Red Dead 2

Red Dead 2 has been confirmed. This is exciting news as the fans of the series have been waiting for the announcement for quite some time. Red Dead Redemption was a masterpiece. Rockstar, the developers of Red Dead Redemption, created one of the greatest video games of all time. The game’s setting looks like it was taken straight from an old Clint Eastwood western movie.

Red Dead Redemption was a smashing success in terms of revenue. The gameplay was unparalleled by all other video games of that time. It’s no wonder that Rockstar is going to make a sequel to Red Dead Redemption. However, no specific date has been announced as of yet. The sequel to Red Dead will come in time. It has been almost 5 years since gamers got to play in a fresh country western setting, where you had to eat whatever you could forage, or that can of Beneful would start looking pretty tasty.

Red Dead 2 will surely be a technical marvel on the next generation consoles. Rockstar has recently made a masterpiece with its latest release of Grand Theft Auto 5. The company has been a premier game developer for more than a decade. Rockstar will be around for a long time to come, and their fans will be in line waiting for Red Dead 2, upon release.

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Minecraft Creator buys Beverly Hills Home

Markus Persson, a 35 year old from Sweden who won a fortune through the creation of the game Minecraft which became a big hit and was eventually purchased by Microsoft. The Company he sold, Mojang, for $2 billion this past November helped to finance the purchase of a luxury home for $70 million just outside of Los Angeles. 

The home was newly constructed and built by Bruce Makowsky who is also in the process of building two other luxury homes. This home originally had a price tag attached to it of over $85 million, but settled on a price of $70 million after a bidding war from several other wealthy individuals got involved in the bidding.

The home is located in Beverly Hills and has now broken the record for the highest priced home in that neighborhood to sell. There are many unique features of the home including a large wall of candy dispensers that cost $200,000 in total. There was no mention of how fresh that candy would be if only one person were to be eating it. Also in the home is a WW2 era machine gun that was originally mounted on a tank, a replica motorcycle, and a carved bathtub that cost $85,000 by itself.

The house is beautifully situated on a hill that overlooks the city and is located in an exclusive neighborhood that few could afford or even consider buying into. Someone get North American Spine on the phone, I’d gladly break my back for a house like that!

Cards Against Humanity Sold Customers Actual Feces

The purveyors of the popular game, Cards Against Humanity, sold their customers actual bull feces as part of a Black Friday special. The game manufacturer packaged sterilized bull feces in their standard Cards Against Humanity box and shipped it to customers labeled “Bullsh*t”. 

The promotion was so popular that 30,000 boxes of feces sold out in less than 30 minutes online. Many rabid customers realized what they had done after the buying frenzy and sent emails to the company, begging for a refund. On the website, it was clearly stated what the customers would be receiving; actual poop and nothing but. 

This little prank was their way of taking a stance against rampant consumerism. Black Friday seems to be the perfect day to make such a statement. Kind of funny though, considering their entire company was built on consumerism.

The website selling the feces stated in a FAQ section “Is this actually poop? Yes.” The product they had advertised was in no way misrepresented, and the manufacturer doesn’t plan on issuing any refunds.

Dr. Rod Rohrich says that for those who were victims of this prank, take it as a lesson learned. The feces cost just $6 and will surely show you the importance of reading the fine print. 

Facebook Gaming is Still Alive

Facebook is perhaps the biggest website on the web. Even with all the chatter, they too are seeing a decline in their online gaming. But don’t worry, they don’t intend to throw in the towel just yet. While there was a time when Cityville and Farmville were all the craze, lately there has been a trend of decreased Facebook gaming.

Even though the revenue is down from gaming about 2% from last year during this same period, CFO Dave Wehner stays committed to Facebook’s gaming platform. Facebook currently has more than five million people playing Top Eleven Be a Football Manager. They also have others dedicated to Words With Friends and Candy Crush Saga and so Wehner feels that it will just take a few new games to put FB gaming back on the map once more.

Let’s face it, people like convenience and Facebook is one stop shopping. People can hop online and chat with friends, get up to date information, and play a few games. My friend David Amen has a very fast-paced job and so he likes the fact that he can play games om his iPhone to give his mind a few 10-minute cool downs throughout the day to avoid burnout. And now with all the perks of Facebook in mobile form, it is likely that the current down trending of Facebook gaming is only a temporary setback for this mega company. As Facebook begins to phase out some of the old, less attractive games they will likely give rise to some new gems along the way.

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Target pulls GTA5 from shelves due to sexual violence in the game

Anyone even remotely familiar with Grand Theft Auto knows all about why it is opposed by so many. This car-stealing, people-shooting game is found by many to be too violent, and is practically a prototype of the “violent game” that gives video games in general a bad name.
But the most recent opposition to the game has nothing to do with just the general violence that has always been found in Grand Theft Auto. Instead, the most recent Grand Theft Auto installment is being pulled off of Target shelves due to sexual crimes, and violence against women.
Because Grand Theft Auto 5 involves the killing of prostitutes by the player, a petition by former sex workers to stop the game from being sold at Target has gotten over 40,000 signatures thus far. Brian Torchin didn’t think they would actually get them to take action. Claiming that it is making another generation of boys tolerate violence against women, the petition has gotten the attention of Target and resulted in it being pulled off of the shelves.
General manager of corporate affairs, Jim Cooper, says that many Target customers have been expressing concern about the game recently, and that even though some customers continue to be in favor of the game being sold, most of them are against it and Target is supporting the majority of customers’ opinions by no longer selling the game.

