Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Flappy Bird giveth, and the Flappy Bird Taketh Away


As you all probably know by now - the creator of Flappy Bird had the game removed from the App stores a couple of days ago. As I understand it, he was not comfortable with the hype and attention that suddenly sprung up around the game. Each to their own I guess.

One crazy thing I over heard at work yesterday though, which I just had to post about, was how many people are selling their Apple and android phones/devices on the likes of Ebay for a rediculous markup because it has Flappy Bird installed. (Linked example selling for £800 rather than the more normal £350...) It seems a little crazy. It is just a game... an addictive one maybe, but one that will undoubtedly be recreated a bajillion times - then probably improved upon.

Just my 2c

-Velk

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Flappy Bird. The Avian rage inducer!

Long time no post folks... thought I would come talk a bit about...



Yes, it's that new hit sensation: Flappy Bird, also known as: Mario Bird - probably due to all the goddamn pipes!

This little game is as simple as simple gets. The graphics are cartoony and pixelated, and remind me very much of Tiny Tower, another game that can be quite addictive. This game however has a crux... it is tough as balls!

Well, actually, it is NOT hard to play, but it requires lots of concentration and any tiny mistakes result in a bird pancake and a great big GAME OVER sign in your face. I first heard about it on the 31st of January by one person raging about the difficulty of it on Facebook. The 1st of Feb seen a half a dozen more people putting up pics of their 'epic 7 point score'! and various other rants. Yes, this game can be that tough. I myself have managed to break the 40 point barrier about 4 times, with the following snap being my highest score to date...


Yeah... I think I got this score whilst sat in a gridlocked traffic jam for 30 minutes, how many times I seen this game over screen is inconceivable!
(Click it... go on, you know you want to!!)

Anyway, this game was released almost a year ago by Vietnam based developer: Nyugen Ha Dong. You control a small bird that flaps its wings with each tap, halting any descent and propelling it in a consistent and predictable arc up into the air then back down. Your task is to Oscillate this little avian clutz through a randomly  generated sequence of Mario-Pipes. Hit one and it is game over. Supposedly there are multiple levels and difficulties, but I have not seen any way to choose to change anything, and have clearly not advanced far enough through the game to unlock anything. It is challenging, it is entertaining, frustrating and is probably one of the most Viral games I have seen.

What made this go Viral? It has been around for the best part of a year now. It may seem obvious, but with the release date on the Android Apps store of the 30th of January - I think this is what got the ball rolling, and social media (Facebook and Twitter, I'm looking at you!) done the rest. It took the podium for most downloads of January 2014, surpassing any Angry Birds or Candy Crush downloads, showing just how quickly this was picked up by the general populous.

I am left wondering how long until the apocalypse occurs, with millions of players indulging in some Flappy Bird (Or 'Fappy Bird' as one infuriated friend of mine called it), and then rage quitting when they are 2 points behind their best score from  flapping into a pipe in an anxious adrenaline fuelled mis-tap. It really is that easy to screw up, it is relentless. I think this effect us surely part of the key to its addictiveness. It is really quick to play a quick game or two, it is simple (My 5 year old son was in hysterics at watching the bird hit a pipe and dive-bomb into the ground with a splat.) and you get REALLY engrossed. Your heart races, your brow sweats, and BAM, you hit the second pipe every third game...

One last thought... I wonder just how much ad-revenue this free to play game generates from that little ad-banner at the top... People dont tend to click ads, despite how safe they are... but with so many people playing, the mis-clicks alone must be worth thousands!

Ok, enough ranting for now. Go download it if you have not already, you will likely regret it, but it will be a fun ride!

-Velk

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thoughts on GTA:V Launch

I posted a few months back >here< I posted some comments on the delay of GTA:V. I made some guesses (some might say attempted predictions) as to the outcome of the delay on GTA:V on the sales numbers.

Well, the figures are in, and the figures are huge. According to The Huffington Post, the game mae over a billion dollars in sales in the first few days, the highest sales figures to date, blowing even World of Warcraft and Call of Duty: Black Op's out of the water.

