video games http://frendlypresents.com/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 00:31:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9 https://frendlypresents.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/default1-120x120.png video games http://frendlypresents.com/ 32 32 Artist-Friendly Music Site Bandcamp Acquired by “Fortnite” Creator Epic Games https://frendlypresents.com/artist-friendly-music-site-bandcamp-acquired-by-fortnite-creator-epic-games/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 18:23:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/artist-friendly-music-site-bandcamp-acquired-by-fortnite-creator-epic-games/ The video game company that is challenging some of the biggest tech companies in the world is buying the music company that wants to challenge the dominant tech business model in this industry. Epic Games Inc. announced on Wednesday that it is buying Bandcamp, an online music store that allows musicians to create their own […]]]>

The video game company that is challenging some of the biggest tech companies in the world is buying the music company that wants to challenge the dominant tech business model in this industry.

Epic Games Inc. announced on Wednesday that it is buying Bandcamp, an online music store that allows musicians to create their own storefront and keep more of the proceeds from sales than streaming services such as Spotify Inc. SPOT ,
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“Fair and open platforms are essential for the future of the creator economy,” an unattributed Epic blog post bed. “Epic and Bandcamp share a mission to create the most artist-friendly platform that allows creators to keep the majority of their hard-earned money.”

Bandcamp, founded in 2008, allows artists to sell digital music as well as physical goods such as records and merchandise, and takes 15% of the total, with artists also responsible for payment processing fees. The Oakland, California-based company says the result is that 82% of all money spent on its site goes directly to the artist, with that total approaching $1 billion over the life of the site, according to a Wednesday blog post from Managing Director Ethan Diamond.

“While over the years we’ve heard from other companies who wanted us to join them, we always thought it would only be exciting if they believed strongly in our mission, were aligned with our values ​​and only wanted not just to see Bandcamp continue, but also wanted to provide the resources to bring much more benefit to the artists, labels and fans who use the site,” Diamond wrote. “Epic ticks all of those boxes.”

Epic Games has remained private despite its huge success with “Fortnite,” a video game focused on an online “Battle Royale” format that has won fans and spawned imitators. The company has, however, welcomed outside investment, including from Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. 700,
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Diamond said Bandcamp would continue to operate independently and promised that the core service would not change, specifically highlighting the control and distribution of revenue artists receive as well as Bandcamp Fridays, when the service gives up its share of income on the first Friday of each month. He said the Epic deal will help the company expand internationally and shore up new endeavors like vinyl pressing for artists and its own streaming app.

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Find your people by playing games and participating in friendly competitions | Student Affairs Division https://frendlypresents.com/find-your-people-by-playing-games-and-participating-in-friendly-competitions-student-affairs-division/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 15:02:16 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/find-your-people-by-playing-games-and-participating-in-friendly-competitions-student-affairs-division/ Are you ready to let your competitive spirit out? Do you want to meet other enthusiasts for a friendly and exciting competition? Getting competitive might just be what you need to find your staff and place yourself on campus. There are many opportunities for you to get involved and find organizations that match your interests. […]]]>

Are you ready to let your competitive spirit out? Do you want to meet other enthusiasts for a friendly and exciting competition? Getting competitive might just be what you need to find your staff and place yourself on campus.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved and find organizations that match your interests. Here are a few if you like to win and compete.

Visit and play The Connection

There are different ways to take on other buffs, especially if you like video games, tabletop games, and even board games!

The Connection is CU Boulder’s entertainment hub. Located on the first floor of UMC, this hotspot is your go-to spot for plenty of competitive activities. Challenge your friends during quiz nights; bowling, table tennis and video game tournaments; and more. You can also check out the board games at reception to fuel your competitive spirit.

Compete with others through sport

Do you like to exercise for fun? Intramural (IM) sports is the perfect opportunity for you. IM Sports gives you the chance to connect to campus, meet other enthusiasts, and participate in a variety of sports and activities. IM sports are open to students, faculty and staff. You can create a team with friends or sign up as a free agent, however you choose to play, there’s something for everyone. Purchase an IM Sports Pass to play in leagues and tournaments throughout the semester.

