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Thursday
Nov172016

Looks Can Be Deceiving for In-Game Purchases

At this point in the gaming world it feels like almost ever game has some sort of in-game/in-app purchasing going on. These range from skins to maps/levels. The interesting thing is that at this point in our gaming careers we automatically make the assumption that the bigger the dollar amount the better conversion of special currency to dollar. 

What if I told you that that isn't always strictly the case, that there are times when one of the amounts is actually a worse conversion rate than the previous? Well I can list at least one example off the top of my head. Now let me just say that I enjoy the game, and I've purchased the special currency on multiple occasions, thankfully not at the amount I'm about to talk about, but I have no issue with continuing to purchase this type of currency.

As many have you have probably noticed there has been a big increase in the amount of Smite streaming from our twitch channel. Now that could be that the World Championship bug is starting to sink in so perhaps I just want to know what gods I'll see, or maybe I'm just enjoying the competition. So let's break down the gem rate:

At first glance this seems to be your average you get a better deal of gems the more you pay, and that statement is true except in one case. I would say try to figure out which one it is, but I'm going to have to tell you eventually, so I'll just tell you. The $49.99 is the sneaky bastard. I will admit I'm OCD and there are times when I get slightly distracted or bored that I dig deeper than most, but let me break it down for you.

Gems 200 400 800 1500 2500 3500 8000
Price $4.99 $7.99 $14.99 $24.99 $34.99 $49.99 $99.99
Gems per $ 40 50 53.3333 60 71.4285 70 80

Now I know if someone were to check my math these are slightly off, but to make it easier for me I just added a penny to each so that the conversion looked prettier. So my recommendation to you, if you are going to buy gems, treasure chests, crystals, etc. you might want to calculate it out, there might be a sneaky price that actually gives less than you think.

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Monday
Nov142016

New Ghost in the Shell Trailer Has Been Released

I know that there are those out there that plan to boycott the upcoming Live Action Ghost in the Shell movie because you see it as another attempt of Hollywood white-washing all movies, but I've got to be honest this is one of the exceptions for me. I've been a huge fan of the anime and movies and the Major has always been able to change bodies and has always been somewhat of an enigma when it comes to race, so I don't see why everyone is jumping all over Scarlett Johansson to taking on the role. To be honest if it had to be someone for Hollywood she would be at the top of my list for this type of role. As long as the script is solid and as long as Masamune Shirow has enough input into where the story is going I think this could rock all of our socks off and perhaps spawn sequels.

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Saturday
Nov122016

November IndieBox Unboxing

Charlie of Altered Confusion, gives you a look at this month's IndieBox and what surprises it holds.

This month it is the Indie game Jotun.

In this limited edition run you will not only find the game but you will also be getting:

  • an Original Soundtrack
  • Instruction Manual
  • IndieBox Sticker (Jotun Themed)
  • Valknut Keychain
  • Main character, Thora, figurine with Battleaxe

You can always sign up to get your own IndieBox each month by going to www.theindiebox.com

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Thursday
Nov102016

How Long Can You Survive in This Steampunk Themed Tap Game?

Aliasing Games has officially released the sequel to their game New Tap Order. In this game you will take control of a triangular steampunk clock and it is through your tapping skills that you'll be able to collect items in the game, unlock achievements, and ultimately try to achieve the highest score.

Now as easy as this sounds there will be plenty of obstacles thrown in your way and have no fear dying isn't the end, that just means you get to try again, and get even further. This game is currently out in the GooglePlay Store and is free.

Tuesday
Nov012016

Slight Changes to Altered Confusion

Hello my fellow internet traveller,

As you are reading this I would like to immediately thank you for viewing these words on this page. Now let us get down to the reason why you are probably reading this. As many of you have noticed there has been some new initiatives on Altered Confusion, and some that have sort of disappeared. Well let's talk about it.

For about a month now Altered Confusion has been streaming games on our Twitch Channel every Tuesday and Sunday. All are welcome to of course view, converse, and make suggestions for games that I might want to give a try.

Speaking of Streaming on Twitch you are probably all very aware of the weekly live show we perform on our Twitch Channel every Thursday at 8 PM EST. The thing is you might be curious as to why you haven't seen the "re-run" posted anywhere. Well it has and it hasn't, you see after doing some number crunching it became apparent that the desire to see the re-runs versus the time it actually takes to edit it to what it is when we post isn't worth it. However the decision was made that there should be a way for people to catch up on the show if they did indeed miss it, so if you go over to iTunes you can grab our once again active Podcast.

The next thing is the donations piece, many of you have probably heard by now that Altered Confusion is looking for Patrons/donations to help keep us alive and strong. Now I know that the Patreon page rewards definitely need some help, but hear me out. If you are willing to donate any amount monthly I will involve you in private discussions and interactions for Altered Confusion. So for the people who have already become our patrons, thank you.

You might notice that there is a very odd sporadicalness to when stuff gets posted, and to be honest I really wish it would be posted smoother and more consistently, but the thing is that every single aspect of Altered Confusion is handled by me, Charlie, and so with life, my 9 to 5, and other things it becomes a little bit complicated to iron everything down. That being said if there are those out there who would like to write for the site, and review some games, please contact us (using the form in the drop down menu).

Now, since I'm writing this off the top of my head I'm sure there's a ton of stuff I forgot, but if you want to talk or discuss any of this or more, PLEASE don't hesitate to reach out to us.

 

- Charlie