By MReed | September 11, 2013
Some people have problems distinguishing between a nerd and a geek. Far be it from me to specifically pick on anyone but there are reportedly distinct differences. Particularly if we’re talking computer geeks. In the following couple of paragraphs we will try to detail the differences for you so that in case you were looking for dress up ideas for the upcoming Halloween season, you will be able to tell people not only whether you are a geek or nerd but the difference between them.
Let’s Take A Look First At Our Computer Geek
Clearly, this person knows any and all things computer related from games to megabytes to the best mobile device on the market. Clearly they’re going to have to need to carry around some type of laptop, shoulder bag, tablet or what have you. When it comes to geeks, their social activity and interaction is a direct reflection of their interests. Though both may have problems communicating with real human beings, geeks are more prone to at least give it a shot. Chances are however that because of their inability to let go of a topic they may lose their audience quickly. Job wise it would not be uncommon to find a geek in a fun job such as animation, graphic art or writing. Though geeks may have more than one interest they tend to zone in on one in particular and all but overdose on it. Finally when it comes to attire geeks are more prone, sadly, to a lack of hygiene and can appear slovenly. They gravitate toward sneakers, jeans and a movie or graphic cartoon based T-shirt.
A Nerd Is A Nerd
Nerds concentrate on all things academic, not so much what people are playing on their computers or what’s fashionable or in style as far as cartoon graphics go. Since academia is mostly what they concentrate on they have little time for socialization and tend to be very poor at it. They live in their own little world of numbers. You’re more likely to find a nerd in a job such as Abacus builder, scientist or computer programmer. They will be enjoying themselves but in the minds of most people not having as much fun as the geeks at their jobs. Science and math probably take top priority when it comes to things of interest.
And finally once again, comes attire: those black framed prescription glasses you so often see on nerds are more out of cost efficiency than a fashion statement. Conservative is the key word when it comes to a nerd outfit. Dress shoes, button-down shirts, and non-denim slacks are probably a good bet.
Now you know the difference and the next time you’re at a party, whether you are in costume or not, you can explain the difference to all your friends.
By MReed | September 9, 2013
Everyone specializes at something in life. Even it they’re not aware of it, everyone has a natural talent. For people born in the eighties on, they often have an easier time with video games than others do. Gamers, as they’re often referred to, take to video games like ducks to water. Now, besides improved memorization and faster hand eye coordination, one issue that keeps coming up is are gamers just naturally better than most when it comes competing? Well, like most things, the answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no. As a gamer myself, I think I have a bit of insight into the matter. So, let’s get on with it.
Competitions Are Open To Everyone
Competition is a general term that has a lot of applications. If we’re talking about competitions or contests that involve gaming in some way, sure a gamer might have a leg up on you. But, if we’re using competition in terms of a non-interactive contest that you simply have to enter, then no- you’re pretty much on even ground. Splitting the difference, if we’re talking about a competition that involves calculations and/or guess work, than a gamer may have a slight advantage over you, but that’s not guaranteed. It’s not that they’re superior than you, but just like a dancer can no doubt move better than you on the dance floor, it’s simply a matter of gamers having more practice than you.
From the US to the UK, competitions are usually inclusive. You still have a fair shot when it comes to non-interactive contests and competitions, and that’s because they’re designed to be fair and open to everyone. That’s the best thing about them- it doesn’t matter what your talent or expertise is; you have just as much of a shot as the person entering next to you. The barrier to entry is non-existent because everyone deserves a fair shot of winning. So, what’s stopping you? The playing field’s even like Steven; get out there and enter any and every contest, competition, and event you have access to that has something to win you have interest in.
Just Enjoy Yourself; Don’t Focus On Winning Or Losing
Being a gamer definitely has it’s positives, that’s for sure. Your reaction time is usually quicker, you can focus easier, and your problem solving skills are honed and focused to a razor-sharp edge the longer you play. Gamers are also more analytical and observant than most. These are all great skills to have when the skills need to be put to use, but when it comes to events that are open to all, and require only entering, they don’t factor in in any way what so ever. When it comes to such contests, gamers have just as good a shot at winning as you do.
By MReed | July 28, 2013
One of the wonderful things about living in the Digital Age is that we can stay connected with our family and friends at all times and we can always let them know what is going on with our lives. Video game developers have used this model to help with the sales of their newest releases and to generate buzz about those releases months before the release date. This model has worked well for these developers and the profits that they enjoy throughout the year can be attributed to the wonderful relationship between gaming and social media.
