Gaming News Roundup

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Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming.

If you can’t wait for the next mobile game that is based on a movie, Glu’s upcoming game Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be here in October of this year, just in time to get back home from your crocodile hunting trip to the Nile. “’ Madagascar’ was an enormous success and created a broad fan base around the world. We’re very pleased to announce this license with DreamWorks Animation to bring the Madagascar brand and its well-loved characters to mobile subscribers worldwide,” said Jill Braff, Senior Vice President of Global Publishing, Glu Mobile. “Our production team is working closely with the DreamWorks team to create a vibrant and entertaining game that contains elements of the movie but has a storyline and game mission unique to itself.”

EA’s Kathy Vrabeck has had some good things to say about mobile gaming this week. “The cell phone is the platform that is leading the way in growing the casual gaming market.” “Games like Tetris, Bejeweled and Solitaire appeal to a broad audience and have been the defining applications on cell phones to date. Newer handsets with larger screens are enabling advanced 3D graphics as well as connected and multiplayer features, a dramatic increase from the black and white games of just a few years ago. This evolution will expand the types of games that can be offered on handsets and should attract new consumers to cell phone gaming.” I’d love to thump thumbs with someone like Kathy who says such great things about mobile gaming.

Speaking of calloused thumbs, Digital Chocolate has released a game that is a tribute to one of humanity’s highest forms of art and expression, dance. Strip Club Manager doesn’t put you on the pole but behind the desk of three gentleman’s clubs. You build the clubs from the ground up by hiring security, waitresses and dancers, and by buying appropriate accessories. As every good dancer knows, the show is all about the accessories. It’s your job to match the right dancer with the right clientele. Correctly done, wallets that enter your club bulging with money leave empty; but move the bulge to a more centralized position. If you like tycoon type games take your hands out of your pockets and put a smile on your face.

NTT DoCoMo field tested a 3G wireless network that reached download speeds of 250 Mbps and upload speeds of 75 Mbps. Any faster and we may need to change Einstein’s constant from the speed of light to the speed of 3G. Unfortunately for gamers, NTT DoCoMo won’t have the technology ready until 2009. The Theory of Relativity is safe for another year.

That’s this week’s Mobile Gaming News Roundup. Remember to exercise those thumbs, recharge the battery and never take your eyes off the screen.