Miyamoto Says He Is Busy With His New IP

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Niels Hooft recently had the opportunity to sit down with legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto to talk about Pikmin 3. While discussing Pikmin 3, Miyamoto reiterated that he is currently extremely busy with his new IP which he has been working on for quite some time. He wouldn’t discuss details, but he did say that the mystery project is actually getting busier lately. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to see what it is he is working on.

If I’m not mistaken, Pikmin was the last time you worked on a truly new adventure type game. Don’t you miss this?
“I happen to be working on a completely new game even now. The project is actually getting busier lately.”

Thanks, Mike S

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Android fragmentation is greater than ever, according to new report


It was starting to feel like Android (s GOOG) fragmentation was a thing of the past, especially when smartphone juggernaut Samsung began shipping its flagship Galaxy S 4 with the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. But fragmentation is alive and well, and in fact more of a problem than ever, according to a new report from OpenSignal.

Compared with a similar report from last year, fragmentation has tripled. Out of 682,000 devices surveyed, 34.1 percent were running Android 2.3.3-2.3.7 (Gingerbread), a version of the operating system that is well over two years old. And the problem of fragmentation really comes to light when you compare these numbers with Apple (s AAPL), which has 95 percent of its devices updated to the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6.


The news isn’t all bad: 37.9 percent of the devices surveyed are running a version of Jelly…

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Facebook looks to lure third-party indie developers in mobile games push


Facebook(s FB) announced a new program on Tuesday that looks to attract independent mobile game developers to its platform. Developers who join the Mobile Games Publishing platform will get marketing help from Facebook to reach the social network’s more than 800 million monthly active mobile users.

This is how Facebook describes the new program on its developer site:

Mobile Games Publishing is a new pilot program to help small and medium-sized developers take their mobile games global. Through the program, we will work with select game developers and provide promotional support for their games in placements across our mobile apps.

Techcrunch, which first reported that Facebook was looking into opening a mobile games platform, says the social network has already landed 10 educational game titles. Facebook’s developer site notes it’s looking for games  of all genres, however. So far, Facebook hasn’t revealed how it will share revenue with developers…

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Intel Media won’t be watching you, after all: TV service ditches controversial camera


Intel Media is giving up on plans to use a camera for personalization as part of its upcoming TV service, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The Intel (S INTC) subsidiary is currently testing the TV service with 2,500 employees across three Intel campuses, and Intel Media boss Erik Huggers told the paper that the camera was simply not performing well enough in low-light conditions. He added that privacy concerns played a role a well.

Intel Media is scheduled to launch its TV service before the end of the year. The company will offer consumers a cable-TV-like subscription bundle that will include access to live TV, a catch-up service that is meant to offer access to any show someone may have missed within the last few days and on-demand programming. Earlier this month, GigaOM broke the story that the service is going to be called OnCue, but…

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