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The upcoming latest installment from Rovio, creators of Angry Birds, is Bad Pigs the next installment in the franchise. While Bad Pigs is not a sequel, but a standalone game, it will allow players to construct crazy contraptions that will allow the famous green pigs to steal more bird eggs.
According to developers like Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, free-to-play (F2P) games are the future. F2P games allow a gamer instant-access to that game however, it locks down many of the games features in a pay-to-play model. For example and RPG game might start you out with 1-2 character designs and weapons, etc. but in order to get a powerful spell or battle axe you'll need to fork over $2.99 or similar price.
Currently, most console gamers go to a big box retailer or online store to purchase the latest game for around $60 and then play it till they beat it and may trade it in or sell it for another game.
A recent story explained that Google has patented a way to recognize and offer buyer-specific price drops for follow-up sales. So what does this mean for you and I? I'm glad you asked.
Google now has an algorithm thatcan provide a quick price reduction should you rent a movie and now it's available to purchase and own entirely. For example, if you rented a specific episode of The Walking Dead (which is a great show, by the way) and now it's available for purchase. Google, with the help of its new patent will recognize that you rented the episode and will now offer the same episode or maybe even the the whole season at a discounted price. It looks like the algorithm may even go as far and offering discounts to related movies or albums in the same genre. It'll even know if you've viewed a movie and didn't purchase thereby Google offering a discount to entice you to by.
How the Battle Started
Gaming has been in my blood since the first time my dad brought home a co-workers Atari 2600 so that my brother and I could play pong. Since then, playing video games and the culture has been a part of my life. While it hasn't consumed my life, I do admit it has played a large part of it. I still went outside to play with friends, played sports and had a social life but gaming was always available to me, an outlet. The point I'm trying to make is that video games haven't consumed all my time when I was younger.
The War Waged On
As I grew older my love for games continued as the PC was my console of choice. Games like Age of Empires, Close Combat, Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, were some of my favorites. Again, while I enjoyed playing and made time to play games after school, I still found ways to balance life and my hobby.
The End is Near