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Favorite 4: March Madness 2013

Posted by Carter Dotson on March 21st, 2013

Spring is (technically) here again, with the herald of college basketball's annual tournament, the aptly-titled March Madness (though the final game is in April). There's plenty of ways to enjoy the basketball mania from your iOS device. Here's our favorite four apps for March Madness 2013.

NCAA March Madness Live: There's an obvious choice for inclusion in this article, and that's the app that lets you experience the madness live from anywhere. All the tournament's games are available from this app. So watch a scrappy underdog from a tiny college try to beat a team with first-round draft picks working as towel boys. Or watch an additional game to the one on TV. Or get three iOS devices and watch all the games at once, even if it drives you...mad!

ESPN Bracket Bound: The other half of the fun during March Madness is filling out and following your picks for the 64 teams in the bracket. If you use ESPN, their app lets you track your bracket and see how well you're doing. You can also compare your bracket with a variety of other sports analysts, celebrities, and even President Obama. You can also track scores, watch video from ESPN analysts about the games, and track the latest news from the tournament.

SideBets: Of course, anyone can make a bracket full of their wildest picks with no repercussions if they fail, sure. But what about if there was a little something extra behind it? Not real-world gambling because that's illegal, right FBI? But you can legally bet something intangible: your pride. That's what SideBets does, it lets you wager virtual currency with your friends on game results to see who wins. The app features actual gambling lines, so you can get the thrill of gambling on sports without the massive crushing financial losses and broken kneecaps from bookies you owe money to.

StarDunk: All the roundball action might get you thinking that you're gonna want to go out and pound the rock a bit, show those youngsters how it's done. This will probably not go well. Afterward, how about you instead play a game of virtual basketball? And since we're playing virtual basketball, let's go nuts and play a game of basketball...in space. Godzi Lab's classic basketball game features plenty of fast-paced basketball shooting, basketballs with special properties, and online competition to try and take down. Regain some pride if your team gets knocked out or if your bracket gets busted.

Dunk It Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on January 16th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CUTESY CLONE
While not nearly as good as StarDunk, Dunk It is pretty fun and has a sense of style.
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The Portable Podcast, Episode 53

Posted by Carter Dotson on October 7th, 2010

I must break you...and your high score records.

On This Episode:

  • Carter talks with Brett Nolan of AppAddict about the games they've been playing lately, and some upcoming titles that intrigue them.

  • Carter talks with Philippe Longère of Moving Player about his company's new Bulkypix-published MMORPG, Yslandia.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Brett Nolan, AppAddict
  • Guest: Philippe Longère, Moving Player
  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:

  • How to Listen:

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  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
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  • Apps Mentioned on This Episode:

    Stardunk Is Becoming Free... Sort Of

    Posted by Chris Hall on September 24th, 2010
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Stardunk is a pretty amazing little game that was the first, to my knowledge, to get massively multiplayer right. The game seamlessly allowed for 10 people to play against each other at once with no noticeable lag of any kind. Categorizing Stardunk though is a bit tough. Is it a basketball game? Is it a physics game? All I know is that it is fun.

    The problem with the whole Stardunk concept is that it requires a ton of people to participate in order for the game to work as intended. That's not saying that it isn't fun on its own, but the true potential is only unlocked when you have games going with 10 people playing at once. Unfortunately the sales haven't been quite as astounding as Godzilab would've hoped (piracy has also been an issue), so they are looking at a new model to suck people in.

    Starting this Saturday, Sep. 25, Godzilab is switching Stardunk to a free demo model, meaning that the game is free, but after your tenth game you must purchase the rest via in-app purchase. This new model will hopefully get more people to try the game out (and hopefully purchase), allowing for a much more exciting experience.

    For those of you who already have the game but have put it away for whatever reason, there are a few new things to sweeten of the pot. In addition to new game themes, new balls, and new stats, Stardunk now has its leaderboards on Game Center.

    If you haven't tried Stardunk yet, now's the best time to do so. It's hard to beat free.

    StarDunk Review

    By Chris Hall on July 16th, 2010
    StarDunk is a space bound, basketball shooting, online playing, high score getting app that will tickle your competitive funny bone.
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    Godzilab Makes Shooting Jump Shots Cool

    Posted by Chris Hall on July 13th, 2010
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Most people don't like basketball for the mind numbing repetition of going back and forth shooting jumpers 150+ times a game, they like it because of monster slam dunks and gritty performances. I mean, have you ever heard of anyone getting posterized by a killer 3 (except maybe this once)?

    Well crazy dunks and high flying acrobatics be damned, Godzilab (iBlast Moki) is taking the jump shot to a place that it's only gone to once before (with Michael Jordan)... space. StarDunk "is a futuristic game combining the best of basketball, massive online competition and retro games." It's basically a side view jump shot game with special balls and crazy bonuses that you can play against a bunch of people all around the world at the same time.

    "StarDunk is really original in its massive online competition, the game has just been released so there's only a few players, but we are hoping to have soon more than hundreds of players playing simultaneously."

    Check out the video below to see the game for yourself, and be looking for me online. I'll be raining 3's like Tim Legler in '96.