Kongregate surpasses 100 million mobile game downloads

Kongregate, a division of game retailer GameStop, has surpassed 100 million downloads for its mobile games.

That’s a big accomplishment for any mobile game company, and it follows on the success of hits such as AdVenture Capitalist and Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards. The latter is a collectible card game featuring characters from the hit animated shows Family Guy, American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, and King of the Hill.

San Francisco-based Kongregate started as a web gaming portal and was founded in 2006 by brother-and-sister team Jim and Emily Greer. They grew to more than 10 million monthly users and then sold the company in 2010 to GameStop as it was expanding into digital games. Jim Greer left in 2014, but Emily Greer stayed on as president of Kongregate.

Kongregate expanded into mobile game publishing in 2013 with Tyrant Unleashed, which was developed by Synapse Games. Tyrant was a port of a highly popular and successful title adapted from Kongregate’s web gaming portal. Since then, Kongregate has launched over 30 titles on iOS and Android devices. Those titles get a natural boost as GameStop can…

‘Deadpool’ Animated Comedy Series From Donald Glover, Marvel Set at FXX

The project extends the 'Atlanta' star's relationship with Marvel, for whom he next appears in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'

FX and Donald Glover are expanding their respective relationships with Marvel.

The Atlanta star and his brother Stephen Glover are set to write, executive produce and serve as showrunners on an animated adult action-comedy series for FXX based on the comic book giant’s Deadpool.

The 10-episode series will launch in 2018, with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory joining the Glover brothers as exec producers. Loeb and his executives are believed to be big fans of FXX’s Archer, and approached FX brass with the idea, not the other way around. FX then approached Glover, a significant talent with increasing geek cred. Following a complex negotiation, the series will hail from Marvel Television, FX Productions and ABC Studios’ cable arm, ABC Signature. A voice cast has not yet been determined.

A writers’ room for the animated series has already been set up in London, where the Atlanta creator and star is filming the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie where he takes on the role of a young Lando Calrissian. The latter caused the second season of the Golden Globe-winning comedy to be delayed until 2018, though insiders says Glover has already written Atlanta‘s season two.

“Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta,” said FX president of original programming Nick Grad. “With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original.”

Deadpool expands Glover’s relationship with FX, where he has an overall deal with Atlanta producers FX Productions. The series also reteams Glover with…

David Attenborough Narrates an Animated Adventure Series For Kids

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Sir David Attenborough’s adventures are being retold. His time in nature exploring the nooks and crannies of wildlife will now be featured on Storytime, an app with 2.4 million downloads, that is designed for toddlers. With Attenborough’s narration, the Storytime app run by CBeebies (a BBC television network for the under six age group) aims to help young children learn how to read on their iOS and Android screens.

Attenborough has plenty of great stories to tell young children, including the moment where a gorilla sat in his lap. His love of animals and the natural world was exemplified in his creation of the BBC documentary series Zoo Quest, in 1954. Before Zoo Quest, if shows wanted to educate their audiences about animals, the featured creatures would be brought onto a lit stage, uncomfortable and out of their natural habitat. Attenborough wanted that to change, and did so by bringing his show into the animal’s natural domain instead, forever changing the dynamic. His mission and popularity grew exponentially, and he later headlined Eastwards with Attenborough and Life on Earth. Narrating his life’s work through an educational app is an important step in cultivating the next generation’s interest in preserving biodiversity on our planet.

Monkeys, Babies, and “Awesome” Science Laurie Santos

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This Artist Shows You What Your Favorite Animated Characters Would Look Like IRL

I’m sure that, when watching animated films and television shows, you’ve noticed that the characters are cuter than regular humans. Well, it’s not just because they’re cartoons, or because forest animals respond to their lilting singing voice – they’re drawn with exaggerated features like bigger eyes, rosier cheeks, thicker hair, etc., that make them objectively more attractive.

Basically, according to illustrator Roosa Karlsson, they’re designed to look like adults with the features of children/babies. Which is pretty stinking weird when you think about it.

Which is why Karlsson recently photoshopped a series of images, giving some of our favorite, most adorable animated characters more realistic (read: adult) faces. Even though the changes are subtle, you’ll definitely be…