2）据gamesbrief报道，在今年初的Games Monetisation欧洲大会上，来自King公司的代表Tommy Palm指出，70%玩完King热门游戏《Candy Crash Saga》的用户从未投入一分钱。这意味着玩家可以不花任何钱就通关玩完这款游戏的350个关卡。
3）据gamasutra报道，游戏行业元老John Carmack（id Software联合创始人）日前加入Oculus Rift团队，担任其新首席技术官。
自Oculus Rift技术开发早期，Carmack就已经介入并且是将Oculus Rift技术植入游戏的首位开发者。
他将在Oculus Rift的达拉斯工作室就职，但目前还没有人确认Carmack是否已经离开id Software。而Bethesda的一名发言人则表示，John Carmack一直对Oculus VR项目很感兴趣，但他在id Software游戏开发的技术领导身份并不会受此影响。与此同时，Oculus发言人却指出，Carmack在Oculus VR团队是全职工作人员。
4）据venturebeat报道，微软虽然为Windows Phone 8提供了许多出色的服务和功能，但在应用程序的支持力度上仍然落后于iOS和Android平台。
Windows Phone目前应用超过16万款，但仍然缺乏许多iOS和Android平台的“重要”应用。Infragistics高级产品经理Nick Landry最近列出的“重要”iOS应用名单显示，有95%的应用已经出现在Android平台，但Windows Phone平台仅覆盖了其中的63%。
从中可看出，Windows Phone平台至今仍然缺乏包括Flipboard、谷歌地图、Google+、Instagram、Pinterest、Vine、Yahoo Weather在内的一系列应用。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，拒绝任何不保留版权的转载，如需转载请联系：游戏邦）
1）Amazon opens app store to HTML5 developers
By Kris Ligman
Amazon announced today that it is expanding its existing app distribution platform to accommodate HTML5 apps on Kindle Fire and Amazon’s app store.
“We’ve heard from developers that making their web apps available for mobile devices is hard because many times it means rewriting their app,” says Mike George, vice president of Amazon
Appstore and Games. “By launching support for HTML5 web apps in the Mobile App Distribution Program, we’re giving web developers the tools they need.”
Amazon explained in an announcement:
Developers can now submit URLs for their HTML5 web apps and mobile websites and have Amazon offer that content to millions of Kindle Fire and Amazon Appstore customers in the same, convenient way as native apps.
2）Candy Crush Saga–where free does mean free
By Nicholas Lovell
Candy Crush Saga is one of the most successful free-to-play games on the market at the moment. We hear different numbers for how much money it is making, but a run-rate of over $200 million a year looks reasonable.
But is it truly free? Too many people, Candy Crash Saga is one of those evil freemium games where the difficulty level ratchets in ways carefully calculated to separate you from your money.
That may be true, but it is not the case that the most successful players have all spent lots of money. At the Games Monetisation Europe Conference earlier this year, Tommy Palm of King stated that 70% of players who had finished Candy Crush Saga had never spent a cent with King.
Seventy per cent. When I ask delegates to my masterclasses what percentage of people had finished Candy Crush Saga – over 300 levels – with paying a cent, most of them say none. Yet the actual answer is significantly more than half.
I was surprised by that statistic. It means that King is following one of the Design Rules for F2P Games (#7: Make your game free forever).
And it means that you *can* finish Candy Crush, over 350 levels of it, without spending a cent. Which I was not sure that I would have guessed before Tommy confirmed it.（source：gamesbrief）
3）John Carmack joins Oculus VR team as CTO
By Mike Rose
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John Carmack, the video game industry veteran who is best known for co-founding id Software, has officially joined the Oculus Rift team as its new chief technology officer.
Carmack has been an integral part of the Oculus Rift technology since early into production, and has been a pioneer of VR hardware in general for a long time. He was the first developer to integrate the Oculus Rift into a game.
This latest move will see him working alongside the Oculus Rift team at its new Dallas offices. Neither the Oculus Rift team or Carmack himself have confirmed whether or not he has left id Software. Gamasutra has contacted Oculus and id’s parent company Zenimax for more details.
Update: A spokesperson for Bethesda has told Gamasutra, “John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project. The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected.”
Meanwhile, an Oculus spokesperson has told us, “He’s full time at Oculus VR.”（source：gamasutra）
4）These are the top apps Windows Phone is still missing
Microsoft has done an admirable job making Windows Phone 8 a good, if not great, mobile operating system. But if one thing’s still missing, it’s support from big companies when it comes to apps.
The recent release of the Nokia Lumia 1020 highlighted this — immensely. This Windows Phone has the best smartphone camera on the market, but you can’t post photos to Instagram, and you can’t upload videos directly to YouTube. Basically, the power of the device is wasted because Windows Phone hasn’t caught up to app catalog of iOS and Android.
Now to be fair, Windows Phone does have more than 160,000 apps, and it’s adding big names like Hulu all the time. And just today Microsoft added Bing Weather, News, Sports, and Finance apps that were just on Windows 8 to Windows Phone.
But unlike iOS and Android, the catalog still has a ton of gaps. Nick Landry, a senior product manager for Infragistics, has made a full list of the most “important” iOS applications and compared whether Android and Windows Phone have these apps. The list shows that Android has 95 percent of them, but Windows Phone only has 63 percent.
Here’s the list of the most important apps still missing from Windows Phone, with a few absolutely crucial missing apps in bold:
Amazon Instant Video
CBS Interactive Player
Good Morning America
MLB.com At Bat
A few of the apps on this list will be coming down the line in the near future. Vine and Flipboard were announced last month, but the apps aren’t available yet.（source：venturebeat）