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Big Bad Quiz now on Facebook

An updated version of our popular quiz game Big Bad Quiz is now available on Facebook. Give it a go and test your brain cells.

https://apps.facebook.com/bigbadquizgame/

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Ireland Ruby Rampage

Ireland Rugby Rampage

Ok so we didn’t go beyond the quarter finals again!

My view – everyone has copped onto our constant box kicking and they are better at it than us. We are not the biggest team in the world so we need to mix up our game – kicks, offloads and the direct route. We are well organised with coach Joe but need to rethink tactics. I hope he does it.

Anyway to help with the Rugby World Cup vacuum, Fierce Fun developed a rugby game where Ireland get to the finals……..yahoo!

Moss ‘Mor’ O Mahony is Ireland’s line breaker. Can you guide him though a barrage of English, French, Welsh, All Black and Aussie players?

Free to download and play on your Android phone or tablet. Get it here from Google Play

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Big Bad Quiz – live on Google Play and the Apple App Store

Big Bad Quiz

The mobile trivia game Big Bad Quiz is live on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

 

It is a game that I’ve been working on for the last 12 months.

 

If you like TV quiz shows like Mastermind, Jeopardy and Family Feud, you will love the Big Bad Quiz. It’s a crazy fast trivia quiz game hosted by the one and only Bag Man. He’ll challenge you with questions on topics such as sports, music ,movies, history, celebs and more. The full game features over 150 levels of ultra-fast non-stop questions. Be warned, the full version is tough.

 

The Bag Man and I challenge you to take on the Big Bad Quiz!

Get it here or search for “Big Bad Quiz” in the apps stores

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Flash: The Facts

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Flash is dead …. Again. Officially this is my fourth or fifth time hearing this in the last 15 years.

Ok, so time to get some facts straight.

Flash CC is not the Flash Player
When people talk about “Flash”, in general, they are talking about the Flash Player. The Player is the embedded object that plays animated content in your browser. Recently the security issues identified concerned the Flash Player. There is also the development tool called Flash CC. This is used to produce content for the Player but also other formats including apps, video, HTML5 and WebGL. Though they are obviously related, they are 2 separate programs.

A key concept here is that the Flash development tool (Flash CC) is used to produce other content besides “Flash” content. If anything, over the last 12 months, the majority of Flash developers are using it produce apps, video and HTML5 – not content for the Player.

So the next time, you hear someone talking about Flash, ask them to clarify – is it the Player or the development tool? (it’s probably is the Player they are talking about).

Kill Flash means Kill Browser Plugins
We hear a lot about “Kill Flash”, actually people are referring to browser plugins (Flash being one of the main ones). Back in the day when Web browsers were basic, they used plugins to add additional functionally such as video and interactive animated content. Plugins used to include the Flash Player, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime and others. With the advent of the HTML5 standard, many plugins are not needed anymore as their functionally is included by default in the browser.

In general, browser suppliers are attempting to move away from anything that is not Web standards compliant. Java (applets) and Silverlight have been depreciated and are rarely used now. Also the browser Chrome does not support the Unity Player anymore.

The Flash Player is, by far, the most ubiquitous of the browser plugins. As such, it attracts a lot of attention. Even though it was patched quickly, the recent security issues have not done it any favours

The Bigger Issue: Browsers and Control
Flash also played its part in the bigger issue of controlling the distribution of digital content. Since the advent of the first personal computers, there have been competing operating systems with competing digital content. Despite what you hear about the open Web and interoperability, each of the large technology/media companies would really like you just to use their software only. Java’s “write once, run anywhere” software was a real threat to the then established platforms. Hence you don’t see it anymore as a consumer technology.

The Flash Player was a real thorn in the side for some publishers. It allowed consumers play games and watch movies off-portal. Off-portal refers to the open Web i.e. you are not signed into any particular network or platform. Steve Jobs famous spat with Flash had more to do with digital distribution, than any particular technical issues.

The most popular mobile app type is …….. games, by a long shot! With the Flash Player, you can get access to a lot of free games. Even with the security issues, it will be interesting to see if consumers keep playing free Web games via the Flash Player. HTML5 games have not really taken off – you’ll see why if you try playing one across different devices. So what is the alternative?

What’s After Flash: WebGL
Web G what….
WebGL (Web Graphics Library) is a JavaScript library for displaying interactive 3D and 2D graphics within any compatible web browser without the use of plug-ins. It works on all the main browsers and its fast! Provided the underlying hardware has the necessary support, it allows GPU accelerated usage of physics and image processing and effects – which translates to fast animated graphics.

And guess what; you can create WebGL content with Flash, the development tool! Having said that, WebGL is still a bit raw and its performance does vary on difference browsers and devices – it’s still not the finished article.

As you can probably tell I’m a big fan of Flash as a design and development tool. It brings content creation, animation, UI design and interactive scripting together in one package. Yes, it has its glitches and I would not be using it for 3D games or similar apps. For 2D games and apps, it is still a very efficient and creative tool, used as part of an overall digital production process.

