Ireland’s Fastest ISP (Internet Service Provider)

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So here we have it. A list of the top performing Internet Service Provider (ISPs) in Ireland. This list was taken from Steam, the global online gaming portal developed by Valve. It has close to 100 million users and as it hosts online games, it gives a good indication of the performance of ISPs as regards heavy download usage.

The table was compiled in September 2015 and shows the average download rates for Steam clients on the most popular Internet Service Providers, sorted by the number of bytes delivered to each network.

As it is just for gaming, obviously it is not a true measure of overall performance. However it is a useful indicator of those providers that have some serious download pipes!

 

Network Average Download Rate – Mbps
Liberty Global 39.2
HEANET HEAnet Limited,IE 24.4
MAGNET-AS Magnet Networks,IE 16.8
EIRCOM Eircom Limited,IE 11.2
VODAFONE-IRELAND-ASN Vodafone Ireland,IE 10.5
DIGIWEB-AS Digiweb Ltd.,IE 9.9
AS-BTIRE BT Communications Ireland Limited,IE 7.5
IBIS-AS Imagine Group Ltd.,IE 4.5
H3GIE Hutchison 3G Ireland Limited,IE 4.3

WebGL: The Future of Interactive Web Animation

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WebGL (Web Graphics Library) is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard for a low-level 2D/3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0, exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object Model interfaces.

Ok, in plain English!. WebGL is a JavaScript library for displaying interactive 3D and 2D graphics within any compatible web browser without the use of plug-ins. As it uses a computer’s GPU (graphics chip) directly, it is very fast and allows for smooth animated 2D and 3D graphics.

It is supported by all the major browser vendors such as Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), Mozilla (Firefox), Opera (Opera) and Microsoft (IE).

As animation plug-ins such as Flash, Unity and Silverlight are not supported by default in many browsers, WebGL offers a cross platform solution for online and mobile animated graphics.

Fierce Fun can produce WebGL animations optimised for all the major browsers. For more details, please contact us.

 

Big Bad Quiz goes Beta

Big Bad Quiz is now in beta testing and will be published soon.

The Big Bad Quiz is played like a real-life quiz show, with fast-paced rounds, bonus points, and of course, our much “loved” host: the Bag Man. He will break you down with tricky questions about sports, movies, history, and everything in between.

Featuring:
– The coolest quiz host around: The Bag Man
– A large database of tough trivia questions
– Super fast rounds and levels
– High score tracker to compete with your friends
– Save points after each round, for quizzing on the go

The Big Bad Quiz is packed with plenty of tough questions that will come at you in a random assortment, meaning it’ll truly test your brain power. While playing, you will be asked questions on a mix of topics, so be ready for historical questions to mingle with questions about the latest musicians. Be warned though, you will have only a limited number of lives before the Bag Man busts you out of the game and forces you to start from scratch. Add to that the fact that you’ve only got a few seconds to answer, and you’ve got yourself a tough game. There will be no memorizing the answers either, since the questions are randomly selected each round, making the Big Bad Quiz endlessly re-playable.

The Bag Man will be challenging you every step of the way, making sure that the questions get harder with every round, and not holding back with the insults when you get some questions wrong. If you beat the Bag Man, you’ll have the chance to get some serious bonus points to boost your score. Make sure to check out the leaderboards every day to see how you and your friends stack up!

 

Games Development & Publishing: Links We Like

Resource for Indie Game Developers
http://www.pixelprospector.com/

HTML5 Game Development – JavaScript Libraries
http://www.createjs.com/

Free Online Games
http://www.kongregate.com/

VC/Game Industry News and Information
http://venturebeat.com/category/games/

Make Games with Google
https://developers.google.com/games/

Facebook Games Developer Center
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/games

Irish Game Development - Gamedevelopers.ie
http://gamedevelopers.ie/home/

Adobe Gaming
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/games/gaming.html

Flash Game License
https://www.fgl.com/developer_home.php

Tech Blog: RunTheProgram
http://runtheprogram.com

Gamasutra – The Art and Business of Making Games
http://www.gamasutra.com/

Starling: Cross Platform Game Engine
http://gamua.com/starling

Casual Games Association
http://www.casualgamesassociation.org

Games Development Jobs
http://www.gamesrecruit.co.uk/Index.aspx

Mobile Games Monetisation and User Acquisition
https://www.chartboost.com/

Windows 10 Game Develop
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/games

Amazon AWS: Game Hosting Services
http://aws.amazon.com/game-hosting

Programming Guide For Video-Gamers
http://ithare.com/programming-guide-for-video-gamers/

 

Big Bad Quiz – register now

Like TV quiz shows, you will love Big Bad Quiz. It’s a fast, fun and furious trivia quiz game hosted by the one and only Bag Man. He is one crazy quiz master and has scoured the universe for the toughest questions ever. With topics like sports, music ,movies, history and celebs, the full game features over 150+ levels of ultra fast non-stop rounds. With only seconds to answer each question, a fast brisk brain and snappy fingers are needed. No waiting for other players, just get going.

