No Man’s Sky delayed, Overwatch review and plus the Division update

Today’s Episode

The month of May has seen a few games released. We had Doom, Battleborn, Overwatch, Total War, and Homefront. Then announced this month we had the new Witcher DLC and Hitman episode 3. That’s six high-profile games released this month. It almost feels like November, but it’s not! I played a lot of Overwatch this week and it’s a great game. It’s very surprising because Blizzard is not known for making fps games. Yet, it seems they can make any type of game and make it work. The sad news here is No Man’s Sky may be delayed. This is an interesting game. The game is all about exploration and has little to no story. I hope it’s not, but, it could be. There is no official statement from the publisher or developer yet. Listen below for more gaming news.

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I give my list of the best free tools to use

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Today’s Episode

The changing winds of social media. Times are not so simple in regards to building your brand on social media. In the beginning, it was a matter of posting and engaging people, most brands were not on it, and, if you were that was a good thing. Now, you always have to beat the countless others that are on social media. It’s crazy! This week on Marketing Blend, I give you a list of the best free tools to use. I know small businesses always need help and I hope this will help you grow your business and not stress too much. Sometimes the best tools are free tools. Enjoy!

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My thoughts on Twitter, Tracking and Live Video

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Twitter is finally changing tweets. It has been a long time coming, but this is a good change. There were rumors about longer tweets, but, that was axed and for good reason. Twitter is not about talking a lot. That is not what the platform was built on. It was about getting information out as quick as possible. I hope this will help Twitter’s growth problem. The social network has been flat or losing users for some time. I want to see the platform flourish and be a great competitor to Facebook. Facebook has some rivals. They really have no true competitor yet. I am happy about the change and let’s hope they add more features to their other products as well. This episode is not on libsyn because I am getting close to my limit so enjoy it on here! Scroll down to hear it.

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I review Doom and get excited about Witcher 3 DLC


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These days games seem to be getting more expensive. Not only do gamers need to by the base game, but there are season passes. The problem is developers and publishers seem to make less content for the game released and wait for the DLC to “add value” to the game. That’s not how this is suppose to work. Developers should be making their base game as feature rich as possible. Then, add more content in the future. However, that’s not how this is working. They seem to withhold content for the sake of more money. If gamers want the complete experience, they have to buy two games. That sounds absurd, but, its our fault. If the consumer did not rush to buy all those COD DLCs when it began, we would not have this problem. This is our fault in a way, but, some developers get it. Unfortunately, not many do. Next time, maybe we should not buy DLC. There’s still more to see below here!

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Google i/o starts today and a new Facebook study

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Today’s Episode

Google io is here! The best part of it was the announcement of Firebase 2.0. It is shaping up to be a great tool. There are a few great tidbits. One, there is an analytics tool optimized for mobile. Two, it can be used for iOS and Android and it’s free! The demo’s today show how powerful it can be. Dynamic links will help developers get people to download their apps with fewer clicks. They can also track who’s clicking on them too. Messaging users are simple as well. Firebase allows developers to target their customers and hopefully convert mover with some timely messages. Firebase should help developers and marketers find better ways of getting those eyeballs. Let’s see if Android developers respond. On another note, I do like the change Pinterest has made to measuring the reach of pins. Instead of only counting what has been liked, repinned or saved from the source. It also counts other’s that have done the same through other accounts. Things are looking interesting in 2016. Now, on with the show!

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Wading through Google/Oracle case and discussing tech news


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Open source, it is what drives tech. However, some companies would rather say they “champion,” open source only with their words. Oracle is one of those companies. I have never been fond of them, but, their litigation-happy company needs to readdress what it means to be a champion. Their fight with Google is purely for financial gain. I’m all for projecting your properties, but, when you buy a company that made a program/language open to all you’re fighting the wrong battle. Oracle knew how valuable Java is to the tech industries and is trying to capitalize on it. Android is one of the most popular mobile OS out there. If Oracle can get a fraction of the money they think they are owed, they will. This is not to save a company, this is them thinking they are owed something. This not the first time Oracle has done something like this, and it will not be the last. However, I hope they lose. Now onto the rest of the show!

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Battlefront Outer Rim DLC free weekend and Civilization 6!


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The march to E3 continues! We are less than a month away from E3 2016. However, many game developers have decided to announce their games prior to the big event. Civilization 6 was announced this week and it looks to be another great game. The way they are tackling cities and AI leaders should make the game better than the last one. Western Digital is going to buy SanDisk. That should make SSD’s cheaper and, hopefully, better. Doom is coming out tomorrow and I am reviewing it. Let’s see if it can capture the best parts of the old game. There is a lot riding on this game. One reason is the old id team is long gone. This is a new id software. Let’s see if this new team can continue leaving a legacy that the old id team has left. There’s more witty banter and raging going on in this podcast. Listen below!

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Instagram goes black and white and more marketing news


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Chatbots, they are going to take over social media. They are the new customer service automation. Instead of calling a machine, the customer, is going to chat with a machine. It’s the natural evolution of automation. Where be canned response should be organic language. They are not yet, but, they will get there eventually. Businesses are scrambling to make the next great hit on social media. Customers and users should except to see more of these. Some will be great, others, not so much. Facebook and Instagram now hearts ads. They have announced plans to use more retargeting ads. This may seem like a win for marketers, but, more people are turning towards adblockers. It is no surprise people are doing this either. We are bombarded by ads. It gets to be too much and people are turning to programs to turn them off. Most ads are not good. Most are annoying and most people would rather skip them. However, this is how a business survives. The problem is, advertising has not changed very much. As technology has advanced, the way we advertise has remained the same. Snapchat is the only social network I know of that is doing something different. Now it’s to see what other topics I will discuss today.

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Digital Coffee and the quest for Windows updates to stop!


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There always seems to be a lot going on in tech these days. Microsoft is going to stop bugging you to update to Windows 10. The biggest drama is Facebook silencing conservative views. Facebook has denied these charges, but, I would not be surprised if it was doing that. Tech companies are at an impasse right now. They all seem poised to be more liberal. For better or worse, this can become a headache. The government is looking into why it takes so long to get updates for phones. This is a big problem for consumers since there are some vulnerabilities that can cripple phones. Rendering them useless and a security threat. This is interesting for one reason, the government has said it wants weak encryption, which means weak security. I feel like the government does not know what it wants and keeps changing it’s mind just because. However, it’s good that the FCC and FTC are looking into this. This is a long show, so enjoy an hours worth of funny lines and rants. Enjoy!

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There’s Diversity in the First-Person Shooter Genre

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The first-person shooter genre has been a staple in the gaming industry. Since Wolfenstein was made, there’s was something special about putting a camera with a gun in front and killing things. Doom is what made the genre really hit it strides. When Doom was released it became the most installed program. Windows 95 was second. Fast forward to now, most fps games have been stuck in a formula. There have been some innovations through the years, but diversity has been lacking. Some could argue, there’s not much you could innovate or change in fps games. To a point, they are right, however, gameplay mechanics can be variety. I do think 2015 and 2016 are changing all of that. We are going to see more subgenre fps games. Hopefully, this will bring more interesting ways of playing. Let’s take a look at some of the games that are changing or keeping the fps genre alive.

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