Microsoft tries to gain back Windows 8 ad trust with Ad Pano

Nearly two months ago I’d written an article on our sister site DeveloperTech how Windows 8 developers were not being paid for their in-app advertisements, and how it was affecting their finances. Now Microsoft could be trying to restore trust and rival Apple’s “iAds” with Ad Pano.

The platform which enables this new interactive advertising is even reminiscent of the iAd platform, but available on any screen where...

By Ryan Daws, 24 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apps, AR, Brands, Consumers, Gaming, Industry, Social Media, Viral.

Microsoft rewarding users for watching TV? Count me in!

From Microsoft’s initial introduction of the Xbox 360, the team wished to be the “360 [degree] entertainment hub for your home.”

This vision far succeeded where others fell short; taking a vast library of content services and mixing them with incredible games.

Alongside this version of the best-selling console came an “achievements” feature, the undisputed way of bragging to friends of your accomplishments and spurring them to do better.

For Xbox One, the next-generation, Xbox...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apps, Brands, Consumers, Content, Gaming, Industry, TV, Video.

That’s one confusing name: Xbox One product name review

After much speculation, Xbox revealed the name of its new console today: the Xbox One. Wait, huh? You know, “one,” as in “the one,” or the first “one” of its kind. Except that this Xbox isn’t the first one, and this discrepancy could confuse anyone who isn’t an avid gamer.  The last Xbox was the Xbox 360, and...

By CatchWordBranding, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Gaming, Reputation.

What businesses can get from gamification

Customers are more likely to respond to a gamified response, according to research by global marketing company Upstream.

Around three quarters of marketers believe that customers are likely to respond to game-based marketing mechanics, but only 27% have put this into practice.

The research, which focused on the understanding and use of game mechanics in marketing strategies, was collected at ad:tech London 2011. It found that 66% of marketers didn’t understand the term ‘gamification’, but...

By Dani Millward, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Gaming, Research.

Gamification Revisited- Delight Your Customers!

Earlier this year, we discussed the opportunity for banks to make personal finance fun by injecting gaming dynamics into their products and services. We suggested that a bank can set up a system that provides incentives to reward saving behavior. The program should be created by a game designer and produce an ecosystem where the objective of the game is to save as much money as possible in an account serviced by the bank.

Players earn...

By Randy Giusto, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Mobile, Strategy.

Pacman Classic 2

Pacman is a true arcade classic. Released in 1980, and having taken the world of arcade gaming by storm, Pacman still enjoys fame, widespread brand-consciousness, and even many remakes and spin-offs today.

Originally developed in Japan, Pacman was known as Pakkuman, named after the onomatopoeic “paku-paku,” which describes the sound of a mouth opening wide and closing with a smack. The game was intended to be manufactured under the name Puckman, but US manufacturers changed this to Pac-man out of...

By imod.co.za, 28 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, JustForFun.

FarmVille brings us GagaVille

The singer’s fans will be able to visit GagaVille, a specially designed farm inside the virtual farming simulation game, which will contain unicorns and crystals. It’s hard to think of a clearer sign that games are now entirely mainstream.

Lady Gaga’s choice of FarmVille makes sense: it’s an enormous market. The game has about 60-million players worldwide. And FarmVille’s demographic appeal is broad. The game is inoffensive to the point of being anodyne and unchallenging to the...

By imod.co.za, 12 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

The Future of Gaming Just Arrived

The Future of Gaming Just Arrived

With games being the single largest app store pull, it’s obvious that it is a key area for Handsets and Platforms to focus on.

The OnLive service is a radically different approach. Instead of spending months coding and releasing a new game that can run on your phone / tablet, OnLive runs games remotely on big pieces of tin and “stream” them down to you.

It sounds like it should be flaky, slow and cumbersome … but in reality its slick, fast and a joy to...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 06 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Mobile.