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The history of the video game cartridge

For decades, the video game cartridge was the staple of home video game play, and even a vital component of many early home computer systems. Interestingly, the companies that developed the first videogame cartridge and brought it to market are largely a forgotten footnote in the annals of early game development. Writing for Fast Company, Benj Edwards has documented the early days of cartridge development at Alpex and Fairchild:

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Rock and sock some robots in Ironkill

The movie Reel Steel might have been fairly forgettable, but the two mobile games based on it have enjoyed a fair little following. The team leads from the mobile Reel Steel and Total Recall titles have left Reliance Entertainment in order to form their own studio, Play Motion. And Play Motion's first game sticks with what they know: robots punching other robots.

Ironkill has just launched on Android and iOS as a free to play title. Players can collect and upgrade a wide assortment of stylized robots, and then journey across a post-apocalyptic map to battle it out against other robot trainers. With solid graphics and simple controls, Ironkill promises plenty of fun robot-on-robot violence.

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Run, jump, and squash bugs in Flyhunter Origins

Nobody likes flies. I mean, David Cronenberg's movie The Fly, sure. But real flies, we instinctively want to swat them. When you hit one, it's just so satisfying. Why not make a game about hunting those pesky flies then?

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XCOM: Enemy Within for iOS brings more aliens than you can shake a plasma cannon at

The sequel to classic strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available in the App Store. XCOM: Enemy Within features the same excellent turn-based gameplay and long-term squad progression, and lathers on new story, more aliens to blow up, more tech to research, and the ability to upgrade your troops with cybernetics and gene mods.

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Collect heroes to battle in Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle-Earth

Console gamers everywhere have been enthralled with Shadow of Mordor, an action-heavy game based on the universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien. While we don't have a mobile version of Shadow of Mordor to play, Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive released a Middle-Earth game of their own – Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle Earth.

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NBA 2K15 dribbles onto the App Store

2K's official NBA game launched today on iOS. NBA 2K15 offers substantially improved graphics while playing on the basketball court, and a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline by doing stuff like answering questions at press conferences and training their custom-made character. The soundtrack is curated by Pharrell Williams, which should keep gameplay moving nicely.

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Fight for the forest in Animals vs Mutants

Netmarble is South Korea's largest mobile game publisher, but they've never had much of a US presence – until now. The newly-formed Netmarble US has just released its first game: Animals vs. Mutants. It's available for free on both Android and iOS.

Sure, Animals vs. Mutants is a different name for a game. But not that long ago, you'd have said the same about Plants vs. Zombies. The concept is sound – an evil scientist has started experimenting on woodland critters, turning them into malicious mutants. Only the player can rescue the remaining animals, by fighting it out on foot and summoning animal helpers to aid in the battle.

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TwistedRun takes your fingers on a marathon

Though you may not be able to run as fast as Bruce Jenner in his glory days, TwistedRun hopes to transform your fingers so you can take on the race tracks with agility in this new virtual running game. The game is like an obstacle course where your fingers guide and control the runner through different tests and hurdles.

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Superhero Workout turns exercise into a game

Superhero Workout is a new game for iPhone and iPad that uses motion recognition from the device's camera to track your exercise and frame it as a game. In it, you're a heroic power armor pilot and you have to quickly switch between exercises in order to power up the Aegis Battlesuit systems, avoid incoming projectiles, and unleash attacks of your own.

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Kim Kardashian for Mac is a virtual reality you do not want to star in

After having landed on the iPhone and iPad, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is now ready to bring her "khaos" to Apple's Mac with an OS X version of the famed fame game. As with the iOS version, the goal of the game is to take on the persona of Kim Kardashian and help your own aspiring celebrity "rise to fame and fortune."

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