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Valentine’s Day Love Philosophy


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This past week has been all about love here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Valentine’s Day was yesterday, so everyone has been spreading the love all around.  People, businesses, and organizations alike have been showing their love for their business as well as the community around them.

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Video game companies Electronic Arts and Two-Take Interactive Software Inc have been utilizing unique game mechanics as part of their marketing strategy after not receiving the love from their audiences.  However, Zynga is still thriving through their in-game purchase method.

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That’s not the only PR love story that happened this past week.  A beautiful suburban house in Maple, Glen, Pennsylvania isn’t receiving any love from the neighbors due to the wild sex dungeon featured in the basement.  The sex dungeon itself came equipped with whips, chains, harnesses, swings, and other essential gear.

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This property was made for the couple looking to spark their wild side for Valentine’s Day.  While the neighbors weren’t appreciative of the house itself, it got a lot of positive attention around social media.  Better yet, the house is STILL be raved about on the internet even while this blog is being written.  It just goes to show that sometimes you can receive the right type of attention in the most random places.

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And speaking of social media, lots of millennials have been swiping through their Tinder or Grindr app lately to find some company for Valentine’s Day.  Other great dating apps that we discussed include The League, Raya, Happn, Hinge, and Coffee Meets Bagel.  Each of the apps discussed feature some unique selling point that distinguish themselves from Grindr or Tinder.

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At the end of the day, love can be found anywhere.  Whether its through some intriguing marketing strategy or from strangers on social media, someone out there will show the love and appreciation you deserve in your life.  Just because a few neighbors don’t like the house with the crazy sex dungeon doesn’t mean that it’s unworthy of any love.  You just have to look through the internet for that positive recognition.

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Love can be found anywhere – even in an entertainment PR blog like MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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Specialty Dating Apps for Valentine’s Day


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As you all know, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  Some of you already have plans with your date while others haven’t created one.  If you’re someone who hasn’t found that special someone in your life, that’s OK.  We live the 21st century, where love has been happening through dating apps you tap through on your phone.

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Dating apps are popular among the mobile markets.  Men and women of all ages have been utilizing a dating apps to connect with others alike.  Some use the app to set dates while others just hook up with other people.  Find people to connect with is much easier now than the previous century.

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But if you are getting tired if shifting through your Tinder or Grindr account and finding the same thing every time, there are other apps to check out.  These unique dating apps distinguish themselves through their own unique features.  Some are for dating elite figures while others will spark more creativity in your lives.

Here are five unique dating apps to check out for Valentine’s Day:

Coffee Meets Bagel

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Coffee Meets Bagel was created in San Francisco by Arum, Dawoon, and Soo Kang.  The app limits the number of profiles users are able to interact with each day and offers unique ice-breaker interactions for matches.  Users look at each other’s Facebook account to help find a match.  They are exposed to one match a day and they can only contact them if the ‘Like’ each other back.

The League

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If you like your dating app with a touch of intelligence and elitist class, The League may be the right one for you.  The League features members who have received Ivy League type of education in their lives.  That Harvard hottie you thought about could be the real thing.  You’ll have to cough up some money to become a member and in-store purchases can cost more than hundreds of dollars.

Happn

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Happn focuses on people you have crossed paths with each day.  Users are matched based on locations where they may have crossed paths together.  Who knows, that guy on the subway may live close by.  That cute girl you didn’t catch at the coffee shop may be the one for you.  Check in on Happn to find these hidden surprises in store for you.

Raya

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Raya is a private, membership-based community where people from all over the world connect and collaborate.  It shifts its focus towards people who work in creative industries.  The app is used for dating, networking, and even making new friends along the way.  If you want some creative type of romance, Raya may be the app to check out.

Hinge

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Hinge utilizes connections to Facebook friends to facilitate connections. Their main goal is to be known as a cooler, younger version of Match.com or eHarmony.  It comes with a ‘Your Turn’ feature designed to remind users to create a conversation in order to decrease ghosting.  If you think Facebook may be useful in your dating search, then Hinge is the app to put on your mobile phone.

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That’s it for unique dating apps today.  Valentine’s Day is one day away, so be sure to use one of these apps to snag your next date.  It’s 2019, so its time to find that lucky man/woman you need in your life.

50 Shades of Maple Glen


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With Valentine’s Day falling on Thursday, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will adding some much-needed love (and sex) into this wholesome and beautiful entertainment realm this week.  To start off, some players of the video game business didn’t get their love from their audience yesterday, with sales plummeting within the past few months.  But other competitors have been raking in their wins through the in-game purchase method.  Those that create the best and most innovative strategy will receive the love from their audiences.

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For today’s story about love, our next setting takes place in a small town of Maple Glenn, Pennsylvania.  It’s about a 4-bedroom, 2 ½ bath house that has not been bought by any buyers.  The main kicker that is shewing people away is – wait for it – the SEX DUNGEON in the basement.

