Top gaming technologies of 2012

This year saw the continued evolution of three consumer technologies — autostereoscopy, touch sensing, and motion sense – with direct application in the gaming world.

GamesBeat weekly roundup

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

Instagram is Apple’s No. 1 app of 2011 in a year heavy on fun and sharing

If you made plans for your weekend, you might want to kiss them goodbye.  Apple yesterday released its iTunes Rewind 2011 list, with the 40 top  iPhone and iPad apps of the year. The iTunes store now has more than 500,000 apps in it, but  this year’s top apps list shows that fun is the dominant theme. Games and social networking tools dominated, and photo sharing tool Instagram was chosen as the No. 1  app of the year.

Halfbrick’s Monster Dash is a case study in mobile cross promotion

Mobile game maker Halfbrick made out like a bandit with its Fruit Ninja mobile game, selling its game to 23 million players. Now its latest game, Monster Dash, is starting to take off as well, thanks to Halfbrick’s alliance with the cross-promotion efforts of OpenFeint.