Mobile Monday №216
Feeling a bit edgy today? Does reading Mobile Monday put you on the edge of your seat? Fancy a slice of pie made with the edge of a knife? Noticing a theme yet? Is it pushing you to the edge of your sanity? Or is this constant stream of edgy questions responsible for that?
Incoming update for Joe Danger Touch! - Joe Danger Touch from Happy Games hit mobile devices early this year, and gee golly has everyone taken a liking to it! An update has just been pushed through, squashing a ton of bugs, adding iCloud support, and tweaking the gameplay here and there. But the really exciting news is that another, bigger update is coming soon, the details of which are so secret we couldn't even get a hint after sending three of our famous Bologna and Chocolate gift baskets. A lot of new content is on its way, as well as brand new game mechanics that we can pretty much guarantee will be awesome.
Edge No More - Back in 2009 there was a bit of a stink in the indie community. A certain Tim Langdell decided to enforce his "legal rights" over the use of the word "edge". Around this time, the mobile game EDGE was starting to make waves, but legal papers quickly buried the development team. After more fighting a (mostly) happy ending was had, but just recently the whole debacle has been laid to rest as the US courts officially nullified the trademarks. So go ahead, make a game, call it Edgy Edge McEdgington. You're safe now!
Prince returns to iOS - The prince of Persia, that is. Not the other one with that weird guitar. A few years ago Ubisoft released an updated version of the original Prince of Persia game for iOS. Now, the team is working on remastering Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame in the same style. The visuals are receiving a nice upgrade, the controls are being adjusted for gesture-based touch screen movements, and a handful of new weapons and abilities are being added. Just enough to get us interested in a little more princely wall jumping and scimitar fighting!
New content for King Cashing 2 - A big update recently hit the bizarre but ultimately awesome combination of slot machine combat and RPG, King Cashing 2. A new playable chapter called Wet Crown has been added, along with 30 new weapons, 15 additional Game Center achievements, a brand new class of item, and an extra level of difficulty called "hard", which is, you know, hard. King Cashing 2 was already a beefy game, and with all this extra (and free) content, it sort of makes you want to go high five the developers.
Having bought the incredibly rewarding game Edge on a few platforms so far I am heading directly to the App store for my new iOs device to buy as many copies as I can to celebrate.
Although I must have seen Edge, Langdell's company's, work before through the decades of gaming I wasn't aware of any recent outputand having read various articles floating around the web about this ruling clicked onto his company's site.
What a sad realisation that from this evidence alone all of the people he seemed to be taking legal action against have created beautiful and deep, innovating well rounded output that makes his company's site look like a recent games graduate.
So refreshing that aggressive legal attitudes don't always come good.
p.s. I have some Edges on my desk here at the studio, I am willing to enter into a legal debate with anyone who demands 10% or my royalties for using my desk.
I own more games than there's time to play, but I, too, decided to pick up Edge for my iPad. I'm tempted to name my next pet Edge, also. Grr, do I hate the overly litigious, especially the ridiculous concept that a non original word could belong to anyone. (I feel that way about any word, actually, but must, as a writer, acknowledge some copyrights can exist.)
@Jim Le Fevre I'm sort of curious to see if anyone tries to poke fun at Langdell now, or if we're collectively bored by the whole thing. Dibs on a cheesy GameMaker platformer titled "LangdEDGE".
@JohnB ha ha ha - shall start coding now.
Mysteriously, Edge shave gel went uncontested this entire time. (*shrug) Kids these days...
Seriously though, I'm surprised the debate was still going on, I thought it died out by the time Edge came out on Steam a couple years ago. Good to see a positive resolution to the situation.