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Several Excuses For Why I Am Still Playing Nintendo's Latest Mobile Game

When Nintendo and Cygames’ Dragalia Lost launched at the end of last month, I said it was a slick version of the same old mobile action role-playing game. Turns out a little slickness goes a long way, as I’ve been playing the damn thing every day since. Why? Let me pull out my list of excuses.

A Game About Staying In Bed All Day  A Game About Staying In Bed All Day 

For a couple of months I’ve been dipping in and out of #SelfCare, a game about deciding to not get out of bed. It’s nominally designed for people who don’t really like video games, but as someone who has played them all my life, I’ve found it a fascinating experiment in game design.

Pokémon Go Doesn't Want You Playing Outside During Typhoons Pokémon Go Doesn't Want You Playing Outside During Typhoons

This weekend, a typhoon hit Japan. Pokémon Go players noticed something: a warning system.

Professor Layton On Mobile Could Really Use A Stylus (Or An iPad) Professor Layton On Mobile Could Really Use A Stylus (Or An iPad)

The first game in the Professor Layton series, 2007's Curious Village, is now out in a beautiful HD version for smart devices. It’s a nice way to revisit this excellent puzzle game, but trying to play something designed to use with the Nintendo DS precision stylus on a phone with a finger can be annoying.

Nintendo's New Mobile RPG Is A Slick Version Of The Same Old Thing Nintendo's New Mobile RPG Is A Slick Version Of The Same Old Thing

Nintendo and Cygames’ Dragalia Lost is a very pretty mobile game. The characters are lovely, the music is gorgeous, and its overall presentation is quite charming. One could almost forget it’s just another generic character collecting mobile action RPG under all of that polish. Almost.

Fortnite Players Want To Know Where The Cube Is Headed Fortnite Players Want To Know Where The Cube Is Headed

Last week, the giant rift in Fortnite’s sky started spewing lightning until it finally dropped a glowing alien cube on the map. The cube has started moving and changing the landscape, encouraging players to sleuth out where it’s ultimately headed and what will happen when it gets there.

Dragalia Lost, the mobile RPG Nintendo is working on with Cygames, will be out on September 27 in Japan and the USA.

Reigns: Game of Thrones, a mashup of the fantasy TV show and the Tinder-like card game, is coming to mobile and PC sometime in October. While it’ll include all the big characters from the show, the game explores possible futures for them, meaning it won’t be bound by existing canon.

Bad North Strips RTS Gaming To The Bone Bad North Strips RTS Gaming To The Bone

Real-time strategy games have grown into vast, complex affairs over the years, but Bad North isn’t interested in adding to the genre. Instead, it just wants to strip everything back until there’s barely an RTS at all.

Librarian Embezzles $89,000 To Spend On Mobile Game Librarian Embezzles $89,000 To Spend On Mobile Game

Last year, Adam Winger, the director of the North Logan City library in Utah, resigned for reasons that were not immediately clear. Now things have become a teensy bit clearer: He’s been found guilty of spending $89,000 in public money on mobile game sensation Game of War.

You Can Play Floppy Disk Games On Your Phone You Can Play Floppy Disk Games On Your Phone

I don’t mean “oh you can play old games on your phone”, everyone knows that. I mean playing old games using an actual floppy disk drive.

Pocket City Is A Damn Fine City-Building Game Pocket City Is A Damn Fine City-Building Game

For such a popular genre, there really isn’t much to choose from when it comes to quality city-building games these days. There’s Cities: Skylines and...that’s it, unless you want to pick up a classic SimCity. So firing up Pocket City, and loving it, has been one of the nicest surprises of the year. Doubly so because…

Epic Will Keep Fortnite Off Google’s Store To Make More Money Epic Will Keep Fortnite Off Google’s Store To Make More Money

Epic Games has confirmed that when Fortnite Battle Royale releases on Android phones it won’t be sold through the Google Play store. In an email to The Verge, CEO Tim Sweeney said this was in part to avoid the 30% cut Google takes on in-app purchases for games sold through its storefront.

Apple's New Policy Hurts Mobile Game Review Sites Apple's New Policy Hurts Mobile Game Review Sites

Apple is ending its affiliate program for apps which could mean the end of review sites like TouchArcade that have relied on a cut from Apple to keep their mobile game review sites afloat. The tech giant made the announcement in its August newsletter saying that members of the program will stop receiving commissions…

Developer Releases Vita Game With Easy Trophies So ‘A Lot Of People Buy It’ Developer Releases Vita Game With Easy Trophies So ‘A Lot Of People Buy It’

Little Adventure on the Prairie released last February on both PS4 and Vita. It’s not good. The game consists of walking from left to right, pressing the X button to swing a sword at everything you run into, and occasionally hopping over invisible snags in the level geometry. Its creator didn’t need it to be good,…

Shin Megami Tensei Players Are Writing The Funny (And Horny) Demon Reviews Shin Megami Tensei Players Are Writing The Funny (And Horny) Demon Reviews

The new Shin Megami Tensei mobile game allows players to leave comments about all the demons they’re catching. That was possibly a mistake.

The Shin Megami Tensei Mobile Game Embraces The Hell World Of Social Media The Shin Megami Tensei Mobile Game Embraces The Hell World Of Social Media

“This is the world of the downloaders,” says one of the characters early on in Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2, Sega’s mobile adaptation of the Atlas JRPG series. That was the moment I started to like this game, despite the fact that it’s free-to-play, chuck full of microtransactions, and limited to Android and…

Criminals Are Using Clash Of Clans To Launder Money, New Report Claims Criminals Are Using Clash Of Clans To Launder Money, New Report Claims

Online criminals are reportedly laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars using blockbuster mobile games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Marvel Contest of Champions, according to a new report by German cybersecurity firm Kromtech.

PUBG Apologizes For Rising Sun Imagery In Mobile Game PUBG Apologizes For Rising Sun Imagery In Mobile Game

This past Saturday, a weapon and mask pack was released for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile. That same day, PUBG’s creators recalled the item pack, released an apology and began issuing refunds.

Skateboarder Nyjah Huston Is Amazing (But His Video Game Isn't) Skateboarder Nyjah Huston Is Amazing (But His Video Game Isn't)

California skater Nyjah Huston now has his own skateboarding game. For a mobile game, it’s pretty fun, but I wish it were as entertaining as watching him skate.

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