The Olympic Gamers and E-sports

The Olympic Gamers

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The Olympics games for gamers is near at hand my friends. Not a separate Olympic Games but the actual one. Remember you heard it first here at FierceFun.Com. While Game developers like us at Fierce Fun have tried to emulate the excitement of live sports with our ground breaking animations and technology, check out our Rugby Rampage game, by the way. We never thought that the games themselves could become a sporting competition. But then when one thinks of it. Why not? Many seemingly strange pursuits have become Olympics sports over the years of its existence. I was surprised to see the following being regarded as feats of herculean effort.

Walking, I mean come on almost everyone, fortunate enough to have full use of their legs can walk, how is that a sport? Trampoline jumping, that’s just fun, so very dubious in my eyes. Synchronised swimming, hard yes, but a sport? I don’t think so. Roller Hockey, like ice hockey, but on wheels. Sounds a bit contrived. Live Pigeon Shooting, now that’s just wrong, at least us gamers only shoot at pixels. And what about this extended list which I will try not to pick apart as their combined silliness speaks for itself, Obstacle swimming, Tug of War, Le Canne (cane fencing), Club swinging, and Beach Volleyball. Oh sorry my mistake Beach Volleyball is actually very acceptable in my eyes.

Ok so anything can potentially become an Olympic sport with the right amount of money and pressure, I imagine. So next thing we need to do is explore the concept of the Gamer as an Athlete. Athletes are normally ultra-healthy. They need perseverance, fitness, stamina, single mindedness and determination. In fact athletes seem to be the complete opposite of gamers. Are not gamers anaemic, obese, house bound nerds that cannot even get up to make food, hence the need for copious amounts of take outs, which compounds the problem with regard to fitness. Well not necessarily. Gamers come in all shapes and sizes these days. The demographic has changed. “People of all ages play video games. There is no longer a ‘stereotype game player,’ but instead a game player could be your grandparent, your boss, or even your professor.” —Jason Allaire, Ph.D., Psychology, North Carolina State University and co-director of the Gains through Gaming Lab. In fact research has shown there is nearly an equal split in gender terms with today’s gamers. Yes guys the fairer sex likes gaming just like you do.

Okay, after discounting the stereotype view of gamers, let us look at the facts – Gamers do possess stamina as anyone who has done a 24 hour marathon session of gaming would know. In my case it was, GTA followed by HALO 4 then a few hours of Assassin's Creed. Gamers are dedicated for the same reason as athletes. They have determination to win at all odds, they are definitely single minded and with regard to fitness they may possess a unique dexterity and hand to eye coordination that is unique to their game playing. In other words they are very fit for performing in the gamer’s world or fit for purpose.

E-sports – As far back as 2015 E-sport has been sowing the seeds for its inclusion at some level in the Olympics games of the future. Initially a South Korean idea, this was an initiative brought about by their highly evolved E-sports network, the South Korean International e-Sports Federation (IeSF). But the critical event that points to E-sports becoming more mainstream is that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has agreed to look at the idea of competitive e gaming as a sporting activity. This is monumental, we all know how EA and other developers use the world of sports as a template for their games, but now the games themselves will be the sport.

So this is the playing field at the moment, excuse the pun, there is some interest by some reputable sporting bodies in providing a competitive sporting platform for E-sports. But the IOC , International Olympic Committee, are still some way away from allowing us gamers into those hallowed halls of Olympic respectability. But favourably, the gaming community has shown, they can host massive events and run them in a fair and professional manner such as the World Cyber Games (WCG) an international E-sport event in South Korea which attracted pro gamers from across the planet. Soon pro gamers will become the new elite sports men and women of this E-sports world. And just as pro athletes inspire amateurs in their chosen field. Pro gamers, will inspire ordinary gamers to go pro.

BOOT CAMP FOR THE BRAIN

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‘It’s a boot camp for the brain, well that’s the way I like to look at it’ said my good friend Donal as we both played the pre-release version of the Big Bad Quiz. He is right about that if you like questions about trivia and a good cerebral work out take up the challenge and register now for the free apps trivia download or sign up on our facebook page Big Bad Quiz.

As part of the Fierce Fun family of games this free trivia app promises to raise the bar of mobile trivia games worldwide. Big Bad Quiz gives you questions and answers, so whether you have been a fan of quizzes such trivial pursuit,  jeopardy, mastermind or an egg head or even a university challenger there are questions here to test your knowledge and to suit all tastes. The random selection of  competitive trivia questions is a challenge to test all ranks of quiz masters and remember this is a free apps trivia game.        

