My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a free-to-play nightmare

French developer Gameloft looked at the rich character depth and cheerful world in My Little Pony: Frienship is Magic and decided "Yeah, that'd be a pretty good free-to-play game." I'm not sure why I'm surprised by that decision, since pony-themed microtransactions and hordes of bronies (serious adult fans) equals infinite financial gain for both Hasbro (the company that owns MLP) and Gameloft, but I am.

Indies show the additional pressure of game development

This year has been pretty amazing in terms of cinematic experiences for geeks and gamers. The Avengers was an epic melee of classic one-liners and superhero action, The Dark Knight Rises was a sound round-out to one of my favorite trilogies to date, and Wreck-It-Ralph plucked at my retro-loving heartstrings in clever, meaningful ways that resonated beautifully with its vibrant animation.

If you play FIFA Soccer 13 on console, say goodbye to the funniest glitch of the year

Developer Electronic Arts' patch for the latest installment in its annual FIFA soccer game series came out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 earlier today (it dropped on PC last week, because PC). Among the fixes is the usual "general stability during gameplay," but the update also eliminates one of the most inconvenient and puzzling glitches this year.

It’s good that Curiosity is free, since progress is optional

Curiosity is driving me insane. Peter Molyneux's new studio 22Cans just released its first project, a mobile game called Curiosity — What's inside the cube. The idea is that players around the world are working together to chip away at the layers of a massive spinning cube. Even though it takes a planet to deconstruct it, only one lucky player will see the mystery hidden in the inner-most layer.