this game. I can’t afford the genuine version of this game. Hope I can win in this giveaway.

http://www.facebook.com/simrandeep/posts/469200901598

@Dark69Slayer on Twitter

@techiebuzzer #tbgamer I want the free giveaway of Black Ops coz i can’t afford one and heard its multiplayer is awesome.

http://twitter.com/#!/Dark69Slayer/statuses/16850842476875776

Geoffrey Carr on Facebook

I want it for my grandson for Christmas. things are very tight this year

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=469069131598&id=1792158376

Congratulations to all you winners. We request all the winners to send us an email at [email protected] to claim your copy of Call of Duty.

Alien Arena 2011 Released

Alien Arena is a free online first person shooter which was first introduced in 2004. It was based on based on source code released by id Software. Since its release Alien Arena has been downloaded more than 1 million times. It is one of the few games with good graphics which runs natively on Linux.

Alien Arena 2011 is the latest version of the game and was released yesterday. Alien Arena 2011 has a number of new features which includes ragdoll physics using the Open Dynamics physics engine, GNU AutoTools for installation on Linux/Unix/MaxOS and a number of bugfixes from the previous versions.

Here is the official trailer of Alien Arena 2011:

[click here if you cannot see the embedded video]

Alien Arena 2011 is available for Windows and Linux. You can get a list of download mirrors here. For Linux, only the source is available right now. So, you have to compile it yourself.

How To Install Alien Arena 2011 In Ubuntu

To install Alien Arena 2011 from source, first download the source from the link above and extract it. Then open the Terminal and navigate into the extracted directory. Now execute the commands given below:

$ sudo apt-get build-dep alien-arena
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr
$ make
$ sudo make install

To run the game, press ALT+F2 and enter crx.

If you are uncomfortable with compiling from source, you can wait for PlayDeb to make the .deb file available.

Need For Speed Shift And Spiderman Total Mayhem HD Games Hit The Android Market

It is a very well-known fact that the Gaming section on the Android Market hardly contains quality’ games. Yes, there are some quality games for Android like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja but that’s about it. Gameloft does offer some brilliant gaming titles for Android like Dungeon Hunter, Lets Golf HD and H.A.W.X etc. but sadly the company does not list its games on the Android Market. The company sells its games via its own store which is very very bad.

However, all this is soon going to change as EA has started releasing some quality’ games into the Android Market. Today, the company released the Need For Speed: Shift game into the Android Market for only $4.99. Earlier, NFS: Shift was available exclusively for a few Android handsets. EA also plans on bringing more high quality 3D games into the Android Market next year including NFL Madden 2011.

Here is a video of NFS: Shift in action on the Samsung Galaxy S -:

Need For Speed: Shift running on Samsung Galaxy S

Talking about Gameloft, the company has also released a brand new quality’ game for Android handsets Spider-man: Total Mayhem HD. Users can download the game from the Gameloft store for $4.99. However, looking at the pathetic state of the Gameloft store I would recommend users to stay away from purchasing this game.

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The Great EA Christmas Sale: Get All iPhone / iPad Titles for $0.99

Electronic Arts is one of the biggest brand names on the iPhone App Store. It has a huge catalog of very impressive games which are priced in the range of $0.99 to $9.99.

For Christmas however, EA is offering all its iPhone and iPad games for just $0.99. That’s about 70 games for just $0.99 each.

It can’t get any better than this for holiday shoppers. So storm the App Store and buy all the EA games you want.

EA iPhone iPad Sale

It is a limited time offer which will end soon, probably by Christmas or New Year. Hurry!

PS: TouchArcade has a list of all the iPhone / iPad games on sale.

iPhone/iPod touch Games:

