One of my favorite subjects in school was history. I know! You probably think I’m nuts! But learning about where we originated from and ancient cultures has always intrigued me. Painting pictures in my mind of what life was like without the luxuries we’ve come to take for granted in modern times…. Hot water, electricity, the internet… (Imagining life without internet is worse than any horror movie I’ve seen!).
One of the most fascinating ancient civilizations, to me, was the Ancient Egyptians. Like Ancient Greece, many children died young and those who survived were married by the age of 12. Although childhood was short lived the Ancient Egyptians enjoyed a variety of leisure activities and games.
A popular game in Ancient Egypt was the board game, Senet, which translated means the ‘Game of Passing’. It is one of the oldest known board games and the rules of the game are still under debate. Other games and toys included; wooden dolls, proof of this was found in 1887 when British Archeologist Sir Flinders Petrie discovered an Egyptian doll, which dated back to 1800 BC! Egyptians were also well known for mechanical toys, which they made using string and hinges. Does anyone remember toys, which you would pull by a string, and they would move their legs as you tugged the toy behind you? The Egyptians invented the mechanical crocodile with snapping jaws, which is where our modern day toys originated!
Spinning tops and marbles were also common toys. WowWee recently released a new range of toys based on the simple marble but have given it a monstrous twist to make a historic game more fun!
Have you played Monster Marbles and taken a trip back to the past?
In the spring of 2012 (May 19th to be precise) Appgear released their first title, Foam Fighters and since then have released a variety of games aimed to relieve boredom worldwide. The games have ranged from zombies battling human hordes, to aliens who have escaped and are taking over the galaxy… and more recently, Akodomon! Small creatures with big secrets which need YOU, the player, to help them discover the true nature of their powers.
Akodomon takes you on exciting quests where you can discover hidden regions and engage in epic battles to help restore peace to the land of Akodomon. Along your journey you can collect coins to spend in the shop and hunt for special gems, which give you new and special powers.
Each character has their own special skill, which attributes to all aspects of the adventure. Shara’s sword skills and fighting techniques are unmatched, Gongo is quick and nimble with a boomerang, strong willed Tiko has the slingshot, Snubbs uses his super long tongue with dexterity, Zira is amazingly fast and accurate with blow darts and Stig is powerful and fierce with a spear!
The land of Akodomon can’t find peace without your help! Do you think you can take on the challenge of raising and training your Akodomon?
Product Information: You can download Akodomon for free but in order to access the characters’ colossus power and the augmented reality you need to purchase the two-character game pack (http://store.wowwee.com/appgear/appgear-akodomon.html ).
If you are already a fan of Akodomon visit our Facebook page and share with us your favorite Akodomon character! https://www.facebook.com/AppGear
I’ve been asked a lot recently what it was like to meet UFC fighters and get to know them outside of the Octagon… And let me tell you, fans and non-fans of the UFC… it was an incredible experience!
As a UFC fan you watch these guys inside the cage, using a combination of fighting styles and skills to win the belt and become the best-mixed martial artist in the world. You know that to become a fighter it takes a lot of hard work and dedication and that most fighters train enough hours per week to make it their full time job… I doubt they get the chance to spend their Friday nights sitting at home watching a movie and eating a full tub of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream… which is something I do on a regular basis!
The first fighter AppGear had the pleasure of meeting was Johny Hendricks… who (as most of you will know if you follow us on Twitter and Facebook) won his fight on Saturday, November 17th 2012 at UFC-154 with the only knockout of the night.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, USA, Hendricks started his wrestling career at Oklahoma State University where he won the 2005 and 2006 NCAA division. Hendricks graduated Oklahoma State in 2007, moved to Las Vegas and signed with Team Takedown where he began his training in Mixed Martial Arts.
On Tuesday November 13th 2012, we had an exclusive interview with Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks where we got to know what was going on beneath the tough fighter exterior. We had the chance to learn about his family, what he thinks of the holidays, his secrets and even his opinion of past UFC fighters like Royce Gracie and Brock Lesnar.
One of my favorite quotes from “Bigg Rigg” during the interview was his opinion on wrestling, which is a huge passion of his “Wrestling prepares you for life better than other sports… other sports give you a team to rely on. I like individual sports because they teach you how to win and how to lose, and everyday business is that right there…”
To see the full interview click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-CrJ9FfSto&list=UUuJ4xiHEbbIiRm4iOU6ocYA&index=2&feature=plcp
Let us know what your favorite part of the interview was.
You know the holiday season is fast approaching when Black Friday is tomorrow!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday? What are they? I hear you say. Well, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are marketing terms used to signify the Friday before Thanksgiving and the Monday after. Both terms were created to help persuade people to shop online. They made their debut into the marketing world in November 2005 and Cyber Monday is now one of the biggest online shopping days of the year!
As soon as Halloween is over, companies start gearing up for the final push leading to the most important online shopping weekend of the year. Preparing promotions, discounts and offers to help draw people in.
WowWee is ahead of the game this year and have decided to give you holiday promotions early! Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be the official holiday discount days, but we are giving you the opportunity to purchase a variety of our products at a discounted price before (and after) the top two shopping days of the year!
We have a little something for everyone the family… Paper Jamz guitars for those who want to grow up to be rock stars or for those adults who are children at heart, the blast from the past Robosapien and Roboraptor for those hardcore WowWee fans, as well as a deal on our two most popular AppGear games; buy Elite CommandAR and get Akodomon FREE!
