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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Games and Brand Extension

Games are primarily an entertainment medium, but that hasn’t stopped companies from having games developed to reach a different demographic than perhaps represents their core market. An ad campaign may run for 2 weeks, 4 weeks or 2 months but branding within a game can have a much longer shelf life. The most common example of brand extension within the gaming arena focuses on movie tie-ins. Many Disney/Pixar films release a game based on the film around the same date. It helps consumers engage with the film on a deeper level and get to know the characters and brand better making it ultimately more likely that additional purchases of merchandise or DVDs are made. The main issue with game tie-ins however is often they are rushed to coincide with the film release and most end up being fairly average titles. The sheer fact that the majority are aimed at a very young audience means though that children tend not to worry too much about this and just enjoy controlling the characters.

Looking at something completely different from an engagement aspect. Papa John’s pizza in the UK released a mobile gaming app which had you deal with pizza orders and create pizzas as perfectly and speedily as possible. App was priced at 69p with the hook being if you reached a certain score then you could earn a free pizza. It was a well made game and was quite a fun stand alone game as well as being challenging in the later levels. The only disappointing part was upon reaching your free pizza it was for collection only which limited me somewhat but was still a good prize.

Weight Watchers UK campaign last year focused on treating weight loss like a game thanks to the point system that was in use. It was an interesting take on things but it wasn’t continued for marketing campaign. Arguably, despite the fresh take on losing weight, it didn’t engage the largely female audience of its membership base as even now, females are still in the minority when it comes to enjoying games. It perhaps didn’t resonate as strongly as it should have.

Play Android Games On PC

If you have been using your Android device to play games on your device then you certainly are aware of the pleasure that comes from doing so. Now there is even more good news. You can now be able to play Android games on your computer or laptop. You are probably wondering why you would want to play android mobile games on a PC. There are several advantages of this. First, if your device does not use the Android platform but you love to play Android games, you can now do so on the PC.

Secondly, you can test any games on the computer or laptop before installing them on your android device. Regardless of the android mobile device you are using, you can agree that space is an issue. You cannot go installing every game you come across otherwise you will fill your device’s memory and affect its general speed and function. Developers are aware of the huge popularity of android games, and they want to capitalize on these by developing as many games as possible. Hence, you can test these android games on the computer to determine if they are worthy to be on your phone.

Playing Android games on your computer or laptop is possible through the use of certain applications that developers have recently created. There are several different such apps out there but you have to be careful which one you choose. Most of them allow you to sync your android mobile apps to your PC. This way, you can enjoy playing your favorite games on a big screen. The first step to using such software is to download it to your computer. You then need to install it in your computer before you begin using it. It is as simple as a few clicks to begin syncing your mobile apps to the PC.

Games For Girls

Even if it was a movie your daughter loved, the spin-off might be a dud. When a big budget kids movie is made, the tie-in is usually a rush job that has not been planned properly. The game sometimes attempts to follow the film story too closely, leading to a boring one-dimensional tour through some of the more popular scenes. And of course if game makers run out of ideas, the result is a collection of bad mini-games that do not logically tie together well. Not that all min-games collections are bad though. (Sesame Street’s Once Upon a Monster is a notable exception and also an excellent girl’s game to consider)

Children learn quicker if they’re playing and having fun. Math, normally a boring subject for my 8 year old daughter suddenly became very interesting when she had to calculate how much money she still had to make to buy a bird house in the game Viva Pinata. In the same game she also realized that she could turn cheap plant seeds into grown plants that could be sold for a profit. This is a concept that will hopefully serve her well in later life.

Here are some game categories that I have seen from experience that are surefire winners with younger girls:

  • Dress-up (Barbie Jet, Set & Style)
  • Dance (Dance Central series, Just Dance: Disney Party)
  • Pets (Fantastic Pets, Kinectimals)
  • Princess (Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey, Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure)
  • Life Simulation (Viva Pinata Series, The Sims, Farmville)
  • Brainteasers (Brain Challenge, Big Brain Academy)
  • Party (Mario Party series)
  • Cooking (Cooking Mama)

Types of Flight Simulator Controls

Today, there are several advanced flight simulator controls available that can actually recreate the feeling of being in the pilot’s seat of the different types of air planes that are available in the software. In this article we have mentioned different types of simulator controls that are used.

Joysticks are the most commonly used controls and they are available in different varieties. They come with a plethora of features that may range from the minimums to the extremely complicated features, and this is reflected in the price. If you are on a stringent budget then consider buying the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick. Although it is not specifically made for that purpose, it works really well for flight simulations.

This joystick comes with 12 customizable buttons that can be easily programmed to regulate any part of the software. It is pressure sensitive and comes with a hat switch. This product is not only highly versatile but also very reliable. Logitech’s brand reputation makes it a great choice in general, and Extreme 3D is easily the best joystick that you can purchase for the price.