For people who understand the purpose of social media in marketing, the connection between gaming and social media is a no brainer. The bottom line is that if gamers keep up with their favorite game’s social media page, or even the developer’s page, they will get tidbits of information and screenshots during the entire development process of the game. If these tidbits are exciting enough for gamers, they will share the information with their friends who, if they also become interested, will share the information with their friends, and so on. If you think about it, that is brilliant marketing! Basically, the developer just got the word about their newest game out for free, simply due to the excitement of gamers.
Not only does social media get gamers pumped for the newest releases, it also allows gamers to share their progress during certain games. If certain achievements are unlocked or certain levels conquered, some developers have added in options to share the achievement with your friends by posting it to your social media page. While not all of a gamer’s friends will necessarily care about this achievement, those that are real gamers will immediately compare their achievements with each other, and if they are behind, they will do what they can to catch up. After all, when you are a gamer, it’s all about winning.
Social media and gaming have worked well together ever since the social media boom and will continue to work hand in hand. Game developers are no fools and with the continued marriage of developer/social media they can expect to continue making plenty of profits while keeping their advertising budget low. Eventually, once we finally get rid of those pesky physical game discs, those savings will even be passed onto the gamers that have made them so rich.
By MReed | July 12, 2013
Why is it that everything that either tastes really good or is really fun is probably bad for you in some way, shape or form? Take for instance online gambling. Actually gambling of any kind, but online gambling seems to be even more addictive, because you don’t even have to leave the house to do it. Truth be told you could sit and do it in your nightgown or less if you so chose.
You Know You Might Have A Gambling Problem If…
As fun as online gaming can be it can also be pricey if you’re not careful. Even the most careful gamblers can run in trouble once in awhile thanks to a string of bad luck. Then again many gamblers believe that the words ‘careful’ and ‘gamblers’ don’t even belong in the same sentence. So, we’ll just go ahead and say even the best gamblers run into trouble once in awhile.
If that happens you may want to consider a couple of things. First of all you’re going to need money and if you don’t have the best of credit you could find yourself dealing with an online company that deals in loans for bad credit people.
Something Else To Think About
The other thing you may want to consider is calling gamblers anonymous. When you have to start borrowing money in order to pay your gambling debts it could well be time to take a step back and look at things from a different standpoint. Online gaming is no more or less risky than the real-life casinos, betting on horses, the race dogs or what have you. Fun is fun – and playing casino games online can be a lot of fun. If you’re not careful however it can become as big of an addiction and drinking too much, spending too much, shopping online, eating too much and all the other vices that were once enjoyable.
There is nothing wrong with playing a few games online and having some fun. There’s not even anything wrong with doing a little like gambling, as long as you can afford it. There comes a problem however, when you have to start taking out loans in order to pay for gambling debts. Try setting up a gambling budget if you think it might help and when that budget has dissipated you’re done gambling until the next budget allowance comes around.
By MReed | June 2, 2013
Oh, there’s a new game out? Well guess how everyone is going to find out about it? Through social media. Even though social media has knocked gaming off of its throne as the most accessed thing ever on computers and mobile devices – particularly mobile devices – gaming still receives any number of posts and assistance from social networking. And the truly intelligent makers of today’s online games know exactly how to use social media to their advantage . Get everyone talking, albeit texting, instant messaging, Facebooking, Youtubing… It’s all social networking. And they’re doing it about the newest and coolest, latest and greatest Internet games.
Remember those Lines Outside The Electronics Stores?
Time was, you needed some type of information, be it a floppy disk, CD or otherwise, in order to load a game on your computer. The announcement would be made that at midnight on a certain date these games would go on sale for the first time ever. People lined up outside of any store having to do with electronics and games just to be one of the first to get their hands on the latest newcomer to the gaming world. Of course television and magazines played their part in alerting the community to this new arrival but online communicating, as early as the first email, played a huge part in spreading the word. Nowadays of course people simply have to camp out in front of their laptop or iPhone and wait for the app to appear in their app store so that they can download it. Many games these days are amazingly inexpensive or even completely free of charge.
Did You Hear about the Latest Game?
If it wasn’t for texting, instant messaging, emailing, Skype-ing, Facebooking and more people would seldom communicate anymore. Gone are the days of the handwritten letter and the days of the telephone conversation are mirroring their extinction as well. So much of an impact has the Internet had on communication that the United States Postal Service, formerly relied on as the most trusted way of sending anything, has been renamed ‘snail mail’ due to its lack of speed when compared to Internet communication.