So what are the defining and differentiating characteristics of this fascinating new trivia quiz game?  It is not just The Bag Man with his razor sharp repartee. Other trivia games may have that. It is not the fact that he will guide you and encourage you if you deserve it. Or that if you don’t deserve it he will cut you down to size. It is not even the quiz itself extending over a fuller range of topics than most others including celebs trivia, sports trivia,  history trivia, movie trivia  places trivia, tech trivia, to name a few.

The main differentiating characteristic of this trivia game is – None of the above, this game is different because of the heightened level of competition, it revels in it. Or should I say The Bag Man revels in it. He has thrown down the gauntlet to quiz masters around the globe. Are you clued in or clued out?  Find out! Vindicate yourself, we insist upon it.

Take on the Bag Man and stand out as a quiz master with no fear. But do not unduly fear the Bag Man, it is true, he does not suffer fools lightly, but he has his heart in the right place. You will live to fight another day, with more questions for you to answer, more risks to take and more trivia quiz magic to enjoy. See how high can you go? Can you hit the high score table, will you be a global ranked numero uno? Can you handle the boot camp for the brain?

Try and see, believe it or not it is actually free.

http://apps.facebook.com/bigbadquizgame/

Games Development & Production – Process and Documentation

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To help game development students and other devs, we have provided some of the games development documentation, templates and processes we used when making Java mobile games. Most of the documentation is general and could be applied to any project. Though some are a number of years old, the same game design principles should apply.

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Hope some of them provide useful – if so, please share them.

Fierce Fun’ers

 

Hashtag Love

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Hashtag Love

The obsession is growing and shows no signs of abating whether it be for promotion of a business, a life hack, creating a global conversation or attempts to break the internet (don’t hashtag that by the way), the humble and previously unloved hash symbol, now called hashtag is here to stay… (for the present, anyway). After looking at the hash symbol for years on my keyboard and never having occasion to use it, I was amazed when it was reworked as the metadata tag of choice in the late noughties initially and primarily for Twitter, but now also used by Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.

We at Fierce Fun

We at #FierceFun like all game developers are reliant on them increasingly for marketing, and the phrase “where would we be be without them” springs to mind. Our new game #Big Bad Quiz will use a lot of pertinent hashtags to our enterprise, such as #MobileTrivia #BagMan to name a few. Our hashtags are intended to identify chat and interaction on the social media channels which may be pertinent to our business here at Fierce Fun. The hashtag allows us target the right people more accurately than previously on microblogging sites and so get our product out there. The Fierce Fun marketing content would ideally reach those interested in free online apps, quizzes, trivia games, trivia questions, for their smartphones. We would hope to reach them as seamlessly and easily as possible using the trusty hashtag.

Do no harm (to yourself)

Of course with the popularity of the hash tag comes responsibility, there are many ways to mess up the message, as millions of people everyday create new hashtags any one of which could be in some tenuous way relate to you or your product, service or cause. Hashtags cannot be copyrighted they are in the public domain and anything can happen. In business the more generic hashtags cannot really reflect or affect a brand’s identity. When a brand establishes a hashtag for itself, they may be using a campaign competition or promotion, but this can easily come back and bite them in the backside as it may be used as a vehicle for disgruntled employees or customers in the Twittersphere. Despite your best intentions many businesses do not anticipate the negative spin that could be put on a promoted hashtag.

A Little Misunderstanding

There is a great example of an international hashtag misunderstanding, which I credit to an article entitled  Hastagology 101, by Jonathon Crossfield of Content Marketing Institute, but in fact it went viral at the time. It refers to the death of ex United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. A hashtag soon rang out with the announcement #nowthatchersdead. Across North America this hashtag was taken to mean Now that Chers dead. Same language different meaning. This is happening all the time and regional appropriations of terms, names or perceived celebrities is going to increase with the increased use of the hashtag. In the bible of the English language, (as perceived by those of us living close the source),  the Oxford English Dictionary, they give this following definition –  Hashtag – A word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media sites such as Twitter to identify messages on a specific topic. But what about certain hashtag with acronyms which can be easily misunderstood or misinterpreted. One popular one is #FTW which is often taken to mean F*** the world, but in fact, I am led to believe, actually means For The Win taken from the US game show Hollywood Squares which would translate as a huuh haah moment as you throw your fist in the air triumphantly.  

