‘FIFA 14’ Mobile Scores Big

Electronic Arts is rather pleased with the success of its latest FIFA soccer game for iOS and Android, FIFA 14. BY any comparison, it’s garnered more than enough downloads to consider it a phenomenon.

According to the publisher, the game has been downloaded over 26 million times worldwide, which is nearly double how many downloads FIFA 13 got the year before at 14.5 million. Considering last year’s game wasn’t free, however, this year’s edition may not produce the same revenue. Then again, expanding the user base leads to the opportunity to monetize a much larger audience, and so far the game is scoring well on the Top Grossing charts.

Regardless, FIFA 14‘s success speaks volumes, as it managed to top the free iOS charts across 148 countries, and land in the Top Ten Grossing charts for 155 countries. That’s a goal clearly any soccer team can be proud of.

Source: MCV UK

Prefundia Helps Kickstarters

Kickstarter has been immensely popular, but the success of any given Kickstarter project isn’t a sure thing. The new site Prefundia site, recently launched out of beta, provides a new platform for would-be Kickstarters to test their campaigns. In effect, Prefundia is an on-ramp for Kickstarter where ideas can be tested in front of a crowd and build momentum in advance of the actual Kickstarter campaign.

Launching through Boomstartup over the summer, the site had been operating in beta over the last three months, with 195 projects put through the service since June. Out of those, 71 percent have met with success on a subsequent Kickstarter campaign, which is a substantial improvement over the average success rate of 44 percent for crowdfunding campaigns.

The site is very user-friendly, offering hosting space for photos, videos and texts, and easy sign-up for would-be donors to take part.

“People certainly do use the platform to test viability of projects,” says Prefundia co-founder Daniel Falabella. “Here’s one we know is using it for that purpose. In fact, we’re developing a component for the creator dashboard which will compare a project’s stats to all others on Prefundia in order to benchmark and give a clearer indication of demand.”

Anyone looking to launch a Kickstarter may want to look at Prefundia as way to boost the success rate, or find out early on if the Kickstarter idea just isn’t a popular one. The Zip Tie pictured is one of the Prefundia campaigns looking to see if enough people will find it attractive. What do you think

Source: TechCrunch

Graphic Designers Strike Back

A graphic designer’s life often requires listening to some amazingly dumb criticisms, comments and requests, and yet maintaining a professional decorum. Fed up, Irish graphic designers Paddy Treacy and Mark Shanley turned some of the critiques into posters. These were displayed at a gallery and prints were sold, netting thousands of euros for charity.

Think about these before you comment on a graphic design the next time — you could be immortalized in a fashion not to your liking.

Ultimately, though, all of those critiques had a positive outcome. Enjoy some of the posters below, and check out the rest of them at sharpsuits.net.

 

‘ZombiU’ Movie Has Brainsss

Ron Dee need a basic human necessity (toilet paper) and needs to go to the convenience store; sadly, the zombie apocalypse has happened and really complicated that simple task. Check out the fan film of his journey — nicely put together for something that only cost a few hundred dollars to produce.

Who’s Stalking Who?

Facebook seems to function these days as the hub of our familial, friendly and informal relationships these days so it should come as no surprise that Facebook knows who is most important in your life. They are also ranking your relationships and, er, who you stalk with their algorithm. Arjun Sreedharan has devised a script that will enable you to see your friend’s ranking score and who is checking on your profile often. While the numbers bear no meaning to us, when we compare these numbers with other friends, the ranking process begins to make sense. The lower the number, the more crucial the connection.

You can figure out what Facebook thinks of your friendships, too. Here’s what you do:

– Drag this link into your browser bookmark bar.

– Log in through Facebook and click on that bookmark.

– A list of rank scores that appear similar to the image above will show you how Facebook has measured your relationships with those individuals.

This information affects the order of results you get when you try to search for someone, the content you get in your news feed and, interestingly enough, who appears in that friends section when they’ve visited your profile. Getting a furtive look at your frenemy’s profile may not be as secretive as you think.

Source: The Next Web

 

Xbox One Video Tour

With the system due to hit shelves in less than two weeks, excitement is at a fever pitch for the Xbox One. To help get users acquainted with the new hardware, Microsoft has released a new video detailing its interface, with a full 12-minute walkthrough.

Hosted by Microsoft’s Marc Whitten and Yusuf Mehdi, the duo walk through a number of menus within the interface, and also provide tips on customization and personalization, so that the system can accommodate a user’s specific tastes.

A number of apps are also featured in the menu, including familiar favorites like Netflix and Skype. The Xbox One arrives in stores on November 22.

Source: The Next Web

 

PlayStation 4 Adds Freebies

With the PlayStation 4 just days away from release, gamers everywhere can’t wait to jump into the next generation of games. Thankfully, the system will come with enough extra goodies to allow them to do so.

Inside the package – along with the system and the DualShock 4 controller – purchasers will also find a 30-day PlayStation Plus subscription, so they can download games and check out other goodies. Following the expiration of the 30 days, they can opt to continue the membership for a yearly or monthly fee.

Also included in the box is a $10 PlayStation Store credit, which can be used either towards movies or games, depending what the user is in the mood for. Finally, a free month of Music Unlimited will also be thrown in, enabling users to listen to millions of songs from an instant streaming playlist.

The PlayStation 4 arrives in stores on November 15.

Source: Ars Technica

Nvidia CEO Believes In Android

Nvidia, the creators of the popular Shield handheld system, is fully behind the belief that Android is the operating system of the future – according to the company’s co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, at least.

During an investor call before the weekend, Huang explained his beliefs. “Shield is our initiative to cultivate the gaming marketplace for Android,” he stated. “We believe that Android is going to be a very important platform for gaming in the future, and to do so we have to create devices that enable great gaming to happen on Android.

The Shield is an Android device wirh a built-n game controller, which lets gamers “feel” like they’re playing on a real system, rather than swiping away on a touch-screen.

Source: ZDNet

‘World of Warcraft’ Expansion Announced

This past weekend saw Blizzard’s annual BlizzCon event make its return to Los Angeles, and the company didn’t disappoint, as it featured a number of announcements and tournaments to keep fans happy. Among them – a new chapter in the ongoing World of Warcraft saga.

Titled Warlords of Draenor, this fifth expansion to the popular online MMO sends players to a mysterious new realm, during a pivotal moment in history to fight alongside – and against – legends from Warcraft’s history.

Warlords of Draenor gives players a chance to take a commanding role in one of the Warcraft series’ most crucial conflicts,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion also includes features that make it easy for anyone to jump right into the action, whether they’ve played WoW at some point in the past or are just setting foot in Azeroth for the first time.”

Featuring fully revamped player models and animations, as well as a character boost up to level 100, the expansion should be quite popular with fans. The new Dungeons, Zones, Raids, Scenarios and Battlegrounds should also keep them busy for hours on end.

No word yet on release date, but it’s likely to arrive in 2014.

Source: Blizzard

Xbox One Reveals Media Partners

Microsoft, no stranger to introducing media services across its Windows and Xbox platforms, has a stellar line-up ready to go for Xbox One when it launches next Friday.

Among the partners that will have applications featured for the new console include NFL, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, ESPN, Machinima, Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant, FoxNow, Crackle, VUDU, and several others. More will also be added in the months ahead.

“We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps,” said Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer. “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.”

These apps will also work with Bing search, so users can either speak or input their desired programming with its menu and find what they’re looking for.

The Xbox One releases on November 22 in the United States, amongst other markets.

Source: Xbox