Bejeweled and Max and the Magic Marker for Windows Phone 7 footage

Two more Windows Phone 7 games footage are now available. The first one is PopCap’s famous Bejeweled came (running in the emulator). This will be one of first multi-player(turn-based) enabled game on WP7. The second video shows the PC version of Max and the Magic Marker (notice the game’s aspect ration and magic marker cursor which isn’t present in the mobile version). Check’em out after the break:

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Ilomilo for Windows Phone 7 direct feed footage

What I posted a little bit more than 2 weeks ago was finally confirmed yesterday when it was announced that Ilomilo is going to be a launch title on Windows Phone 7 this fall. Developed in Sweden by SouthEnd interactive and published by Microsoft Game Studios on Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Live Arcade, Ilomilo is a super nice looking puzzle game in which you have to try to reunite Ilo and Milo to finish every stage. Check out the footage after the break:

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Rocket Riot Windows Phone 7 game footage

Here comes the first direct feed game footage following yesterday’s Xbox Live games announcement for Windows Phone 7. Here’ are two videos of the Rocket Riot game which is part of the launch line up. Rocket Riot is already available on the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade. Check out the footage after the break:

Strap on your bazooka soldier, and get ready for the new mobile version of the awesome side-view shooter.

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HTC Wildfire Review

With the overabundance of Android handsets on the market today one particular device seems to be gathering polarizing opinions ever since its retail debut a couple of weeks ago. Some people hate it while others think that it is really good product. I’m going to finally weight in a share with you my thoughts about the HTC Wildfire , the company’s new low-end / entry level Android smartphone.

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Microsoft shakes up MSN to focus on Mobile Search, Location and Mapping services

There’s no denying that Microsoft has finally woken up and realised that the future is going to be all about mobile and the cloud. Microsoft SVP Satya Nadella has just sent out an internal memo announcing that Current MSN head Erik Jorgensen will now move over to work full-time on Microsoft mobile efforts including mapping, nad locations services. Bing Search and Maps are already playing a big part in Windows Phone7 but one has to remember that many several important features like Traffic, Voice search etc will only be available to US users at first (also remember that Bing is still in Beta in most countries outside the US and UK) so it definitely nice to see that some real focus is being put on this. Check out the full memo after the break:

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Microsoft talks about Xbox Live and games on Windows Phone 7: Pricing and future

Gamasutra had the chance to sit down with Kevin Unangst, Microsoft’s senior director of PC and mobile gaming, and Brian Seitz, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone 7 to discuss today’s announcement and check out the games in action. They first talk about the fact that two type of games will be available on the platform: with Xbox Live or without. In the case of Xbox Live enabled games, Microsoft will apparently have control over the pricing and release date of the titles with ” a few” coming out each week similar to what is happening on XBLA on the Xbox 360. Any one can develop a WP7game but if it doesn’t feature any XBLive feature then the developer will retain total control of the launch date etc..

As with Xbox Live Arcade, however, Microsoft functions as a gatekeeper to publishing games to Windows Phone 7′s version of Xbox Live. The goal is something “much more like the Xbox and Xbox Live Arcade portfolio,” says Unangst. “We’re going after the best games, regardless of platform; we’re working with everybody from the big guys to the small indies. It’s the managed portfolio approach, going after the games and the content that matters.”

“No matter where that great gameplay idea comes from, we’re proactively finding the best content for the phone,” says Unangst. “Some of those come from the console, some come from the phone, but the priority is making them the right experience for the phone.”

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