So when people say Flash is Dead, they are really talking about browser plugins. Maybe they are right; online consumers will be the ultimate decision makers here.

Peter
Developer & Chief Bottle Washer
Fierce Fun

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Register for the Big Bad Quiz on your mobile

Fast, fun and furious trivia quiz game hosted by the one and only Bag Man!

Like tv quiz shows, you will love the Big Bad Quiz. It’s a fast, fun and furious trivia quiz game hosted by the one and only Bag Man. He is one crazy quiz master and has scoured the universe for the toughest trivia questions ever. With topics like sports, music ,movies, history and celebs, the full game features over 150+ levels of ultra fast non-stop rounds. With only seconds to answer each question, a fast brisk brain and snappy fingers are needed. No waiting for other players, just get going.

The Bag Man challenges you to take on The Big Bad Quiz!

Register to get the game here
http://fiercefun.com/bigbadquiz/

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Mobile App Tester/QA

The Fierce Fun development team is seeking a self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic and a significant attention to detail. This role involves coordinating and testing our mobile game apps on a variety of phone/tablet devices and operating systems.

What You Will Be Doing
– Test each new game build thoroughly and comprehensively
– Report and detail bugs in the tracking database
– Organise Android and IOS testing with other team members
– Ensure our testing device database is up-to-date
– Managing build uploads to Goolge Play and the Apps Store

Located in Dublin 3, Fierce Fun is an app development studio specialising in mobile apps & online games, for Apple, Android and HTML5 platforms. We provide a supportive environment for a QA/tester to gain experience in a games app development company.

Ideal requirements:
3rd level qualification (preferably technical)
Patience and focus required for mobile app testing
Significant attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
Excellent communication & documentation skills.
Experience with Android and iPhone/iPad phones and tablets

Terms:
Duration 3 months
Days 2 to 2.5 days per week
Hours Flexible
Location Docklands Innovation Park, East Wall, Dublin 3

Apply Here

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New Mobile Trivia Quiz Game: Big Bad Quiz

Here are some details on a new mobile game that I’m working on, with the Fierce Fun team.

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Fierce Fun brings you the Big Bad Trivia Quiz app, hosted by the one and only Bag Man, he will test your trivia knowledge and break you down with fast rounds, bonus points and thousands of tough original questions. Questions based on Sports, Music, Celebrities, Politics, Geography and everything in-between.

*Highlights*
The coolest quiz show host; The Bag Man
Almost 2000 of the toughest questions on the planet
Ultra fast rounds and levels
Times based bonus points
Correct answers provided
Multiple levels and rounds
Funky music tracks

The Big Bad Trivia Quiz is a fast paced trivia game with the one and only Bag Man. He is the game host and, being a hard-ass, he sets some pretty tough questions. Big Bad Trivia Quiz is not for the faint hearted – it is big, mean and fast like a train full of teachers. So if you want to max out your brain cells and beat the Bag Man, play BBQ.

Register to get the game here

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Project Manager Internship (Digital)

  • Create and update weekly and monthly task lists
  • Manage the project schedules and milestones
  • Run and manage weekly team & office meetings
  • Ensure all project documentation is up to date
  • Making sure that the correct project templates are used
  • Other coordination and administration tasks as required

Located in Dublin 3, Fierce Fun is an app development studio specialising in mobile apps & online games, for Apple, Android and HTML5 platforms. In addition to original product development, we provide online game & Web development services.

We provide a supportive environment for a project manager to gain experience in a digital development company. Ideal requirements:

  • Some previous coordination/team management experience
  • 3rd level qualification (business or marketing)
  • Good work ethic and an ability to learn quickly
  • Highly organised and efficient with an excellent attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal and team communication skills
  • Strong MS Office knowledge and skills

If you are interested, you can apply here

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Fantasy Government Cabinet Game

Fantasy Cabinet

Me and the team at Fierce Fun recently completed a Web game for the innovative digital team at the Independent.ie. The game is an icon selection game where a user selects their fantasy Irish government Cabinet. They can select from existing politicians or other well-known celebrities. Their fantasy cabinet will be entered in a competition – the winner will guess the correct ministers after the Cabinet reshuffle.

In the game, you create and submit your predicted government Cabinet – who you think will be the new ministers after the reshuffle. You can either play to win and be as accurate as possible, or have some fun and submit some new celebrity or sports faces.

There is a nice feature where you can save a picture of your Cabinet to email or share on Facebook and Twitter!

 Play the game here!

 

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Commercial Game Development

Start-up games companies are often made up of inexperienced but talented game designers and developers. One thing missing from many early stage game developers is a detailed commercial strategy. The workshop below is for game producers, designers, CEOs, marketing managers and product managers.

Workshop (Presentation) covering:

  • Staring with a Commercial Viewpoint
  • Development Loss, Publishing Profit
  • Business Models: Premium vs. Freemium
  • Choose your Market Wisely: Core vs. Casual
  • Create a Games Business Unit, not a Development Team
  • User Centered (Game) Design
  • Agile Game Development- Design, Deploy, Iterate

If you are interested in this workshop, drop me a line and I forward further details.