The Big Bad Quiz is packed with truck loads of tough challenging questions that will come at you relentlessly. While playing, you will be presented with a mixture of topics, so your brain has to stay alert at all times. Be warned though, you will have only a limited number of game lives before the Bag Man busts you out of the game.

The Bag Man will be challenging you every step of the way, making sure that the questions get harder with every round. Being a quiz host, he’ll let you know when you are playing badly, in his own special way.

Games features include:
BFactor – this ranking is a combination of your speed and accuracy in answering questions.

Highscores – the game features a global highscore table. See if you can get ranked.

Extra Lives by Sharing – you can get extra lives by sharing your achievements on Facebook and Twitter.

Hall of Fame – the Bag Man will feature players who contact him with mega highscores.

Tons of Topics – you get questions on: sports, celebs, tv, music, movies, places, people, history, technology, geography, dates, science, nature, numbers, fashion, media and lots more…

The Big Bad Quiz is not for the faint hearted – like a rhino on roller-blades, it is big, mean and fast.

The Bag Man challenges you to take on The Big Bad Quiz!

Register for it here:

Apple and Android App Development

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So you are planning your next digital campaign for the Irish market. You’ve got all boxes ticked; SEO, PPC, banner ads, social media and blog posts. The problem is your competitor has also got those boxes ticked.

If you need your campaign to be effective in the Irish market, you should consider a custom mobile gaming app. Like other territories, Irish mobile consumers love gaming apps. A gaming app can be used as:
– A mobile focused advertising or marketing campaign.
– An interactive tool to educate consumers about your product features
– A highly effective viral and social media marketing tool
– A competition to get new registered users

Above all, they offer a cost effective solution to increase your online and mobile business. Contact us for more details.

Minister Harris plays Big Bad Quiz

Fierce Fun recently took part in the PwC 2015 Docklands Innovation Awards. These awards are an enterprise initiative between Docklands Innovation and the DIT Hothouse New Frontiers programme.

They are for companies based in the Docklands Innovation Park. The awards were held in the very cool PwC Spencer Dock buildings on the 11th March 2015.

As part of the awards, there was a companies exhibition. Fierce Fun had a stand at this event.

Best of all, we got the Minister to play our mobile trivia game Big Bad Quiz. The Minister in question was Simon Harris, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for International Financial Services, the Office of Public Works and Public Procurement.

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Peter Lynch from Fierce Fun with the Minister of State Simon Harris

He liked the game and got through the first round of questions pretty quickly. We will add him to our list of beta testers!

Big Bad Quiz will launch in Q2 2015.

Links:
PWC
Docklands Innovation
DIT Hothouse

Lugs Mc Rugger

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Lugs Mc Rugger

Take a Rugby World Cup rampage with the Irish Teams, Lugs Mc Rugger, Ireland’s own scrum, tackle touchdown boy. A Veteran of the The Triple Crown and the Six Nations, the half mad, Irish hooker with an anger management problem and an attitude to match will drop kick you into a fast paced game of ultimate Rugger skill.

He takes no prisoners as he slaps jumps and stomps his way to victory breaking through the ranks of Australia, England, France, South Africa, and New Zealand with his unique scrumdown ruck appeal. Line out now and try to manage Lugs Mc Rugger on his world cup campaign as he makes that conversion and brings Ireland the Rugby Union World Cup.

But be careful, Lugs Mc Rugger is not a man to be taken lightly, he wants to annihilate the Aussies as he flambes the French. He intends to make the English an endangered species and can’t wait to lock horns with a Springbok. But all of this becomes rather tame when he see a Kiwi pack down his lane.

Its enough to make your cruciate ligament get up and surrender, but fear not if you are one of the lads (Irish lads or Lasses that is) you have picked the right team, join the the Lugs Mc Rugger Irish Rugby Rampage Squad now.