Even if you are in denial and refuse to participate in sites like Facebook and other up and coming social networking sites, you simply cannot deny the fact that social networking is of the utmost importance to our society as a whole – as it exists today and as it will exist in the future.
By MReed | June 1, 2013
When it comes to online gaming the future is in “the cloud.” Home gaming consoles have for many years now, lagged in offering online games for purchase. For some reason, few console developers seem as anxious to go digital with their gaming wares. It seems like an obvious business decision, as much as people embraced digitizing their music collections why wouldn’t they want to do the same with their gaming?
Well, the new PS4 is making some moves towards streaming games from the cloud. Sony recently announced that all of their older games from the PS1, 2 and 3 will be available for playing via the cloud on the new PS4. The new system also allows demos of new games to be streamed from the cloud for gameplay. The most exciting feature is the ability to watch a friend’s game via streaming and even take over control if the give it to you. This makes gaming more like social networking.
Microsoft recently unveiled their new XBOX at their Redmond, Washington headquarters. A voice-controlled system, with the ability to run three separate operating systems, the XBOX One is more computer and less gaming machine. The first partition is just for booting up the machine, a second partition is used to provide access to sites like Netflix and Skype, while the third partition is used for gaming. This makes it possible to do two things at once, for example watch live television and chat on Skype.
But, so far Microsoft seems to be using the cloud to secure their games rather than focus on customer centric solutions that make gameplay more social. When you purchase a game you will have to upload it to your console, you will also need to enter a code, which is stored on your online profile, on first use in order to play the game. This is all in an effort to curb piracy but there are some inherent issues. What if you want to take your game to a friend’s house to play? You really can’t, unless you log on to their system with your profile, because the code is only good one time. Therefore, even though you do not need to be online to play the game you do need to be online to get access to play it. In this way, all of your games are tied to your profile.
You need the combination of your profile, which is stored online, in the cloud, and the physical game in order to play, and that is how Microsoft is apparently defining “Cloud Gaming”. It also makes it difficult to figure out how you can sell used games. Some see this as a way to stop that practice altogether. Microsoft makes no profits from used game sales. Cloud gaming is a promising new horizon; machines are now fast enough to handle the processor speed required for online play. Hopefully, new and innovative ways to use the Cloud when it comes to gaming are not far behind.
By MReed | May 3, 2013
If you are an online gamer, you know just how many online games are out there, all of them claiming to be the best gaming experience that you have ever had. While some of them may live up to the promise, the fact is that you are likely to try the others simply because of the marketing strategy that they manufacturer used to promote the game. If you are playing the game, the strategy obviously worked. If you are an online video game developer looking to make your place in cyberspace, it is going to take the proper marketing to get you to the level you want to be at.
A Game for Everyone
For many years, video games were considered to be something for young boys to play. While there were plenty of video arcades where anyone could play, and plenty of games in bars for those that felt the urge after a few drinks, the main demographic through even the mid-1990s was young males. In today’s society, however, video games are targeted to everyone, whether you are a man, woman, child, there are games created specifically for you. There are games for every age group, with some video game consoles even being sold specifically for toddlers and preschoolers. Video game developers have done their best to reach as wide an audience as possible and have succeeded. Whether you are playing for fun, for exercise, or even just to learn some new things, video game developers have you covered.
Make Your Game Known
Since there are so many games, it is tough for a new developer to make their place in the market unless the game that they offer is substantially unique or, at least, less expensive than a similar competitor. While it may be possible to work out business to business lead generation with a bigger, more well-known video game developer, for the most part you should assume that you are on your own. This means that it will be up to you to get the word out and spread it as far as possible. You can use any number of advertising and marketing techniques, but many have found that the most useful platform when advertising your product is social media. Through social media sites you can get your game out to the world at a minimal expense.
If you have created an online gaming experience, you have only hit the first step in making your video game a household name. You could have the best game in the world, but it won’t matter if no one knows about it. By advertising and advertising well, you can solidify your place in the history of online video gaming.
By MReed | April 24, 2013
If you have ever looked for Kentucky Derby information on the internet, you know just how much information there is from which to choose! Just because a website came up on top of your internet search, it doesn’t mean that you have to commit to using that site. As a matter of fact, it is possible that the site isn’t even necessarily the most visited, and the fact that it reached the top of your search could simply be a marketing tool used to draw new visitors to a website. If you are looking for the best site for you, make sure you know what you are looking for in a site, before beginning your search.