Check out our store to see what else we have to offer! www.store.wowwee.com
AppGear have recently just hit the jackpot for an amazing (and incredibly awesome!) social media campaign by getting the chance to work with UFC fighters taking part in UFC 154 this weekend (Saturday 17th November). To give you all my personal perspective while I write this blog… I want to let you know that I am officially shaking with excitement! I have been a UFC fan for many years and I now actually have the chance to work with some of these amazing athletes/fighters while promoting our incredible augmented reality game; Elite CommandAR.
Here’s a bit of background for all you non-fans… UFC was created in the United States back in 1993 and was originally promoted as a competition to determine the most effective martial arts for unarmed combat situations. It wasn’t long before the fighters realized that in order to compete and be the best, they would need to train in additional disciplines (fighting styles). UFC fighters began to morph themselves into well-rounded, balanced fighters who could fight standing or on the floor. The blend of fighting styles and skills became known as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
If you have never seen a UFC event before you should tune into the fight this weekend to check it out! These guys are incredible! But not only that… a few UFC fighters will be promoting Elite CommandAR during the event and we’ll have a competition running during this time on Twitter and Facebook where 5 lucky winners will get the chance to win autographed pictures as well as their very own Elite CommandAR to enjoy over the holiday season!
Stay tuned for further updates and information, which will be coming your way soon!
I have a confession to make… I own an iPhone and I’m addicted to downloading games! They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem… so… there you go, world! I’ve admitted it.
I spend so much of my time commuting to and from work, and visiting family and friends, all using public transit. This means I am often bored and looking for something to entertain me, and downloading games helps immensely.
I also know I am not alone in my mobile gaming addiction… Not least of all because I see fellow commuters stuck to their phones (I swear, I’m not the only one). I looked it up – 80% of all mobile downloads worldwide are games! Guess it explains the Angry Birds craze a few years back…
The mobile industry is now full of app and game designers trying to find a niche in the mobile gaming market. What is the market missing? What can we do that’s different?
To me, the best mobile gaming experience on the market is AppGear. Why? For starters, they’ve taken mobile gaming to a whole new level. They don’t constrain the user to the real world and have taken the concept of gaming one step further by combining physical toys with augmented reality to enhance the users’ gaming experience. I often sit on the bus and see fellow commuters as aliens and shoot at them through my iPhone screen!
What other games on your mobile device allow you to transform into a zombie, fly a plane, capture escaping aliens or fight as an Elite Commander?
I started my journey into the past with my best friend Google…. And my adventure began in Ancient Greece.
Babies born in Ancient Greece had a difficult time surviving. Many died within the first few days of life and those who did survive were considered adults by the age of 12 and expected to marry and start a family of their own. To me, this was a terrifying thought… I am way past the age of 12 and still don’t see myself as an adult!
Although childhood in Ancient Greece was short lived, archeological records show the recovery of toys such as; dolls made of terracotta or wax, bows and arrows and yo-yo’s.
One of the earliest toys ever recorded is a mechanical puzzle, which originated from Ancient Greece in the 3rd Century BC. The game consisted of a square divided into 14 parts and the aim of the game was to create different shapes from these pieces. As you can see from the picture below… this was no easy feat!
Toys from Ancient Greece were made from materials found in nature like stone, wood, clay and grass. Each toy individually made by hand… a vast difference from how toys are made and produced today!
Would you have survived in Ancient Greece as a child with only a stick for a toy?
I live in Montreal and everywhere I turn I see children of all ages playing on mobile phones or tablets… walking down the street, on the bus, on the metro, sat in a bar or restaurant with their parents… even my 3 year old cousin knows how to use an iPad!
According to research conducted by C&R, 22% of children between the ages of 6 and 9, 60% of children between the ages of 10 and 14 and a whopping 84% of teenagers aged 15 to 18 own a mobile phone.
In the 90s, texting was still a novelty! Sending text messages required lots and lots of button pressing, predictive text was a mess (anyone who owned a phone back then knows what I’m talking about), AND you could only communicate by text with those who also happened to own a mobile phone (and have small enough fingers to figure out texting…).
Over the past few years the mobile industry has changed dramatically. Phones are now not only used to place calls and send text messages but also to browse the internet, use apps to find information specific to your needs or desires, and to play games. Everything we once required a computer for we can now do & find on our phones.
What do you use your mobile phone for?
So, what are toys really? Apart from generally being brightly colored objects, which sometimes move and run on batteries?
Toys are tools (not the kind of tools you purchase from a hardware store) educating children and training them for the life they will lead in society. For example: the abacus was invented to assist children with counting and numbers, and colored building blocks were (and still are) used to help enhance cognitive behavior, hand-eye coordination, and to stimulate creativity.
Babies are eager to learn about the world around them, wanting to experience every shape, color, texture, taste and sound. A favorite toy for babies is the rattle, whose sounds and coloring are used to stimulate babies’ senses. Toddlers can play with a wider variety of toys and as children reach pre-school age toys can really start integrating the learning of letters, numbers and language skills.
We understand how toys are used in present day, but what about in the past? Were toys used for the same educational purposes and integration into society?
In today’s society it is seen as “old fashioned” or “behind the times” if someone we know does not own a mobile device. Mobile devices such as phones and tablets have become an integral part of the way we live and communicate with each other on a daily basis. Even my dad who struggles with technological advancements has an iPhone!
Mobile phones have been present in our lives since 1973, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s when the second generation of mobile phones emerged that their popularity spread across the globe.
I remember when I was a child, we actually had to (gasp!) call people on a landline in order to speak with them. You had to pray that the person you were calling was actually AT home, because text messaging and voicemail didn’t yet exist!
Mobile phones are now used by people of all ages, including children, to send text messages, check email, browse the internet, and play games. Phones are not that often used to, you know, speak… that primal form of communication seems so passé these days.
Have mobile phones assisted in the extinction of speech communication?
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