And now the List – Top Ten Hashtags 2015

Of course the list depends on your favourite hashtags and it is a matter of taste and choice. But remember it is always hard not to look what’s trending as it blinks at you from the left hand corner of your screen. Because everyone loves a list, here are my top ten hashtags 2015 – I have collated these myself and they are an amalgamate of  top ten lists, and from a limited amount of research. The top ten lists vary greatly from Twitter to Instagram and to other channels. But I think the hashtags below are worth a mention, in no particular order they are regularly listed among all channels top ten – #Selfie #friends #Family #style #FridayFeeling #Food #Quiz #100HappyDays #LoveWins #FromWhereIStand

Brief Summary

Briefly to sum it all up, the hash tag is a tool like any other it can be used for good or for bad. It has many great business capabilities especially in the  marketing area and used wisely can provide, not only contact with those whom you want to reach, but also can provide precious feedback, which can be invaluable as we plan future campaigns. In #Fierce Fun we employ our hashtags when appropriate, for example when promoting our new games like #BigBadQuiz and we find it a very useful for our marketing efforts. This once lonely button on my keyboard is now starting to wear away from overuse. What a plaudit for the little character or symbol that is following in the footsteps of its bigger brother the @ symbol.

Press Release: Big Bad Quiz live on Google Play and the App Store

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For Immediate Release

Trivia just got a whole lot tougher!
It's the Big Bad Quiz hosted by the one and only Bag Man

Dublin, Ireland - 14 October 2015: Irish mobile app developer Fierce Fun have today released their trivia quiz game Big Bad Quiz on Apple and Android platforms. Big Bad Quiz is a fast, fun and furious trivia game, hosted by the quirky quiz show host The Bag Man. Bringing personality and humour to the trivia genre, the game features over 150 levels of relentless tough trivia questions.

The Bag Man challenges all trivia players to test their brain power in the Big Bad Quiz

Game Description
Big Bad Quiz is designed for TV quiz show fans. It’s a fast, fun and furious trivia game hosted by the one and only Bag Man. He is one crazy quiz master who has scoured the universe for the toughest questions ever. With topics covering sports; music; movies; history; celebs; and more - the full game features more than 150+ levels of ultra fast non-stop rounds.

With only seconds to answer each question, a brisk brain and fast fingers are needed. No waiting, no connections, no selections - players just start the game and start answering straight away. The free version contains a limited question set. For the full set of trivia questions, players have a number of in-app-purchase choices.

Full Game features:
- Fast, fun & furious trivia
- 1000’s of great questions
- More than 150 levels
- Immediate play, no selections, no connections
- Online High Score table
- 5 types of bonus points
- Correct answers provided
- B-Factor showing your personal speed & accuracy
- Online connection not needed
- Hall of Fame
- Extra lives by sharing
- Report a question or answer
- Funky soundtrack and effects

Game Details
Publisher: Fierce Fun
Platforms: IOS/Android
Genre: Quiz, Trivia
Apple App Store Page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/big-bad-quiz/id1003825133?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play Page
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.bigbadquiz

Press Kit URL:
https://fiercefun.com/big-bad-quiz-press-kit/

Fierce Fun
Fierce Fun is a mobile game development company based in Dublin, Ireland. It specialises in viral and cross promotional game systems. In addition to original IP products, the company also provides custom game and app development services. The company is a registered Google Play and Apple App Store Developer.

 

Top 10 countries for Trivia

So where are the world’s trivia fans located?  Here are the top 10 nations for trivia players.

1. United States
2. Germany
3.  Russia
4. France
5. United Kingdom
6. Spain
7. Brazil
8. Italy
9. Argentina
10. Mexico

According to Google Play 2015

Game Production Coordinator – WE Part Time

The Coordinator works with a game’s production staff to ensure the timely delivery of the highest quality product possible. They are the key link between the digital marketing and production team.

– Ensure the production directory structure is followed for all projects
– Ensure key game design documents are updated each week
– Ensure QA and publishing checklist are completed for all projects
– Track and coordinate production  tasks
– Compile and send out regular reports on game production projects
– Work with the Project Manager to identify and allocate resources
– Keep the digital marketing team updated on new game assets and features
– Attend and take notes in any team production meetings

Ideal Qualifications:
Strong interest in games design and mobile app production
Good work ethic and an ability to learn quickly
3rd level qualification (business, games or marketing)
Highly organised and efficient with an excellent attention to detail
Good interpersonal and team communication skills

Terms:
Duration          3 months, part time
Days                  3/4 days per week (10 to 4)
Location          Docklands Innovation Park, East Wall, Dublin 3

Note: this is a work experience position – training will be provided. Contact us via the About Us form.

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!

 

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