Lets Play or Lets Pay?

If video killed the radio star, then IPhones killed the handheld gaming market. Since the release of Apple’s mobile IOS and it’s increase in popularity, playing games on your phone has exploded, good luck finding someone who hasn’t played Angry Birds or Candy Crush. So with the increase of mobile gaming, less and less people now want a handheld gaming system. Every Sony release has preformed sub-par, falling short of expectations. Nintendo’s DS systems are still around, but much less common or popular.  With IOS gaming being the new norm, many companies are trying to make a quick bug, as it’s much easier to release a game for Iphone or Android then it would be for a traditional handheld, like the PSP or DS. Free to play games are everywhere on the app store, adopting the Freemium model, which pushes micro transactions to an extreme

Keeping that in mind, I’ve been hesitant to play free games on the app store, but I was very very bored recently, and decided to take the plunge, downloading a fairly popular and successful game (I think it was an editor’s choice) called Dungeon Boss. In this game you unlock characters that you use to clear dungeons, increasing your overall player level and leveling up your characters in return. There’s a Player verses Player mode as well, in which you set a group of characters to defend your chest of gold, while trying to invade other players and steal theirs. Micro Transactions are advertised and featured prominently, such as the ability to buy gems used for unlocking more heroes with real money instead of earning them by clearing dungeons.

However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The game was well made, with well balanced levels and player verse player. Clearing dungeons was a lot of fun, and you got a sense of accomplishment from defeating the boss that was giving you a hard time. It never felt like you had to put in money to have a good time, being able to unlock power ups and characters just from playing. I would defiantly recommend getting the game to anyone who wanted a quick, fun time waster that’s hard to put down. I actually convinced my non gaming girlfriend to download it, and she’s been enjoying it greatly. Games like this provided real hope for IOS gaming and good implementation of micro-transactions.

Dungeon Boss
Addicting, Well Paced, Good Graphics


Minimal Punctuation

Everyone likes video games. Okay well, maybe not every one, but a lot of people like video games, and I am definitely one of them. More often then not if you ask what I’m up to the answer will just be Xbox. So as a fan of video games and  as it happens also comedy if I’ve got time to kill (or i’m procrastinating, which one is more likely you decide) sometimes I’ll watch the videos of this British born, Australia based critic who goes Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw. Now as a fair warning, his reviews tend to be very explicit but also very funny at the same time. Yhatzee is well known for his hyper-sarcastic style, poking major fun at flaws and glancing over positives, but there is still quality information to be found. So his most recent review was released just today,  the 28th of October, about the Harmonix hit game Rock Band. So for those of us who have some how managed to black out all of the mid to late 2000’s, Rock Band was on the wave of music simulator games that were all the rage at parties, with the big clunky plastic guitars and the wana be Keith Moon plastic drum sets. Harmonix, the publisher, decided to re release Rock Band for the new generation of counsels to very mixed results. As Yhatzee made a point of in his review, the solo campaign is quite painful if you don’t pay for additional content as all the same songs get reused over and over again.

I find it strange that in this day and age companies think they can get away with trying to gip customers like this. With critics being a major part in the PR cycle, consumers can easily do their research and be well protected from a crappy buy.

Musically Relatable

Top 10 Music Videos With Blatant Product Placments!

Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded by companies try to sell us their goods and services! That’s not always a bad thing, as it’s a visible bi product of healthy competition, something that is in our (the consumer’s)  favor. However, sometimes, product placements are just sooooo blatant and obnoxious that it does quite the opposite of what it’s trying to do. How many people have been annoyed by poor product placement? I know I have!

The music videos that follow are notorious for their mediocre use of advertisement and the over saturation of products in them. Try and count all the various product, along with how many times they appeared.


Let’s go!

10. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop

9. Lady Gaga – Telephone ft. Beyoncé

8. Pitbull – Timber ft. Ke$ha

7. Calvin Harris – Summer

6. Iggy Azalea – Fancy

5. Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart

4. Mike WiLL Made-It – 23

3. SchoolBoy Q – Studio

2. Black Eyed Peas – The Time

1. Avril Lavigne – What The Hell

I’ve found that some of the biggest violators of my human right to good taste are Beats Headphones, shoes, and various alcohols.  What were the ones that were the most obvious to you? Leave a comment and let me know!

Like The Movie, But Shorter And To The point

PR Breakfast Club

Recently, I read a terrific post on a PR blog relating Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame) to communications. Specifically it talked about how lessons in Communication you could learn from Dave and the Foo Fighter gang. I stumbled upon this article by pure accident when I was looking at top PR blogs and I’m so glad I did. First of, PR Breakfast Club is a fantastic blog and drew me in instantly. While it may not have the prettiest design and layout the quality of the articles more then make up for it. The intent of the blog seems to be light easy reading while still providing good information, and that is accomplished splendidly. A quick look at any of the other posts show the effort put into them, which grows my appreciation of the blog as a whole. Returning specifically to the post in question, the format is a very interesting one. It’s stylized as a list, with each point on that listing being an interesting fact or story about David or the Foo Fighter, then taking that fact and comparing it to the areas of communications it exemplified. It was all around a very well written post, and one that I would recommend to anyone. I’ve linked it at the bottom so you can go and check it out for yourself. I think overall my favorite thing from this post is how well it blends pop culture and Communications, bringing an interesting fresh spin on something that can get very stale very quickly. Thank you for reading, let me know what you think! Until next week!


Let’s get Acquainted

Hello! My name is Dennis Andreev and I’m a freshman at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, where I study strategic communications and theater. I was born in Moscow, Russia but I attended high school in Illinois. When I’m not in class, I’m usually doing something related to theater, hanging out with my friends or watching Netflix. Without further ado, enjoy the rest of my blog!