Supply Drop Addiction

Call of Duty makers finally found an answer to a growing problem in the COD franchise. The only revenue a company used to collect from creating a video game was through initial sales of the game itself. Call of Duty games have traditionally been released in November, right before the holidays. Activision and other COD makers would see a huge boost in sales at the end of every year, but that’s it. So how can video game makers keep squeezing money from players during the entire year? The answer: supply drops.

First introduced in Advanced Warfare in 2014, supply drops allowed the gamer to play a lottery to “win” better weapons, cooler camos, and stylish virtual gear. Sledgehammer Games, the creator of AW, put this feature in the game as an added bonus to players who either played the game a lot (and earned ‘keys’ to open supply drops with each match played), or spent actual money on “COD Points”. Each opening of a supply drop yielded three items of various rarity. Players could use their virtual ‘keys’ or COD points to open a common (smaller chance of getting a rare item) or a rare (larger chance of getting a rare item) supply drop. With each opening, players received items to further customize their character or weapon to show off to their friends… and that’s why supply drops were so successful (and honestly, quite brilliant). The video game creators tapped into the competitive and somewhat immature minds of gamers. Players could now circumvent the arduous task of getting 250 headshots to get a rare camo by purchasing more COD points. It took time and skill out of the equation in exchange for money. Thus, cash came pouring in.

Supply drops became so successful that Treyarch and Infinity Ward, the creators of Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare respectively, continued with trend. Call of Duty franchise makers could now continue to earn revenue throughout the life of the game, instead of just when a person buys the game at the store. According to Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings call, the company made an additional $3.6bn through in-game content sales (mostly from COD: Black Ops III and Overwatch). That’s unbelievable!

Some gamers might say that supply drops are ruining the game, however. I happen to agree – especially for the newest CoD game, Infinite Warfare. In Infinite Warfare, weapon variants, or different (and statistically better) versions of guns, make playing public matches much more frustrating. For example, the Erad used to be one of my favorite guns in the game. I played with the common (base) variant, and I was pretty good with it… until I came face-to-face with a player who had the legendary (rarest) variant of the gun – called the ‘cyclopean’. It literally shoots a LASER BEAM instead of regular bullets. I didn’t stand a chance. I was insta-killed time and time again by the same player. I became so frustrated with this one match that I ended up not using my Erad stock variant ever again. I knew that if I wanted a chance of winning gun battles, I needed legendary weapon variants, which are quite difficult to come by without opening supply drops.

Supply drops are a hot topic in the Call of Duty community. They have been wildly successful for the video game creators, as cash has never been more abundant; however, they give an unfair advantage to players who spend the most money. I like the old days of CoD4 where the only way to get the rare camos, was to play the game and hone your skill, not by buying your way to rarer items.

8 Benefits of Playing Video Games

Since the 1970s, video games have become a lot more ambitious, challenging and complex. Some people think these games are a waste of time, which is not true. According to experts, there are many benefits of playing video games. Some of them are given below.

1. Better Efficiency

According to a study of small incision specialists, the players who played video games for more than 3 hours each week are 32% less likely to make costly mistakes during their medical procedures.

2. Dyslexia

According to some research studies, some signs of dyslexia include difficulty in paying attention. And researchers found that the reading comprehension in the dyslexics patients got better after they played video games for a few hours. Therefore, researchers believe that games feature changing environments where you need complete focus.

3. Vision

You should not sit too close to the TV. It’s a common advice given by parents to their kids. However, scientists have something different to say. They claim that games may improve your vision. For instance, a study found that video game players find it easier to differentiate between various shades of grey.

4. Career Boost

Since some game genres encourage leadership traits, researchers noted that video game players get motivated by playing games on computer. So they can choose the right career. Moreover, improvising in video games may help you deal with an office crisis in a better way.

5. HISTORY

Some games make use of historical events in order to drive the stories. The places and characters may spur on the kids to find out more about the culture. According to many parents, games make their kids more engaged with learning.

6. Interaction

Many games encourage a body level interaction, and you can also find some that require an easy handheld controller. These controllers or joysticks help kids improve their physical activity. Moreover, sports games involving tennis, basketball or skateboarding are good for this purpose.

7. Aging Process

According to experts, brain games help children improve their memory and problem solving abilities. Moreover, they may also benefit aged people. One study found that 10 hours of playing brain games resulted in better cognitive performance in people over the age of 50.

8. Pain relief

A good way of getting relief from pain is paying attention to something else, and playing games is one of the best ways. Aside from this, playing may help your body emit an analgesic response. The more immersive you are, the better it is.

So, if you have had an injury lately and you have been suffering from continuous pain, we suggest that you switch your computer on and play your favorite video game. You will get relief from it before long.

Long story short, if you have been looking for ways to improve yourself, we suggest that you choose a few good games that you like. You can even play games on your smartphone from the comfort of your room. Hopefully, this article will help you understand the benefits of playing video games.

Clothes Accuracy in Visual to Visual Adaptations

There have been many video games that have been adapted to movies. With these adaptations, there would usually be a main character that has a costume based on someone from the video game itself. Whether these are the same character, a familiar face, or someone completely unrelated, how the person being focused on matters to the movie adaptation’s reception. Some notable adaptations that I would want to look at is Hitman and Assassin’s Creed.

In Hitman, the star of the show is a hitman known as Agent 47. 47 has showed up in nine games: Hitman Codename 47, Hitman Silent Assassin, Hitman Contracts, Hitman Blood Money, Hitman Trilogy which is a re-release of the previous three, Hitman Absolution, Hitman Go which is a mobile game imagining, Hitman Sniper, and a 2016 reboot just titled ‘Hitman’. 47 happens to have two films under his belt which gives some more to compare to.

Both of the Hitman films feature Agent 47 and costume-wise, it is hard to mess up. Things to look for are a bald head, a bar code tattoo on the back of head, a black suit with a red tie and white shirt, and possibly two silver pistols. Timothy Olyphant from the 2007 film displays all of these. Rupert Friend from the 2015 film also shows all of these. Easy costume equals easy costume accuracy.

In Assassin’s Creed, the main star tends to change between a few games. The games and their respective main characters I will be looking at are: Assassin’s Creed’s Altair, Assassin’s Creed 2’s Ezio Auditore, and Assassin’s Creed 3’s Connor Keyway. The protagonists, while different people from different times, do share a few qualities because of the group they belong to. These attributes are white robes with a big hood enough to obscure face, long sleeves, flowy leg length cloth that are not part of the costume’s pants, and a retractable arm blade on the left arm. There has only been one film in the series, but many games, so a few comparisons can still be made.

Michael Fassbender plays the titular assassin in the movie adaptation for Assassin’s Creed. Fassbender’s costume contains black robes with a big hood, dual arm blades, flowing leg length cloth, and long sleeves. Of these major costume choices, the differences are in the color of the robe and the extra arm blade. The arm blade difference though can be ignored because Ezio contains dual blades in most of his promotional art. Costume accuracy is mostly covered except for not wearing traditional white. Adaptation is accepted.