Lugs will feature in our new mobile game: Rugby Rampage

Rugby games: Rubgy Rampage

Big Bad Quiz – The toughest trivia on mobile

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The Big Bad Quiz is the brainchild of none other than the Bag Man, you can find out more about him here, but, he has spent most of his life taking and making quizzes.
He wanted more, he wanted to be able to bring his quizzes to the world, so he joined forces with the good people at Fierce Fun to create a mobile gaming app, a game based around a trivia quiz, and of course the bag man himself.

We were given the task of trying to create the toughest quiz on the planet.  Now, of course the Bag Man came up with all of the trivia quiz questions which make up the majority of the Big Bad Quiz.  But in order to make a truly difficult or tough trivia quiz game, you need more than difficult questions.

We made the game multiple choice, you might think this would make answering the trivia questions easier, but giving people an option will make you hesitate and doubt what you think you know.

This brings us to another tough aspect we added to our trivia game, the Big Bad Quiz. We decided that in order to make this one of the toughest quizzes on the planet, we needed to put people under pressure, so we added a timer for each question in the quiz, the timer begins as soon as you see the question, you only have 5 seconds to answer the question, or you forfeit those points. Now, we aren’t totally without mercy, if you are quick enough you can get a bonus, but if you are like Bag Man (aka a Trivia Quiz god), and you can answer the question with in about a second, then you will be awarded a ‘Mega Quick Bonus’.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, this is definitely sounding like one of the toughest quizzes out there, but we weren’t quite convinced that it would become the toughest trivia quiz game on the planet, so we decided to add another tough aspect to the Big Bad Quiz, we added a life system.  You just get a few lives to complete the quiz – are we cruel or what. Now you can earn more lives but you need to get the same first.
Register on the Big Bad Quiz page to get the game as soon as it is published.

 

The Future of Computer Gaming

Modern technology has taken amazing strides forward over the past few years, and this is just as true when it come to gaming technology. With 2015 fully upon us and a number of Gaming and Technology events having taken place throughout January, we here at Fierce Fun thought it would be a good idea to run through a couple of the major developments we can expect to see in 2015.

Virtual Reality:

Virtual reality has been with us since the 90’s when Sega released Sega VR in the arcades (although it never made it to the consoles), but with the creation of devices such as the Oculus Rift, Virtual Reality has made a comeback.  Now that Virtual Reality has once again hit the mainstream, it has become a realistic goal for video game creators to make VR games.This has also led to a rise of devices like the Rift, or other devices which make you feel like you are really in the game.

Games Everywhere:

With the widespread release of wearable technology, primarily the rise of the smart watch, and with the further & further reach of smart phones, and the inevitable rise of the smart TVs, like AndroidTV, technology is everywhere.  Which means that in 2015 we will be able to play games everywhere. With the new challenges and opportunities presented, we can look forward to some new games which take advantage of these opportunities, and perhaps taking augmented reality along for the ride.

Indie Games:

A trend that will increase across 2015 is the large part of video games industry that Independent studios will play.  The mainstream studios are sticking to the tried & tested channels and games. However, with the wide availability of channels, open source software and variety of funding options have made game creation available for independent studios, and they are creating games that are creative, unique and very enjoyable.  We here at Fierce Fun are ourselves independent and are currently creating a variety of mobile app games with Big Bad Quiz for Android & iOs being our first title to launch in Q1 2015.

Social:

Social Media has taken up a large part of our lives over the past decade or so, and it’s reach will only increase in 2015.  However, game developers must capitalise on the this trend in order to maintain their success. Consumers are no longer private about their gaming, and want to publish across their various social channels. Sony and Microsoft have both made a leap toward this with the PS4 and Xbox ONE respectively. For companies to be successful in 2015, they not only have to post quality, relevant content on their social media channels regularly. This goes double for smaller creators, who don’t have the brand recognition, and must strive to make a name for themselves.

Respected Gamers:

Before the 2000’s, video gamers were seen as a subset of kids and immature men. This changed with the emergence of consoles and the creation of motion sensing technology, like the Wii. Recently, the number of gamers has grown exponentially, and has broken down all gender and age barriers. So in 2015, we will see gaming becoming a more socially respected hobby, as there will be more gamers across all platforms than non-gamers. Also, thanks to the jobs being created making games, and the growing professional gamer sector, the gamers of 2015 will be the most respected gamers yet.