Skout’s Fun “Shake to Chat” Premium Feature

Skout’s Fun “Shake to Chat” Premium Feature

Seven Year Growth to Success
Skout (not to be confused with Skout Organic) has become in seven short years a major mobile web social network. Wikipedia says it was founded by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrong in 2007, launched amazingly innovative applications and uses on non-ios internet devices and the web. The Skout Android app was born in 2010 and by 2013 Skout was profitable. One year later, in 2014, its offspring app named Fuse became used globally, giving users ability to make their own social network with their tablet or smartphone.

Once the founding officers discovered people were using Skout as a dating service, they re-launched it in 2009 as a dating discovery application, further accelerating its success rate.

Nixter – Social Media, Dating App and Nightlife Media Tool
In 2014 Nixter, or nightlifeapp, a nightlife application was acquired by the company. Through this new app uses allows find nightlife events, buy attendance tickets, and view the guest lists for events in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now the dating scene has gone totally virtual and part of the mobile web, as persons can meet, socialize, date and plan special dating events, all with their tablet or cell phone.

Location Focused via Satellite
Skout was among the first discovery dating applications to filter by user location. Available on both IOS and Android systems, Skout reports over 500 Million connections were made through its app last year. Skout uses cellphone GPS to let its users find other users within reasonable radius of themselves. Adhering to security, Skout does not identify a user’s exact physical location, and users can also opt-out of the location-tracking features of the app. The GPS location is only enabled in the adult community, not in teen service.

While browsing for people, users can read the profile and recent activities of other interesting users. You as application users are also allowed to instant message or send virtual gifts to one another. Amazingly, Skout is available in 180 countries and 14 languages!

Premium Paid Features

Skout Travel – The versatile Skout social application also has a travel feature that allows meeting in another city while traveling. Skout Travel is a premium paid feature.

Skout Shake to Chat – Shake to Chat connects users to others who are shaking their phones at the same time. This permits a roll of the dice type blind dating phonecon. The user’s profile is anonymous after the Shake to Chat conversation begins for 40 seconds. Ostensibly this is 40 seconds in which the user can decide if his or her profile should be seen by the person connected by the feature.

Congress to Vote on New Ban on Online Casinos

Since the popularization of the Internet, lawmakers have consistently had to figure out how the already established laws apply to online interactions. In a recent move, the United States Congress is considering a law that would make online gambling illegal.

Currently there are only three states that allow online gambling, and many states do not allow any type of gambling whatsoever. Tjis is gambling in the casino sense, not the gamble you take trying to meet people via Skout. Though Congress’s attempt to regulate the Internet is definitely not a first, some are criticizing their motives. There are many people who think that this proposed ban on online gambling is a favor to billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who made much of his fortune from legal in person gambling.

Many people say that this alleged favor comes at no surprise, as Adelson has used much of his fortune to influence public policy, particularly favoring war time foreign policy. Opponents to the online gambling ban say that preventing legitimate companies from participating in the market will open it up to criminals and potentially even terrorists. They say that the government would eventually miss out on a considerable amount of tax revenue.

Whether or not online gambling should be banned, lawmakers continue to struggle to justify applying laws to the Internet. This will definitely not be the last of struggles between lawmakers and supporters of a free and open Internet.

Video Games Are Not Linked To Youth Violence

A new study claims that violent video games have actually cut down unruly behavior among teenagers and young adults. This unlikely conclusion is drawn after a long-term analysis that was conducted at Stetson University. The study on violent video games was led by psychologist Christopher Ferguson. This clinical mental health professional concludes that youth violence has dropped significantly while exposure to violent video games and other media has been increased over the last decade or so. Mr. Ferguson believes that young people are more driven by poverty and other social issues in committing violent crimes.

The video game industry has definitely been the scapegoat whenever school shootings occurred in the United States. It’s quite easy to point the blame on video games that are played by teens. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a lot of people thought that Adam Lanza’s brutal massacre was inspired by video games. However, mental disorders were the real issues in this case.

Many politicians and parents think that engaging in virtual shootouts actually inspires young people to go out and fire up real guns. The truth is that video game geeks are not the types of individuals who are involved in real-life shootings. It’s the gangsters in impoverished urban neighborhoods who exchange gun fire often. These young people probably don’t play a lot of games on expensive consoles like the PS4 or Xbox One. I showed this study to Keith Mann, and he thinks to will lead to a nationwide discussion to remedy to way Americans look at video games and violence.

Candy Crush Saga

When you love playing a game like Candy Crush, you might be willing to pay money to advance through the game.

The makers of these games know that you will likely spend money in order to get tokens to get through levels, but why are they so expensive? Candy Crush is one of the most addictive games on Facebook right now, and that means people are doing everything possible to make it to the end of the game, or at least to the next level to see if the end is near. Businesses like North American Spine have made app playing a friendly competition to build employee relationships, which I think is a great advancement for the game.

However, paying money to play a game is something that shouldn’t be required.

There are several games online that don’t require money to get special additions to advance, so why are these games wanting people to pay? It’s all about supporting the Facebook phenomenon of games that keep people busy and competitive while they are at work or home.

Wii U Version of Super Smash Bros. Will Have 8 Player Battles and Mewtwo

So there were some pretty awesome announcements recently for Nintendo’s upcoming installment of their popular Super Smash Bros. series. For the first time ever, the game will support 8 players simultaneously via online network play. That means bigger battles than ever before, and a ton of excitement.

But another cool aspect, was the recent announcement that Mewtwo will be a playable character in the game’s first DLC later on this year. That I love, because Keith Mann and I have always been huge Pokemon fans. Ever since I was a kid.

But there’s even more good news with the announcement that Super Smash Bros will also feature a level editor, so that you can create your own fun levels to play with friends. Create the perfect stage, and push your skills to the limit when the game launches next month.