Make money with sustainable ideas

The Sustainable Solutions Challenge is a campus-wide competition to help move CU Boulder toward a sustainable, carbon-neutral future. Compete individually or as a team to present your creative ideas. The best part about it – the winning proposal will receive $1,500, while a runner-up and an audience favorite will each receive $500.

The prize money is funded by the Office of the UC President. Plus, your idea will be considered for implementation on the CU Boulder campus!

In addition to entering the contest, there will also be a showcase on April 21 where you can pitch your idea and be eligible to win a round of $25,000 in MIssion Zero Fund prizes at CU Boulder.

To learn more about how to get involved, why to participate and important dates, find out how to participate in the Sustainable Solutions Challenge.

Find what interests you

Contact your professors and ask if there are any opportunities for you to compete in areas related to your major. Whatever your interests, there will be something to suit you.

It takes time to find your niche, but BuffConnect can make it easier for you. BuffConnect is CU’s student club portal. There are over 500 student organizations and the list is organized by category to help you find organizations or a club that matches your interests. Start by searching for groups in the recreation and wellness, social, or sports club categories.

Attend events

As the old saying goes, “a little competition never hurt anyone”. Attending events is your chance to meet people who share your interests and to try new things. Be on the lookout for activities you can participate in to put your competitive skills to the test!

Try things on your own

If you want to create your own competitive games with your friends, here are some suggestions to try and have a good time.

  • Organize a relay race with your friends. Set your goal to race in Norlin Quad or Farrand Field and see who wins.

  • Play a board game – you can try one at your residence’s community center or at The Connection.

  • Gather some friends and try an escape room.

  • Challenge a friend to a one-on-one game of HORSE.

  • Create a treasure hunt.

  • Sign up for a bike or run race.

For more tips and resources to get involved, visit the Student Affairs website, check out student events, download the CU Boulder Life app, and be sure to follow @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

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Arceus reveals how Pokémon went from fearsome to friendly https://frendlypresents.com/arceus-reveals-how-pokemon-went-from-fearsome-to-friendly/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/arceus-reveals-how-pokemon-went-from-fearsome-to-friendly/ Before Legends: Arceus, Pokémon were generally viewed as wild and dangerous creatures, but that sentiment changes as the game progresses. Pokemon Legends: Arceus taking place in the former region of Hisui gives it a perspective unique to the franchise, where the eponymous creatures aren’t part of everyday life like they are in the main games. […]]]>

Before Legends: Arceus, Pokémon were generally viewed as wild and dangerous creatures, but that sentiment changes as the game progresses.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus taking place in the former region of Hisui gives it a perspective unique to the franchise, where the eponymous creatures aren’t part of everyday life like they are in the main games. Hisui’s fledgling communities, including Pokemon Legends: Arceus‘ Jubilife Village, live in a region dominated by Pokémon that are still mostly perceived as hostile and extremely dangerous. This begins to change over the course of the game largely due to player actions, and many begin to overcome their fears and see the value in co-existing with Pokémon.

It is understandable that the people of Pokemon the universe would be afraid of creatures. Some are capable of tremendous feats (exceptional examples even include the creation of time and space), and all have power virtually unknowable before their careful study for the advent of a Pokédex. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is uniquely positioned to explore how these feelings evolve, set in a time when Poké Balls are a new invention and finding Pokémon is a top priority for Hisui.

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As players begin their journey to discover all the Pokémon in Legends: Arceus‘ Pokédex, they also begin a journey to show the camaraderie possible between humans and Pokémon. The player’s ability to catch three Pokémon in quick succession during the game’s tutorial is seen as an incredible feat. Catching Pokemon isn’t a common skill yet, which means very few members of the Galaxy Expedition team have much experience with tame ones.

Pokémon just become companions in Legends: Arceus


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Being able to catch Pokemon is a major step in losing some of their threatening perception to creatures. The next big step is for people to start seeing them as helpful companions, which is a process. Legends: Arceus shows frequently. Even some of the game’s early side quests depict the citizens of Jubilife realizing that Pokemon can be more than wild animals. Three miserable Bidoofs cause a practical emergency when they walk past members of the Security Corps and hide in the village. Once they have been gathered and caught, the questgiver wants to send them back into the wild and are only stopped by a construction body hoping to put the Bidoofs to good use.