GTA has always been a popular series with the gaming masses, but I am curious as to just how much having the game delayed and letting the hype build made. The local 'GAME' store here had a midnight launch for the game, and by gawd... people cued for a good hundred meters around the high street. The ultimate irony is there was a Tesco express across the road where some people just walked in after midnight and picked it up immediately. No two hours of queuing for them. Mind you, its the experience I recon people do that for. The pure nerding geekgasm of it all :p

I also noticed claims when browsing from an analyst claiming that the games sales were very front loaded, and that we can expect a sharper than normal decline in the sales figures post release. Whilst this is technically bound to be true, the more of the buying population that have it, the less there are available to purchase it, they forget one thing: New console sales in 2 months time. I don't know about you, but I held off buying in favour of buying it once for the next gen of consoles that will be launched. I done the same thing with GTA IV myself, but my consoles blu ray drive has stopped working.

Anyway, just my little waffle :-)
-V

Long time no post.

So yeah, Aside from yesterdays little review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, it has been quite some time since I have posted. Long story short: Uni and work and life have gotten in the way. I have not even got to play any more recent games. I am HOPING that when the next gen of consoles come out, that I will be getting my hands on GTA:V and The Last Of Us, and whilst I am at it, I will likely be doing let's plays of them if I can set up the system. Also - Avengers 2, Thor 2 - you know the shibbang. They will be getting the crap watched out of them :-) Follow follow follow if you wish to keep informed :)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D mini review.


Welcome to my little splurge/revied of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D... and a slightly drunken review at that.

So, Agents of SHIELD (yes, I'm gonna skip the dots...) had it's first airing here in the UK tonight. I figured it has been a while since I had a nice geek out, and felt the urge to post. Warning, thar be spoilers herein.

I am usually skeptical when it comes to new T.V Series, etc, that others are raving on, so I made sure to get in here early to make sure I could form my own opinions before being spammed with others through social media platforms.

And what do I think I hear you ask as your disembodied inner self asks as you read?

I thought it was great, and has good potential. I had a small geekgasm as the cast started rolling in (Missed the credits). It is like a sexy blend of all my favourite sci-fi genres and some fantastic movies. For example, I am watching and BAM. Ron Glass. Aka Sheperd Book from Firefly. Not seen him in anything since - hell I thought at one point that he was dead :s. Next up: Ming Na. Now known as Ming Na Wenn. She was in Stargate Universe and Battlestar Galactica. Next up was Aunt Robyn from how I met your mother (Cobie Smulders). Of course, the biggest star of all that cannot be overlooked: Joss Whedon, along with his sense of humour. A little less punchy than in The Avengers admittedly, but there is a lot of writing.

As can be expected, it is a TV series as opposed to a movie, so there is a much smaller budger, but I have to say, aside from some of the camera work and special effects, there is not a lot of evidence. Much of the cast from The Avengers is present, aside from the big screen names and the big heroes, but I suspect as the series progresses they will find cameos for the original actors. (I will be disappointed if they use different actors.)

My final comment to make is the plot. Just the right level of cheesiness in the names and themes used, but some fantastic tie ins to the other movies, including The Avengers (Naturally) and Iron Man 3. Fingers crossed it holds up! The first episode in these things is always a little rushed and less detailed than the rest of the series, so we shall see!

Keep an eye out for the cross genre slip... "With great power comes great... stuff!"

Go watch, enjoy, I can't wait for the next episode.

Thanks for reading
-V

Monday, May 13, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness (Mini review)


I went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness last Thursday, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Before you read on, I will likely provide spoilers, although I will try to avoid discussing certain things that happen. You were warned :p

Well, what to say. This movie tries to bring a more 'bridge-family' feel to the new genre of Star Trek, and I think it does it very well. With big challenges, some twists and some awesome acting and effects it brings a very different flavour than the first Star Trek movie.

I felt 'John Harrison' played by Benedict Cumberbatch was particularly epic. I thought it was going to be a bit wishy washy this one, and I have never been so glad to stand corrected. The plot is somewhat akin to Star Trek II with many crossovers, and a but tonne of references to the previous movies, but with many many changes which all but add to the levels of epicosity...

I had a fair idea of the plot before going to see the movie, but a mate of mine did not and lets just say the movie has a few elements of surprise - Harrison being one he was not expecting.