If money is not a constraint and you are willing to enjoy a high level experience then Saitek X52 Pro Flight System is the best choice. The joystick comes with 12 programmable buttons and several additional features. It also comes with a throttle system, an integrated LED display, controls for afterburners, dedicated buttons, and several other features. The unit comes with programmable LED lighting, back-lighting, and customizable controls. The set also features a software development kit that allows the users to create games or specific programs. The Saitek X52 is a highly complicated system that is designed for the highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable users.

Pedals are another type of flight simulator controls worth buying, and the price may range from $80 to $500 or more. The expensive pedals come with more advanced and complex features and their specifications also go up. They are designed to behave exactly like the pedals in a fighter jet. However, if you are looking for easy to use pedals then you may consider buying the Products Pro Pedals. They are simple, yet the features are great.

Types Of 3D Games

One of the popular 3D games genres is sports since most players are into extreme sports. Sports such as basketball or baseball allows gamers to experience the actual play without being physically in the field. Aside from sports, shooting games are also popular. In shooting games, it usually opens with a mission that allows players to catch bad guys or other targets and advance in the gameplay. These games usually have realistic locations allowing for a more immersed gaming experience.

Mental games are also becoming popular not only for avid gamers but also for use in many educational institutions. Updated versions of many mental game plays include 3D versions where depth and dimension are added to help make the game lifelike.

For people who love racing, racing games are also fast dominating the 3D world. Many are interested with these types of games because of the exciting graphics as well as the thrill of winning the race(s). Aside from car racing, one would also encounter animal racing, boats and even planes.

Simulation games have also been gaining popularity among players. Simulations allow players to assume a character or a role and finish their missions. Examples of these can be starting their own farm, becoming a crime boss or even having a virtual family.

As human beings, we are accustomed to seeing things in a 3D perspective and as such, it is hard for some to play games that are developed in 2D platform. In 3D games, players can play more easily because of the 3D perspective. They are able to visualize maps, graphs and other game designs/backgrounds as all the game features have a sense of depth that humans are familiar with.

Games Can Improve Your Life

People who play games have improved social skills

Wait, what? Gamers are the most socially inept people on the planet and now you tell me that their social skills are improved over mine? Yes, people who play games with others have the ability to interact in many different settings with others (as many different settings as there are games). Each of those settings can train us for the realities of life away from the game. Gaming has the potential to make us better winners… that means you won’t do the victory dance when you get the big promotion at work thus alienating everyone in your office. Gamers also learn to become graceful at losing; although hopefully you don’t have to learn this skill too often. This prepares you for a lifetime of ups and downs and can prevent a person from mentally snapping on those around them.

People who play games can save money

But games are expensive you say? Yes, some games can cost $100 or more just to start with, but ask yourself how much did you spend on your cable this month… plus the power to run the T.V. or game console… plus the cost of the T.V. and game console… plus the cost of the game? As you can see, the initial cost of other forms of entertainment can be just as expensive, if not more expensive than the social get together games. Then you must take into account the recurring costs of running all those systems. Last time I checked my Monopoly game didn’t need a plug in. So, board games and the like really don’t cost as much as other forms of entertainment, plus there are some additional benefits such as…

People who play games have more friends

Ok, this is just going against everything high school taught you about social interaction! Yes, you may have 500 “friends” on your social media site, but can you really call the guy you said “Hi” to next to your locker 20 years ago a friend? Playing games with other people requires by definition for you to go out and MEET other people! It would get old to play games with the same person day in and day out… Just ask my wife… So it is beneficial to go out and meet other people who have the same interest and game with them just to mix it up a bit. But where do I find these reclusive gamer types you ask? Check out your Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS). These stores many times will host tourneys for different types of games. There are also conventions all around the country where you can meet a whole range of people willing to game with you!

People who play games will live longer

Yes, when not exposed to the harmful rays of the sun you do have less of a chance to develop wrinkles and skin cancer… but when playing games, you also develop mental abilities to keep you brain young, thus reducing the likely hood of alzheimer’s disease. This can be useful when trying to remember the names of your 100 great grandchildren when you are 120 years old. Also, people with active social lives, and who have more money… (see points 2 and 3), typically live longer than those who have neither of those things. Social games also have the side benefit of not placing the player in physical danger, unlike more active games such as football or Nascar racing. So gamers have less of a tendency to obtain concussions or die in a flaming car!

Super Mario Bros Game

Super Mario Bros was the first game ever to be released for the NES in 1985. It was the first game to deliver effective smooth scrolling levels with a well made map. Super Mario Brothers is currently the best selling video game of all time. You can play it on the NES, Famicom, SNES, GBA, and recently the Wii. Trust me everyone, this game is a true blast from the past, and still entertains today. Mario was the first true video gaming character and he will stand up and fireball away any others that try to take his place. He will always be big in the video game industry because of this games huge impact.