Battlefield: Bad Company 2, 99 ¢
Cause of Death: Can You Catch The Killer?, 99 ¢
Heroes Lore III, $1.99 → 99 ¢
High Caliber Hunting, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Pictureka!, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Reckless Racing, 99 ¢
Mirror’s Edge, $4.99 → 99
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Shift, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Undercover, $4.99 → 99 ¢
NBA Elite 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
MMA By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Fifa 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Fifa 10 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Madden NFL 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
NCAA Football By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Tiger Woods PGA Tour By EA Sports, 99 ¢
The Sims 3, $6.99 → 99 ¢
The Sims 3 Ambitions, $4.99 → 99 ¢
The Sims 3 World Adventures, $2.99 → 99 ¢
SimCity Deluxe, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Spore Creatures, 99 ¢
Spore Origins, 99 ¢
Lemonade Tycoon, 99 ¢
Monopoly, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Risk: The Official Game, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Battleship, 99 ¢
Connect 4, 99 ¢
Boggle, 99 ¢
The Game Of Life Classic Edition, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Clue, 99 ¢
Trivial Pursuit, 99 ¢
Yahtzee Adventures, 99 ¢
Scrabble, $2.99 → 99 ¢
R Type, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Star Trek, 99 ¢
Skate It, 99 ¢
The Simpsons Arcade, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Dragon’s Lair, 99 ¢
Surviving High School, 99 ¢
Command & Conquer: Red Alert, 99 ¢
Zombies & Me, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Mass Effect Galaxy, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Wolfenstein RPG, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Anytime Pool, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Tetris, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Sudoku, 99 ¢
American Idol: The Game, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Littlest Pet Shop, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Pandemonium, 99 ¢
Snood, 99 ¢
Mystery Mania, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Jewel Quest Mysteries, 99 ¢

iPad Games:

SimCity Deluxe for iPad, $6.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Shift for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Madden NFL 11 By EA Sports for iPad, $12.99 → 99 ¢
Mirror’s Edge for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Reckless Racing HD, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Pictureka! for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Tetris for iPad, $7.99 → 99 ¢
Yahtzee HD, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Boggle for iPad, 99 ¢
Scrabble for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Command & Conquer Red Alert for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Clue: Secrets & Spies A Hidden Object Game, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Snood for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢

Source: EA

Super Mario 3 Games for Windows – Hours of Fun

marioHow old is Mario? Do you think he’s getting tired of jumping on Goombas?

Goomba2Mario first made an appearance in 1982. Since that makes Mario 28 years old, I think he’s just getting started jumping around. We’ll be seeing him for a long time.

The Wii and Xbox game systems brought back interest in the Super Mario series, but if you want to play some Mario games on your Windows systems, you’ll have no shortage of game choices.

Yesterday, Softendo released a simple version called Mario Play. Here’s a screen shot.

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This game can be played in a window or full screen. There are no levels, no power-ups, and nothing else to help Mario. The object is to collect coins while dodging enemies as they continue arriving on screen faster and faster. You’ll be trying to get the highest score possible.

If you want a game more like the old Super Mario 3, try one called Mario Forever 5. It has all kinds of levels and will help you waste hours and hours. Here’s a screen shot.

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In case you want to see it in action, here’s a video preview of Mario Forever.

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There is one thing that you need to watch for when installing Softendo games. If you don’t want a special search toolbar in your web browser, be sure to uncheck it when you see it offered.

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arrow-down-double-3 Download Mario Play

arrow-down-double-3 Download Mario Forever 5

arrow-down-double-3 More games at Softendo

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If neither of these is enough to keep you busy, I found over 80 free Mario games at Download.com and a few dozen more Mario games at Caiman.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The free Mario games at Softendo are great. The look and feel of them reminds me of the old Nintendo game systems. If you’d like some retro platform games, you should try these.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Bejeweled 3 Coming On December 7, Pre-order Now

One of the most famous games in the PopCap franchise, Bejeweled, will be releasing a brand new version Bejeweled 3 on December 7 for both PC and Mac users.

When I started playing Bejeweled few years ago, I found it really silly, but I quickly got hooked onto it and have never been able to let go. I even went ahead and downloaded Bejeweled 2 for free when they were having a sale (yes, greedy me, but I told you too).

Now that Bejeweled 3 is coming out, I can’t wait. It surely has to have a lot of new things considering that PopCap is also so excited about it. By the way check out a video of Bejeweled 3 and their new Zen mode below, click here if you can’t see it.

You can learn more about Bejeweled 3 at http://www.popcap.com/games/bejeweled3. You can also pre-order Bejeweled 3 for Windows and Mac for $19.99. Pre-Order Bejeweled 3.

Real Golf For Nokia N8 Released For Free

Nokia has been releasing tons of firmware updates for all its various handsets in the last week or so. Today, the company has released a game Real Golf – for its recently released high-end flagship handset the Nokia N8. Real Golf includes all the top golfers including an exclusive appearance by Lee Westwood. The game features more than 15 hours of gameplay.

Here is a video of Real Golf running on the Nokia N8-:

Real Golf Running on the Nokia N8

N8 owners can download the update by going to Menu->Applications->SW Update. Users should keep in mind that the game might not be available as a free download for N8 owners in all the regions of the world.