I am not too sure what I can say for this one without providing spoilers but Epic trailer, Epic movie, Epic score and Epic action :) If you have not seen it yet, get out and go see!!

-V


Monday, May 6, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen: Honest Velk Review




Olympus has Fallen... Honest review. (Trying to avoid spoilers) -- scroll to view or hide post if it didn't work :p



I did not think this was a bad film actually, the IMDB rating of 7/10 is probably apt. A pretty wishy washy introductory half hour with a pretty poorly put together story line designed to to get to the meaty goodness that is actually a pretty decent action flick, if designed a little too much to get y'all purty payte-ree-aw-tic, for the last hour and a half. Gerard Butler does Die Hard is pretty much the best description I can give it :p

Stoo recommends: Turn up half an hour late, let a flashback tell you the entirety of the intro story and enjoy some pretty Brutal action :D

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Elder Scrolls Online - How Factions and PVP will work


Hey folks,

I stumbled upon this merry little >article< over on the Elder Scrolls Online page. Interesting. Very interesting.

I have been thinking for a while - well, when I say me I mean we, and by we I mean my wife and I... I digress. We have been thinking for a while about how TESO will work with regards to factions. My thoughts lay in the friction between the Aldmeri Dominion and The Empire, since there is a running theme across TES games.

I am 1/3 to a half right... I decided to chase this up.

Conveniently, since I last looked around for such information - there is a wiki page for it >here<. As you can see, Tamriel has been split into 3 factions, with Cyrodil behaving as a neutral party. The Dagerfall Covenant that will comprise of Breton's Orc's and Redguard, the Ebonheart Pact that will consist of the Argonians, Dunmer and Nords and the Aldmeri Domiion that will consist of the rest of the elves and some kittycats. (Altme, Bosmer and Khajit.)

If there is a particular race you wish to play, it appears you need to go pick a faction. I predict a bias weighted towards the Ebonheart Pact considering the success of Skyrim, but I digress.

The Imperials are not playable, although I suspect that will be something for an expansion to focus on (cunning!) but they are likely to act as quest givers and peace keepers for the most part.

Anyway, read the article linked to the TESO page - I wont go over all the points here, but I will say this: Siege engines, Castle Sieges and Stealth... Oh my!
Courtesy of Pixelvault.Tk

Reminds me of an old Elder Scrolls Joke I came up with... Mer-Kin... Elf folk... Merkins (Not safe for work)... Pubic wigs... Hahahahaha.

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Fools day once more!


So, it is the day the net becomes more unreliable than normal! Happy April Fools day folks. I hope you all had a good easter!

It has been an age since I last updated. I have finally got my latest assignments for this Masters course submitted and have a little bit of free time! Yeeey! Lets plays shall be recommencing tomorrow, and who knows what else. For now though, I have been browsing the net for good Aprils fools posts on various sites.

So far Blizzard has been disappointingly quiet, they are usually one of the better sources :o However, there has been a fantastic George Takei one about him being in the new Star Wars movie... I wish ^.^



Adding to the list... Google Nose... Haha ^.^
-V

Saturday, February 16, 2013

GTA V (5) delayed.


I have not posted a lot lately, but this is one that I felt I would chime in on... delayed until September about a month or two from its expected launch date...

What impact can we expect this to have to sales I ask myself... well, first of all it has certainly gained some free publicity... it gives more time for people to get interested, place pre-orders, etc. etc. but I think there will be many fans raging about this move. Still, it is a large game, and often errors or delays will occur, and since they need to make sure the game goes out working, it can take a long time to refine the details.

Put it this way, I would rather they took an extra 6 months and done a Bethesda / Blizzard and produced one fine quality game, than rush it out the door anyway to satisfy the handful of customers who will huff off and refuse to buy it because of the 'broken promise' that is a predicted but un-fixed release date...

Anyway, I leave you with this. So totally agreeing with this too... Put up a few days ago by the awesome Ctrl+Alt+Del :D (Hopefully they dont mind me re-sharing! Check them out - one of the best web comics about IMO :p ) Oh, also -  I started a new lets play to tide myself over... view it >Here<