The Games Story:

Many say the story of this game is horrible and it is a big downfall of the game. I mean it is just like every other game where a princess gets captured and you need to save her. The real basic plot of the game is that Bowser has unleashed a wicked spell over Mushroom Kingdom. The only ones who can save the Princess and break this evil spell are Mario and Luigi.

Well, this game was pretty much the first game to start those generic plots. But honestly, what is there not to love about the classic Mario saving Princess Peach from Bowser story? NOTHING, it is simple and a compelling story. I am sure the story does not deserve a high rank because at the time when the game came out the story was very unfamiliar and probably sounded a bit corny. But today, we all know of our friendly plumber hero, MARIO.

Gameplay:

This game is unbelievably fun to play. The objective of the game is complete each level by running to the end of the level and jumping has high as possible towards the flag. You will encounter many famous enemies such as Goombas, Koopas, Piranha Plants and many more. There are coins spread throughout the game in random areas and hidden in blocks that you must bust. Once you get 100 coins you get an extra life.

You get a score for how many enemies you kill, how many coins you snatch, and for other various reasons. Each level is unique and has different obstacles in each and is a blast to play. There are 8 worlds with usually 4 stages in each world. The game is great because it has multiple hidden secrets throughout the game that keeps the fun coming. There are even secret minus worlds and warp pipes that give the game a great twist.

The game also mixes in a few mazes to give it a little challenge. You can also play 2 players where you can play as Mario and Luigi and defeat the evil Koopa King. The few downfalls are that the game is not very long, screen scrolling, and it gets frustrating. If you play it quick enough you could beat every level in around 30 minutes.

You can not backtrack once you move forward in a level. The game is frustrating because you can not even save and there are no continues (you can use a code to start from the world you lost on). The game screen only scrolls in the right direction. I would easily give the gameplay of Super Mario Bros a 10/10 if there were at least more levels per world.

Of course, you can’t just take on those levels as just you and yourself, so you have got a few things that you can find out there to help you. First of all there’s the powerups you can find in blocks all through the game. The first one you will get is the Super Mushroom, and by getting this Mario will grow to double size (Super Mario!) and be able to take one extra hit from an enemy (and revert to normal Mario) before losing a life.

As Super Mario, you also get the ability to break normal brick blocks you come across this can prove to be extremely useful in several ways, be it finding a secret block or just taking a safe route. If you uncover a powerup while being Super Mario, it will be a fire flower, which won’t allow you to take any more hits but grants you the extremely useful power of fireball throwing. Fireballs can kill enemies in one hit, and while the same can be achieved by jumping on most enemies heads, it’s just much easier to release a fireball from a distance and knock out the enemies from a safe distance. As long as you can manage to keep the fire ability, you will be pretty overpowered.

In addition to that, you can also pick up 1Up mushrooms, which will grant you an extra life, and coins. The coins are collectibles that will give you an extra life when gathering 100 of them, then the counter will revert so you can collect an additional 100, and so forth. All things in the game; coins, powerups, completing a level, defeating an enemy are added to a points score.

This score is a leftover from arcade games, and won’t really be used for anything since the high score is deleted when you turn off your console there won’t be any competition about it. Not having a save feature might sound bad, but as mentioned the levels can be completed pretty quickly and there’s always someone around who will know about the secret warp zones.

Speaking of secrets, that’s one thing that is great about this game. While many other NES games show you pretty much everything, here there are a lot of invisible blocks with powerups or coins, pipes you can enter to get to underground coin collections and sometimes a vine will shoot out of a hit block that you can climb to get up to “coin heaven”. A fun thing with all these secrets is that some of them are in plain view, some are in a brick block you have just never thought to hit.

There are so many blocks scattered in each level, with only the question mark blocks being sure to contain something, that you would never have time to actually try to destroy all normal brick blocks. What is so nice about all this is that you can play through the game so many times and still discover something you did not know about. The amount of secret stuff is a very likely factor to why the game has great replayability.

Graphics:

The graphics in this game are wonderful for the time. To tell you the truth I’m still fully satisfied with the games graphics today. Even though Mario and Luigi have a tad discoloration and it is a bit blocky, it gives you the authentic and warm welcoming in knowing it is the first Mario game ever.

The backgrounds might only be a blue sky with the occasional green bush or a cloud, but that is all that was needed. It means it is very easy to see the foreground objects like the bricks you can hit or the enemies you are up against.​There is nothing you can complain about with these graphics and especially when the game came out they were great.