The Pokédex main quest gives Legends: Arceus players a real reason to catch all of Hisui’s species, but the game as a whole is very much about integrating Pokémon into human society. Some side quests are simply to complete Pokédex entries, which is a much more complicated task than in previous games. While this is just a way to reward players for going the extra mile, it does imply a general curiosity among Galaxy Expedition team members for Pokémon. The creatures are magical and fun to discover, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus leans into the wonderment that has captivated so many fans of the series as a central narrative device.


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A Kid-Friendly Mode For Twitch Could Generate New Meta https://frendlypresents.com/a-kid-friendly-mode-for-twitch-could-generate-new-meta/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/a-kid-friendly-mode-for-twitch-could-generate-new-meta/ People of all ages can access the internet more easily than ever these days, so it’s no surprise that major websites like YouTube and Tic attract a lot of young users. Kids love browsing websites like these as much as adults, but the age difference comes with a lot of complications. Parents, content creators and […]]]>

People of all ages can access the internet more easily than ever these days, so it’s no surprise that major websites like YouTube and Tic attract a lot of young users. Kids love browsing websites like these as much as adults, but the age difference comes with a lot of complications. Parents, content creators and website moderators all have their own concerns about what kids might find on a site like Twitch, as evidenced by Twitch’s attempts to limit content like hot tub streams. these last years. It also inspired Pokimane to come up with a Twitch filter specifically for younger internet users.

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During a recent stream, Pokimane chatted with his viewers about young Twitch users and suggested that the streaming platform should introduce a special content roster similar to YouTube Kids. Parents would definitely appreciate having a clear list of family channels that their children can enjoy. If Twitch creates some kind of Twitch Kids subsector of its own, however, viewers won’t be the only ones affected. Streamers, both well-known personalities and newcomers to the children’s entertainment side of YouTube, could flock to family Twitch streaming in hopes of capturing some of the Twitch Kids audience in a new meta of streaming.


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A Twitch meta focused on catering to younger viewers seems plausible since something similar has happened on YouTube before. Many very young children get their entertainment from YouTubers, whether those YouTube channels focus on unboxing toys, animations featuring Disney characters, or any other type of lighthearted content. Many content creators have flocked to kid-friendly YouTube content because of audience loyalty; Today, some of YouTube’s biggest channels are top-notch YouTube Kids content, like Cocomelon, which has 128 million subscribers. For these channels, children’s entertainment continues to be lucrative.


This success doesn’t have to be exclusive to YouTube. On the contrary, it seems likely that Twitch streamers could emulate many of the kid-friendly entertainments that are making the rounds on YouTube. Whether it’s hosting live concerts, playing family video games, or doing live craft activities that kids can imitate from home, Twitch could provide plenty of engagement for young viewers, especially if channels like these belonged to a special Twitch Kids subcategory that was easy for kids and their parents to find. With a bit of streamlining by Twitch itself, streamers could find success on par with top YouTube Kids channels.


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While the stars of a theoretical Twitch Kids would likely be new streamers that cater entirely to younger viewers, more streamers could be trying to break into the category. Kids love coming back to their favorite YouTube channel again and again, which means streamers who qualify for a kid-friendly version of Twitch can attract new, loyal viewers by playing Twitch Kids-approved games and creating content. slightly more docile overall. Twitch Kids could also prove invaluable in helping smaller channels become major successes, connecting new Twitch users with channels that match their interests, should smaller channels lean into the Twitch Kids model.


Of course, at this time, Twitch Kids is just a proposal from Pokimane, and it remains to be seen if Twitch itself is listening or has an established interest in supporting a network of kids’ channels. If Twitch made such an attempt, however, many channels would likely jump on it as an opportunity. Trends on Twitch like the hot tub meta and the TV meta tend to shape content created by even the biggest streamers. Twitch Kids would inevitably encourage a trend toward all-ages content that some streamers might pursue to grow their channels. It will be interesting to see if Tic has something to say about Pokimane’s suggestion.

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The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Tik Tok Accounts https://frendlypresents.com/the-9-best-kid-friendly-tik-tok-accounts/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/the-9-best-kid-friendly-tik-tok-accounts/ Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up to date with the latest coronavirus news across New York By Maya Laidler The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Tik Tok Accounts TikTok is one of the biggest apps for kids, teens, and adults right now. Especially for kids, TikTok can be a learning platform as well as […]]]>