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 ).
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…”