Hello all! I have some good news and some honest news. The good news is that my first video is 100% done! All that remains is putting it on the website. Another piece of good news is that I'm making my second video. What is it? Well, not to be mean, but I can't reveal to you what it is. The honest news is that my first video isn't anything special. It's just an intro video, so don't expect anything grand or epic. Another piece of honest news is that the intro video is ONLY for my website!
Will I post other videos on my website? Most likely. I did mention this a while back, but the only way for me to post my videos on YouTube is having a verified account. And ONLY a verified account! That way, viewers know that my channel is not only legit, but also that I actually made and placed my videos onto my channel.
One other thing is that unlike my intro video, expect lengthier videos and lengthier time spans between videos. I've got so much going on right now, that I can't be doing videos 24 hours a day. Also, (I'll be saying this for the LAST time) don't expect AVGN quality videos. There's a 99% chance that it won't happen.
Stay tuned for more video news.
I know that I sound like a broken record when it comes to my first video, but today, I have some good news. I just shot my first video, and it's safe to say that this video is a HUGE improvement over my previous video. Why I say this is because my first video was supposed to be a parody, but it didn't turn out the way I liked it. So instead, I opted for a more serious and professional route (you never know who could be watching).
Now is the video itself done? No. I have to do some editing first before I can post it on my website. Once I feel more comfortable, I might make a YouTube channel to showcase my work. But there's a bit of a catch: I have to make my account verified. I say this because I want the viewers to know that the account they're linking to is actually an account made by me and not a third party. I'm aware that the vast majority of YouTube accounts aren't verified. It's kind of odd because it would make more sense if ALL accounts were verified.
So when will the video appear on my website? The good news: in a few days. The honest news: Won't be till some time next week.
You know, it seems that television has gone through a huge metamorphosis. We went from a box with wires that weighed as much as 100 pounds to televisions that weigh about a fraction of old school televisions with wireless fidelity capabilities. In my opinion, we've gotten some things right and some things wrong. And today, this blog is going to cover what's wrong with television now a days.
First and foremost, I hate cable and satellite television. I say this because 99% of what airs on TV now a days ain't worth watching. Sure, some old programs that most of you have watched as a kid still airs, but what I'm getting at is that the vast majority of programs that air today has already been done, but better executed back then. Now a days everyone wants to take that seed, plant it into the ground, and grow a cruddy show.
Another thing I hate about them is the so-called "promotions" they run. Sure, both cable and dish companies start you off with a promo price like 29.99 for example, but the catch is that you're bound to their terms, and if you want to cancel early, they'll hit you with a termination fee, and even if you choose to continue, they'll jack up the price by at least double.
My biggest peeve of them all is that you get a box. Yes, you read that, a box (I'm already aware that dish does this sort of thing). A box for what? Making life even more complicated than it already is? As a consumer for Charter, I hated this box since day one. It wasn't the fact that it made me hate cable even more, it's that this box has a "mind of its own." I remember when it was just a simple cable from the coax outlet to the TV. That's it. Now it's coax outlet to coax input, then HDMI out from box to television. I know that we're in a digital age of technology, but we've already had to go through a transfer from analog to digital signal back in 2008. Isn't that enough? Going back to "mind of it's own", it seems that the channel I'm watching just freezes up at random times. But that's the least of my hatred. The thing that angers me the most is that the box works when it wants to, and sometimes I get absolutely nothing. No sound, no picture, NOTHING!
So is there a simpler remedy for cable television? The answer is yes, and it's called Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. Not only do these offer more programs, but also have a cheaper subscription rate. I'd rather pay $7.99 for Hulu Plus instead of $60+ dollars for Charter. What's nice about these services is that you get programs that cable won't air, and also hundreds and HUNDREDS of original programming. One downside to this is that some programs already air on non-cable channels.
In my opinion, let's get rid of cable and satellite and stick with internet (not smart) television.
Okay, folks, here we go with part 2 of this head to head competition.
Gameplay: It's really unusual that I'd even include this because both games share one concept: fire guns. iGun Pro, if you recall, doesn't exactly bring to the table anything exciting. It's just you tapping your screen of your mobile device and watching the gun fire. One thing I notice is that the pistols have an option to switch firing modes. Last I checked, pistols don't have that option (if I'm wrong about this, let me know). It's single fire only!
World of Guns goes deeper into the gameplay pool by providing users the opportunity not only to fire guns (and according to developers, vehicles), but also take them apart and reassemble them (hence the full title). This works like a puzzle/memory game mix, and works very well. There's even 10 shooting ranges (purchase separately or bundle with lifetime access) to test your shooting skills. If you do well, you might even appear on the leader boards. One thing I can say is that there should've been option to include ALL the firearms, and not just a select few. This would've add depth to the shooting ranges. Another feature missing is the option to drive the vehicles.
When it comes down to the gameplay, World of Guns brings a lot to the table.
