An army of humans laid waste to an alien colony as South African video game maker Simon Spreckley enthusiastically controlled the action using his phone's touch screen. "The penetration of mobile devices in Africa is huge. People often have two or three phones, which is pretty crazy," said Spreckley, 40, who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with "Brute", a four-armed muscled alien from the game. "So that's one of the big pluses and why we are trying to do this," he said, promoting "Invasion Day" which will likely launch on Apple's App Store and Google's Play platform in 2019. The multi-player tactics game, set in the 1950s, is the brainchild of Spreckley's eight-strong team at VSUS, a Cape Town-based developer. Many other African developers are also opting to tailor games for mobile devices instead of traditional consoles like PlayStation or desktop computers, leading to a surge of handheld innovation on the continent. "There's enormous potential in Africa because the continent is primarily … [Read more...] about Attack of the small screens: Africa eyes mobile gaming boom
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Teknokent at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara has developed new mobile apps that can interact with traditional children's toys. The apps were developed with the support of the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK). These new generation mobile games look to help children's mental development. With the advancement of technology, the average age of tablet and smartphone users has dropped rapidly. Children now spend more and more time with smart devices than with actual toys. As children no longer play as they should, sitting motionless for hours on end, their mental development often takes the backseat. "It is scientifically proven that playing with toys and making physical contact with them have a positive effect on children's cognitive development," said Özgür Esen, the general manager of the company that produces the new generation toys. "We want to create toys that take advantage of advanced technology and contribute to … [Read more...] about Traditional toys, mobile games join forces for child development
ITV Report 16 November 2018 at 5:26pm A new mobile game is aiming to help children process grief is being launched on Wednesday. Apart of Me is targeted at youths who have lost a parent or sibling at a young age. It's been designed with the help of the bereaved and child psychologists. Many children turn to social media, such as Instagram and Facebook, in order to grieve and app creator Louis Weinstock saw the potential for technology to be used to help bereaved children. It is estimated that there is a child in every UK classroom has lost of parent or sibling. A quarter of those who commit suicide under the age of 20 have experienced childhood bereavement, while 41% of youth offenders have also experienced loss. Jamie, whose lost his dad to cancer when he was a teenager, helped design the game. After his father's death, Jamie turned to drink, drugs and gangs as he tried to deal with his grief. "I was always drunk, I was always finding ways to escape reality through … [Read more...] about The mobile game created to help grieving children
With over 30 million gamers in the country, making it one of the largest game markets in the world, it should come of no surprise that Turkish game designers have created some of the most entertaining mobile games out there. Whether it is about playing football, driving cars or battling for the Turkish front, the following games are a great way to test your skills in language, navigation, history and more. Recontact Istanbul: Eyes of Sky The world's first cinematographic mobile video game, Recontact Istanbul: Eyes of Sky is one of the most popular mobile games developed in Turkey. Selected as the best app at last year's Los Angeles New Media film festival, this game has been played by over 60 million people thus far. Dubbed the first interactive mobile cinema, the game is a captivating murder mystery starring actor Fikret Kuşkan with crime-writer Ahmet Ümit serving as scenario consultant. The game consists of real-life video footage of which you have to complete tasks such as … [Read more...] about 10 mobile games with a Turkish twist
Ken Alltucker, Alex Connor and Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY Published 12:55 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 Following the birth of her third child, Kristin Rulon took a birth-control shot that triggered a wave of depression and anxiety. The 32-year-old suburban Kansas City, Missouri, mother and writer explored natural remedies before joining the millions of Americans who’ve turned to mobile-device apps that offer therapy via text messages. A therapist from the BetterHelp app in early 2016 typically exchanged three to four daily texts with Rulon from morning to bedtime. The access was great, Rulon said, but the $28 weekly charge for unlimited texting not covered by health insurance became too expensive. And Rulon worried that texts could not convey everything she wanted to share. “In the early stages when I was in a dark place, I couldn’t get the words out to explain what I was going through," Rulon said. "Even though I'm a writer, I like that person-to- person … [Read more...] about With suicide rates on rise, can therapy apps like Talkspace, BetterHelp help?