AllThingsD Week in Review: WhatsApp vs. Bullshit Metrics and Apple’s Tearjerker Ad

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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Despite Free-to-Play Explosion, Apple Puts Spotlight on Paid Games

Candy Crush can fend for itself.
Apple's iPad game of the year, Badland.

2013 Was a Huge Year for Android Gaming

And paid apps on both Android and iOS are falling deeper into obscurity.
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Disney Brings Full Club Penguin Game to iPad, With Apple’s Blessing for Subscription Model

“It’s not a game. It’s a kids’ social network in the guise of a game.”
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Fitness-Gaming Device Goji Play Officially Goes on Sale

Goji Play, the mobile-gaming-meets-cardio-fitness device first announced in July, officially goes on sale today. The product underwent a soft launch in October, by way of a partnership with MyFitnessPal. A Goji Play kit costs $100, includes an activity tracker and Bluetooth-connected game controllers designed for exercise machines, and supports 12 iOS games at launch, with more games and Android support planned for next year.

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Japan Overtakes U.S. in Apple/Google App Store Revenue

Japan is now the top country worldwide in revenue from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to a new report from App Annie. The app analytics company attributed the surprising shift to rapid smartphone adoption over the past year in Japan — where feature phones have held on for longer — and explosive growth in Google Play spending, outpacing global trends due to the availability of carrier billing as an alternative to credit cards.

Toca Boca CEO Bjorn Jeffery: Adults Don’t Understand How Kids Play

Well, most of them, anyway.
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Book Excerpt: How Minecraft Creator Markus Persson Almost Took a Job at Valve

An excerpt from Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson’s book about the creation of Minecraft, released in English this November.
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AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry’s Future and Predictions for Tech in 2014

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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With Steam Machines on the Horizon, Valve Makes Its Linux Love Official

“People shouldn’t underestimate the Linux community’s desire to have gaming on the platform, and for it to be insanely good.”
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Survey Says Mobile Gamers Prefer Kindle Fire Over Tablets With Google Play

One Year In, Spaceteam’s Solo Developer Hopes Fans Will Fund Him Directly

One of the Year’s Most Addictive Mobile Games Doesn’t Seem Like a Game at All

Logitech’s iPhone Gamepad Case Goes on Sale Next Month, Costs $100

AllThingsD Week in Review: Patent Wars Redux and Netflix Thinks “Big”

Apple’s iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini Event, in Pictures

AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry Is Just Resting, and YouTube Goes Mobile First

Co.Lab Accelerator Gives Its First Class a Lesson in Pitching Educational Games