Sound:

The sound is terrific. I mean it is not annoying like most NES games and it was the start of the classic “do do do do do do-do… ” music! The game has different music for each different type of level, like dungeons, underwater levels, and land levels. All if it is enjoyable and makes the game even better. Only slight downfall is the sound effects are a bit lame, but I really should not complain. Overall it is the classy theme song that gets me to like the music of the game so much.

One other neat thing is that the music is a bit context sensitive meaning if you let the time get down to under 100 remaining seconds left, the music will speed up to let you know that you need to hurry. Also, if you pick up a star (invincibility item) the music will change to another theme that will last almost exactly until the power runs out, a great audio cue to when to start worrying about your enemies again. The sound effects in the game are good too, they are not overly complicated, and the jingles that play are great for making you feel satisfied when completing a task or picking up a powerup.

Controls:

This game is basically a pick up and play game. The control layout is so simple yet so great. The game registers every movement in it perfectly. You press forward and Mario definitely goes forward. Many NES games could not perfect this, but this game definitely did. You can run and jump and you will learn the tricks on how to get the farthest jumping distance and the basic skills in no time. The simple and sweet NES controller played great with this game and the game did every command perfectly.

The NES control pad is not really the most advanced piece of hardware out there, but in this game you will never feel it’s lacking anything. The D-pad is used to move left and right, and with a press down on it you can duck, which also results in going down pipes if they are “open”.

The A button is used for jumping, and it is pretty sensitive; a short press results in a low jump and a longer press results in a higher jump. The B button has two purposes – throwing fireballs if you have got that power up, and in addition to that it’s the run button. It works better than you might think, since if you’re running and want to throw a fireball you can just quickly release the button then hold it again to fire one off, without losing much speed.

Replay Value:

This is the games strong point. I can not even count how many times I have beaten this amazing classic. It keeps you coming back for more. It is a simple game that is just flat out fun to play. You can try to beat your previous score. You can play 2 players to spice it up with a friend or you can try a time trail and try for the record. Or if you like me you can just beat it again just for the great feeling of beating the endless classic. This game is the one that started it all. That right there makes the game so much more satisfying to play.

Difficulty:

It is really pretty tough without warping and with using the cartridge so you can not save. I mean my friends were like, yeah it’s Super Mario Bros I have beaten it a thousand times. And they came over and lost on world 5. It is nothing impossible, but I mean it does get a challenge across. I would say it has a perfect difficulty. Not to hard that it makes you never want to try and beat it, but just easy enough to make it enjoyable which is a very good balance.

Gunpoint

The game is divided into a number of missions where the player accepts the missions through a PDA where the player can also buy new gear and add more resource points to different skills. Each mission usually involves entering a building and hacking a computer. With each level, the building is shown as a two-dimensional cross-section where you can see the guards and all the security features of the building with the objective somewhere in the building. The player can also run and climb on walls, use stairwells and elevators and the ability to jump great heights and distances without taking damage due to Conway’s Bullfrog hypertrousers. Though he can survive long falls, he can be killed by a single gunshot.

With the Crosslink as the main use in each mission, the player can gain access to the connections in the security mainframe. This will allow the player to change how things are being connected to allow the player to complete their mission. For example, you can rewire a light switch to open a locked door instead of the light. As the game progresses and the player accumulates more money, they can upgrade and improve already existing features such as being able to control more encrypted circuits and even affect the guard’s weapons. At the end of each mission, you are ranked based on how fast you took, the amount of violence you used (whether you knocked some unconscious or you killed them), how many times you were spotted and how much noise you made.

WoW Private Servers

actually enjoy playing subscription game at no cost at all. Free to play games remain popular and when it is possible to play costly games at no cost at all then this is a great attraction to the users. Even high skilled gamers still find the free versions of the games very appealing and this is what has led to the popularity of the servers.

The servers are a little different – This is because most implement unique gameplay rules that usually are a deviation from what official servers offer. The private providers can modify the game, deleting and adding some skills, rates and models. Using the servers, it is possible for new characters to start at maximum levels or for the experience rates to be much faster. Other changes that are possible with the servers are unique in-game events and special mobs among others. The majority of the players finds the difference pretty exciting, even though it means that the dynamics of the game have changed somehow.

They are convenient – This is in the sense that the servers make it possible for you to play games that would otherwise be hard to play. A good example is games that may not be offered in the region where the player is located. In such a situation, private services make it possible for such players to still enjoy the games. The same is the case in situations where the official versions of the games are discontinued by the producers; the players still keep enjoying the play using the private providers. Generally, players are able to enjoy blocked content using this server option.

They are everywhere – The other reason that has made WoW private servers appealing to players is that they are widespread. They have been around for a considerable length of time and they continue to grow in popularity. There is of course the legal gray area, but they continue to thrive. They may have bugs and stability issues, especially since most are outdated, but they still have become very popular among gamers.

Fruitoids Slots

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