Which Features are Important to You?
When it comes to the Derby, there is plenty of information out there that you can use to place an intelligent wager. Are you looking for Kentucky Derby live odds? Maybe you are interested in reviewing a list of Kentucky Derby contenders. Perhaps you want the site you use to provide live racing. Whatever it is that you are looking for, make sure that you are looking for the right features, before even clicking on that first link.
Search engines today have become very advanced. Most know exactly what you are looking for before you even finish typing your query. Since these searches have become so exact, it is important to put as much information as possible into your search, so that it brings back an appropriate response. If you are looking for information on a certain type of breed of dog, for instance, you may not have much luck simply typing “dog” into a search engine. Rather, you would want to specify the breed. The same applies when looking for the best website, for your Derby racing information. The more information you enter, the better your chances are at finding exactly what you need.
If you are looking to place a wager or two on the Kentucky Derby, you will definitely want to be as informed as possible. Using the internet to find the information you are looking for is definitely a great way to go and can be absolutely beneficial to your wagering profits. However, in the end, a computer is still only a computer, and if you don’t know what you are looking for, how can your search engine be expected to know?
By MReed | April 2, 2013
Let me get this straight… You want me to actually attempt to enjoy playing with free poker money? Oh no, I couldn’t possibly.
Seriously? Free Money With Which to Play Poker?
Yes, serious as a heart attack. Or a gambling problem, which hopefully you won’t develop, with all the fun that you’ll be having online gambling. Pick your favorite kind of poker and you will have a blast. Five card stud anyone? Jacks are wild? How about a rousing game of Texas Hold ‘em? Oh… I see you chomping at the bit. You don’t care what kind of gambling you’re doing you just want to know how to get your hands on that free money, with which to do it. Well first of all you’re going to have to research some online gambling sites. You want to research them, because you don’t want to start getting serious about gambling with real money, if the site itself is not secure with a good reputation. Word-of-mouth is a great way to find a reputable, dependable site. People who have had a bad experience with online gambling are never likely to recommend that site to someone else.
How Much Money Are We Talking about Here?
If you’re not willing to make a deposit, you can still get free money with which to play a few hands of online poker. The free money you receive, however will be significantly lower than the free money that you would receive with a deposit. That only makes sense, after all. So with no deposit $20 is a pretty good start, as far as free money goes, but there is also a $10 free money package on some websites. Once that deposit is offered up however, the free money can literally jump into the hundreds of dollars. Consider the $10-$20 free money offer a free trial of sorts. You get a little taste of it just to see if you a) are any good at it and b) truly enjoy it.
There’s more than just gambling going on here however. This is yet another realm or aspect of social networking. Rather than sitting in a chat room, while doing nothing but typing messages back and forth, you get together with players with similar likes and dislikes and engage in a little friendly competition.
By MReed | March 31, 2013
Are you up on all of the Preakness horses, trainers, jockeys, owners and odds for this year’s running of the Preakness? Have you even looked at the 2013 Preakness Stakes horse list? And, is it smarter to bet on the odds, on the horse, on the owner, the jockey or close your eyes and bring a pencil down on the list in front of you? Crazy superstitions have led to some crazy winning results. Don’t be discouraged, when the guy that flipped a coin wins a long shot and you lose having bet on the sure thing. Don’t be surprised either. Some people just have dumb luck. Doesn’t make the money they won any dumber though now does it or it?
Define the Type of Competition You’re Trying to Win
You need to decide ahead of time, what the competition is going to consist of, such as one or more of the following:
- Who will actually pick the winning horse?
- Whose horse will come in second or third? Will you be making bets on Preaksness Stakes contenders to place or show?
- Should no one pick the winning horse, will the next horse in line that is chosen be the winner?
- Who will win the most money? (which has everything to do with the odds)
Where on Earth Do They Pull Those Crazy Odds Out Of Anyways?
This is the job of the illustrious oddsmakers. And, it’s not that they have some miracle mathematical equation floating around in their head. Software and computers are responsible for making many of the determinations, when it comes to odds on horse races. It doesn’t have as much to do with who the oddsmakers think will win the race, as you might think. Moreover it depends on how much the oddsmakers think other people will bet on these horses. If nobody is going to bet on a certain horse, that will be the long shot. If everybody thinks that one particular horse is going to win the odds on that horse aren’t going to pay much, even if you drop a large bet on that horse. It’s no big surprise, when they win.
So, it’s no big purse either.
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