For Developer Eyes Only [infographic]

December 21, 2012 |  by  |  Gaming, Tech  |  No Comments
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Android has returned in today’s post, but this infographic is more worried about the people developing the apps behind the scenes than your everyday Angry Birds player. Social gaming on mobile devices has become incredibly popular especially with kids and a good bit of revenue for these games come from the sales of in-game virtual goods. Now ten years ago I would of said no one in their right mind would spend real cash money on a virtual cigar, but that has changed. Improving the looks of your character in these more passive social gaming worlds is very important.

When playing massively developed social games on the PC the looks and inventory of your character usually depends on the users skill set or play style, in mobile social games they reflect the person behind the character, they reflect the real life player. This is why people will go and spend .10 cents one an in-game cocktail – because they we’re feeling like on in real life.

These recreational social games are not the only money makers on Google’s Play store – Casino games dominate the charts. Casino games are fun, but also pull in the dough. Over a quarter of Android’s top 25 grossing apps are casino games, but that’s not all – who do you think pays for all these games? You’ll be surprised because unexpected spenders like Mexico and Thailand top the list. [Papaya Mobile]

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The Big Fat Christmas Infographic [Interactive]

December 20, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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Today’s graphic showcases facts and figures from all aspects of life, but with keeping the Christmas Spirit in mind. The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of the holiday tunes that almost every American knows by heart. We have been overwhelmed with numerous knock-offs of the Twelve Days over the years and I hope the original remains the top dog. In December, the same songs dominate the airwaves and are played on repeat at the mall, the dentist, the grocery and it seems like every business on the face of Earth.

I do believe our society has started to reach full capacity on the Christmas spirit, though. Early November is when outlet stores would start putting up the Christmas decorations and switch their in-store jams from Rihanna to Rudolph. This year I feel we waited almost until December – it had to be a new record. I noticed there was even Thanksgiving decore up this year after Thanksgiving. I’m also relieved the whole politically correct ‘Happy Holidays’ fiasco has been quiet. Just wish people whatever holiday you want and they should be happy you’re thinking about them. [Mason Zimbler]

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Why it Sucks to be the IT Guy [infographic]

December 19, 2012 |  by  |  Tech  |  9 Comments
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“Have you tried turning it off and then back on again?” That must be the number one solution supplied by IT guys and gals around the globe. It works 99% of the time, and no one ever thinks of doing it. IT personal are an essential part of modern business and with technology improving year by year, and now the IT department is under more pressure and given more responsibility than ever.

In the past the CEO, CFO or the CMO was usually the biggest decision makers, now the Chief Technology Officer, or CTO has a say. Keeping up-to-date software, reliable internet bandwidth and consistently having to repaire broken computers are just some of the day-to-day activities of an IT dude that make them so important.

Being a ‘nerd’ or ‘geek’ isn’t an insult anymore – it is a way to make a living. These geeks we grew up with and made fun of now are technology directors at the world’s biggest firms. They make more moolaa than we ever will, and understand the workings of digital media better than the rest. Always respect your IT guy, she may save your ass one day. [ORSYP.com]

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Roasting a Turkey [infographic]

December 18, 2012 |  by  |  Food, Holiday  |  1 Comment
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The holiday season is upon is! It is time to trim the tree, deck the halls and cook the bird. If you haven’t trimmed the tree or decked the halls, you may want to get moving. Christmas is in a week. But you still have time to figure out the perfect way to cook the bird. That is unless you are defrosting a 20-24 pound bird in the fridge.

As a novice chef who usually eats an avocado for lunch and pasta + ragu for dinner, cooking a turkey seems like the most daunting task. Lucky for me, I still spend Christmas with my parents. At their house. With their cooking. But for the more grown up, and for future me, this infographic is a must-read.

Figure out your guest list, buy an appropriate sized turkey, choose your defrost method of choice (refrigerator if you buy your bird in time, cold water if you wait until the last minute) and cook her up. Happy holidays, and let them eat turkey! [Via]

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Nintendo MBA: Gaming Success [Infographic]

December 17, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Gaming  |  1 Comment
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Looking at the state of the video game industry today, it’s hard to believe that it was ever in any sort of trouble. The norm these days is for several huge, big-selling blockbusters to come out every year (i.e. Assassin’s Creed III, Black Ops II, Halo 4, etc.), but it wasn’t always like that. Once upon a time (namely the mid-1980′s), the video game industry was in a sharp decline and things were looking pretty bleak. Not many new games were coming out and industry revenues dropped drastically from $3.2 billion in 1983 to just $100 million in 1985; it seemed like gaming was on its way out. Then lo and behold, a hero appeared in the form of a mustachioed Italian plumber (formerly carpenter) who had a penchant for stomping on turtles: Super Mario (and more importantly Nintendo) was born onto the scene and things haven’t been the same since.

Today’s infographic from MBAonline.com shows us Nintendo’s meteoric rise and how it has continued time and time again to hold its place at the top of Game Mountain. One may not think that Nintendo, with its mostly family-friendly games and devices, has a leg to stand on in the day and age of big-name shooters and sleek, sharp gameplay, but that assertion couldn’t be more wrong. The family-friendly model gives Nintendo an extremely broad, already-built-in fanbase that is hard to compete against. Combined with the fact that their handheld and Wii sales continuously top the charts, it’s not hard to see why Nintendo stands the test of time and continues to deliver.

For more Nintendo info and stats, refer to the infographic below and have a great week! [Via]

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