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Seriously folks – a… sex dungeon.  A state-of-the-art sex dungeon, equipped with many toys at your disposal.  Whips, chains, harnesses, and many other items are located within the basement.  Its as if you were living in, dare I say it, 50 Shades of Maple Glen.

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The colorful house has been receiving a LOT of love on the internet these days. It blew up quickly after Redfin listed it on the market.  Many people loved the sex dungeon, with raves everywhere about its amazing set-up.  While it isn’t getting love from the neighbors, the house is definitely getting love from people all across the nation.

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And for the record, the house itself still looks absolutely amazing.  The extra sex dungeon in the basement resembles something out of a porno.  It truly adds character within the property in the small suburban town of Maple Glen.

A mere week before Valentine’s Day starts and this house has gotten lots of positive attention within the internet.  This random PR miracle sparked lots of buzz for Redfin as well as the town of Maple Glen.  The sex dungeon truly adds intriguing character to the property.

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Thus, we now have the special 50 Shades of Maple Glen house getting lots of love.  Sure, it’s a shocking and bold statement in a conservative suburban area; but it’s actually a hidden gem that we discovered.  That hidden gem made for social media gold that was spread worldwide.

With that, MakeSandcastlesNotWar wishes lots of love to the amazing 50 Shades of Maple Glen house.  It still made for an incredible PR miracle to discover for Valentine’s Day.

Video Gaming the Marketing/PR Game


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2018 was quite a magnificent year for video game releases.  Super Mario Party, Red Dead Redemption 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Dragon Ball Fighter Z were a few of many amazing video game titles to play.  Not only are there even better blockbuster titles to play, but there are even more Indie games to check out as well.  It’s truly exciting to see what titles will be offered starting this year.

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But not everyone is on top of their game in the video game industry.  Some of the biggest video games stumbled this year, with many of them flopping and online sales coming up short.  Electronic Arts shares fell last week after confessing that some of their biggest releases disappointed.  Meanwhile, Two-Take Interactive Software Inc. fell by a similar amount as well.

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These results are a frequent reminder that video games are a hit-driven business, just like the other businesses of the entertainment industry.  The video game industry itself has become very competitive over the years, with companies working their angle in this complex game.  Their game is playing the video game business as best as they can by selling games to their audiences to win the prize (a.k.a. a game within a game).

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Electronic Arts’ new game is working to increase sales of Battlefield VBattlefield V was one of the biggest disappointments of the year, selling much fewer copies than anticipated.  Their next strategy in the game is to create an every-player-for-himself battle royal mode, which would be similar to the games PUBG and Fortnite.

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The biggest competitor out of all of the video game titles is Fortnite.  Years after being released online, Fortnite still rakes in millions of players each day.  That success has caused competitors to adopt similar gameplay models as part of their strategy.  Electronic Arts released Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royal game that generates revenue from in-game purchases.

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Speaking of which, the in-game spending and free-to-play models are still working for companies like Zynga Inc.  Zynga Inc. has been doing well through games like Farmville, Merge Dragons!, and Empires & Puzzles.

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Just like any other normal video game, the levels get much harder as time goes on.  Video games are utilizing any kind of marketing strategy to capture their audience’s interest.  Whether it is adopting similar gaming tactics from Fortnite or pushing in-game purchase options, businesses are doing anything they can to prevent sales from plummeting even further.

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This game they play is the hardest thing ever in the country.  Its on ‘Insanely hard’ mode, causing many of the best businessmen and women to give their very best.  They must bring their best marketing and PR game to the table.

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If not, it will be ‘Game Over’ for them.

Gender Reveal Extravaganza


Yesterday I got to attend my first gender reveal party.  Some family members of mine invited me over to New Hampshire for the festive event.  It was then that I headed over there to see the biggest question revealed – whether the baby’s gender will be boy or girl.

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The party itself was like no other.  Colors of blue and pink scattered around the room.  Arcade machines buzzing, kids actively running around the area, hot comfort food served on the small tables.  It all made me feel like a kid again, being a world full of imagination and mystery (then again, arcades have always had that effect on me throughout the year).

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Truth be told, I never heard of a ‘gender reveal party’ back when I was a kid.  Expecting couples went to find out about the baby’s gender through the doctor and that was that.  Baby showers were the only popular parties for the expecting mother.

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These gender reveal parties really say a lot about my generation.  In this 21st century social media world, it’s not enough to just find out the baby’s gender with your significant other.  Many modern couples throw this event to surprise their friends and family about whether they are having a boy or girl.  Blue means they are having a boy and pink means a girl.  They showcase the reveal through balloons, cakes, boxes, and other creative ideas.

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The millennial generation is known for celebrating much more special events these days.  Gender reveals, pride month, and even political protests are a few of many events millennials take part of every year.  There’s this huge sense of pride flourishing around the world, celebrating some of life’s joyous occasions.  These unique holidays or events help us appreciate the better things in life.

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Life can be crazy and hectic at times; but knowing that your friend or family member is having a gender reveal event happening will make life much more exciting.

With that, my gender reveal party was absolutely incredible.  It was a great event to celebrate one of life’s blessings.