Social Gaming Gets Bigger in Australia

In the world of the internet, digital devices have created a social gaming atmosphere. That means that people who don’t even know each other can connect, compete, and collaborate with each other across the world. All it takes is an internet connection. And Australian gaming company Aristocrat seems to have caught on to this trend.

Based out of Seattle, a company named Big Fish (which makes the game of the same name) was picked up by Aristocrat. The CEO excitedly mentioned the additional revenue and customer information potential.

“When you purchase a company like this, you’re getting the customer list just as much as you are the proven cash flows.” He said.

Time will tell, but it seems like the gaming giant is going to move more into social gaming as time goes on. Big Fish was a big catch, but it seems like there might be bigger fish to fry in the future.

Long gone are the days when companies stuck to their lane. Today, they constantly shift their focus and create new value to keep up with the digital realities we are all living in. When social gaming started becoming big, companies like Aristocrat noticed. From their humble start manufacturing equipment for gaming, they now have a whole new way to inject revenue. This is good for the gamer, because more opportunities and competition mean more innovation and better pricing for the consumer.


Blizzard Entertainment Announces Starcraft II With A Few Catches

The gaming industry is changing how it distributes games and even free versions are starting to become available and not as just demos. That’s among the developments happening with the new Starcraft II from Blizzard Entertainment. This game is adding more levels of action and suspense to what was there on its first Starcraft release, and after adding a free version for that edition, Blizzard decided to do the same with number two.

Starcraft has risen up among Blizzard’s other games as one of the most popular strategy games across the social networks, and with this edition there are basically three expansions that you can get. The free version is the human one, and then Zerg and Protoss can be bought either as their own editions, or Blizzard is rolling out those two packaged in with another bonus in Terran that can all be purchased together at a discounted price.

The thrill of the game of course is unlocking a lot more levels as well as more commander modes and maps. You can get those modes if you buy the bonus pack, or you can also get them if you register online and get certain wins within basic play. The general idea of all these moves is to help the game gain the attention of newcomers who want to know about everything their Starcraft pro friends are talking about. Best of all, it can be done without having to break the bank buying the whole edition only to find you don’t believe it lives up to its billing.


New Gaming App Will Help Fight HIV Epidemic

A Filipino scientist has developed a gaming app that will help fight the HIV epidemic. The name of the app is the Battle in the Blood. It is a puzzle and combat game. Emmanuel Baja is a research associate of Clinical Epidemiology National Institute of Health of the University of the Phillippines-Mania. He stated that the aim of the game is to get rid of the stigma associated with HIV. He also wants to encourage more people to get tested.

Baja stated that one of the reasons that HIV is an epidemic in the Phillipines is because people refuse to get tested. People do not want to go to the clinic because they are afraid of the possible results. Baja wants people to know that HIV does not have to be a death sentence. There are a number of medications that can be used in order to treat it. People who take their medications are often able to live long, healthy life. HIV can be managed just like any other chronic disease.

Baja came up with the idea for the game. He collaborated with UP Manila from the Phillippines and the United Kingdom team from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Baja stated that people will have to beat 90 levels in order to beat the game. People can customize their character and make it male, female or transgender.


StarCraft II to Become F2P November 14th

During the annual BlizzCon event, megalithic game company Blizzard announced that it would be transforming “StarCraft II” into a free-to-play experience. The change in payment model will take effect on November 14th and include “Wings of Liberty,” the single-player story mode of the game.

Beyond receiving all of the single-player content for free, players will also gain access to every co-op commander of levels one through five. Blizzard will also allow for the series’ signature online ranked multiplayer engagements to be acquired for free and for each of the game’s three factional releases: Protoss, Terrans and Zerg-provided those players achieve 10 “First Wins of the Day” in matches that are either unranked or played against a computer AI. When pushed for their reasoning, Blizzard commented that it wanted to preserve the quality and integrity of ranked play. For those players who already have access to Wings of Liberty, Blizzard will give them a voucher to purchase “Heart of the Swarm,” the Zerg campaign, free of charge.

While the news of free access to StarCraft is appealing to many, this decision is not the first time Blizzard has freely released its most well-known Real Time Strategy title: April 2017 saw the company freely offering StarCraft 1.

StarCraft II is an RTS title that pits humans, machine-like Protoss and the disgusting insectile Zerg race in a battle for resources used to produce increasingly impressive military units. The game is sometimes referred to as South Korea’s second national sport, after Tae Kwon Do.


Casinos Look To Video Games To Attract Millennials

Millennials are simply not going to casinos nearly as much as other generations. They don’t find them as interesting or appealing as some other people did. They don’t like the fact that luck plays such a big role in what type of night you are going to have at the establishment. While poker and certain other skill games are seen as fun by millennials, they do not much care for slots.

 

The New York Times says that the casinos are trying to work on ways to attract millennials back to the casino. They want to work on a social gaming experience that would appeal to these younger generations.

 

Young people like to play video games and obviously like to be social with one another. The combination of these two things may be the only way in which millennials will be attracted back into the building.

 

Social gaming still has to be profitable for the casinos, so they need to add skill aspects to the game while at the same time maintaining the luck factor that keeps them profitable for the casino.

 

It is going to be an interesting balance for the casinos to try to pull off. They have to be careful not to alienate the customers that they already have. It is something that has been developing for a while now, but it is really starting to heat up now. The casinos are in intense competition with one another and none of them want to lose out in this particular war.

 


Scientific Studies Suggest that We Should All Play Video Games

For years, most people thought that playing video games was bad. But lately, people have changed their minds with regards to how they view video games. There is a wealth of studies demonstrating the more positive effects of playing video games.

 

In this post, we are going to shade some light on the benefits of social gaming.

 

  1. Video games help you learn

 

Research now shows that playing video games (at least 10 minutes daily) can actually improve our learning abilities. One of the most recent studies on the same was carried out by Dezhong Yao and a team of researchers. The study involved performing MRI scans on two groups of people (30 amateur gamers and 27 expert gamers).

 

When scanning the 30 amateur gamers, Yao and his team focused on networks within the insular cortex – the section of our brain that includes cognitive functioning, including perception and motor control. They discovered that the 27 expert gamers had better functional connectivity in their brain hemispheres compared to the 30 amateur gamers.

 

The study also revealed that expert gamers had more gray matter (a component associated with how fast our brains can process information) in their brains.

 

  1. A mental boost

 

According to studies, playing video games can improve certain skills. Such skills include perception, multitasking, and learning. This means that if you play the game that you like most, you might be boosting your mental abilities as you also have fun.

 

  1. Video games can improve math skills

 

A recent study performed by Stanford University revealed that children who played video games (for about 10 minutes daily) saw a significant improvement in their math skills. The researchers clarified that all games cannot improve math skills unless they are math games.

 

As you can see, we can benefit substantially from playing video games. These are just a portion of the video game benefits, read more about the benefits online.