Winner: World of Guns
Content delivery: To clarify, I don't mean downloadable content available. What I'm getting at is how often new content is delivered.
iGun Pro delivers on a weekly basis. Most of the time, the guns they bring are either guns we've never heard of, or guns that are really weird looking. Every once in a while, they bring to the table something interesting, but that's far and few. Still, this is giving the customer more bang for their buck. On the other hand, however, they're just bringing forth 2d static images.
World of Guns delivers new content at a random basis. The most obvious thing about it is that the developers have to make the models from scratch, and that takes a LOT of time. Once that's done, they have to put the model to work by programming the functions each model has, just like their real life counter part. Unlike iGun Pro, the wait is worth it because World of Guns doesn't disappoint to deliver.
When it comes down to it, iGun brings content at a faster rate, and that usually gets attention more rather than waiting about three to five weeks.
Winner: iGun Pro
Fun factor: This is the most crucial entry because in order for a game of any kind to be good, it has to be fun. While both applications do bring the fun, World of Guns brings more to do because of the diversity of models and shooting ranges.
Winner: World of Guns
With all said and done, it's pretty obvious who I chose as the winner. My pick is World of Guns because of the depth that iGun Pro lacks.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give World of Guns a 4 out of 5. While the application itself is fine, I felt that there should've been more shooting ranges and a chance to take the vehicles out for a ride.
Alright, here is the iGun Pro vs. World of Guns blog. I did mention that World of Guns' rating is pending, and at this moment, it still is. By the end of this blog (which is in part 2), I'll give not only the winner, but also World of Guns' final score. So with that said, here we go.
Interest: when I got my tablet, I was just browsing Chrome (review on that later) when I decided to search for guns. Lo and behold, the first entry was actually iGun Pro. I downloaded the app for grins, and it turned out that I found it rather controversial and interesting. After spending about half an hour or so, I decided that I wanted full access to all future firearms. The main issue I had with that is that not only did I have to buy Google dollars, but also had to purchase coins from the app itself. Make matters worse, an alternate way to get coins was to buy other apps. To me, that's a waste of money. But on a positive scale, I did get future access at a discount. For this app, having to go through the trouble of not only having to purchase Google dollars, but also purchasing coins, isn't worth it. But overall, my interest in this app is up there.
World of Guns is something that actually came to me from Steam. For one thing, it's free. So I decided to download the app, and I instantly liked it. Since it was apparent that there was DLC (no surprise there), I bought the entire DLC library. For only $100 plus change (got it when the life time pass was on sale), it's worth it. I also felt less ripped off because this app didn't need to do anything stupid like purchase additional Steam games. One downside is that the trading cards are only given to you when you purchase XP (the game's equivalant to iGun's coins) or credits. To some, this isn't a bad thing, as it can get you other firearms faster, but on the other hand, your Steam wallet will go dry faster. So I did the smart thing and buy the lifetime pass. After spending an hour, I loved the app. This app won my interest faster than iGun Pro because of the level of interactivity.
Winner: World of Guns
Graphics: When you launch iGun Pro, you enter an "armory" of firearms. This was a smart choice by the developers because having the feel of actually browsing the collection very simple to navigate and easy to find a firearm. The firearms themselves look like their real life counterparts, but there isn't much else to talk about. The skins themselves are okay, but really nothing to write home about.
World of Guns' graphics are also nothing special. The guns also look like their real life counter parts. The most obvious difference is that iGun is in the second dimension, while World of Guns is in a third dimension. World of Guns also have unique backgrounds to set your atmosphere in while you are tinkering with the firearm. One issue I had with World of Guns is that finding the firearm you want isn't very well laid out. You have to move the whole map around to find the firearm you want. The map itself looks very lifeless and unappealing. The developers should've taken a cue from iGun and make an interactive armory.One feature that this app has that iGun doesn't is that you can apply designs to the firearm of your choosing. This app goes one step farther by allowing you to set decals, letters, skins, etc. to the firearm of your choice, and then upload to the Steam workshop.
Winner: World of Guns
Sound: This is a tough one, because trying to replicate a real life firearm's sound isn't very easy, and like in movies and television, 9 out of 10 firearm sounds are fake. I have fired an M4 before, and I can say from experience that TV M4s sound nothing like their real life counter parts.
World of Guns' sound on their fire arms also sound fake and share the same sound across several fire arms. The background music from this app is also uninteresting and flat. The only way to truly enjoy the sound of World of Guns is to turn the music off.
iGun Pro's sound is actually something worth noting. No two guns sound alike, and sound more like their real life counter parts. And with no background music to distract you, iGun Pro is the ideal app for realistic sounding guns.
Winner: iGun Pro
This wraps up part 1 of iGun Pro vs. World of Guns. Come back in a couple of days for part 2.
Ken Kriho is a videographer, producer and director. He has a YouTube and Twitch channel (links at homepage). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.