Every week, Pocket Gamer provides a weekly digest of the most important and popular stories from these digital pages.
This week, we went deep on Apple's new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system: iOS 8.
We also looked at the first games to support the new Metal framework, and then worked with AppSpy to compare them on iOS 7 and iOS 8 to see just how much of a difference the new graphics library makes.
Elsewhere, we asked if 2014 was the year mobile gaming finally grew up. Tried Terra Battle. We talked to local studio Glitch Games about Forever Lost: Episode 3. And we used our Android phones to play retro PC games like the old decaying pensioners that we are.
Also, Danny's at Tokyo Game Show in Japan. You'll see his mad rambling about JRPGs that feature prepubescent girls beating up medieval space nazis over the weekend. For starters, here's his first diary.
What about new games? Well, how about finger-flipping Skater (iOS); handsome kart racer Beach Buggy Racing (iOS and Android); ungulate accident saga Goat Simulator (iOS and Android); and Rovio's take on Clash of Clans Plunder Pirates (iOS).
Or, an interesting SRPG called Tactics Maiden (iOS), or Inkle's new gamebook (iOS). Android gamers got it best, actually, with ports of Mage Gauntlet and The Nightmare Cooperative, and Keith Burgan's new game, Auro.
And if you only read four news stories today, make them these: FIFA 15 went into soft launch, we got the first screenshot (and details) for the new Monument Valley levels, and while Microsoft unloaded $2.5 billion in dimes on Mojang's head, it won't spell the end for Minecraft on iOS, Android, or even Vita.
Plus, you can strap an iPad to your face to play virtual reality games. But at what cost, dear reader. What cost.Around Steel Media
What do you do while (im)patiently waiting on your iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) to arrive? The fine, friendly folks at 148Apps have tons of new app reviews to peruse, like Dragon Quest I, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Kunin and Phantom Rift. Head there now.