Unigine Announces A Linux Game Development Competition

Linux is a great operating system but one area where it severely lags behind others (Windows) is games. There are very few open source game engines available for Linux but most of them are generally miles behind those available for Windows.

The Unigine engine is a powerful game engine and it is cross platform – which means that it van run on Linux too. However, because of licensing costs which can even go upto $100,000, Linux game development has not really taken off  in-spite  of it.

Unigine Corp has, however, been always Linux friendly. Their upcoming game OilRush will be released in a few months with a Linux client as well. They want to kickstart the development of Linux games and they are doing it through a Linux game development competition.

This is what Denis Shergin, CEO of Unigine Corp. said:

I have been using Linux for over than 10 years now and find it a really great platform with a steadily growing market share on desktops. What we see, however, is though this niche market is open to conquer, it severely lacks high-quality 3D games with up-to-date visuals. We are eager to contribute to filling in the gap and boost up Linux game development.

The competition is open to any team which has developed a 3D game or is working on one and is experienced with Linux software development. The winning team will get a free binary license on Unigine engine for a single project on PC platform (Windows / Linux). Unigine Corp. will give another two teams “huge discounts” for the license.

This is all good news for Linux game development. Let us hope we see some awesome games as a result of this.

You can read more about it here.

[via: Phoronix]

Google To Add Content Ratings To Android Market

According to a blog post by Tim Bray, on the Android Developers blog, Google is planning to add content ratings to every application on the Android Market.

Starting next week, developers will have to specify a content rating for the applications they submit to the Android Market. All existing applications will have to be updated with the content rating information in a specified time frame, failing which a default rating of Mature will be added to the application.

Developers will be able to choose from four content rating levels – “All, Pre-teen, Teen, & Mature”. This upgrade to the Android Market will coincide with the launch of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Apple has supported content ratings on the iPhone App Store since the launch of iOS 3.0.

For more details about content ratings on Android Market, check out this Android Market help post.

via Android Developers Blog

NFS Hot Pursuit Ships Tomorrow, Pre-Order Now

One of the most anticipated games in the NFS Franchise, Hot Pursuit will be start shipping tomorrow. NFS Hot Pursuit was demoed at and will finally hit stores tomorrow.

NFS Hot Pursuit New Cars NFS Hot Pursuit Police Chase

The big change in Hot Pursuit is that you will be able to play as a cop or on the other side of the law. In addition to that it has some stunning graphics and sexy new cars.

NFS Hot Pursuit is available for pre-orders for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Hit the links below to pre-order your copy of NFS Hot Pursuit.

(h/t @WinObs)

Pre-Order Call of Duty: Black Ops For Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, DS and PC

The next installation of the popular Call of Duty game will be released on November 9, 2010. Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available for pre-order on Amazon and other sites.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the seventh installment of the series and is based on live fire conflicts of the Cold War era. The popular First Person Shooter (FPS) game is highly anticipated and is a following up to the 2009 highest selling game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

The game is set in South East Asia and boasts of urban air and ground combat warfare and snow combat in Soviet region. It also includes jungle combat in some stages. The game adds a new arsenal of weapons and vehicles tied to the Cold War era.

If you have been waiting to get your hands on the game, you can start out by pre-ordering it. The game price ranges from $29.99 for the Nintendo DS to $59.99 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Go ahead and pre-order Call of Duty: Black OPS.

If you are curious to see what the game is all about, watch the Call of Duty: Black Ops video trailer below. (contains mature content not suitable for children)

19% of Facebook Gamers are Addicted, and other factoids.

Of course, it’s all PC Gaming, at the end of the day, right guys?

Facebook has an abnormally large amount of users playing games. Games such as Farmville or Mafia Wars. The annoyance factor of all these games on other peoples’ walls ranges from terrible to depressing. However, just how many of those daily Facebook loggers play games?

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According to unofficial Facebook fan-site All Facebook, about 50% of Facebook log-ins are specifically for playing games, with over half of Facebook’s users playing these games.

However, out of these 250 million plus users, about 19% say that they are addictedto these games. A very loosely used term, I’m afraid for addiction, as a medical term, is really serious business. It’s exactly the kind of thing that is overused in the media while debasing video games as a whole. However, since it concerns Facebook, I do not mind it all that much.

Nevertheless, the other statistics are most interesting. 56 million people play such games daily which is most of the UK’s population. The average time per month spent playing games is around seven hours! That’s probably a little less than the amount of time I spend playing every week. Considering that Facebook is a social networking site, this is pretty big.

More facts here.